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LGBTQ Previews August 2020 Part 1

Hi there! Comics are coming back and so is this column after taking off a month though it seems longer. Publishers big and small are making adjustments as Diamond resumes distribution and comic shops gear up for new comics. Boom has several interesting comics this month, including the debut of Seven Secrets (see above image) from Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo. If you liked A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns that Archie Bongiovanni worked on then you might be interested in their Yes, I’m FLagging one shot from Silver Sprocket. Oh, and a most welcome surprise for me is a Leonardo da Vinci graphic novel that doesn’t shy away from the persecution he dealt with as a gay man in Renaissance Italy.

We’re not out of the pandemic yet! Please do everything you can to stay safe and healthy. Please wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart when around others in public.

You’ll find BOOM, DE, Archie, Black Mask, Vault, and other small and indy press publisher here. The strange code with letters and numbers after each item are Diamond order codes for easy ordering with your comic shop! Part two with comics from Dark, Horse, DC, Image, IDW, and Marvel is coming soon.

People’s names listed in bold are either LGBTQA or supportive. Credit where credit is due – Andy Mangels because this was his idea and wrote many such lists and to Mike McDermott and Steven Leitman for their suggestions and input about several series that have been added to the list! Notice something missing that should be on the list? Please send a message!

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ABLAZE

UNSACRED #7 $3.99 Page 252
Mirka Andolfo
If you’re a fan of Mirka Andolfo’s Mercy try Un/Sacred! The extraordinary talent of Mirka Andolfo brings to life a Heaven (and a Hell) filled with humor and lovable characters! The lovely new couple will soon be new parents! So it’s now time for the whole family to come together and support them. But of course, when it comes to family, especially when there’s devils and angels involved, nothing ever goes quite as planned… JUN200816

AFTERSHOCK

ANIMOSITY #28 $3.99 Page 266
Marguerite Bennett and Elton Thomasi
As the madness of the Kings of Texas reaches a fever pitch, the life blood of the empire boils up from below – ready to drown Jesse and Sandor in its flood. JUN200879

AHOY

BILLIONAIRE ISLAND #4 & 5 $3.99 Page 272
Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
Plots and plans abound in this month’s Billionaire Island, from the cocreator of Second Coming! With Trent’s fate in the, uh, paws of Business Dog, his future plans become flea-bitten. Elsewhere, Shelly and Falco plot a daring escape. Every AHOY comic also features extra prose stories and illustrations. JUN200886

Billionaire Island barrels toward a devastating climax! Whether you’re building a playground for billionaires or creating a chemical that might destroy half the population, you never know what might be your undoing… Every AHOY comic also features extra prose stories and illustrations. JUN200887

AMP! COMICS FOR KIDS

MAGICAL ADVENTURES PHOEBE & HER UNICORN HC $14.99 Page 273
Dana Simpson
What could be more magical than having a unicorn as a best friend? For nine-year-old Phoebe Howell, it all started while she was skipping rocks across a pond and accidentally hit a dazzling but self-absorbed unicorn named Marigold Heavenly Nostrils. Together, the unlikely BFFs discover a world full of magical mysteries and adventure, taking on everything from cruel classmates to candy-breathing dragons. These beautifully drawn comics show that even when life isn’t all rainbows and glitter, every day is magical with your best friend. This special edition of the bestselling series includes all of the comics and bonus materials from Phoebe and Her Unicorn and Unicorn on a Roll. JUN200888

AMULET BOOKS

LUMBERJANES BEASTIARY HC $16.99 Page 273
Mariko Tamaki and Brooklyn Allen
Over the years, there have been countless magical creatures spotted at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types: mermaids, moon mice, griffins, Cloudies-you name it, the campers have seen it! But there’s only one group of Lumberjanes equipped to catalog the strange happenings at the camp: Roanoke cabin. Jo, April, Molly, Mal, Ripley, and Barney are working to earn their BEAST trophy, which is an epic project to collect as much knowledge they can about these creatures. They interview mermaids, play camp games with Cyclops, talk hair care with yetis, and much more! Each camper will contribute their own chapters to compile a full-color magical bestiary for fans of the novels and the hit graphic novels. Illustrated Book JUN200897

