New Kid, New Comic. Cat Kid Comic Club #5 Release Date Announced


The popular Cat Kid Comic Club graphic novel series is written and illustrated by bestselling American author and cartoonist Dav Pilkey. Inspired by his childhood love of comic books and superhero stories, Pilkey first created the characters such as Li’l Petey, Flippy, and Molly as a kid himself. The series follows the adventures of the Cat Kid Comic Club, as they create their own comics, develop new superheroes, and get up to fun hijinks along the way.

Dav Pilkey is best known as the author and illustrator behind the wildly popular children’s book series Captain Underpants and Dog Man. He has sold over 80 million copies worldwide and won numerous awards for his humorous, engaging stories that bring joy to young readers. With the Cat Kid Comic Club books, Pilkey returns to his own origin story as a creative kid who loved to draw and write his own comics.

Previous Books in the Series

The Cat Kid Comic Club series by Dav Pilkey began in September 2020 with the release of Cat Kid Comic Club. This 128-page inaugural book introduced readers to the Comic Club members – flippy, molly, Li’l Petey, and 21 baby frogs – as they told stories and made their own comics. It was released on September 1, 2020.

The second book, Cat Kid Comic Club: Perspectives, followed on January 5, 2021. In this 144-page volume, the Cat Kid Comic Club explored the idea of perspective, both in art and in stories. They experimented with shifting perspectives to tell engaging tales.

Book #3, titled Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose, arrived on September 21, 2021. Spanning 176 pages, this story followed the Comic Club as they considered their purposes as artists and storytellers. They learned to create comics with intention and meaning.

The most recent volume, Cat Kid Comic Club: Comedy Club, was published on January 4, 2022. In this 208-page book, humor took center stage. The friends played with different kinds of comedy while making each other laugh.

Announcement of Book #5

Book 5 in the Cat Kid Comic Club series was officially announced by author Dav Pilkey in October 2022. Pilkey revealed the news on social media, stating that the fifth book would be releasing in spring 2023 (exact date still unannounced). The post included the official title for book 5 – Influencers: A Graphic Novel. Pilkey described some initial details, saying the book would feature the Cat Kid Comic Club members dealing with a crisis situation and exploring the world of online influencers.

Fans were thrilled with the surprise announcement. The previous book (#4 On Purpose) had only released in April 2022, so news of the next installment coming so soon was exciting for Pilkey’s loyal readers. The post quickly amassed enthusiastic comments from fans who can’t wait to get their hands on the new graphic novel.

Title and Cover Art Reveal

The title for the fifth book in the Cat Kid Comic Club series was announced on April 12, 2023 to be Cat Kid Comic Club: Influencers. The colorful cover art, revealed on June 14, 2023, features Li’l Petey dressed up as an influencer posing for a selfie. In the background, other characters like Flippy, Molly, and Melvin are also dressed up and taking pictures. The publisher described the cover as “eye-catching” and said it hints at the social media theme of the new book.

According to the Dog Man Wiki – Fandom article (, the book’s title and cover art reveal generated excitement among fans eagerly awaiting the fifth installment of the series.

Release Date

Book 5 in the Cat Kid Comic Club graphic novel series by Dav Pilkey is scheduled to be released on November 28, 2023 according to the Amazon product listing. The official release date was announced by the publisher, Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic.

Previous books in the popular series have also followed an annual November release schedule. Book 1 was published November 2020, Book 2 in November 2021, and Book 3 in November 2022. Fans can likely expect the new Cat Kid Comic Club book to arrive in time for the 2023 holiday season.

Pre-Order Information

Cat Kid Comic Club #5: Influencers is available for pre-order now at major book retailers before its release on September 20, 2022. Fans who want to guarantee they get a copy right away can pre-order Influencers from:

Pre-orders allow fans to get the book delivered right away when it comes out. Some retailers also offer exclusive editions only available through pre-order.

Story and New Characters

Author and illustrator Dav Pilkey revealed some details about the story and new characters in Cat Kid Comic Club #5: Influencers. According to the Dog Man Wiki, the book will follow Li’l Petey, Flippy, and Molly as they inspire a group of twenty-one baby frog siblings to keep making their own unique comics. This continues the series’ theme of encouraging kids to embrace their creativity and individuality.

Some of the new characters featured will likely be these baby frog siblings, though specific names and details have not been announced yet by Pilkey. The book’s title, Influencers, hints that these young frogs may look up to Li’l Petey and his friends as mentors. As the club’s initial members share their passion for comics, they will influence a new generation of creators.

While full plot details remain under wraps, we can expect another fun story promoting self-expression and imagination. The introduction of the frog siblings provides an opportunity to watch the club expand its reach and inspire others. Fans eagerly await meeting these new characters when Cat Kid Comic Club #5 releases later this year.

Author Comments

Author and illustrator Dav Pilkey has shared his excitement for the upcoming release of Cat Kid Comic Club #5. In an interview, Pilkey said he drew inspiration from his own childhood stories and love of comic books when creating the new graphic novel (Amazon).

“I’m thrilled for readers to meet the new characters and dive into the fun storylines in this book,” Pilkey commented. “The core message is about supporting one another through tough times, which feels especially important nowadays.”

Pilkey has mentioned looking forward to hearing reactions from young readers when the book comes out. As with previous books in the series, he hopes the humor and illustrations will resonate with kids and help spark their creativity.

Fan Reactions

Fans of the Cat Kid Comic Club series have been eagerly anticipating the release of book #5 ever since the previous book came out. When author and illustrator Dav Pilkey first announced the fifth book in July 2022, fans immediately took to social media to share their excitement.

Many fans posted reactions on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other platforms. They speculated on what the story would be about, what new characters might appear, and expressed their eagerness to get their hands on the new book as soon as possible.

Fans created fan art depicting characters from the series and imagined what they might look like in the upcoming fifth installment. Popular fan accounts dedicated to the series spread the release date news far and wide to notify fans across the world.

The overwhelming consensus among fans online has been pure enthusiasm. Comments have been overwhelmingly positive, praising Dav Pilkey’s creativity, humor, and ability to consistently deliver entertaining new stories. Fans cite the Cat Kid Comic Club books as some of their favorite new graphic novel series, and they can’t wait to see what Pilkey has in store for book #5.


Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey is a beloved graphic novel series that has captivated young readers. The announcement of book #5 is exciting news for fans who can’t wait to get their hands on the latest installment.

Pilkey’s hilarious comics about the adventures of Naomi, Melvin, Flippy and friends teach valuable lessons about creativity, art, and collaboration. Readers will be eager to see the new characters and storylines featured in the upcoming book.

With the reveal of the title and cover art, the release date announcement generates anticipation and buzz. Fans can now look forward to pre-ordering the book and adding it to their collections when it comes out later this year.

Cat Kid Comic Club #5 is sure to inspire creativity and imagination in readers of all ages. Its themes of friendship, fun and following your dreams resonate deeply. We can’t wait to see what Pilkey has in store this time!

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