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BOOM! Announces Girlsplaining: A (Sorta) Memoir

BOOM! Studios has announced a  new original graphic novel Girlsplaining: A (Sorta) Memoir, by cartoonist Katja Klengel, tackling the subjects that have shaped her life: from body shaming to the exploration of her sexuality, and from the representation of women in the media to the social pressure on women who don’t have children, available in March 2021.

Why do we fear the word “vulva” so much? Do we really have to be ashamed of our body hair? Why do gender roles in children’s toys seem to be stuck in the ‘50s? With a sense of humor, an open heart, and unsparing candor, Klengel looks back on her childhood through the lens of the popular culture that shaped her identity and examines what being a woman today means to her (and really, a whole lot of us!).

Girlsplaining: A (Sorta) Memoir is for Mature Readers and will be available for sale in March 2021.

Girlsplaining: A (Sorta) Memoir

Preview: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #12

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #12

(W) Matthew Erman (A) Jo Migyeong (CA) Mona Finden
In Shops: Oct 21, 2020
SRP: $3.99

All-Maudra Mayrin and Kam’Lu may have finally escaped the belly of the beast, but their journey is not yet over. From the depths of the Silver Sea, in the bowels of Thra, an ancient enemy emerges, one that threatens to destroy their whole world!

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #12

Preview: Jim Henson’s the Dark Crystal Age of Resistance Vol. 2 the Ballad of Hup & Barfinnious

Jim Henson’s the Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Vol. 2 the Ballad of Hup & Barfinnious

(W) Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews, Adam Cesare (A) French Carlomagno (L) Jim Campbell (CA) Conor Nolan
In Shops: Oct 14, 2020
SRP: $22.99

AN OFFICIAL PREQUEL TO THE HIT NETFLIX SERIES! Return to Thra in a time before the Age of Resistance to meet Hup – the breakout star of Netflix’s hit Dark Crystal series, who’s a Podling cook dreaming of being a Paladin – and who discovers that sometimes it’s not good when your wishes come true! One day, the chivalrous bard Barfinnious comes to Hup’s village with tales of former glory and charms the Podling into leaving his small town to journey into adventure. But the longer they travel, the more Hup begins to doubt that Barfinnious is truly who he says he is… Based on a story by Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series writers, Will Matthews & Jeff Addiss, Adam Cesare (Clown in a Cornfield) and French Carlomagno (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) present an official prequel to the next chapter of the pop culture phenomenon, now streaming on Netflix. Collects Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #5-8.

Jim Henson's the Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Vol. 2 the Ballad of Hup & Barfinnious

Review: Bolivar

Bolivar is a beloved graphic novel by Sean Rubin and published by the BOOM! Studios imprint Archaia that follows a young girl who attempts to find out more about her next door neighbor Bolivar, who’s also a dinosaur.

Out for a few years now, the graphic novel is now available in softcover. If you missed the original release, now’s a perfect time to get it and see what you missed with this modern classic.

Story: Sean Rubin
Art: Sean Rubin

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.


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Preview: Bolivar SC

Bolivar SC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Sean Rubin
Artist: Sean Rubin
Cover Artist: Sean Rubin
Price: $14.99

Meet the dinosaur next door in Sean Rubin’s debut graphic novel, and explore this love letter to New York City in an all-ages adventure perfect for anyone who’s ever felt out of place.
Sybil knows that there is something off about her next-door neighbor, but she can’t seem to get anyone to believe her. Everyone is so busy going about their days in the busy streets of New York City that they don’t notice Bolivar. They don’t notice his odd height, his tiny arms, or his long tail. No one but Sybil sees that Bolivar is a dinosaur!

Bolivar SC

Review: Slaughterhouse-Five OGN


Slaughterhouse-Five is one of my favorite books, and is hands down my favorite of Kurt Vonnegut’s novels. I happened upon it in college, with no prior knowledge of its content and no awareness of who Vonnegut was. Something about the book cover just drew me to the novel. I ended up missing class the next day because I stayed up all night reading it. Then once I’d finished, I turned right around and read it again. I may not have learned anything in class the day after buying the book, but Slaughterhouse-5 taught me a lot about what good fiction can deliver to the reader.