ARCHIE

ARCHIE & FRIENDS ENDLESS SUMMER #1 $2.99 Page 281
Dan Parent, Pat & Tim Kennedy & Various
Celebrate summer vacation with Archie & Friends! And this summer promises to be a wild one-complete with spooky island resorts, camp tales, a sunny Florida road trip, and a fun beach trip with a very unexpected guest! JUN200947

ARCHIE & FRIENDS FOREVER TP $12.99 Page 280
Dan Parent, Pat & Tim Kennedy & Various
When Archie and his friends get together, there’s always an adventure to be had! From musical endeavors to epic beach parties, from school shenanigans to travelling the globe, there’s never a dull moment with Archie and his Riverdale pals ‘n’ gals! JUN200942

BOOM

A few fan favorite series take a break this month. Look for Buffy, Lumberjanes, Something Is Killing the Children, Once & Future, and Faithless to reappear soon in solicits.

AVANT-GUARDS DOWN TO WIRE OGN $14.99 Page 235
Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes
Everything’s happening–Liv and Charlie are figuring out what it means to be Liv-and-Charlie, the final game of the season is here, and the team is worried about creating the perfect fundraiser. Oh! And everyone’s parents showed up to cheer them on during the most stressful time the team could imagine. Luckily the entire existence of the league doesn’t depend on this one game or the Avant-Guards winning, right? Oh wait. JUN200783

B B FREE VOL 1 $14.99 Page 244
Gabby Rivera, Royal Dunlap,and Renata Nolasco
Writer Gabby Rivera and debuting artist Royal Dunlap present a new adventure series for anyone who’s ever fought to discover the truth about yourself even when it feels like the whole world is against you. It’s been over a hundred years since the Plague That Ate Greed wiped out half the population, and it’s the only world that b.b. has ever known. Broadcasting her underground radio show from her remote swamp community, b.b. free has no idea about the world outside her home–or her role in it! But when b.b. discovers a terrible secret about her overbearing father, she realizes that everything she believes in could be a lie! Now on the run from her own family, b.b. will learn the truth about the world she lives in, and about the power she never knew she had. Collects issues #1-4. This book is resolicited from an earlier Previews. JUN200803

BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER VOL 4 $14.99 Page 240
Jodie Bellaire, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Various
After the shocking conclusion to the Hellmouth event, The Slayer must defend Sunnydale and it’s Kendra? Welcome to the next era of the Buffy-verse…the Ring of Fire! That’s right, there’s a New Slayer in Sunnydale, who must confront an all-new threat to the entire world and she’ll need to pull the Scooby gang together once more after what happened to Buffy. Wait, what happened to Buffy? Kicking off a new era for Slayers and Scoobies by revealing a secret that will change everything you think you know about Buffy! Collects Buffy the Vampire Slayer #13-16. JUN200792

BTVS SEASON 12 LIBRARY HC VOL 1 $29.99 Page 241
Christos Gage, Erika Alexander, Georges Jeanty, and Jonathan Lam
Visionary series creator Joss Whedon returns with New York Times bestselling writer Christos Gage and more acclaimed creators present the next chapter in the official continuation of the critically-acclaimed television series. Buffy finds herself in a time warp that could alter the fate of the world and could spell the end for Buffy, her friends, and the Slayers, forever. Collects Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 12 #1-4 and Giles: Girl Blue #1-4, previously published by Dark Horse. JUN200798

ENCYCLOPEDIA LUMBERJANICA ILLUSTRATED GUIDE SC $9.99 Page 236
Susan Coiner-Collier and Kaitin Infante & Various
Step inside the world of the Eisner Award-winning Lumberjanes like never before with an illustrated look into the lives of the lady-types that the Lumberjanes have taken as their role models–along with fun facts and humorous insights from the Lumberjanes themselves! From The Arts, Sciences, Activism, Politics, and Social Work to Groundbreakers and the Generally Rad, you’ll learn all about incredible figures such as Bessie Coleman, Juliette Gordon Low, Sally Ride, and more! This book is perfect for teachers and caregivers, and an unforgettable keepsake for Lumberjanes fans. JUN200784

