IDW is partnering with Yoe books to release “Clyde,” an all-new middle-grade original graphic novel written and drawn by Dear Dumb Diary series author Jim Benton. The book follows the titlar Clyde, “a mischievous bear,” as he discovers himself while venturing over to the “rough side of town.”
The official synopsis is as follows: “When Clyde the bear decides to ditch his safe and peaceful life in Cubville and head off for the mean streets of Grizzly City he learns, with the help of a reformed juvenile delinquent butterfly, the Bad Life isn’t always so great, and there’s something to be said for helping your friends and family even though that really does kind of stink a little.”
The 104-page OGN will be available in February of 2019. The full press release is below:
Dav Pilkey (of Dog Man and Captain Underpants Fame) Raves That Clyde’s Jim Benton is “A Comic Genius and a Brilliant Cartoonist”
San Diego, CA (September 4, 2018) – IDW Publishing and Yoe Books are proud to announce Clyde, the all-new original graphic novel written and illustrated by Jim Benton, author of the New York Times-bestselling series Dear Dumb Diary.
The hilarious and heartwarming story of a mischievous bear who believes that happiness can be found over on the rough side of town, Clyde reaffirms that there’s still room for family, friendship, and altruism in even the most rebellious among us.
“We all have sketchy things in our past. It’s a riot to write about a character whose sketchy past is his present!” says Jim Benton.
When Clyde the Bear decides to ditch his safe and peaceful life in Cubville and head off for the mean streets of Grizzly City, he learns – with the help of a reformed juvenile delinquent butterfly – that the Bad Life isn’t always so great, and there’s something to be said for helping your friends and family (even though that really does kind of stink a little).
What People Are Saying About Jim Benton:
“Jim Benton is a comic genius and a brilliant cartoonist. ” – Dav Pilkey, Creator of Captain Underpants (in a quote attributed especially to Clyde)
“Mr. Benton’s intellectual properties… have made him stand out in an industry dominated by big entertainment companies. ” – The Wall Street Journal
“Humor in print has many forms; what is amazing is that Jim Benton excels in all of them! ” – Sergio Aragonés, Creator of Groo the Wanderer
“Forget that he’s a brilliant, funny, bestselling author – I’m publishing the incredible Clyde because, like countless other kids, my own are hugely rabid Jim Benton fans!” – Craig Yoe, Editor of Yoe Books
Jim Benton’s Clyde is now available for pre-order via online booksellers and comic book specialty retailers, and slated for release in February.
by Jim Benton
104-page, full-color softcover graphic novel, 6” x 8”
Jim Benton is the creator of Franny K. Stein, Dear Dumb Diary, and It’s Happy Bunny®. A New York Times bestselling author and two-time Eisner Award Nominee, he has won two National Cartoonist Society Awards and Three Addys, and his licensed properties have taken top awards from the Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association five times. Three of his books have been selected as Top Picks for teen readers by the American Library Association.