Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel Adaptations to Continue

The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy's Great Idea color edition cover

Raina Telgemeier, the woman who has revolutionized the graphic novel market by putting out approachable graphic memoirs that have been best-sellers for years, first came to public notice by adapting and drawing comic adaptations of four early Baby-Sitters Club books. The first one came out in 2006, but her later work — Smile and Sisters in particular — became so popular that they reissued her versions in color last year. The four books were

  1. Kristy’s Great Idea
  2. The Truth About Stacey
  3. Mary Anne Saves the Day
  4. Claudia and Mean Janine

In the novel series, they are, respectively, numbers 1, 3, 4, and 7.

Now, there will be two more Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels, but these two will be done by Gale Galligan, a Sequential Art graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design who has a webcomic called Patbird and Galesaur. She was a production assistant on Raina’s Drama, establishing a connection. As tweeted today by Graphix, the Scholastic graphic novel imprint,

Raina responded that she was “happy, excited, proud.”

Dawn and the Impossible Three was #5 in the series. Based on this tweet by a BEA BookCon attendee:

There will be another. My guesses for which one it will be are Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls (#2) or Kristy’s Big Day (#6). Or perhaps they’ll go forward, with #8, Boy-Crazy Stacey. That’s a great title, anyway.

Update: Here’s the formal announcement, that includes the news that Galligan will also be doing two original graphic novels for the publisher, Breakaway and Hazel, for a total of four books in the deal. Below is promotional art Galligan has done of the characters.

Baby-Sitters Club art by Gale Galligan



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