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InvestiGators (InvestiGators, 1) Hardcover – Illustrated, February 25, 2020
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What initially drew you to comics?
When I was very young, severe asthma frequently kept me home from school. Bedridden, there wasn’t much for me to do except read and draw. Newspaper comics, like Peanuts and Garfield, combined both words and art in a way that fascinated me. My mom figured reading comics is still reading, so she’d buy me every Garfield collection that came out. Later, my older brother introduced me to comic books, like Spider-Man and X-Men, and I fell in love with that form of storytelling. Comics weren’t just limited to telling a joke in three panels. And there wasn’t anything else like it. Picture books juxtapose words with art, but largely either works on its own to tell the story. It’s not really sequential storytelling. There were of course cartoons and animation when I was a kid, but those are also very different from comics. By comparison, comics are much easier to make, as far as tools go (especially back then.) I knew early on that creating comics was something I needed to do. And so I did!
What was your inspiration behind the InvestiGators?
Comics about animals with human jobs are kinda my specialty, so that part was a given. I didn’t want to lock the animals into one job, so the idea they’d go undercover fit perfectly. But what kind of animal? I started at the top of the alphabet: Aardvarks! And that’s how I came up with InvestiVarks. No, wait! Alligators! That’s the animal I went with. And lo and behold, InvestiGators was born!
What scene or panel sequence did you most enjoy drawing?
That’s tough! I think overall the sequence I most enjoyed to drawing might be the Doctor Copter origin flashback. It’s just so goofy and out there. I realize it doesn’t feature either of the gators, though! So as a runner-up, I’ll say the musical montage of Mango and Brash going through decontamination at S.U.I.T. headquarters was also a blast to draw.
"...has heaping helpings of surreal alligator action and wordplay gags to keep new readers bent on solving the mystery." ―The New York Times
"With its rampant good-natured goofiness and its unrelenting fizz and pep, this feels like a sugar rush manifested as a graphic novel. Silly and inventive fast-paced fun." ―Kirkus
"In high-intensity colors, straightforward panel artwork by Green (Hippopotamister) offers plenty of slapstick gags to Brash and Mango’s tale. Fast-paced fun for the bad pun and dorky joke crowd." ―Publisher's Weekly
"Like the heroes of Dav Pilkey’s “Dog Man” or “Captain Underpants,” the Investigators are bound to resonate with kids." ―School Library Journal: XpressReviews
About the Author
- Publisher : First Second; Illustrated edition (February 25, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250219957
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250219954
- Reading age : 7 - 10 years
- Lexile measure : GN390L
- Grade level : 2 - 5
- Item Weight : 1.07 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.82 x 0.73 x 8.64 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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My only complaint about this book is that we have to wait for the next books to come out! We've pre-ordered the next two and will definitely be pre-ordering any InvestiGator book that comes out in the future!
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