Learn about Dav’s early years!
As a child, Dav Pilkey was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hall every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories, so he spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books.
Scholastic has announced a new Dog Man book, the 11th in Dav Pilkey’s bestselling series, and the first in two years: Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea will be released on March 28, 2023, simultaneously in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, and Asia.
The third item in Scholastic’s trio of announcements is the news that it will mark the 25th anniversary of the launch of Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series with a special edition of the first book, The Adventures of Captain Underpants, which will include a new 32-page comic featuring both Dog Man and Captain Underpants—in comics terms, their first crossover. The anniversary edition is slated for release on March 7, 2023.
Like Pilkey’s books, which have been translated into 42 languages, the club will have a global reach. “For the initial launch of the Epic Comic Club, we are excited to be able to reach kids in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and through Scholastic’s English language subsidiaries in Asia including China, Malaysia, India, South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand,” said Berger. “For the next phase after launch, we plan to collaborate with Dav’s foreign publishers to make the Epic Comic Club available in their respective markets and languages.”
In addition, Scholastic announced the launch of Dav Pilkey’s Epic Comic Club, an online platform where children can upload their own comics. The COPPA-compliant site is designed to be a safe space for children to showcase their own comics and download activities such as comics prompts, badges and membership cards, and previews and book news.
The Epic Comic Club will serve a similar purpose. “The goal of Dav Pilkey’s Epic Comic Club is to encourage kids around the world to be creative and have fun making their own comics and sharing their stories—all in a safe and moderated environment,” Berger said. Pilkey, who had dyslexia as a child, thought he hated reading until he found comics, she noted. “The panels in comics helped him to learn to read, and comics made him fall in love with reading.”
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