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Preview: Seen: Rachel Carson

Seen: Rachel Carson

(W) Birdie Willis (A/CA) Rii Abrego
In Shops: Mar 24, 2021
SRP: $5.99

A new non-fiction graphic novel series for fans of March and A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns that explores the stories of the real groundbreakers and Marginalized Trailblazers who changed our world for the better.

It’s about being seen. Both for who you are, and who you hope you can become. History is a mirror, and all too often, the history we’re told in school reflects only a small subset of the population.

Meet Rachel Carson, the woman who changed the way America fought against the environmental crisis through her bestselling books, ultimately spurring the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Birdie Willis & Rii Abrego present the true story of the marine biologist whose dedication, compassion and integrity gave a new generation of Americans hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Seen: Rachel Carson

Early Review: The Sprite and the Gardener

The Sprite and the Gardener

I am an avid reader of all types of fiction. Regardless of genre or format, I love to discover the debut works of new writers. The cover art alone got me excited to read The Sprite and the Gardener when I was presented with the opportunity to review this book. Then I read the solicitation text and my excitement rose exponentially. In this original graphic novel, writers Rii Abrego and Joe Whitt’s debut their talents in a spectacular way. Published by Oni Press, The Sprite and the Gardener is set to release on May 5th.

The Sprite and the Gardener is a celebration of nature, told from the perspective of sprites. The sprites used to be the guardians of all plant life. Now, humans tend their own gardens. Wisteria, the graphic novel’s main character, must learn to work her magic right alongside humankind. After all, they all have the flowers’ best interests at heart.

I was glad to see a lot of visual storytelling as I read through The Sprite and the Gardener. There are times when whole pages fly by without a single word of dialogue. Yet, the reader can always tell exactly what’s happening. The story itself is a bit simplistic though. There’s never really any tension. There’s a little interpersonal conflict between the sprites but it doesn’t add much to the narrative. The plot just sort of unfolds, though luckily it does so at a very fast pace. Despite its simplicity, the graphic novel has a very cute and touching ending.

The Sprite and the Gardener is the type of book that could be enjoyed for its art alone. Abrego pulls double duty, writing the book alongside Whitt, while also illustrating and coloring the book. Abrego draws each panel in exquisite detail. She uses subtle colors, but the subdued shades still pop off the page and catch the reader’s eye. Abrego’s characters are so vibrant and full of life. They’re also incredibly adorable. The sprites are full of life and magic in equal measure. The font Crank! uses for the book’s narrative text has an olde-school, hand-written look. This style adds greatly to the magical aesthetic Abrego and Whitt have created.

At only ninety pages, The Sprite and the Gardener is a quick read. However, the art is so beautiful that once you finish it, you’ll want to immediately flip back through it, just to take in the artwork again. The story is a little on the simple side, but it’s never hard to follow the plot. The best way to describe this graphic novel would be, it’s like a picture book for adults (though kids would love it too). Put this title on your pull list so you can add it to your collection when it releases on May 5th.

Story: Rii Abrego and Joe Whitt Art: Rii Abrego Letterer: Crank!
Story: 5.0 Art: 10 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation Buy (for the artwork!)

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Your New Look at Seen: Rachel Carson

BOOM! Studios has revealed a new look at Seen: Rachel Carson, a brand new original graphic novel from writer Birdie Willis and artist Rii Abrego in the Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers series. The series illuminates the triumphs and struggles of important historical figures who aren’t found in traditional textbooks, but deserve to be remembered for their contributions to humanity and their inarguable strength and courage in the face of impossible odds. They’re the heroes— the inventors, the artists, the activists, and more—whose stories you won’t want to miss. 

