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Greetings from the Sunset of 2022

We made it: the last month of the year! Twelve out of twelve! I don’t know about you, but this year has kind of stunk and I’m ready to be done with it β€” but not before we explore some new developments in the world of comics…

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Custom Superhero Pencil Case Bag by CrystalTags

Got a student in your life? These superhero-themed, personalized pencil cases are just the thing to keep them organized and motivated! $11

New Releases

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Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca Volume One: The Crystal Run Part One by Various Authors

Everyone’s favorite galactic smugglers return in this exciting graphic novel! See them team up with Greedo of all people as they try to complete a job for no one’s favorite anything, Jabba the Hutt. Plus, enjoy some bonus Life Day stories — perfect for the upcoming holidays!

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Aquamen by Brandon Thomas, Chuck Brown, and Sam Basri

When there’s trouble in Atlantis, who you gonna call? It has to be the Aquamen, Arthur Curry and Jackson Hyde! But with Atlantean sleeper agents being activated as part of a destructive worldwide plot, is Arthur’s past in danger of catching up with him and jeopardizing the mission? And how will his loved ones — including Jackson — react to the secrets he’s been keeping?

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: middle school! In the midst of holiday preparations, let’s not forget that school is still in session. It’s not always easy being a middle schooler, as these comics show!

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Rabbit Chase by Elizabeth Lapensée and KC Oster, Translated by Aarin Dokum

Loosely inspired by Alice in Wonderland, this delightful comic follows Aimée, an Anishinaabe student who just came out as nonbinary, as they discover a world of water spirits and other fantastical beings. With their help, Aimée might just be able to save their community from greedy land developers!

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Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

The first in the “Berrybrook Middle School” series, Awkward introduces us to Peppi and Jaime, two kids who just want to survive the cutthroat social hierarchy at Berrybrook. While the two are complete opposites in many ways, Peppi begins to think they have the potential to be good friends — but is she brave enough to risk the teasing and ostracism that might go with befriending the school nerd?

A Havanese puppy lying in front of some ceramic Christmas houses

We started putting up the Christmas decorations last week, and Poppy supervised! Here she is in front of our half-finished Christmas village πŸ™‚

~Eileen

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It’s the Most Colorful Time of the Year

Have people started putting up Christmas decorations in your neighborhood? Where I live, some people have had them up since Halloween. Well, if nothing else, all those extra colors and lights make things a lot more interesting!

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Superhero Text Self-Inking Stampers by PaulAndLucyShop

Want to add some extra color to letters, pictures, or (hopefully non-official!) documents? These cute stamps are just right for the job. $12

New Releases

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Welcome to Feral: Little town. Big Scares! by Mark Fearing

Part of a new series, Welcome to Feral introduces young readers to a small town with big (and scary!) secrets. Where are all the children disappearing to? What’s going on in Messner Mansion, and are you brave enough to venture in and find out? The five stories in this book will keep kids guessing — and on the edge of their seats!

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Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse by Tim Seeley and Jodi Nishijima

Ever wonder what your life would have been like if you’d made different choices? When you’re Spider-Woman — also known as Spider-Gwen — you are the denizen of a sprawling multiverse of possibilities, so you can see the answers to that question firsthand! Prepare to meet Wolver-Gwen, Captain Gwen, Gwen the Goddess of Thunder, and a whole lot more in this epic graphic novel!

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: painting! Whether you fancy yourself an “artiste” or just like looking at pretty pictures, these comics will brighten your world.

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Primer by Jennifer Muro, Thomas Krajewski, and Gretel Lusky

Ashley, a trouble-prone foster child, finally has everything she ever wanted, including a family and a hobby — painting — she loves. But when she discovers a set of paints that give her superpowers and put her squarely in the government’s crosshairs, this young teen will have to make some very grown-up decisions — and fast!