FIREFLY #19 $3.99 Page 238
Greg Pak and Lalit Kumar Sharma
The whole ‘Verse turns upside down when outlaw-turned-sheriff Mal Reynolds jails his former crew members–and then is confronted by a brand new outlaw determined to bust them out! Who is this new Bandit King and why does he seem so determined to take Mal’s old position as the most incorrigibly independent law-bender around? JUN200788

FIREFLY NEW SHERIFF IN THE ‘VERSE HC VOL 1 $19.99 Page 238
Greg Pak, Lalit Kumar Sharma & Various
Kicking off a new Firefly epic, discover the secret history of Mal and his mother and a new brewing war to end all wars from New York Times bestselling writer Greg Pak, and artists Davide Gianfelice and Lalit Kumar Sharma. Mal has handed himself into the Alliance…but it turns out he’s not the one they want. The infamous Ma Reynolds–that’s Mal’s mom–is at the top of the Alliance’s Most Wanted, and if Mal doesn’t get to her first, the Alliance will! Collects Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds #1 and Firefly #13-15. JUN200786

GIANT DAYS VOL 14 $14.99 Page 244
John Allison and Max Sarin
Return to Sheffield one last time as Daisy and Esther are about to graduate–with Susan there to cheer them on! But it’s not over yet, because one year later Daisy and Susan must join forces to save Esther from the head girls who’re making her life hell! And then it really might be time to say goodbye. The critically-acclaimed team of John Allison and Max Sarin conclude the Eisner Award-winning series with graduation, celebration, and a reminder that friendship is forever. Collects ?Giant Days #53-54 and ?Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1. JUN200804

HEARTBEAT TP $15.99 Page 242
Maria Llovet
Acclaimed writer and artist Maria Llovet (?Faithless
presents a dark, violent, decadent, and disturbing story in which life and death, blood and love are inextricably intertwined. Eva, a high school outcast, finds herself witness to a horrible secret: the most popular boy in school enjoys the taste of blood and will kill to get his hands on it. Horrified and intrigued, Eva lets herself be pulled into Donatien’s macabre world. He offers the escape she has been looking for but how much is Eva willing to betray her moral code in order to find something that gives her life meaning? And will she–or Donatien–ever find redemption? Do they even want to? Collects the complete limited series for mature audiences. JUN200799

LUMBERJANES ORIGINAL VOL 3 TRUE COLORS $14.99 Page 237
Lilah Sturges and Polterink
New York Times best selling author Lilah Sturges and acclaimed artist polterink present the third and final graphic novel from the Eisner Award-winning world of Lumberjanes! At Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqual Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types, being yourself has a long tradition of being celebrated, and no one knows that better than Ripley. But going against the grain is starting to feel like she’s going against her friends, and Ripley’s not sure if being unique is all it’s cracked up to be. So when she meets a Zebracorn with the ability to blend in anywhere, Ripley’s starts to think she should take on a new identity, one that looks more like everyone else. Join Ripley as she goes on a journey to discover who she truly is, and reminds us that showing others your true colors can help you see theirs, too. JUN200785

SACRIFICE OF DARKNESS HC $24.99 Page 232
Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby
New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay adapts her short story “We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness” as a full-length graphic novel with writer Tracy Lynne Oliver, and artist Rebecca Kirby. Expanding an unforgettable world where a tragic event forever bathes the world in darkness, The Sacrifice of Darkness follows one woman’s powerful journey through this new landscape as she discovers love, family, and the true light in a world seemingly robbed of any. This young adult drama challenges notions of identity, guilt, and survival in a graphic novel for fans of On A Sunbeam and Are You Listening? JUN200781