In Seen: Rachel Carson, meet author and activist Rachel Carson, the woman who changed the way America fought against environmental crises through her bestselling books, ultimately spurring the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

Seen: Rachel Carson will be available for sale on March 24, 2021 at local comic book shops and March 30, 2021 at bookstores,

Seen: Rachel Carson

Get a First Look at Seen: Rachel Carson

BOOM! Studios has revealed today a first look at Seen: Rachel Carson, a brand new original graphic novel from writer Birdie Willis and artist Rii Abrego in the Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers series illuminating the triumphs and struggles of important historical figures who aren’t found in traditional textbooks, but deserve to be remembered for their contributions to humanity and their inarguable strength and courage in the face of impossible odds. They’re the heroes— the inventors, the artists, the activists, and more—whose stories you won’t want to miss. 

In Seen: Rachel Carson, meet author and activist Rachel Carson, the woman who changed the way America fought against environmental crises through her bestselling books, ultimately spurring the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

Seen: Rachel Carson will be available for sale on March 24, 2021 at local comic book shops and March 30, 2021 at bookstores.

SEEN: RACHEL CARSON

Preview: Steven Universe Vol. 9

Steven Universe Vol. 9

(W) Sarah Gailey (A) Rii Abrego (CA) Missy Pena
In Shops: Dec 30, 2020
SRP: $14.99

Join Steven, Connie, Lars, all the Crystal Gems and more for all-new adventures in Beach City and beyond from writer Taylor Robbin and artist S.M. Mara!

Can Peridot convince her friends that Camp Pining Hearts is the very best show ever-or is she the one who has to learn a lesson? Meanwhile, Lars encounters some new friends in outer space-but they’re not at all what he expected. While Greg and Bismuth try to “Fix” Beach City, they soon learn that not everyone shares their views. And can Steve & Connie survive a dangerous trip to…the library?

Collects issues #33-36.

Steven Universe Vol. 9

BOOM! Studios Releases Super-Rare 2020 Convention Variants For The First Time

BOOM! Studios has announced that it would be making available, for the first time, some of the rarest convention variants in company history. Originally scheduled for release in 2020 as part of key convention stops around the United States, these variant covers will now be exclusively available in extremely limited quantities through comic shop retailers on February 24, 2021.

These never-before-seen convention variants are available for the first time ever:

A Thief Among the Trees: An Ember in the Ashes Limited Edition Hardcover

$40 each
Cover art by Qistina Khalidah.
Limited to 250 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at Comic-Con International 2020.

A Thief Among the Trees: An Ember in the Ashes Limited Edition Hardcover

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon Limited Exclusive Hardcover

$40 each
Cover art by Myra Rose.
Collects Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #1-6.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at WonderCon 2020.

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon Limited Exclusive Hardcover

Firefly: The Sting Limited Edition Hardcover

$40 each
Cover art by Miguel Mercado.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at WonderCon 2020.

Firefly: The Sting Limited Edition Hardcover

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #45 Showcase Variant

$40 each
Cover art by Felipe Massafera.
Limited to 300 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at Wondercon 2020.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #45 Showcase Variant

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Limited Edition Softcover

$20 each
Cover art by Dan Mora. 
Collects the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1-6.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at Comic-Con International 2020.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Limited Edition Softcover

Power Rangers: Ranger Slayer #1 Convention Exclusive Variant

$40 each
Cover art by Dan Mora.
Limited to 300 copies.
Originally set to debut as part of BOOM! Studios 2020 Convention Tour.

Power Rangers: Ranger Slayer #1 Convention Exclusive Variant

Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #1 Convention Exclusive Wraparound Variant

$50 each
Cover Art by Juan Gedeon.
Limited to 250 copies.
Originally set to debut as part of BOOM! Studios 2020 Convention Tour.

Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #1 Convention Exclusive Wraparound Variant

Additionally, extremely limited quantities of these previously released convention exclusive variant covers have been made available while supplies last:

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers: Forever Rangers #1 SDCC 2019 Convention Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Evan Cagle.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at Comic-Con International 2019.

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers: Forever Rangers #1 SDCC 2019 Convention Variant

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #18 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Joana LaFuente
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted as part of BOOM! Studios 2019 Convention Tour.

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #18 Convention Exclusive Variant

Angel #1 SDCC 2019 Exclusive Variant

$15 each
Cover Art by Will Sliney.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at Comic-Con International 2019.