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Blue Period Volume One by Tsubasa Yamaguchi

Whoever said art was easy? When Yatora first discovered his love of painting, he thought it would be a great way to find the happiness and satisfaction that had eluded him in his ordinary life. But to chase your dreams, you sometimes have to take actions and make sacrifices that others will never understand…

Have a creative day, nerd friends!

~Eileen

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A Happy Thanksgiving to Those Who Celebrate!

For some Americans, Thanksgiving is a time of festive family celebrations and expressing gratitude. For many others, it’s more complicated than that for numerous reasons. But if you’re reading this newsletter, we can all agree that comics are a great way to share stories, express emotions, and teach others about different events and cultures. Now that’s something to be thankful for!

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Comic Book Mug by JustfingersCreations

This is just the thing to show off to your judgey relatives this holiday season. You can personalize it, too! $19

New Releases

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Tower of God Volume One by S.I.U.

The popular webtoon is now available in graphic novel format! Whether you’re new to Bam’s quest to help his friend Rachel escape the challenging Tower (assuming she wants to be rescued…) or are eager to relive his adventures all over again, you’ll definitely want to check this one out.

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It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth by Zoe Thorogood

Ever feel like your life is falling apart? Thorogood did, and as a cartoonist, she decided there was only one thing to do: make a graphic novel about it. The result is this all-too-relatable tale, told over a period of six months, about trying to dig yourself out of the holes that life seems determined to throw you in. Maybe things won’t be perfect in the end, but you’ll at least have learned something about yourself along the way.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: Indigenous creators! November is Indigenous Heritage Month, and narratives around Thanksgiving often suppress or distort Indigenous perspectives. While it is always a good time to read comics by Indigenous creators, it is especially appropriate today.

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The 500 Hundred Years of Indigenous Resistance Comic Book by Gord Hill

From the day the first Europeans arrived in the Americas, Indigenous peoples fought back to protect their land and autonomy. This comic relates how their courageous struggles changed world history, even if they did not always win their battles.

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The Woman in the Woods and Other North American Stories by Various Authors

Do your kids — or you — like folk tales? The “Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales” series is for you! This anthology features updated versions of Indigenous stories from across the country. Written and illustrated by a diverse set of creators, this comic is both fun and educational.

A Havanese puppy cocking her head and generally being perfect

Whatever your plans are for today, I hope you go into them with gusto. To make your day a little more special, here is my dog Poppy looking just adorable.

~Eileen

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Make it a Gol to Read Some Comics Today

I know that the stereotypical comic book reader isn’t all that interested in sports (I’m sure not!), but today I thought we’d stretch ourselves by looking at some sporty comics and bookish goods. Let’s kick off now!

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Japon National Team World Cup Football Jersey by XmassHei

Here’s the perfect attire for anyone who loves both soccer and manga! Available in various sizes. $76+

New Releases

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind, Vol. 6 by Hirohiko Araki

The various assorted JoJos have been adventuring since 1987. In this latest volume, we continue to follow Giomo Giovanna as he protects Trish, a mobster’s daughter. But what would happen if Trish had the power to protect herself?

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Tales from Harrow County: Library Edition by Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook, Naomi Franquiz, and Emily Schnall

This hardcover edition collects Volumes One and Two of Tales from Harrow County. These historical horror tales follow Bernice, the county’s protector. She contends with both the dead and the fair folk, even as World War II poses a more grounded threat to the young men of Harrow County.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: soccer! While there are many well-founded concerns about this year’s World Cup in Qatar, soccer itself, as one of the world’s most popular sports, is always worth celebrating!

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Booked by Kwame Alexander and Dawud Anyabwile

This graphic novel adaptation of Alexander’s novel Booked stars Nick, an aspiring soccer star. But he’s got more than just soccer on his mind: when school bullies and a new crush threaten his happiness, Nick learns to rely on his friends for support as he shoots for his goals — both on and off the field.

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The Breakaways by Cathy G. Johnson

Faith has never played soccer before, but that’s okay: the rest of the kids on her school’s C team aren’t all that great at it, either! For these eager middle schoolers, the season becomes less about playing soccer and more about improving as people and supporting each other through life’s ups and downs when no one else can.