SEEN: EDMONIA LEWIS OGN $5.99 Page 234
Jasmine Walls and Bex Glendining
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. In the new ongoing graphic novel program; Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers, you’ll find the stories of the real groundbreakers who changed our world for the better. Meet Edmonia Lewis, the woman who changed America during the Civil War by becoming the first sculptor of African-American and Native American heritage to earn international acclaim. In the tradition of March, Science Comics, and A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns, Jasmine Walls and Bex Glendining shine a light on a true story of courage, determination and perseverance through one of America’s most violent eras to create true beauty that still resonates today. JUN200782

SEVEN SECRETS #1 $3.99 Page 222
Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo
For fans of Once & Future and Undiscovered Country comes an all-new original series from #1 New York Times best-selling author Tom Taylor and artist Daniele di Nicuolo about seven powerful secrets–words, wonders, weapons, and worse–with the power to destroy the world. Seven Secrets could destroy the world. For centuries they’ve been locked away and protected by The Order. When their stronghold is attacked and a secret revealed, the entire Order must go on the run. The Order’s youngest member, Caspar has been trained his entire life to protect the Secrets he will never know. Now is his chance to prove his worth–to become a Holder of one of the deadliest secrets in the world. But Caspar has a secret of his own. And his secret could prove more dangerous than anything the Order protects. JUN200760

STEVEN UNIVERSE ONGOING VOL 8 $14.99 Page 246
Sarah Gailey and Rii Abrego
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(TM) #29-32. JUN200807

WILLOW #2 $3.99 Page 204 Page 241
Mariko Tamaki and Natacha Bustos
After the events of Hellmouth, Willow has set out on a world trip to find herself, and maybe some answers about her powers along the way. Now, in the magical–and we mean that literally–town of Abhainn, Willow seems to have found a home. Afterall, they tell her, the outside world is dangerous. Afterall, isn’t it easier just to stay in Abhainn? JUN200793

DRAWN & QUARTERLY

BERLIN BOOK 3 CITY OF LIGHT $24.95 Page 303
Jason Lutes
The third and final act of Jason Lutes’ historical fiction about the Weimar Republic begins with Hitler arriving in Berlin. With the National Socialist party now controlling Parliament, the citizenry becomes even more divided. Lutes steps back from the larger political upheaval, using the intertwining lives of a small group of German citizens to zero in on the rise of fascism and how swiftly it can replace democracy. The idle rich, the naive bourgeoisie, and the struggling lower classes: all seek meaning in the warring political factions dividing their nation. JUN201038 (OFFERED AGAIN)

BERLIN COMPLETE $39.99 Page 303
Jason Lutes
For twenty years, Jason Lutes toiled on this intimate, sweeping epic before the collected Berlin was published in 2018 to widespread acclaim. Lutes’s historical fiction about the decline of the Weimar Republic and the rise of fascism is seen through the eyes of the Jews and the Nazis; the socialists and the socialites; the lavishly decorated queer clubs and the crumbling tenement apartments. Lutes weaves these characters’ lives into the larger fabric of a city slowly ripping apart, crafting a polyphonic novel that is rich in its historical detail and as timely as ever in its depiction of a society slowly awakening to the stranglehold of fascism. JUN201037 (OFFERED AGAIN)

MOOMIN & THE COMET $9.95 Page 304
Tove Jansson
A classic Moomin story reworked in full color, with a kid-proof but kid-friendly size, price, and format. It’s getting hotter and hotter in Moominvalley, and all the creatures have taken note of the troubling weather. After a mysterious cloud appears in the sky one day, an exodus begins. The Hattifatteners, the Nibling, Mrs. Fillyjonk (and all her children), and even Mymble pack up to leave the valley. When they realize the mysterious cloud is a comet headed straight for Moominhouse, Moomin, Little My, and Snorkmaiden decide to depart their home too. Between a tidal wave and a comet-struck Moomin, the end does seem nigh, but the day may yet be saved! JUN201043 (OFFERED AGAIN)

