Studio MDHR Announces Cuphead Novel

Published: September 4, 2019 3:00 PM /


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Cuphead merch is easy to find nowadays, between Funko POP! figures, stickers, shirts, and even cereal. Now, Cuphead is making another leap, this time onto print media, with a newly announced novel called Cuphead in Carnival Chaos.

Today, Cuphead developers Studio MDHR announced the publishing of an original novel based on the game. While it's primarily for "young readers," they also assure those who are "young at heart" will enjoy it too. Coupled in its 272 pages are over 20 illustrations and a fully-fledged story. It is set to release on March 3rd, 2020 for $14.99.

Here is the premise of the novel, per the book's official listing:

It’s a special day on the Inkwell Isles: Elder Kettle’s birthday! Yes, sirree, it’s a very special day. So Cuphead and Mugman need to find the perfect gift to honor their beloved mentor. But along the way, the brothers and their new friend Ms. Chalice are captivated by the sights and sounds of the carnival that just rolled into town. Despite Elder Kettle’s warning that the attraction is filled with liars and thieves, the trio gets reeled in.
Cuphead in Carnival Chaos is published by Little Brown and Company, a publisher known for books centered on young readers. The novel is written by Ron Bates, also known for writing books for young readers, particularly those in middle school.

If you are interested in Cuphead in Carnival Chaos, you can pre-order it now for $14.99, and it releases on March 3rd, 2020.

Quick Take

Studio MDHR deserves all the success, but the appeal of Cuphead to younger audiences is weird. On one hand, it's kind of expected for children to enjoy a cartoonish game, but on the other hand, it's a difficult game so I can't see that appealing to younger audiences. But maybe I'm just out of touch with the kids nowadays! Still, I'm excited to see how this book turns out.

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