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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: All-Ages & YA

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

Time to check out some upcoming all-ages and YA titles that caught my eye in the order forms!

You'll see that I'll try to include a little order code with most items (ex:JUL200019). Show some love to your retailer and use those codes when you can, it saves a lot of time on the data entry end of things.



(W) Jonathan Garnier (A/CA) Yohan Sacre

Having read every book in his tiny village, young Timo decides it is time to leave home and become a hero. And while that is easier said than done, Timo is determined to succeed. When he rescues an enchanted beast named Broof, Timo gains a gruff and reluctant ally. But little does good-hearted Timo suspect that Broof's mysterious past will bring complications to his journey.... An engaging hero, surprising plot twists, and a host of fantastical creatures keep readers turning the pages of this spelling-binding fantasy.

Jonathan Garnier has worked in graphic design, video games, and comics-not only as a writer, but also as an editor and art director. He lives in France.

Yohan Sacré is a graphic novelist and children's book illustrator. He lives in Belgium. JUL201180

Why this caught my eye:

Sacré's art caught my eye and after scrolling through Instagram I'm pretty sold. This sounds like will it be a nice fantasy adventure story as well, and I like the little hint that the protagonist is a bit of a bibliophile.



(W) Nnedi Okorafor, Vita Ayala (A) Leonardo Romero, Paul Davidson, Rachael Stott (CA) Skottie Young

The Black Panther's techno-genius sister stars in her own incredible adventures! T'Challa has disappeared, and Wakanda expects Shuri to lead their great nation in his absence! But she's happiest in a lab surrounded by her inventions. She'd rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them down! So it's time for Shuri to rescue her brother yet again - with a little help from Storm, Rocket Raccoon and Groot! But what happens when her outer-space adventure puts Africa at risk from an energy-sapping alien threat? Then, Shuri heads to America to investigate a lead, with Ms. Marvel and Miles "Spider-Man" Morales along for the ride! But with her people in peril, will Shuri embrace her reluctant destiny and become the Black Panther once more? Prepare for a hero like you've never seen before!

Collecting SHURI #1-10. Ages 10 & Up


Why this caught my eye:

I'm so glad that Marvel is keeping up this format of releases, being able to get these stories into the hands of young readers at $12.99 is so much better than the usual price for half the content. And the more Wakanda centric material from Marvel we can get out right now the better.



(W) Merwan (A/CA) Bertrand Gatignol

Jeanne is a little girl who lives with Pistouvi, a young fox, in a charming little cabin at the top of a giant tree, surrounded by a prairie tended by a giant 'tractor-man' and the wind-spirit he loves. Together they spend days frolicking without responsibility, but soon, adulthood creeps into their lives... An adorable, endearing, manga-like fairy tale.


Why this caught my eye:

I just now realized this was illustrated by the artist of the Ogre Gods series, one of my favorites of the past year. Considering how dark those are I'm very curious to see how this turns out.



(W/A) Alejandra Green, Fanny Rodriguez

Welcome to Nothing! Despite its name, this is a fantastic land where humans and magical volken coexist peacefully - at least they try to coexist... This is the tale of Nathan, an ordinary human (or so he thinks) living an ordinary life (or so he wishes). Everything changes when he wakes up in the middle of nowhere and meets Haven, a mysterious creature who is neither human nor volken. Oh, and the two of them are being chased by volken mercenaries: a grumpy wolf named Bardou and a delightful crow named Sina. Nathan soon learns he has mysterious powers inside him, even though humans aren't supposed to have magic. But there's no time to dwell on that because this discovery sets the group on a perilous quest with the fate of Nothing resting on Nathan's shoulders! Available in softcover and hardcover editions. AUG201455

Why this caught my eye:

From the preview images on their website this looks to be visually stunning and it sounds like a true passion project. Check out more of the creators works at their twitters:



(W) Lily LaMotte (A) Ann Xu

Twelve-year-old Cici has just moved to Seattle from Taiwan, and the only thing she wants more than to fit in is to celebrate A-má's 70th birthday together. Since she can't go to A-má, Cici cooks up a plan to bring A-má to her and surprise her parents-by winning the grand prize in a kids' cooking contest to pay for A-má's ticket!

There's just one problem: Cici only knows how to cook Taiwanese food. And after her pickled cucumbers are mistaken for worms at lunch, she's determined to cook something American. Channeling her inner Julia Child, she cooks her way closer to the prize money-that is until she starts to lose herself in the competition. But Cici can't let A-má down, even if it means combining her newfound American identity with the flavors of home.

Cici navigates the blending of her Taiwanese culture and her new American identity with heart and bravery. Measuring Up combines the popularity of MasterChef Junior with the immigration and identity struggles of American Born Chinese, and the girl power of Roller Girl.


Why this caught my eye:

It wouldn't be an all-ages showcase without me trying to fit in some sort of cooking book. This sounds like a sweet mixture of a coming of age story and dealing with issues of imigration and identity, and anytime anything can be framed within the context of cooking I'm definitely down.


That does it for this batch! Next up we'll look at some drama/slice of life titles!

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