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

RED SONJA #18 $3.99 Page 218
Mark Russell and Bob Q
“A Children’s Crusade.” Hyrkania’s food stores are empty. The king of Khitai has the ability to save them, but he will not. But what he has not considered, is that to save her people, Sonja The Red will do anything. JUN200746

FANTAGRAPHICS

FLAPPER QUEENS WOMEN CARTOONISTS OF JAZZ AGE $34.99 Page 310
Trina Robbins
In the 1920’s, women got the vote. They smoked, drank, shortened their hair and tossed their corsets. It was a revolution, and Fantagraphics celebrates that revolution with a collection of full-color strips documenting well-known cartoonists such as Ethel Hays and Nell Brinkley and also artists like art-deco illustrator Eleanor Schorer, fashion chronicler Edith Stevens and Virginia Huget, whose girls were seemingly always in a euphoric state of Charleston. Trina Robbins presents a liberating hardcover book filled with illustrations and comic strips. JUN201095

SEEDS & STEMS GN MEGG & MOGG $29.99 Page 310
Simon Hanselmann
In early 2016, Simon Hanselmann began producing xeroxed zines and selling them online, with hand-painted covers, custom stamps and hologram security stickers. Seeds and Stems collects all of these self-published stories along with a generous smattering of rarities from various anthologies and magazines. Megg and Mogg and friends explore lucid dreaming, banking scams, cinema, mixed drinks, alien invasion and budget vasectomies in this collection of rare and often experimental adventures, housed in a transparent orange acetate jacket over full-painted covers, resembling that of a prescription bottle! JUN201081

HUMANOIDS

STRANGELANDS #8 $3.99 Page 326
Magdalene Visaggio, Darcie Little Badger, and Vincenzo Federici
At long last-the mystery of “Kittyhawk” revealed! Unable to get too close or stray too far, Elakshi and Adam Land have been on the run since the moment they first ignited. Aided by a mysterious benefactor known only as “Kittyhawk” and chased across the globe by MI6 agent Bixby Hardman, the Lands finally reach the end of their odyssey. All roads converge in this epic final issue, and no one involved will ever be the same. This issue is resolicited from an earlier Previews. JUN201167

STRANGELANDS VOL 1 $14.95 Page 326
Magdalene Visaggio, Darcie Little Badger, and Guillermo Sanna
Love and chaos! ? Meet Adam Land, an indigenous American, and Elakshi Land, a British-Asian. They have what some might call “a love-hate relationship.” They’d probably be better off without one another, except for the fact that they have superpowers that cause mass destruction whenever they are separated. Now, their greatest challenge is to stay together-even if it tears the world apart. Collects issues #1-4 of the Earth-shattering series! JUN201166 (OFFERED AGAIN)

NBM

LEONARDO DA VINCI & THE RENAISSANCE OF THE WORLD HC $24.99 Page 334
Marwan Kahil and Ariel Vittori
One of the greatest artists of all time, as well as a genius inventor, Da Vinci was arrestingly tall and handsome. This comics biography shows the process of his work and his inventions, his persecution as a gay man, and how the changing politics of his country and ebbs and flows of those in power affected him and his career. A turbulent story on an exceptional man. Complemented with back matter on his chronology, list of his oeuvres, and more. JUN201205

NORTHWEST PRESS

DASH #6 $4.99 Page 336
Dave Ebersole and Delia Gable
The Mummy, restored to full horrifying power, holds L.A. captive. Dash wields the only weapon capable of stopping him, but when the truth of what Zita has been hiding is revealed, will he? The detective’s life is changed forever in the final chapter of “The Case of the Mysterious Zita Makara!” This comic is resolicited from an earlier Previews. JUN201222

