There’s nothing quite like a debut. The thrill of discovery — when an amazing new talent pops out of the ether, blending familiar influences with a fresh perspective and personal touch that’s all their own — is one of the great joys of reading indie comics. This month, we’re delighted to announce two excellent cartoonists’ first graphic novels.
On a journey to the old world — she discovered a whole new world.
After a messy year of heartbreak and setbacks, Tara sets off to Ireland in search of clues to her family’s ancestry, but what she finds isn’t at all what she expected. Some of it has to do with the lack of records, but a lot has to do with John, the charming cartoonist she met on Twitter. Wrapped in real family history and set amongst the natural beauty of the Irish countryside, Roots is a classic romantic-comedy adventure and a page-turning account of a young woman finding herself.
Rootsby Tara O’Connor
ISBN 978-1-60309-417-7 • Diamond: JUN170548
$19.99 (US) • 176 pages
black & white softcover graphic novel with French flaps, 5″ x 8″ On sale September 2017
Jane is sick of her dead-end life in the suburbs, and desperate for a change. Her old friend Natalie made it out, living in Japan as a fashion model. Now, as Natalie comes back to town on business, Jane sees a way for her friend to do her a favor… whether she likes it or not. Young Australian cartoonist Chris Gooch debuts with a haunting portrait of millennial alienation, tinged with body horror and Greek tragedy, glamour and terror.
Bottledby Chris Gooch
ISBN 978-1-60309-420-7 • Diamond: JUN170551
$19.99 (US) • 288 pages
2-color softcover graphic novel with French flaps, 5.8″ x 8.3″ On sale September 2017
Don’t miss the newest issue of the series critics are calling “funny, sincere, and just generally brilliant” — GUMBALLS!
Erin Nations reflects on the transformative effects of his hormone injections: the good, the bad, and the awkward. After decades of being perceived as a woman and not taken seriously, now the “male privilege” shoe’s on the other foot.
Plus: skateboarding, more childhood antics from Erin’s triplet siblings, and Tobias finally makes a friend — or at least a voodoo-doll buddy!
Gumballs#3by Erin Nations
Diamond: JUN170549 (cover A) and JUN170550 (cover B)
$3.99 (US ) • 32 pages
Full-color comic book, 6.625″ x 9.5”
Not only will we be hosting Congressman John Lewis,Andrew Aydin, andNate Powell to honor March: Book Three‘s record-breakingfourALA awards (Printz Award, Coretta Scott King Award, Sibert Medal, and YALSA Nonfiction Award)…