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Bolivar Eats New York

Sean Rubin’s graphic novel Bolivar was one of our favorite books of 2017 (here’s Johanna’s review), so we’re pleased to bring the news that there’s going to be a sequel—and one that investigates the many and varied foods of New York City.

The new book is titled Bolivar Eats New York: A Discovery Adventure™, and it will lead Bolivar the dinosaur and his human friend Sybil through all five boroughs of the Big Apple in search of the best eats they can find.

In the first book, a hybrid graphic novel/picture book, Sybil stalked Bolivar all through the city, trying to take a photo to prove he was a real dinosaur. Part of the fun is the incongruity of it all—Bolivar acts in every way like a stereotypical New Yorker (he even reads the New Yorker), but how does he ride the subway without being noticed? How does he get up the stairs to his pre-war apartment? How does he pay for his corned beef sandwiches?

In the sequel, Sybil learns that corned beef sandwiches are the only food Bolivar likes, and she sets off to enlighten him about the joys of knishes, falafel, pizza, and presumably, Junior’s cheesecake, egg creams and the hot dogs at Papaya King. (Those last three aren’t specifically mentioned, but if you’re trying to be accurate…) As for the “Discovery Adventure™” aspect, that seems to refer to the fact that the reader is invited to look at the details to find different foods and locations. Want to know more? The full press release is below.

Award-Winning BOLIVAR Returns With A New Original Graphic Novel from BOOM! Studios in November 2019

“This brilliantly drawn story will resonate with a wide audience” – School Library Journal
“It’s an irreverent but loving tribute to a city whose residents have seen it all but sometimes miss what’s right in front of them, too” – Publishers Weekly
“[Sean] Rubin’s authorial debut is a masterful one” – Booklist
“Straddling the line between picture books and graphic novels with evident ease, Sean Rubin brings to life the tale of a reclusive Upper West Side dino and the girl that who loves him”- NPR Best Books of 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 8, 2019) – BOOM! Studios today announced BOLIVAR EATS NEW YORK: A DISCOVERY ADVENTURE™, a new original graphic novel arriving in stores November 2019 from Bolivar creator Sean Rubin.

Debuting in 2017, Bolivar introduced readers to a dinosaur that lives in New York City—and his young neighbor Sybil who tries to tell everyone about him. The original graphic novel earned universal acclaim, including a prestigious selection as one of NPR’s “Best Books of 2017”, being named one of 2017 New York Public Library Best Books For Reading And Sharing, earning a 2017 Junior Library Guild Selection and earning a place as a 2018 Excellence In Graphic Literature Finalist: Best Children’s Books. Bolivar continued to impress audiences in 2018, earning nominations for 2018 Eisner Comics Industry Award for Best Kids’ Book (Ages 9-12) and 2018 Ringo Award for Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel, while Rubin himself was named a finalist for the 2018 Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award. The original graphic novel also earned starred reviews in top publications such as Publishers Weekly, Booklist and School Library Journal.

In BOLIVAR EATS NEW YORK: A DISCOVERY ADVENTURE™, Sybil learns that Bolivar only likes corned beef sandwiches, so she informs him that he’s been missing out on one of the great attributes of New York City and its rich communities–delicacies from around the world! Knishes! Falafel! Dim Sum! And it wouldn’t be a story in the Big Apple without pizza! Explore the five boroughs: Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan in this lushly illustrated Discovery Adventure™ where kids and parents alike search for their favorite foods, and find other sites unique to one of the greatest cities in the world!

Sean Rubin is a native of Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Princeton University, later making his graphic novel debut in 2017 with Bolivar. He’s also an illustrator for the New York Times Bestselling Redwall series and of the upcoming Astronaut Who Painted the Moon (Scholastic, 2019) and Capital Magic (Holiday House, 2020).

“I was delighted when BOOM! Studios suggested creating a discovery adventure around Bolivar and New York City, especially because this would give me an opportunity to revisit some of my favorite places to eat in all five boroughs,” said Rubin. “I’ve even had multiple offers to help with the research!”

BOLIVAR EATS NEW YORK: A DISCOVERY ADVENTURE™ is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ ambitious Archaia imprint, home to graphic novels such as Mouse Guard by David Petersen; New World by David Jesus Vignolli; Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón Pérez; About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau; and licensed series like Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation.

“Audiences of all ages embraced the hijinks of young Sybil and her prehistoric friend Bolivar as they maneuvered through the streets of Manhattan. But we knew they’re journey was just beginning. . .” said Sierra Hahn, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “BOLIVAR EATS NEW YORK: A DISCOVERY ADVENTURE™ is a love letter to everything that makes New York such an unforgettable city—the mix of people, cultures and, of course, the incredible food!”

Print copies of BOLIVAR EATS NEW YORK: A DISCOVERY ADVENTURE™ will be available for sale in November 2019 at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one), bookstores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on BOLIVAR EATS NEW YORK: A DISCOVERY ADVENTURE™ and more previews from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

Brigid Alverson About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

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