ONI PRESS / LION FORGE

THE TEA DRAGON TAPESTRY HC $21.99 Page 342
Katie O’Neill
Join Greta and Minette once more for the heartwarming conclusion of the award-winning Tea Dragon series! Over a year since being entrusted with Ginseng’s care, Greta still can’t chase away the cloud of mourning that hangs over the timid Tea Dragon. As she struggles to create something spectacular enough to impress a master blacksmith in search of an apprentice, she questions the true meaning of crafting, and the true meaning of caring for someone in grief. Meanwhile, Minette receives a surprise package from the monastery where she was once training to be a prophetess. Thrown into confusion about her path in life, the shy and reserved Minette finds that the more she opens her heart to others, the more clearly she can see what was always inside. Told with the same care and charm as the previous installments of the Tea Dragon series, The Tea Dragon Tapestry welcomes old friends and new into a heartfelt story of purpose, love, and growth. JUN201225

PAPERCUTZ

SCHOOL FOR EXTRATERRESTRIAL GIRLS VOL 1 $12.99 (TP)/ $19.99 (HC)
Jeremy Whitley and Jamie Noguchi
Tara Smith’s parents are super strict with all their rules and routines, and Tara is a dutiful daughter. Rule #1: No friends her own age. Rule #2: keep her bracelet on — or else. But when she breaks her routine — and then loses her bracelet — she’s in trouble. Now outed as an extraterrestrial after wielding fire and losing her humanoid form, Tara is captured by the government. She’s given two options: get shipped far away where she won’t be a danger to anyone or stay on Earth and join a school for other extraterrestrial girls like her. Things at the school aren’t easy, especially for the girl whose only friends were textbooks. But Tara’s goal to learn how to control her powers is soon sidelined by the discovery that the people she’s called Mom and Dad all these years aren’t her parents. Available in softcover and hardcover editions. JUN201266 (TP)/ JUN201267 (HC)

SEVEN SEAS

BLOOM INTO YOU VOL 8 $12.99 Page 432
Nakatani Nio
Yuu has always loved shoujo manga and fantasizes about the day that she too will get a love confession that will send her heart a-flutter. Yet when a male classmate confesses his feelings for her… she feels nothing. Disappointed and confused, Yuu enters high school still unsure how to respond. That’s when Yuu sees the beautiful student council president Nanami turn down a suitor with such maturity and finesse that Yuu is inspired to ask her for advice. But when the next person to confess to Yuu is the alluring Nanami herself, has Yuu’s shoujo romance finally begun? JUN201671

FAILED PRINCESSES VOL 1 $12.99 Page 432
Ajiichi
Opposites attract in this new high school yuri manga! Fujishiro Nanaki is super cute, super popular, and super annoyed with anyone as plain as her classmate Kurokawa Kanade. When Nanaki finds out her boyfriend’s cheating on her, however, her life makes a complete 180 — as does her relationship with Kanade. JUN201673

FAILED PRINCESSES VOL 2 $12.99 Page 432
Ajiichi
Fujishiro Nanaki is super cute, super popular, and super annoyed with anyone as plain as her classmate Kurokawa Kanade. When Nanaki finds out her boyfriend’s cheating on her, however, her life makes a complete 180–as does her relationship with Kanade. This all-new manga series explores the budding romance between the queen bee in school and the “plain” girl she once brushed off! JUN201674

SILVER SPROCKET

YES I’M FLAGGING QUEER HANKY CODE 101 ONE SHOT $5.00 Page 361
Archie Bongiovanni
You know that cutie with the red bandanna around their neck is wearing that hanky on purpose, but why? Queer Flagging 101 is a great introduction to what flagging is and how you can use it, plus a resources to explore the topic in a little more depth! JUN201334$5.00

SOARING PENGUIN PRESS

BREAKS GN VOL 2 $19.99 Page 361
Malin Ryden and Emma Vieceli
Ian and Cortland are all too aware that the bubble they’ve made for themselves can’t last. Shifting relationships and tested friendships may be the least of their worries though, as they learn more about each other and the pasts they’d rather leave behind. Familial legacy, fragile ambition and potentially devastating secrets; their budding relationship is going to need a stronger foundation than secrecy if they want to face what life has in store for them together. JUN201335