Published by Archaia, a division of Boom! Entertainment, Slaughterhouse-Five has now been adapted into an original graphic novel. Vonnegut’s classic anti-war allegory disguised as science-fiction is presented by writer Ryan North as it never has been before. Presenting the story, and its purposely non-linear narrative as a graphic novel is brilliant. Linking visuals to Billy Pilgrim’s time displacement fills out the storylines in a satisfying way. This adaptation is pretty faithful to the original novel. North uses much of Vonnegut’s prose and includes nearly every scene from the novel, even those small scenes casual readers may have forgotten. North does leave out one detail, however, the narrator from the novel, who is meant to represent the voice of Vonnegut himself.

Instead, North provides a bit of his own narration and exposition via text boxes placed throughout the story. In essence, he inserts himself as the narrator. Although these asides occasionally leaned toward humorous, I don’t feel like they added much to the narrative. To be frank, it felt to me like adding lines to a production of Shakespeare. In trying to retell one of Vonnegut’s stories, North effectively cuts him out of the narrative completely, and the representative character out until the very end. There are also some asides during scenes in the German prison camp where North points out Vonnegut (who was actually captured by the Germans during the war). Altogether, I think these asides are meant to mimic Vonnegut’s technique in the novel. Unfortunately, what is a sophisticated meta-textual literary device in Vonnegut’s hands feels more like pandering under North’s.

Along those same lines, I could have done without the seven pages of illustrated introduction. If a reader picks up this graphic novel, and has no idea it’s based on a Vonnegut novel, they should be allowed to enjoy it without pretense. North also gives a timeline of Billy Pilgrim’s “journey” through time, which basically amounts to a huge spoiler for a story that hasn’t even started yet. Plus, illustrating this introduction just felt unnecessary. One page of printed introduction, as is common in other graphic novels, would have sufficed. Or the illustrated introduction could have been tacked on to the end. The context it tries to impart would have had more impact after a reader has finished the graphic novel. Place at the beginning, it seemed like a waste of time for fans of Slaughterhouse-5, and wasn’t a good way to engage new readers.

Albert Monteys artwork is but not spectacular. The best way to describe my feelings of the illustrations is with the phrase “missed opportunity.” Slaughterhouse-five offers an artist the chance to draw battlefields, prison camps, flying saucers, an alien zoo, and the ward of a mental institution. Although Monteys renders all these settings well, they all look too similar. His linework rarely changes and the result is the exotic settings have the exact same look as the mundane ones. He does change his style at a few points, producing some cool visual effects, including: several underwater panels where the reader can see the ripples in the water, the scene where Billy Pilgrim watches a documentary on the war is drawn like a storyboard, and the pages of the Tralfamadorian book are appropriately abstract and psychedelic.

Luckily, Monteys’ use of color compensates for his uniform illustrative style. His color deviations accurately depict the settings within the story. Even without reading Vonnegut’s prose, the reader can instantly distinguish Germany during WWII from Billy Pilgrim’s optometry office in the 1950’s. The colors Monteys uses not only visually sum up the setting, they also convey the tone of each scene.

This graphic novel presentation of Slaughterhouse-Five is a great adaptation, but not necessarily a one-hundred percent faithful one. The story and most of the dialogue and text are purely Vonnegut. Unfortunately, North’s artistic liberties and literary additions don’t add to the quality of the story. In my opinion, North’s additions are actually more of a distraction then a quality accompaniment. Monteys’ artwork is a bit uniform despite the varied settings within the story, but all of his illustrations clearly covey the life of Billy Pilgrim to the reader. For those who have never read Slaughterhouse-five, I highly suggest starting with the novel, then checking out this graphic novel adaptation. Fans of Vonnegut’s work will probably want to add this graphic novel to their bookshelves, moreso to add to their collections than for the quality of the product.

Story: Kurt Vonnegut Written: Ryan North Art: Albert Monteys
Story: 10 Adaptation: 3.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.2 Recommendation: Read

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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The Sacrifice of Darkness Gets a Virtual Book Tour

The Sacrifice of Darkness

BOOM! Studios has announced The Sacrifice of Darkness Virtual Book Tour, in support of the original graphic novel from New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay, co-writer Tracy Lynne Oliver, artist Rebecca Kirby, and colorist James Fenner, adapting Gay’s New York Times bestselling short story “We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness” into a full-length graphic novel and expanding the short story about a tragic event that forever bathes the world in darkness, available in October 2020.

Follow a couple’s powerful journey through this new landscape as they discover love, family, and the true light in a world seemingly robbed of any. As they challenge the world’s notions of identity, guilt, and survival, they find that no matter the darkness, there remain sources of hope that can pierce the veil.

