Updated: Oct 1, 2018
We're trying something a little different this month- there are so many things we're excited to read in October that, in order to make it a more digestible list, we're making two! This list comprises the graphic novels and other books we're planning to pick up, and the second list will be the comic issues!
We love Tillie Walden's Spinning, and are excited to see her next graphic novel, On a Sunbeam, will be coming in October! While Spinning is a beautiful and haunting autobiographical tale of coming out while coming of age as a competitive figure skater, On a Sunbeam is a space set epic love story! October also brings the long awaited sequel to Molly Knox Ostertag's The Witch Boy, with The Hidden Witch! The story returns to Aster and his family, as they explore gender politics in a youth-friendly magical world.
We can't wait for all of the amazing graphic novels coming out this month featuring dynamic femme characters, writers, and artists!
Scroll down to see cover art and brief descriptions from the publishers for all 20+ titles (listed in alphabetical order). To get more information, including anticipated release dates, click on the cover images and head on over to Previews World.
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Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation
AUG182119 (W) Anne Frank, Ari Folman (A/CA) David Polonsky A timeless story rediscovered by each new generation, The Diary of a Young Girl stands without peer. For both young readers and adults it continues to capture the remarkable spirit of Anne Frank, who for a time survived the worst horror the modern world has seen - and who remained triumphantly and heartbreakingly human throughout her ordeal. Adapted by Ari Folman, illustrated by David Polonsky, and authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation in Basel, this is the first graphic edition of The Diary and includes extensive quotation directly from the definitive edition. It remains faithful to the original, while the stunning illustrations interpret and add layers of visual meaning and immediacy to this classic work of Holocaust literature.
Batgirl: The Bronze Age Omnibus Volume 2
AUG180597 (W) Bob Rozakis, Jack C. Harris, Cary Burkett, Others (A) Jose Delbo, Don Newton, Don Heck, Others (CA) Karl Kerschl These hard-to-find 1970s tales featuring Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, are now recut and collected in their entirety! In these stories, Batgirl teams up with heroes including Robin and Red Tornado, and faces villains including Killer Moth, the Cavalier and Madame Zodiac. Collects stories from BATMAN FAMILY #12-20 and DETECTIVE COMICS #481-499, 501-502, 505-506, 508-510 and 512-519.
Belonging (Graphic Novel)
AUG182188 (W) Nora Krug (A/CA) Nora Krug Nora Krug was born decades after the demise of the Nazi party, but the Second World War continued to cast a long shadow all throughout her youth and childhood. For Nora and her classmates, two generations removed from the Holocaust, the simple fact of their citizenship bound them to its unspeakable atrocities. Nevertheless, because her parents knew little about their own parents' involvement, Nora never learned truth about her family's part in the war. Nora returns to Germany after years of living abroad. As she investigates her family's place in the darkest hours of the twentieth century, she makes a series of remarkable discoveries, including a file compiled by the U.S. military about her grandfather's political participation during the Nazi regime. As Nora works to untangle her shame about her nation's past, she undertakes an extraordinary quest, one that will span continents and generations, to piece together both her family's story and the story of her country.
Crush (Graphic Novel)
AUG182490 (W) Svetlana Chmakova (A/CA) Svetlana Chmakova Following the overwhelming success of Awkward and Brave, Chmakova's award winning Berrybrook Middle School series continues with its next installment - CRUSH! Jorge seems to have it all together. He's big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he's also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid, reliable group of friends. The only time he ever really feels off his game is when he crosses paths with a certain girl... But when the group dynamic among the boys starts to shift, will Jorge be able to balance what his friends expect of him versus what he actually wants?
