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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: All-Ages & YA

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

Oddly enough I didn't come across any cooking comics this time around, but there are plenty of pirates and cats so call it even?

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(W) Sam Maggs (A) Kendra Wells

A swashbuckling adventure inspired by the historical exploits of real-life female pirates. Anne Bonny had it all-her own ship, a pirate crew, and a fearsome reputation-but a new enemy has her on the run and it'll take all of Anne's courage to stay afloat. The night before a major heist, Anne has an unsettling dream, and come morning, the robbery is thwarted by Woodes Rogers, a zealot who has sworn to eliminate piracy. With no plan to escape, Anne must persuade her crew to seek the meaning of her dream-or perish. Full of sass, solidarity, and swordplay, Tell No Tales is a graphic novel about belonging, belief, and how far we're willing to go to protect the ones we love.


Why this caught my eye:

Maggs is a fun writer and I'm loving Wells' art from what I'm seeing on their website. This is also a great subject matter to expand on, so I hope they keep going.



(W) Ben Slabak (A) Francesca Carita

Scoot Imprint! Imagine a parallel Earth during The Age of Discovery. Imagine The Pirates of the Caribbean where the prize is a fantastical power wielded by a mysterious individual known simply as "The Mapmaker." Any map he creates comes to life, a power highly desired by King Gus, who will stop at nothing to obtain it. The crew of the privateer ship The Rogue Wave, captained by the courageous Lei Li, are the only ones standing in their way with a mission to deliver The Mapmaker's successor before his power wanes and is lost forever. A fun tale for all ages! Enjoy the first issue of this NON-STOP! followed by the entire story collected soon after in one volume.


Why this caught my eye:

I'm generally interested in how a bunch of the indy companies are expanding into all-ages and it looks like Scout is really going for it lately. Plus Francesca Carità's style on the cover really popped for me.



(W) Chris Duffy (A) Falynn Koch

In this volume, learn how horses were brought to the Western Hemisphere by Spanish conquistadors and immediately became a crucial part of the American story. For the Spanish, they were a tool of conquest. For Native Americans, they brought on a new way of life where horsemanship and horse-trading were central. And for the entire world, wild mustangs became a renowned wonder of the American West. DEC201488

Why this caught my eye:

Listen, you get this into some classrooms and libraries and there will be some kids totally freaking out and into it. The wider the spectrum of subjects in graphic novel form, the better.



(W) Guiseppe Falco (A) Guiseppe Falco

Scoot! Imprint! The African savannah. Sengi, the little mouse, finds himself alone after the death of his mother and must learn to survive. Tembo, the old elephant, feels that his life is coming to an end. So he decides to leave his herd to try to reach the "Land without beginning," a mythical place accessible by a secret passage to the west. For a few days, this pragmatic mouse and even-tempered elephant will join paths. Enjoy the first issue of this NON-STOP! title followed by the entire story collected soon after in one volume.


Why this caught my eye:

Scout has previously done this release schedule before of putting one single issue out as a sampler and then the entire trade afterwards, so I'll assume it's been working for them so far. I'm always interested in seeing how successful those models can be, and it strikes me that it can work decently for younger audiences. Get the kid hooked and asking for the rest of the story and you have a double purchase, and if the single doesn't hook them then oh well it only cost only $2 as opposed to $20. Falco's art is pretty interesting as well, and now I'm also pretty interested in these horror and sci-fi books you can check out on his blog.



(W) Colleen AF Venable (A) Stephanie Yue

Katie is dreading the boring summer ahead while her best friends are all away at camp-something that's way out of Katie and her mom's budget, UNLESS Katie can figure out a way earn the money for camp herself. But when Katie gets a job catsitting for her mysterious upstairs neighbor, life get interesting. First, Madeline has 217 cats (!) and they're not exactly...normal cats.

Also, why is Madeline always out EXACTLY when the city's most notorious villain commits crimes?! Is it possible that Katie's upstairs neighbor is really a super villain? Can Katie wrangle a whole lot of wayward cats, save a best friendship (why is Beth barely writing back? And who's this boy she keeps talking about?!), AND crack the biggest story in the city's history...


Why this caught my eye:

One of those cats on the cover has throwing stars, so I'm pretty sold. This also sounds like it's just a lot of fun, and I really like the look of Yue's artwork.


Circle back next Sat and we'll take a look at some action-adventure titles!

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