If you’re watching the World Cup this year, I hope you have a blast! And if not, just have a great week!

~Eileen

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Let Us Gather Together for Another Newsletter

Well, the holidays are almost upon us. As you eagerly anticipate (or nervously dread, or completely ignore) the impending celebrations, at least one thing remains constant: great comics, and this newsletter that spotlights them!

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Comic Book Lamp by LampInABoxLamps

Need a little extra light to read your comic books by? Try this theme-appropriate lamp! $50

New Releases

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Captain Carter: Woman Out of Time by Jamie McKelvie and Marika Cresta

If you, like me, enjoyed Peggy Carter’s turn as Captain Carter in Marvel’s What If…? streaming series, you’ll be psyched for this comic! After being defrosted in the modern world, Peggy has to learn how to navigate her new reality and figure out who she can trust as Hydra reemerges from the shadows.

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Rooster Fighter Vol. 2 by Shu Sakuratani

After a demon killed his sister, Keiji has vowed to get revenge and to protect others from being similarly harmed by demons and monsters. Oh, and Keiji is a rooster. With superpowers. Well, why not? In this volume, Keiji finds himself weighing the pros and cons of allowing others to help him in his noble quest. After losing so much, is he willing to risk making friends once again?

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: anthologies! These books don’t contain just one comic: they collect a whole lot of great stories that share a particular theme.

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Sensory: Life on the Spectrum edited by Bex Ollerton

The media tend to present a very specific, limiting idea of who is autistic and what autism is. This collection allows autistic creators to speak for themselves. Here, they discuss what they love (and don’t love!) about being autistic, and how being on the spectrum affects other parts of their lives and identities.

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Voices That Count by Various Authors

Translated from the Spanish, this collection consists of stories by female creators and focuses on issues of particular importance to women, such as workplace discrimination and overcoming gender stereotypes. No matter your gender, you will enjoy and benefit from the stories told here, which highlight “voices that count” but have long been suppressed.

That’s another week come and gone (well, almost). Enjoy yourselves, nerd friends!

~Eileen

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Tuesday Knights are Right for Fighting

Pardon the silly title β€” it will all make sense when you see today’s Riot Rec theme (and if you’re an Elton John fan, of course)! In the meantime, let’s start off with some Comic Bookish Goods…

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Banned by the CCA 1.75″ soft enamel pin by ClayGrahamArt

Perfect for queer folks, werewolves, unrepentant jaywalkers, and anyone else who would not have passed muster in the days of the Comics Code Authority! $10

New Releases

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Futari Escape Vol. 1 by Shouichi Taguchi

“Senpai” and “Kouhai” know all about the concept of opposites attract. When this adorable lesbian couple, consisting of one layabout and one overachieving manga artist, decides to go on vacation, who knows where their clashing personalities and desperate desire to relax will take them?!

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Catwoman Vol. 1: Dangerous Liaisons by Tini Howard and Nico Leon

Catwoman has long been Gotham City’s most infamous (and sexy) cat burglar. Her latest caper: posing as a pole dancer to gain blackmail material on some of the city’s most powerful and dangerous mob bosses. If anyone can pull off such a risky job and still come out smelling like roses, it’s this clever kitty!

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: knights! There’s something about stories of knighthood that bring out the romance in people β€” or make them want to turn the whole concept on its ear!

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Cosmoknights Book One by Hannah Templer

For years, Pan’s whole world was her dad’s garage and her girlfriend Tara — and then Tara left, and all she had was her work as a mechanic. That all changes when she is dragged out to space and into the adventure of a lifetime!

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Squire by Sara Alfageeh and Nadia Shammas

With the Bayt-Sajji Empire on the brink of ruin, the military is looking for new recruits to join the Squires, elite soldiers who will protect the realm. Enter Aiza, who joins up both for honor and the chance to become a full citizen. But when she realizes that the Empire is misleading and endangering the Squires, Aiza will have to decide what really matters — and what she is willing to sacrifice to protect it.