Cucumber Quest: The Flower Kingdom Volume 4
AUG181955 (W) D.G. Gigi (A/CA) D.G. Gigi The fourth volume in a delightfully pun-filled middle-grade graphic novel about bunny siblings on a heroic journey. Continuing their journey to collect the signatures of each princess in the seven kingdoms of Dreamside, Cucumber and Almond's entourage travel to the Flower Kingdom. But when they get there they discover that the royal family was wiped out centuries ago! Then who was signing the swords of the heroes before Cucumber? To make matters worse they have a new enemy to deal with-Rosemaster! Adapted from the popular webcomic series, Cucumber Quest: The Flower Kingdom is the fourth graphic novel in a clever, adorable, and hilarious four-volume heroic adventure series that is sure to make you hungry for sweets and action.
Flem (Graphic Novel)
AUG181804 (W) Rebecca Rosen (A/CA) Rebecca Rosen When Julia meets a group of radical feminist performance artists in a Brussels squat, she is convinced by their political perspective and enchanted by their counter-cultural lifestyle. But has she found her tribe... or lost her mind? Flem, by newcomer Rebecca Rosen, takes the reader on a color-coded journey into the dark heart of the "other" Brussels.
Frank (Graphic Novel)
AUG182165 (W) Ben Rankel (CA) Ryan Ferrier (A/CA) Ben Rankel A historical murder mystery set in 1903. Eve Lee seeks to find out what really happened to her missing lover during the Frank Slide, one of Canada's deadliest natural disasters. Pulling herself from the bottom of another bottle, Eve plays detective to find out the truth. Was it murder? Will she be able to find answers before the evidence and suspects are buried alongside her under Turtle Mountain?
Hey, Kiddo (Graphic Novel)
AUG182000 (W) Jarrett J Krosoczka (A/CA) Jarrett J Krosoczka In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery - Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents, two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along. Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father. Available in softcover and hardcover editions.
It's Saturday Morning (Graphic Novel)
AUG181646 (W) Joe Garner, Michael Ashley It's Saturday Morning! explores the shows, characters, songs, and commercials that aired on television during the beloved Saturday morning hours from the 1960s to the 1990s. From the hours of 8 a.m. to noon, parents could sleep in while their children plopped on the couch to consume cartoons galore. From The Bugs Bunny Show, The Jetsons, and Jonny Quest to The Smurfs, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, and Animaniacs, this window of time promised pure entertainment and an experience that united generations. With concept art, archival images, and all-new interviews, this collection is a celebration and exploration of the shows, characters, songs, and TV commercials that made Saturday morning cartoons a pop culture event.
Lost Soul, Be at Peace (Graphic Novel)
AUG181766 (W) Maggie Thrash (A/CA) Maggie Thrash A year and a half after the summer that changed her life, Maggie Thrash wishes she could change it all back. She's trapped in a dark depression and flunking eleventh grade, befuddling her patrician mother while going unnoticed by her father, a workaholic federal judge. The only thing Maggie cares about is her cat, Tommi... who then disappears somewhere in the walls of her cavernous house. So her search begins, but Maggie's not even really sure what she's lost, and she has no idea what she'll find. Lost Soul, Be at Peace is the continuation of Maggie's story from her critically acclaimed memoir Honor Girl, one that brings her devastating honesty and humor to the before and after of depression.
Lumberjanes Illustrated Graphic Novel Volume 3: The Good Egg
AUG181542 (W) Mariko Tamaki (A/CA) Brooklyn Allen Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The five scouts of Roanoke cabin - Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley - love their summers at camp. They get to hang out with their best friends, earn Lumberjane scout badges, annoy their no-nonsense counselor Jen, and go on supernatural adventures. Book three shines the spotlight on Ripley, the smallest, youngest, most animal-loving member of the cabin. When Ripley comes across an abandoned egg, she's determined to take care of it until the parent comes back. Unfortunately, her plan is quickly foiled by egg poachers, who steal the egg for their own collection.
