Spring Graphic Novels for All Levels

Presented by: Library Journal & School Library Journal
Event Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2022

 

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It's Spring Graphic Novel time! Join publishing insiders from Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics, Kodansha, Legendary Comics, Oni Press, and Yen Press to learn about the hottest new graphic novels that you'll want to have on your shelves this spring! From fantastic journeys through spiritual realms, to zombie thrillers, to epic manga/fantasy, this webcast will showcase the latest new titles that you and your readers will not want to miss!

 

Here are just a few of the amazing titles that will be featured...

 

Thunderous, by M.L. Smoker and Natalie Peeterse, illustrated by Dale Ray Deforest

If Aiyana hears one more traditional Lakota story, she'll scream! More interested in her social media presence than her Native American heritage, Aiyana is shocked when she suddenly finds herself in the magical Spirit World-with no cell coverage!

Pursued by the evil trickster Raven, Aiyana struggles to get back home, but is helped by friends and allies she meets along the way. Her dangerous journey through the Spirit World tests her fortitude and challenges her to embrace her Lakota roots. But will it be enough to defeat the cruel and powerful Raven?

 

Clementine - Book 1, by Tillie Walden and Robert Kirkman 

FROM THE WORLD OF ROBERT KIRKMAN'S THE WALKING DEAD...

...CLEMENTINE LIVES!

Clementine is back on the road, looking to put her traumatic past behind her and forge a new path all her own.

But when she comes across an Amish teenager named Amos with his head in the clouds, the unlikely pair journeys North to an abandoned ski resort in Vermont, where they meet up with a small group of teenagers attempting to build a new, walker-free settlement.

As friendship, rivalry, and romance begin to blossom amongst the group, the harsh winter soon reveals that the biggest threat to their survival...might be each other.

A coming-of-age tale of survival written and illustrated by two-time Eisner award winner Tillie Walden (Spinning, On a Sunbeam).

 

A Silent Voice Complete Collector's Edition 1, by Yoshitoki Oima

The award-winning modern classic about a girl who can't hear and her bully, which inspired the acclaimed anime film from Kyoto Animation, returns in a beautiful, two-volume collector's edition. Each extra-large, deluxe hardcover contains over 700 pages of manga on crisp, premium paper, and more than fifty pages of new content. Watch for Part Two in 2022!

 

Head Wounds, by Brian Buccellato, illustrated by Christopher Ward, Produced by Oscar Isaac

Tangled up in the battle between Good and Evil, a crooked Louisiana detective with a higher purpose must psychically suffer the wounds of those he’s sworn to protect until he brings their assailants to justice.

No one would call Leo a good person – much less a good cop. But when his best friend is shot in front of him, he wakes up with a hole in his own head that only he can see, and a host of mysterious strangers calling on him for action.

Most people go about their daily lives ignoring or unable to see the divine battle for Good and Evil raging around them, but it has just become very very real for Leo.  As angels and demons vie for the fate of humanity, he must choose a side or risk seeing everyone and everything he has ever known destroyed as the stakes get higher and higher.

As Leo sees the true faces of the people around him he must decide – will he do what’s best for him alone, or follow a higher purpose?

 

Chef's Kiss, By Jarrett Melendez, Colorist Hank Jones, Illustrated by Danica Brine, Letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Watch things start to really heat up in the kitchen in this sweet, queer, new adult graphic novel! 

Now that college is over, English graduate Ben Cook is on the job hunt looking for something…anything…related to his passion for reading and writing. But interview after interview, hiring committee after hiring committee, Ben soon learns getting the dream job won’t be as easy as he thought. Proofreading? Journalism? Copywriting? Not enough experience. It turns out he doesn’t even have enough experience to be a garbage collector! But when Ben stumbles upon a “Now Hiring—No Experience Necessary” sign outside a restaurant, he jumps at the chance to land his first job. Plus, he can keep looking for a writing job in the meantime. He’s actually not so bad in the kitchen, but he will have to pass a series of cooking tests to prove he’s got the culinary skills to stay on full-time. But it’s only temporary…right? 

When Ben begins developing a crush on Liam, one of the other super dreamy chefs at the restaurant, and when he starts ditching his old college friends and his old writing job plans, his career path starts to become much less clear.

 

Enemies, by Svetlana Chmakova

Felicity’s sister, Letty, teases her that she never finishes stuff, but that’s just because Letty is so perfect. But when Felicity decides to join a contest to show Letty that she CAN get things done, she begins to wonder if friends becoming enemies is easier that she thought. 

 

Presenters:

Ashley Kronsberg, Marketing Manager, Diamond Book Distributors

Chloe Ramos, Book Market & Library Sales Manager, Image Comics

Ivan Salazar, Sr. Marketing Director, Kodansha Comics

Sara Haskell, Director of Publishing Marketing and Sales, Legendary Comics

Katie Sainz, Marketing Manager, Oni Press

Mark de Vera, Sales and Marketing Director, Yen Press

Morgana Santilli, Sales & Marketing Assistant, Yen Press

 

 

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