Egmont has signed a book deal with Joseph Garrett, the YouTube star who posts videos about the game Minecraft as the character Stampy Cat.
Garrett has signed a two-book deal and the first title, Stampy’s Lovely Book (h/b, £7.99), features comics, jokes and activities based on Stampy and his friends. Publication is set for 22nd October and a second book, as yet untitled, will follow in 2016.
Emma Cairns Smith, director of global licensing acquisitions at Egmont Publishing, acquired world rights from Garrett’s network Maker Studios.
Cally Poplak, m.d. of Egmont Publishing, said: “Digital platforms are a rich source of talent and content for publishing, so we’re thrilled to welcome Joe, an amazing modern storyteller, to our leading licensed publishing portfolio."
Garrett has been making YouTube videos as Stampy Cat since 2006 and currently has more than six million subscribers on his StampyLongHead YouTube channel, where he uploads a Minecraft video every day.
Egmont is also the official publisher of the Minecraft books.