SUBLIME

GIVEN VOL 3 $12.99 Page 405
Natsuki Kizu
Uenoyama realizes he’s in love with Mafuyu and steals a kiss from him backstage at their first live performance. But now he’s even more confused-he hasn’t shared his feelings with Mafuyu and has no idea how Mafuyu feels about him. Meanwhile, Haruki has been harboring a secret desire for bandmate Akihiko, who’s already entangled in an intense, conflicted relationship with someone else. JUN201544

TORITAN BIRDS OF A FEATHER VOL 1 $12.99 Page 405
Kotetsuko Yamamoto
Inusaki, a detective and unwitting jack-of-all-trades for his neighborhood, has the unenviable ability to communicate with birds…and hates it. Yet when he runs into a crow that knows his name, he can’t help but befriend him, naming him “Kuro.” Later, when Inusaki seems to hear Kuro’s voice, he finds only the landlord’s son. Why do they sound so similar, and why can’t Inusaki stop blushing whenever Kuro the crow crosses his mind?!
For older teen audiences. JUN201543

TITAN

DOCTOR WHO 13TH VOL 4 TALE OF TWO TIME LORDS $16.99 Page 367
Jody Houser and Roberta Ingranata
In a spectacular return to comics, the Thirteenth Doctor teams up with fan-favorite Tenth Doctor for a deadly encounter with the menacing Weeping Angels and the Autons. Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser and artist Roberta Ingranata return in this reimagining of the iconic TV Episode ‘Blink’. Collects Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor Year 2 #1-4. This trade is resolicited from an earlier Previews. JUN201376

TOKYO POP

BREATH OF FLOWERS MANGA VOL 1 $10.99 Page 412
CALY
Azami has always been attracted only to boys, especially the handsome Gwyn. Intelligent, sporty, attractive and just a little older than Azami, she’s sure he would be an ideal boyfriend. Then, on the day Azami finally gets the courage to confess her feelings, everything she believes is suddenly called into question when she finds out that Gwyn is actually a girl! Despite her initial shock at learning Gwyn’s secret, Azami quickly realizes that love transcends gender, putting her feelings for Gwyn before her previous prejudices. But it turns out Azami isn’t the only girl who’s got her eye on Gwyn!
JUN201555 (OFFERED AGAIN)

DON’T CALL ME DADDY $12.99 Page 413
Gorou Kanbe
Long before the events of Don’t Call Me Dirty, Hanao Kaji and Ryuuji Mita were close friends… When Ryuuji is left to raise his son Shouji as a single father, Hanao steps up to help him out. At first, their family life is happy and content, but Hanao’s true feelings for Ryuuji become more and more difficult for him to ignore. The pressure of staying closeted eventually becomes too much to bear; Hanao leaves, choosing to run from his feelings and his fears of somehow “messing up” Shouji’s life when he starts getting teased at school for having two dads. Years later, when he comes home to care for his aging father and ends up advising Shouji on his blossoming relationship with Hama, Hanao realizes it’s time to face his own past and his future. (OFFERED AGAIN)

DON’T CALL ME DIRTY VOL 1 $12.99 Page 413
Gorou Kanbe
After some time in a long distance sort-of-relationship with his crush, Shouji is crestfallen when weeks of getting ghosted finally result in a confession: his boyfriend just isn’t gay. Having struggled with his sexuality for years, Shouji throws himself into his work to distract himself from the rejection, but when a young homeless man called Hama shows up at the shop, Shouji finds himself curious to learn more about him and, hopefully, befriend him. Attempting to make their way in a society that labels each of them as outcasts and dirty, the two men grow closer. Together, they begin to find they have more in common than either of them could have anticipated. JUN201556 (OFFERED AGAIN)

KOIMONOGATARI LOVE STORIES VOL 2 $14.99
Tagura Tohru
When Yuji accidentally overhears his classmate Yamato confessing to another friend that he’s gay, his perspective shifts. Seeing Yamato in a new light, Yuji does his best not to let prejudice color his view, but he still finds himself overthinking his classmates’ interactions now. However, as his own friendship with Yamato develops and the two of them grow closer through a mutual study group, Yuji comes to truly care about Yamato, regardless of his sexuality.
JUN201546

