The Smurfs

Thursday, August 12, 2010
By Sara Moore


The popular 1980’s cartoon, The Smurfs, which is currently being filmed as a live-action movie starring Katy Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, and George Lopez, will be available as a graphic novel series at the end of the month.

“Not many people realize that the Smurfs originally appeared in comics starting in the late fifties,” said Papercutz Publisher Terry Nantier, the company that is publishing the novels. “This is a classic of children’s comics that has sold over 50 million books worldwide in many languages.” After an animated movie in 1976, The Smurfs became an animated Saturday morning television series on NBC in 1981 and ran for nine seasons. The episodes are currently in reruns on Cartoon Network’s Boomerang channel and are also available on DVD.

The first graphic novel Papercutz will release entitled, The Purple Smurf, has never been published in English until now. In this story, when a strange fly bites one of the Smurfs, a full-blown epidemic erupts. After being bitten, a Smurf turns purple, his vocabulary is reduced to one word (“gnap!”), and he goes berserk. It’s up to Papa Smurf to find a cure before all of the Smurfs lose their minds for good!

The Smurfs graphic novels are full-color at $5.99 in paperback and $10.99 in hardcover in a 6½ x 9 inch format. Each book is 56 pages, except “The Smurfs and the Magic Flute,” which is 64 pages. Look for the first of the series on August 31, 2010.

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