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Battling Boy

Pope, Paul. Battling Boy. Color by Hilary Sycamore. First Second: New York, 2013. Print.

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Battling Boy tells the story of a God boy sent from the Gilded Realm down to the Earthly city of Acropolis on his thirteenth birthday to do his Rambling, a rite of passage test for young gods-in-training from within his realm. Battling Boy must fight against a gang of monsters, but has to deal with attention from city officials and Aurora, the daughter of deceased crime fighter Haggard West. Follow Battling Boy as he begins his rambling and struggles to find himself without the assistance of his father.

Visual and textual style: explosive drawings, dense illustrations, expressive, humor, plot jumps

Potential readers/appeal factors: coming-of-age story, fantasy, monsters, violence, myth, folklore


  • Pope’s Batman: Year 100 has won multiple awards and can be found listed on many Top 10 Batman story lists.
  • Recognized as Master Artist by the American Council of the Arts in 2010
  • Pope has sat on the ACA advisory board.
  • Strange Adventures from DC Comics won the National Cartoonist Society’s Reuben Award for Best Comic Book of the year in 2010.
  • Battling Boy was an NPR Best Book of 2013.
  • Battling Boy was an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book and a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens
  • Pope won:
    • 2006 Eisner Award for Best Short story for “Teenaged Sidekick” in Solo #3 (DC Comics)
    • 2007 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series for Batman: Year 100
    • 2007 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist for Batman: Year 100
  • Pope was nominated by Friends of Lulu for a “Lulu of the Year” in 2000.

Other pertinent information

  • In addition to working in comics, Pope has also worked with fashion labels Diesel Industries and DKNY.

Strange Adventures

Strange Adventures won the National Cartoonist Society's Reuben Award for Best Comic Book of the Year in 2010.