Dragons, I missed out on Free Comic Book Day last weekend and I’m still sad about it. So, to cheer myself up, I combed the internet in search of upcoming graphic novels that I’m looking forward to reading. Comics and lists are two things that almost always make me happy; hopefully this list gives you some awesome things too look forward to as well!
My Favorite Thing is Monsters Vol. 2 by Emil Ferris
Release date: October 12, 2017
What it’s about: Karen Reyes is 10 years old and lives in Chicago during the 1960’s. She is obsessed with horror movie monsters, and her apartment building is filled with eccentric characters and more than one mystery that needs unraveling by a pre-teen sleuth.
Why I’m excited about it: I wanted this list to be first volumes or stand-alones only, but My Favorite Thing is Monsters is just TOO GOOD not to include. The artwork in the first volume was mind boggling great and the story took way more twists and turns than I expected. I can’t wait for the second volume to come out.
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
Release date: October 17, 2017
What it’s about: A new volume of autobiographical comics and illustrated essays from the creator of Hyperbole and a Half!
Why I’m excited about it: I’m pretty sure that Allie Brosh’s comics are one of the world’s great unifiers. Everybody likes them. They’re like videos of adorable floppy puppies or the smell of fresh cut grass (if puppy videos and mowed lawns also provided insightful commentary about coping with depression and jokes about Kenny Loggins).
Is This Guy For Real? by Box Brown
Release date: February 6, 2018
What it’s about: A graphic biography of the entertainer/performance artist Andy Kaufman.
Why I’m excited about it: Box Brown does a remarkable job of making subjects that sound only moderately interesting to me completely fascinating. I’ve read his graphic biography of Andre the Giant and his graphic history of Tetris and they were both outstanding. Normally, I would not be particularly interested in reading an Andy Kaufman biography, but I am absolutely interested in reading one written and illustrated by Box Brown.
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Release date: February 13, 2018
What it’s about: Prince Sebastian loves wearing dresses and is secretly becoming a fashion icon in 19th century France. The only person who knows his covert activities is Frances, his dressmaker. As Sebastian and Frances’s collaboration grows, so do their feelings for each other.
Why I’m excited about it: I’m a sucker for a fairy-tale-inspired stories and this one looks to be a lovely twist on the genre focusing on gender expression and identity. Jen Wang’s art is also consistently great.
Worst World by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Release date: none announced yet (ack!)
What it’s about: I haven’t found a ton of information about the plot for this one, but it appears to be about a punk band in Los Angeles.
Why I’m excited about it: Because I love Scott Pilgrim forever and will never not be excited about a new Bryan Lee O’Malley comic.
Until next time, find the stories that make you stronger. #WorkOutNerdOut