Have a chivalrous week, nerd friends!

~Eileen

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As Autumn Leaves Continue to Fall…

…now is the perfect time to get used to snuggling indoors with a blanket and a hot drink β€” and a comic book, of course!

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Anime inspired Tumbler by SunshineDesigns12

Speaking of hot drinks, here’s the perfect thing for all you anime fans to keep your favorite beverage in! $30

New Releases

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Pokémon Journeys Vol. 4 by Machito Gomi

In this final volume, Ash tries to get into the Ultra Class of the World Coronation series, and his friend Goh is determined to finally catch Mew. Will they manage? Only this comic holds the answers, so catch it while you can!

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Team Photograph by Lauren Haldeman

Growing up, Haldeman would play soccer in Bull Run Regional Park. While her soccer matches could get brutal, it’s nothing compared to the history of Bull Run, where the haunted past continues to bleed into the present. Whether she wants to or not, Haldeman is forced to reckon with the literal specters of death, hatred, violence, and injustice that surround her world of youthful competition.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: yellow! Yellow is just one of the many pretty colors that leaves turn in the fall, so let’s look at a couple of comics with yellow covers!

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My Life in Transition by Julia Kaye

In this adorable and hilarious collection of strips, Kaye, a trans woman, recounts all of the little yet memorable moments that made up her transition, from the simple joy of hanging out with friends to the difficulties of time (and makeup) management.

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Djeliya by Juni Ba

Long ago, a wizard destroyed the world and then vanished, only using his powers to stop anyone from rebuilding. Now, a young prince and his scribe set out on a daring quest to learn the truth about the wizard’s rampage, and to restore prosperity to the world. Based on West African folklore, this is the perfect comic for people who love their fantasies to be epic in scale.

We’re speeding our way to the end of the year now. I hope you have a chance to kick back and relax with a great comic before the holiday wackiness begins!

~Eileen

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Vote, Dangit!

If you are eligible to vote in the elections today and haven’t, please do! If someone is violating your right to vote, go to usa.gov to learn how you can report this violation.

Now let’s proceed with today’s edition of The Stack!

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Avongers Bootleg Superhero Unisex Shirt by TeeJam

No copyrighted characters here, no sir! Even those of us who haven’t seen She-Hulk can appreciate this goofy shirt, which comes in multiple colors. $31+

New Releases

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Terry’s Crew by Terry Crews and Cory Thomas

Actor/athlete Terry Crews co-creates this fun middle grade graphic novel. Growing up in Flint, Michigan, Terry has big dreams. First on his list: to win the school talent show. But when challenges arise, Terry will need the support of his “crew” — his friends Rani and Xander — to meet his goals!

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The Cool Code by Deirdre Langeland and Sarah Mai

Zoey is anything but cool, so she invents an app designed to help her fit in with the cool kids. Though a complete failure at first, the school coding club helps her improve the app, and suddenly Zoey has all the popularity she ever dreamed of. But is that really what she wanted after all, or was she happier hanging out with her fellow “uncool” tech nerds?

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: women’s rights! In case my fellow Americans need a reminder of one of the many issues at stake in this election, these comics will educate you.

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Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists by Mikki Kendall and A. D’Amico

The fight for women’s rights is not new. This graphic novel will introduce you to women from throughout human history who fought for things like the right to vote, to learn, and to live as themselves, often without receiving due credit for their efforts.

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The Keeper: Soccer, Me, and the Law that Changed Women’s Lives by Kelcey Ervick

Before 1972, girls were not guaranteed access to sports at school. Title IX changed all that, allowing girls like Ervick the opportunity to chase their dreams and become star athletes — often without fully realizing the role Title IX played in shaping their lives.