Meal (Graphic Novel)
AUG182041 (W) Soleil Ho (A/CA) Blue Delliquanti A tale of youth, good intentions, and entomophagy, Meal is about Yarrow, a young woman determined to make her mark of the cutting edge of cookery with her insect-based creations. However, her evangelist streak concerning insect cuisine rubs some of her fellow chefs the wrong way, particularly Chandra Flores, member of a culture that's been eating bugs for centuries, and deeply suspicious of this young white woman's intentions to turn her traditions into the next big foodie trend. Can Yarrow win over Chandra... and Milani, the neighbor she's been crushing on for weeks?
On a Sunbeam (Graphic Novel)
AUG181958 (W) Tillie Walden (A/CA) Tillie Walden An epic graphic novel about a girl who travels to the ends of the universe to find a long lost love, from acclaimed author Tillie Walden. Throughout the deepest reaches of space, a crew rebuilds beautiful and broken-down structures, painstakingly putting the past together. As Mia, the newest member, gets to know her team, the story flashes back to her pivotal year in boarding school, where she fell in love with a mysterious new student. When Mia grows close to her new friends, she reveals her true purpose for joining their ship-to track down her long-lost love. An inventive world, a breathtaking love story, and stunning art come together in this new work by award-winning artist Tillie Walden. Available in softcover and hardcover editions.
Sanity & Tallulah (Graphic Novel)
AUG181826 (W) Molly Brooks (A/CA) Molly Brooks Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn't long before the kitten escapes to wreak havoc on the space station. The girls will have to turn Wilnick upside down to find her, but not before causing the whole place to evacuate! Can they save their home before it's too late? Readers will be over the moon for this rollicking space adventure by debut author Molly Brooks. Available in softcover and hardcover editions.
Short & Skinny (Graphic Novel)
AUG182080 (W) Mark Tatulli (A/CA) Mark Tatulli As a middle schooler, Mark finds himself on the smaller side of the physical spectrum; being short and skinny has really wreaked havoc on his confidence. So to end his bullying woes and get the girl - or at least the confidence to talk to the girl - he starts to explore bulking up by way of the miracle cures in the backs of his comics. But his obsession with beefing up is soon derailed by a new obsession: Star Wars, the hottest thing to hit the summer of 1977. As he explores his creative outlets as well as cures to his body image woes, Mark sets out to make his own stamp on the film that he loves. Mark Tatulli's graphic novel debut is a humorous and heartfelt take on body image, finding a creative outlet, and spending a summer in the '70s. Available in softcover and hardcover editions.
Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy
AUG181777 (W) Amy Radcliffe The women of the Star Wars galaxy drive its stories and saga forward at every level. This beautifully illustrated, fully authorized book profiles 75 fascinating female characters from across films, fiction, comics, animation, and games. Featuring Leia Organa, Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Iden Versio, Jyn Erso, Rose Tico, Maz Kanata, and many more, each character is explored through key story beats, fresh insights, and behind-the-scenes details by author Amy Ratcliffe. Also showcasing more than 100 all-new illustrations by a dynamic range of female and non-binary artists, here is an inspiring celebration of the characters that help create a galaxy far, far away.
Superman Isn't Jewish (But I Am...Kinda)
AUG182018 (W) Jimmy Bemon (A/CA) Emilie Boudet Benjamin would always proudly say, "I'm Jewish. Like Superman!" Assuming that Judaism is some kind of super power and Hebrew is akin to the Kryptonian language, Benjamin believes each of his family members is a superhero. Until, like Krypton, his world is shattered. After learning of the link between being circumcised and his religion, Ben decides to hide his heritage from everyone. Caught between the desire to avoid disappointing his Jewish father and his desire to understand his Catholic mother, Ben has to find a way to abandon his secret identity for a very public one. Humorous, timeless and universal, this personal and poignant story of acceptance and understanding shows how we all must learn to love the hero within ourselves.
The Girl Who Married a Skull and Other African Stories
AUG182040 Have you heard the one about the skull who borrowed body parts to pass himself off as a complete human so he could trick the village beauty into marriage? Well, what about when Frog and Snake's daughters had a play date? Okay, okay. But surely you've heard the story about the crocodiles who held a vote on whether or not to eat a man that had saved one of their lives? No? Wow. Have we got some stories for you.