Angel #1 SDCC 2019 Exclusive Variant

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #3 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Rii Abrego.
Limited to 250 copies.
Originally debuted at WonderCon 2019.

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #3 Convention Exclusive Variant

Steven Universe #25 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Xiao Tong Kong.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at WonderCon 2019.

Steven Universe #25 Convention Exclusive Variant

Steven Universe #26 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Xiao Tong Kong.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at WonderCon 2019.

Steven Universe #26 Convention Exclusive Variant

Steven Universe #27 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Xiao Tong Kong.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at Denver Pop Culture Con 2019.

Steven Universe #27 Convention Exclusive Variant

Steven Universe #28 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Xiao Tong Kong.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at Denver Pop Culture Con 2019.

Steven Universe #28 Convention Exclusive Variant

Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #1 NYCC Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Dean Stuart.
Limited to 250 copies.
Originally debuted at New York Comic Con 2019.

Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #1 NYCC Exclusive Variant

A Blossom of Hope in Debut Graphic Novel Coming Summer 2021

In a charming, delightfully warm style reminiscent of the award-winning Tea Dragon Society series, Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group has announced the upcoming debut graphic novel, The Sprite and the Gardener, by Rii Abrego and Joe Whitt with lettering by Crank!The Sprite and the Gardener will be released on May 5, 2021. 

Long, long ago, sprites were the caretakers of gardens. Every flower was grown by their hand. But when humans appeared and began growing their own gardens, the sprites’ magical talents soon became a thing of the past. When Wisteria, an ambitious, kind-hearted sprite, starts to ask questions about the way things used to be, she begins to unearth her long-lost talent of gardening. But her newly honed skills might not be the welcome surprise she intends them to be.

Join the neighborhood of sprites in this beautiful, gentle fantasy where, in taking the first step toward something new, both gardens and friendships begin to blossom.

The Sprite and the Gardener

Preview: Steven Universe Vol. 8

Steven Universe Vol. 8

(W) Sarah Gailey (A) Rii Abrego (CA) Missy Pena
In Shops: Sep 02, 2020
SRP: $14.99

Join Steven, Connie, Lion, all the Crystal Gems and more for all-new adventures in Beach City and beyond from writer Sarah Gailey and artist Rii Abergo!

It’s up to Steven and Connie to help cheer up the Crystal Gems, and help them learn how to fit into the strange human world they all live in.
Collects Steven Universe #29-32.

Steven Universe Vol. 8

Discover the True Story of Trailblazer Rachel Carson

BOOM! Studios has announced a new graphic novel in the series Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers, an original graphic novel series from a group of acclaimed comics creators including Jasmine Walls, Bex Glendining, Birdie Willis, Rii Abrego, Anthony Oliveira, and Killian Ng. This brand new graphic novel series illuminates the triumphs and struggles of important historical figures who aren’t found in traditional textbooks, but deserve to be remembered for their contributions to humanity and their inarguable strength and courage in the face of impossible odds.

In Seen: Rachel Carson, from writer Birdie Willis and artist Rii Abrego, meet the woman who changed the way America fought against environmental crises through her bestselling books, ultimately spurring the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

Seen: Rachel Carson will be available for sale in March 2021.

Seen: Rachel Carson

Preview: Steven Universe Vol. 6 SC: Playing By Ear

Steven Universe  Vol. 6 SC: Playing By Ear

Publisher: KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Grace Kraft
Artist: Rii Abrego
Colorist: Whitney Cogar
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Cover Artist: Missy Peña
Price: $14.99

It’s never a dull day for Steven and The Crystal Gems in this collection of all new adventures! Peridot looks to Steven and Greg for help in learning about the power of music; Cat Steven needs Connie to help Steven learn to be a better owner; and Pearl helps Steven try to find the perfect birthday surprise for Connie!

Writer Grace Kraft and artist Rii Abrego (Adventure Time™) present all new stories from the world of the Cartoon Network  Emmy® Award-nominated series featuring all your favorite characters!

Collects Steven Universe™ #21-24.

Steven Universe  Vol. 6 SC: Playing By Ear
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