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It’s new comic book day! What are you all getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open up, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web.

The Comics Journal – Zineth 1: Small Press and Self-Published Comics in the Pandemic Era – If you’re interested in seeing how the pandemic has impacted the small press and self-published comics.

The Guardian – Stone Fruit

Stone Fruit

Fantagraphics Will Publish Stone Fruit by Lee Lai

Fantagraphics has announced the 2021 publication of Stone Fruit by debut cartoonist Lee Lai.

Lee Lai is one of the most exciting new voices to break into the comics medium. At the age of 27, Lai has created one of the most sophisticated graphic novel debuts in recent memory.

Stone Fruit is an ode to the love and connection shared between sisters.

Bron and Ray are a queer couple who enjoy their role as the fun weirdo aunties for Ray’s niece Nessie. Their bi-weekly playdates are little oases of wildness, joy, and ease in daily lives that ping-pong between familial tensions and isolation. As their emotional intimacy erodes, Ray and Bron turn to repair their broken family ties. Taking a leap of faith, each opens up to their respective sister and learns that they have more in common with their siblings than they ever knew. In time, the emptiness they feel after their break-up is supplanted with a deep sisterly love and understanding.

At turns joyful, tender, and heartbreaking, Lee Lai’s water colored graphic novel debut reveals how painful it can be to be vulnerable with your loved ones—and yet how fulfilling it is to be finally understood for who you are.

Stone Fruit is Lai’s graphic novel debut and has been sold in auction to 5 publishing houses in 4 different languages worldwide by agent Alessandra Sternfeld at AM-Book.

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