The Hidden Witch (Graphic Novel)
AUG182002 (W) Molly Knox Ostertag (A/CA) Molly Knox Ostertag From the creator of the acclaimed graphic novel The Witch Boy comes a new adventure set in the world of magic and shapeshifting - and ordinary kids just trying to make friends. Aster and his family are adjusting to his unconventional talent for witchery; unlike the other boys in his family, he isn't a shapeshifter. He's taking classes with his grandmother and helping to keep an eye on his great-uncle whose corrupted magic wreaked havoc on the family. Meanwhile, Aster's friend from the non-magical part of town, Charlie, is having problems of her own - a curse has tried to attach itself to her. She runs to Aster and escapes it, but now the friends must find the source of the curse before more people - normal and magical alike - get hurt. Available in softcover and hardcover editions.
The Mental Load: A Feminist Comic (Graphic Novel)
AUG182192 (W) Emma (A/CA) Emma In her first book of comic strips, Emma reflects on social and feminist issues by means of simple line drawings, dissecting the mental load, ie., all that invisible and unpaid organizing, list-making and planning women do to manage their lives, and the lives of their family members. In her strips Emma deals with themes ranging from maternity leave (it is not a vacation!), domestic violence, the clitoris, the violence of the medical world on women during childbirth, and other feminist issues, and she does so in a straightforward way that is both hilarious and deadly serious. If you're not laughing, you're probably crying in recognition.
To Kill A Mockingbird: Graphic Novel Adaptation
AUG182007 (W) Harper Lee (A/CA) Fred Fordham "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." A haunting portrait of race and class, innocence and injustice, hypocrisy and heroism, tradition and transformation in the Deep South of the 1930s, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird remains as important today as it was upon its initial publication in 1960, during the turbulent years of the Civil Rights movement. Harper Lee's beloved and acclaimed novel is reborn for a new age as a gorgeous graphic novel. Scout, Gem, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch, and the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, are all captured in vivid and moving illustrations by artist Fred Fordham. Enduring in vision, Lee's timeless novel illuminates the complexities of human nature and the depths of the human heart with humor, unwavering honesty, and a tender, nostalgic beauty.
Tokyo Tarareba Girls #3
AUG182528 (W) Akiko Higashimura (A/CA) Akiko Higashimura "I spent all my time wondering 'What if?' Then one day I woke up and I was 33." Rinko has hustled her whole life, but one day she wakes up and finds herself a writer of a cheap online soap opera with only two friends (with whom she goes drinking most nights). In a booze-fueled delusion, she swears to get married by the time the Tokyo Olympics roll around in 2020, but it's not going to be a straight line... and there won't be any fairy tale endings!
Vertigo: A Celebration of 25 Years
AUG180495 One of the most influential imprints in comics history celebrates its 25th anniversary in this lavish collection of art and interviews, VERTIGO: A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS! This deluxe hardcover revisits the history of the innovative imprint as told by the people who lived it. A luxurious hybrid of oral history and retrospective art book, VERTIGO: A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS features a comprehensive timeline of every Vertigo project ever released and insightful new interviews and behind-the-scenes intrigue with Vertigo writers, artists, editors, designers and publishers, while showcasing the magnificent Vertigo covers and interiors from some of comics' greatest and most influential artists. Vertigo has long been renowned for some of the best graphic story-telling of all time, as it's been home to such groundbreaking series as THE SANDMAN, SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING, THE INVISIBLES, DOOM PATROL, Y: THE LAST MAN, PREACHER, FABLES, 100 BULLETS-and that's just to start. With Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Brian K. Vaughan, Scott Snyder, Garth Ennis, Brian Azzarello, Frank Quitely, Matt Wagner, Jeff Lemire and countless others among its illustrious alumni, Vertigo has been the place where iconic talent and story meet. VERTIGO: A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS is a dynamic look back at some of the greatest comics in industry history.