Scholastic also teased the 25th anniversary edition of The Adventures of Captain Underpants, the first book in the illustrated chapter book series that gave birth to Dog Man. (The main characters in the Captain Underpants books, George and Harold, drew Dog Man comics in kindergarten, and in the final volume they read their old comics and decide to make more.) The special edition, slated for release on March 7, 2023, will include a bonus 32-page comic featuring both characters.
Along with the book news, Scholastic launched Dav Pilkey’s Epic Comic Club, a COPPA-compliant online platform where children can create and upload their own comics.
Pilkey’s Dog Man and Cat Kid books have been consistent best-sellers, and the price hike on new editions of the earlier titles doesn’t seem to have hurt sales much (see “Full Year 2021 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Kids Graphic Novels”).