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ACTIONLAB_LOGOAction Lab has signed Eisner- and Harvey Award winner Lea Hernandez‘s new all-ages vampire yarn The Garlicks and answers the question, “Who are the smart guys publishing all-ages and girl-friendly comics?”

Action Lab is already well-known for its stable of all-ages books, starting with Jeremy Whitley’s Eisner-nominatedPrinceless and continuing through the upcoming Molly Danger from Jamal Igle and Skyward from Jeremy Dale. Action Lab’s mission is to bring great comics for kids to the market, and have been actively seeing to expand its offerings to meet that goal.

From the start, Hernandez’s The Garlicks has been gathering heaps of praise: Neil Gaiman has called her work “terrific” and Astro City writer Kurt Busiek called it “…funny, human, silly, gorgeous, sweet, and smart.” Brian Truitt ofUSA Today wrote an extended article praising the book and profiling the amazing work Hernandez was putting into it.

The Garlicks is told from the point of view of the young graphic novelist and vampire Pandora Garlick, who describes herself as a “fail vampire” and is looking for a way to stand out in a supernaturally talented family.

While The Garlicks found a home in the hearts of many readers, it needed the right publisher. Hernandez, a pioneer in webcomics and American manga, says, “Pandora is a character who is near and dear to me and I wanted a smart publisher like Action Lab to get her in front of an adoring legion of readers. I could give minutes of press-friendly rah-rah talk, but here’s what’s important: Coffee and cookies. I’m laying in mountainous supplies of both so I can make the best damn graphic novel about the worst vampire girl you’ve ever seen!”