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As a reward for voting and/or finishing this newsletter, here is my dog Poppy trying to stop me from working. How do you think I pay for your dog treats, silly puppy?!

~Eileen

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Marvel, Marvel Everywhere

Marvel is always cranking out new content, but the past couple of weeks have been especially fruitful. In this edition of the Stack, we’ll be spotlighting just a few of the Marvel titles you can enjoy this month!

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Ant-Man Embroidered Hat – “Dad Hat” Style by OnTheMapHats

Show your big love for Marvel’s littlest hero with one of these hats! They come in multiple colors to accommodate all tastes. $27

New Releases

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Marvel Voices: Heritage by Various

November is Native American Heritage Month! Marvel is celebrating with this collection of comics by Indigenous creators starring Indigenous characters. Thrill to the adventures of Echo, Dani Moonstar, Werewolf by Night, and a whole lot more!

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Miles Morales: Stranger Tides by Justin A. Reynolds and Pablo Leon

Everything is going great for Spider-Man, which of course means something is bound to go wrong. In this case, it’s the arrival of a new villain, the Stranger, who uses a video game to freeze the players in real life. Can Miles figure out what the Stranger wants, stop him, and save the people he has frozen?

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: the Dora Milaje! In honor of Wakanda Forever‘s release, enjoy these titles about “the Adored Ones,” Wakanda’s fierce and loyal warrior women!

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Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, et. al.

The Dora Milaje are supposed to be loyal to Wakanda above all else. When Ayo and Aneka, two young recruits, fall in love and begin to have doubts about the former king T’Challa, they will have to decide who to serve — and what price they are willing to pay for that service.

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Black Panther: Protectors of Wakanda by Karama Horne

Okay, so none of us are badass enough to actually join the Dora Milaje — but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream! This illustrated prose book will teach you all you need to know about the group’s history, as well as the training techniques they use to get and stay in top fighting condition. It takes great physical and emotional strength to protect Wakanda, and that means constantly working to improve yourself, even when you’re already the best.

That’s all for this week, true believers. Until Tuesday, Wakanda Forever, Hulk Smash, and all those other catchphrases!

~Eileen

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Happy November, From One Nerd to Another

It’s hard to believe how close we are to the end of the year, isn’t it? But don’t worry: there is still plenty of time for reading the latest and greatest in comic book releases β€” like these ones!

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Metal batarangs!! by SlickClarkDesign

If you (are a responsible adult who) ever wanted to own Batman’s most iconic gadget, here’s your chance! $10+

New Releases

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Sweet Valley Twins: Best Friends by Nicole Andelfinger and Claudia Aguirre

Remember the Sweet Valley Twins novels? I sure do, and now you can enjoy them in graphic novel form! Relive the adventures of Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield as they navigate middle school and learn how to stay close despite their growing differences.

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Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible Vol. 4 by Nene Yukimori

Timid Shiraishi’s friendship with the outgoing Kubo has changed his life, inspiring him to try things he never would have been brave enough to tackle on his own. In this volume, that includes joining the high school environmental committee and — just maybe — going on a real date! Can he manage, or will he give into the urge to run and hide?

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: politics! With important elections happening soon or recently in Brazil, the UK, and the U.S., now is a good time to explore some comics that can teach us about politics.

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Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator by Sofia Warren

When Julia Salazar, a socialist New York state senator, unexpectedly won her race, cartoonist Warren spent the next year following her as she sought to do the job she was elected for. The resulting graphic novel makes for a fascinating insider look at American politics.

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The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History by David F. Walker and Marcus Kwame Anderson

Go beyond the propaganda and myths about the Black Panther Party with this graphic novel. Starting with the group’s inception in California in 1966, it will take you through many of the key figures and events that shaped their evolution, growth, and public perception, for better and for worse.

If you’ve got an election coming up, be sure to vote in it! If you’re an American whose voting rights are being violated, there are several ways you can report it, as listed under the “How to Report” tab at this usa.gov page. Stay safe out there, voters!

~Eileen