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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: All-Ages & YA

Time to check out what's looking good for upcoming all-ages and YA material!

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) James Asmus, Ian Flynn, Sam Maggs (A) Jack Lawrence, Sara Pitre-Durocher, Casey W. Coller, Priscilla Tramontano (A/CA) Tony Fleecs

Collecting the comic book crossover event of the year where Ponies, Autobots, and Decepticons mix it up together!

When Queen Chrysalis casts a spell looking for more changelings, she accidentally interferes with a malfunctioning Spacebridge! What's this mean for our favorite fillies? There are suddenly a bunch of Autobots and Decepticons in Equestria! And as the dust settles, Rarity and Arcee find themselves teaming up against a hostile Decepticon force. Plus Spike and Grimlock; Pinkie Pie, Gauge, and Shockwave; Fluttershy, Discord, and Soundwave; Rainbow Dash and Windblade; and Optimus Prime and Twilight Sparkle all team up for more adventures because in the end, Pony and Autobots are both fighting for friendship.


Why this caught my eye:

Hey, there's an entire section of this where Fluttershy makes friends with Soundwave's tape cassette animals. There's also an entire section where the little dragon from MLP makes friends with Grimlock and it is fantastic. This has to be one of the most wholesome and genuinely goodest thing to be published in a while.



(W) Brenna Thummler (A) Brenna Thummler

Marjorie Glatt's life hasn't been the same ever since she discovered a group of ghosts hiding in her family's laundromat. Wendell, who died young and now must wander the earth as a ghost with nothing more than a sheet for a body, soon became one of Marjorie's only friends. But when Marjorie finally gets accepted by the popular kids at school, she begins to worry that if anyone learns about her secret ghost friends, she'll be labeled as a freak who sees dead people. With Marjorie's insistence on keeping Wendell's ghost identity a secret from her new friends, Wendell begins to feel even more invisible than he already is. Eliza Duncan feels invisible, too. She's an avid photographer, and her zealous interest in finding and photographing ghosts gets her labeled as different by all the other kids in school. Constantly on the outside, Eliza begins to feel like a ghost herself. Marjorie must soon come to terms with the price she pays to be accepted by the popular kids. Is it worth losing her friend Wendell? Is she partially to blame for the bullying Eliza endures?

Following the events of Sheets, Brenna Thummler's second original graphic novel, Delicates, tells a powerful story about what it means to fit in, and those who are left on the outside. It shows what it's like to feel invisible, and the importance of feeling seen. Above all, it is a story of asking for help when all seems dark, and bringing light to those who need it most.


Why this caught my eye:

Sheets was/is a big deal for educators and librarians and it was one of the more consistent books that our non-profit needed to keep in stock, so this should be a great follow up to try and get into classes. Tackling the subjects of being seen and accepted is a huge deal, bringing into focus some of the mental health aspects of popularity in school.



(W) Stephanie Cooke, Insha Fitzpatrick (A) Juliana Moon

Karen is just an average thirteen-year-old from New Jersey who loves to play video games with her friends and watch movies with her mom. But when she moves to Greece to live with her eccentric, mysterious father, Zed, suddenly everything she thought about herself - about life - is up in the air. Starting a new school can be difficult, but starting school at Mt. Olympus Junior High, where students are gods and goddesses, just might take the cake. Especially when fellow classmates start getting turned to stone. Greek mythology... a little less myth, a little more eek! And if Karen's classmates are immortal beings, who does that make her? Available in softcover and hardcover editions.


Why this caught my eye:

Sounds pretty cute, and a fun way to play with Greek mythology. Moon's artwork looks pretty great as well, kinda has a little bit of a Colleen Coover vibe.



(W) Katie Schenkel (A) Jimena Sanchez

A young wolf named Daisy has just spotted new neighbors moving into the glen, and they're magical unicorns! But she's sure the majestic creatures would never want to be friends with a mangy wolf. So Daisy comes up with a foolproof plan. She'll use her knitting skills to craft a unicorn disguise! Can Daisy sneak into the herd, and will she ever be able to reveal her true self? In this Far Out Fables adventure, Aesop's "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" is retold with a playful twist!


Why this caught my eye:

The Far Out Fables books are a pretty charming series, and I'm glad that they've kept expanding the series. There's a certain derpiness to this cover that also just makes my soul feel better.



(W) Wauter Mannaert (A) Wauter Mannaert

In this silly, action-packed middle-grade graphic novel, a young chef is the only one who can protect her town from an onslaught of scientifically enhanced, highly addictive potatoes.

Eleven-year-old Yasmina and her single dad lead a modest life in a cramped apartment in a bustling city. But even though money is tight, they eat like kings. Every day, Yasmina uses her cookbooks and fresh vegetables from the community garden to whip up gourmet meals. That is, until the day the garden is bulldozed and replaced by a field of scientifically enhanced potatoes that are, quite literally, addictive! The whole city-and even Yasmina's dad-is going mad for these potatoes. And what's more, they're slobbering, chasing cats, and howling at the moon!

What's the secret ingredient in these potatoes that has everyone acting like a bunch of crazy canines? Yasmina needs to find a cure, and fast!


Why this caught my eye:

Once again it wouldn't be a complete installment of an all-ages upcoming spotlight if there wasn't a cooking comic included. Mannaert did the GN about Weegee a while back that I really enjoyed, and while this is a huuuuge departure in content I really appreciate his style.


That's it for this batch, we'll take a look at some upcoming auto/bio books next time around!

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