Fitz and Cleo by Jonathan Stuzman and Heather Fox

I'm turning over Watch. Connect. Read. for the day to Jonathan Stuzman and Heather Fox to share the cover for Fitz and Cleo, their hilarious and adorable debut graphic novel. Take it away, Jonathan and Heather! 

We’re so excited to share the cover of Fitz and Cleo, the first book in our new graphic novel series for young readers. You may know some of our picture books: Llama Destroys the World, Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse, Don’t Feed the Coos! But this is our very first graphic novel! We both grew up wanting to be comics creators; at an early age, we fell in love with classics like Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, and the Sunday morning funnies. Being able to make our own comics-inspired series is a dream come true. 

Part of the fun of graphic novels is how character-driven they are. We had a BLAST creating and spending time with the characters in this book. We can’t wait for you to meet Cleo, the spunky, carefree daydreamer; her brother and best friend, Fitz, the logically-minded introvert; and, of course, their stubborn pet cat, Mister Boo.

One of the inspirations of the book is family. We both have multiple siblings that we’re very close to. Even though we’re all very different, our brothers and sisters have been our best friends since we were kids. Fitz and Cleo is a celebration of that sibling connection, our love of comics, and the creativity of childhood. And best of all...this is only the first of many more adventures!

Look for Fitz and Cleo on May 4, 2021.

Fitz and Cleo are siblings by chance, but best friends by choice. Oh, and they also happen to be ghosts.

Join Cleo, a happy-go-lucky kind of gal, and Fitz, her science-minded brother, as they laugh their way through eleven gut-busting stories, including exploring the beach with a new friend, playing baseball, and gazing at the stars.

Jonathan Stutzman and Heather Fox, the dynamo team responsible for our favorite doomsday-prone Llama, team up again for a silly and heartwarming graphic novel that is perfect for newly independent readers and comics enthusiasts. The book highlights just how bright the world can be when you mix a little fun with some great friends.

Jonathan Stutzman is an award-winning filmmaker and a picture book author. He has writing credits on Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Emmy-winning variety show HitRECord on tv (Pivot). Jonathan is a contributing writer to HitRECord’s best-selling collection the Tiny Book of Tiny Stories (Vol 1–3). He received his masters at Temple University for Film & Digital Media.

Heather Fox is an artist and graphic designer with a love of bold, bright colors. She is the illustrator of Llama Destroys the World, Don’t Feed the Coos, and Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse, all by Jonathan Stutzman. She lives with her husband and their Frenchie in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


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