The Sacrifice of Darkness Virtual Book Tour includes multiple virtual events from October 27th through December 15th to celebrate the release of the graphic novel with Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Powell’s Books (Portland, OR), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_Powells

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 5:30pm PST: Hosted by Literati Bookstore (Ann Arbor, MI), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_Literati

Monday, November 2, 2020, 5:30pm PST: Hosted by Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: https://www.portersquarebooks.com/

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 5:30pm PST: Hosted by Solid State (Washington, DC), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: https://www.solidstatebooksdc.com/

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Bookbar (Denver, CO), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: https://www.bookbardenver.com/

Saturday, November 14, 2020, 7pm PST: Hosted by Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane, WA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_Aunties

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 5pm PST: Hosted by Harvard Book Store (Boston, MA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: https://www.harvard.com/

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, CA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Bookworks (Albuquerque, NM), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_Bookworks

Thursday, December 3, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Everett Public Library (Everett, WA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_Everett

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Mysterious Galaxy (San Diego, CA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_MystGalaxy

Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 5pm PST: Hosted by Astoria Bookshop (Astoria, NY), , with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby. 
Click here for more info: https://www.astoriabookshop.com/

Print copies of THE SACRIFICE OF DARKNESS will be available for sale on October 21, 2020 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the one nearest you), October 27, 2020 at bookstores, or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

Preview: The Lost City of Heracleon

The Lost City of Heracleon

(W) Bruce Livingstone (A/CA) Mike Willcox
In Shops: Aug 26, 2020
SRP: $26.99

Called to adventure, young boys Lou and Shiro find themselves on an inter-dimensional submarine captained by an off-the-hinges old man.

They soon discover Lou’s missing father might still be alive as they are transferred into fully grown warriors headed straight for the battlegrounds of Ancient Egypt, the Lost City, and to 1914 Sarajevo. As the gods tinkering with fate become reckless and apathetic, the boys become part of a legion hell-bent on restoring balance to humanity.

Debuting writer Bruce Livingstone and artist Mike Wilcox present an epic adventure across time and space in the spirit of Copra and Space Riders about the power of family and what it means to fight for what you love most!

The Lost City of Heracleon

Get a First Look at Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five from Ryan North, Albert Monteys and BOOM!

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at a brand new graphic novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. An American classic and one of the world’s seminal anti-war novels, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five is faithfully presented in graphic novel form for the first time by Eisner Award-winning writer Ryan North and Eisner Award-nominated artist Albert Monteys, available in stores September 2020.

Listen: Billy Pilgrim has…
                                             …read Kilgore Trout
                                             …opened a successful optometry business
                                             …built a loving family
                                             …witnessed the firebombing of Dresden
                                             …traveled to the planet Tralfamadore
                                             …met Kurt Vonnegut
                                                                                               …come unstuck in time.

Billy Pilgrim’s journey is at once a farcical look at the horror and tragedy of war where children are placed on the frontlines and die (so it goes), and a moving examination of what it means to be fallibly human.

Kurt Vonnegut’s black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America’s attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959, and established him as “a true artist” (The New York Times) with Cat’s Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, “one of the best living American writers.” Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007.

Print copies of Slaughterhouse-Five will be available for sale on September 9, 2020 at local comic book shops and on September 15, 2020 in bookstores.


Preview: A Thief Among the Trees: An Ember in Ashes Graphic Novel

A Thief Among the Trees: An Ember in Ashes Graphic Novel Vol. 1

(W) Sabaa Tahir, Nicole Andelfinger (A/CA) Sonia Liao
In Shops: Jul 15, 2020
SRP: $19.99

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir joins writer Nicole Andelfinger and artist Sonia Liao for an all-new original graphic novel revealing a stirring standalone chapter in the bestselling? An Ember in the Ashes book series. Elias, Helene, and Tavi are Fivers; in training to become elite military recruits for the Martial Empire at Blackcliff Academy. When they’re sent on a dangerous mission to steal a heavily-guarded poison on Isle South, they soon find themselves up against surprising enemies-including other recruits. As the true horror of their assignment is revealed, these three will begin to confront the harrowing realities of Martial rule, their place in the system…and the choices they must make to survive.

A Thief Among the Trees: An Ember in Ashes Graphic Novel Vol. 1
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