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The BSC Graphic Novels are graphic novel versions of the Baby-Sitters Club books, which began publication in 2006. The graphic novels have the same plots as the original books, but minor continuity details have been changed (e.g.: Mallory and Jessi join the club earlier). There were originally four books planned by Raina Telgemeier. This was later expanded to a series of books after a re-release of the books in color, with two coming out per year starting in 2021. It is currently unknown how many books will be adapted into graphic novels.

Starting in 2019, the Baby-Sitters Little Sister books began to be adapted into graphic novels.

General Overview

From 2006-2008, four graphic novels by Raina Telgemeier were published by Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, with illustrations in black and white. Telgemeier chose to illustrate BSC book #7, Claudia and Mean Janine, rather than BSC book #2, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls, because she felt it gave more insight into Claudia's character and family.[1]

Later in 2015, after the popularity of some of Telgemeier's other books, the first four graphic novels were re-released in full color with coloring done by Braden Lamb. Because of their sustained popularity, more graphic novels continue to be produced with new authors and illustrators: Gale Galligan for graphic novels #5-8, Gabriela Epstein and Chan Chau alternating for graphic novels #9-12, and new artists for various books announced afterwards.

Kristy's Great Idea was picked by YALSA for their 2007 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, as well as ALA's Booklist 2007 Top Ten Graphic Novels for Youth.

Graphic Novels Published and Announced

Book Release Date Illustrator
#1 Kristy's Great Idea April 2006 (B&W)
April 2015 (Color)
Raina Telgemeier
#2 The Truth About Stacey Nov 2006  (B&W)
July 2015 (Color)
Raina Telgemeier
#3 Mary Anne Saves the Day Sept 2007 (B&W)
Sept 2015 (Color)
Raina Telgemeier
#4 Claudia and Mean Janine Nov 2008 (B&W)
Jan 2016 (Color)
Raina Telgemeier
#5 Dawn and the Impossible Three Sept 2017 Gale Galligan
#6 Kristy's Big Day Aug 2018 Gale Galligan
#7 Boy-Crazy Stacey Sept 2019 Gale Galligan
#8 Logan Likes Mary Anne! Sept 2020 Gale Galligan
#9 Claudia and the New Girl Feb 2021 Gabriela Epstein
#10 Kristy and the Snobs Sept 2021 Chan Chau
#11 Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye Feb 2022 Gabriela Epstein
#12 Jessi's Secret Language Sept 2022 Chan Chau
#13 Mary Anne's Bad Luck Mystery Jan 2023 Cynthia Yuan Cheng
#14 Stacey’s Mistake October 2023 Ellen T Crenshaw
#15 Claudia and the Bad Joke December 2023 Arley Nopra
#16 Kristy and the Walking Disaster September 2024 Ellen T Crenshaw
#17 Mallory and the Trouble with Twins March 2025 Arley Nopra

Trivia

  • In Dawn and the Impossible Three when Stacey and Dawn are counting the Pike kids, Vanessa Pike, is seen reading Ghosts, written by Raina Telgemeier, who was the original illustrator of the graphic novels. This likely might make fun of the Ghosts cameo of Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, Stacey, Dawn, Karen, and David Michael.
    • According to the illustration of Vanessa reading Ghosts, if you read the actual book, on the still where Catrina "Cat" (the protagonist) goes to the fountain at the Day of the Dead party, you can see Kristy, Mary Anne, Stacey, Dawn, Claudia, Karen, and David Michael in the crowd.
  • In Raina Telgemeier's book Sisters, her teenage self's presents is "the newest Baby-Sitters Club book" for Christmas.
  • Gale Galligan's drawing technique is different from Raina's: Even when the character is not surprised, their are always large showing the white part of it; the character‘s teeth are always shown when the character's mouth is open.
  • There seems to be a loose pattern as to which book will come after; while books are generally in original publication order, some books have been skipped over or moved around. This is likely to allow more character focus on more active character plots. For example, Raina Telgemeier chose to have Claudia's first book be Claudia and Mean Janine rather than Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls as she felt it gave more insight into Claudia's character and family, and Kristy and the Snobs was released after Claudia and the New Girl so that Kristy didn't have two books close without another Claudia-focused book between. Other books have been adapted into plots rather than standing alone due to plot or character reasons; Mallory's addition to the club in Hello, Mallory was integrated into the plot of Dawn and the Impossible Three because in Claudia and Mean Janine, Kristy thought of her joining while Jessi arrives in Logan Likes Mary Anne, because Mallory met her at the beginning of the 8th grade.
  • It’s unclear why The Ghost at Dawn's House and Little Miss Stoneybrook ...and Dawn have not been adapted into graphic novels, but it's likely either due to plot or character reasons. Currently Dawn has only been the narrator of one book, while Mallory did not narrate a book until Mallory and the Trouble with Twins (her debut book was integrated into Dawn's).
  • With Stacey leaving in Goodbye, Stacey, Good-Bye it's theorized that there will be a graphic novel version of Welcome Back, Stacey! at some point.

Gallery

Black and White edition front covers (#1-4)

Full Color Front Covers

Book Character Profiles

Profiles at the start of the books introduce the reader to the current club members and their names and images. Books #1-3 used the same profile pictures (but with differently colored backgrounds). Book #4 introduced new member Dawn. Book #5 introduced new illustrator Gale Galligan, so the profile is drawn differently and Dawn became Alternate Officer. Book #6 introduced new member Mallory and showed new illustrations. Book #7 keeps the same profile but with a different background color. Book #9 introduced new member Jessi. Book #12 Stacey left to move back to New York. Book #14 Stacey is part of the NYC branch of the BSC.

Stills and Pictures

Artwork

External Links


References

BSC Graphic Novels
#1 Kristy's Great Idea | #2 The Truth About Stacey | #3 Mary Anne Saves the Day | #4 Claudia and Mean Janine | #5 Dawn and the Impossible Three | #6 Kristy's Big Day | #7 Boy-Crazy Stacey | #8 Logan Likes Mary Anne! | #9 Claudia and the New Girl | #10 Kristy and the Snobs | #11 Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye | #12 Jessi's Secret Language | #13 Mary Anne's Bad Luck Mystery | #14 Stacey's Mistake | #15 Claudia and the Bad Joke | #16 Kristy and the Walking Disaster | #17 Mallory and the Trouble with Twins BSC Graphic Novels
Baby-sitters Little Sister Graphic Novels
#1 Karen's Witch | #2 Karen's Roller Skates | #3 Karen's Worst Day | #4 Karen's Kittycat Club | #5 Karen's School Picture | #6 Karen's Birthday | #7 Karen's Haircut | #8 Karen's Sleepover (Graphic Novel) | #9 Karen's Grandmothers | #10 Karen's Prize (Graphic Novel) | #11 Karen's Ghost | Baby-Sitters Little Sister (Graphic Novels)
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