STILL SICK VOL 1 $12.99 Page 412
Akashi
Makoto Shimizu is just an ordinary office worker, blending in seamlessly with her colleagues on the job… That is, until her coworker Akane Maekawa discovers her well-hidden secret: in her spare time, she draws and sells girls’ love comics! Akane is the last person Makoto would think of as a nerd, but as the two grow closer, it starts to seem like Akane may have a secret of her own. JUN201554 (OFFERED AGAIN)

TWOMORROWS

COMIC BOOK CREATOR #22 $9.95 Page 375
CBC travels to the studio of P. Craig Russell, whose career stretches from Killraven and Elric, to his Oscar Wilde adaptations and The Sandman, to the present day with American Gods, for a career-spanning, intimate interview (complete with photos and a gallery of PCR’s finest artwork). Also, we look at an almost completely unknown work of Frank Quitely, renowned artist on All-Star Superman and The Authority: his awesome artwork decorating the walls of a Radisson hotel in Scotland! JUN201411 (OFFERED AGAIN)

LOU SCHEIMER CREATING FILMATION GENERATION SC $29.95 Page 376
Andy Mangels and Lou Scheimer
Hailed as one of the fathers of Saturday morning television, Lou Scheimer was the co-founder of Filmation Studios, which for over 25 years provided animated excitement for TV and film. Scheimer’s company created the first DC cartoons with Superman, Batman, and Aquaman and swung into high adventure with Tarzan, The Lone Ranger, and Zorro. Forays into live-action included Shazam! and The Secrets of Isis, and in the 1980s, Filmation single-handedly caused the syndication explosion with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and its successors. Now, Lou Scheimer tells the entire story in this book illustrated with photos, model sheets, storyboards, presentation art, and more. JUN201414 (OFFERED AGAIN)

VALIANT

LIVEWIRE VOL 1 FUGITIVE $9.99 Page 382
Vita Ayala, Raul Allen, and Patricia Martin
For the first time, Livewire takes center stage!
Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable superpowered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout, causing untold devastation. With the whole world hunting her, what kind of hero will Livewire be… or will she beon one at all? Collecting Livewire #1-4. JUN201433 (OFFERED AGAIN)

LIVEWIRE VOL 2 GUARDIAN $14.99 Page 382
Vita Ayala and Kano
Investigating the disappearance of a young girl, Livewire stumbles upon an OMEN facility where young PSIots are taken and taught to control their powers. Is this the safe haven Livewire’s dreamed of or is there something more sinister to this sanctuary? One of the Valiant Universe’s most powerful heroes continues down her road to redemption with rising star writer Vita Ayala and artis Kano! Collecting Livewire #5-8. JUN201434 (OFFERED AGAIN)

LIVEWIRE VOL 3 CHAMPION $14.99 Page 382
Vita Ayala and Tana Ford
What is the cost of freedom? Wanted fugitive Livewire has been on the run for months from the authorities for shutting down the country’s power in an effort to protect people gifted with powers. Will a shocking offer to go public from a renowned local politician pull Livewire into a political spotlight?
Valiant’s breakout heroine fights to clear her name in the next electrifying volume from rising stars Vita Ayala and Tana Ford! Collecting Livewire #9-12. JUN201432 (OFFERED AGAIN)

VAULT

HEATHEN #12 $3.99 Page 389
Natasha Alterici and Ashley Woods
The Saga’s End! Brynhild and Frejya race to the godlands to meet up with Ruadan, rescue Aydis, and, at long last, dethrone the corrupt god-king Odin.
Resolicited from an earlier Previews. JUN201451

NO ONE’S ROSE #4 $3.99 Page 387
Emily Horn, Zac Thompson, and Alberto Jimenez-Alburquerque
The Green Zone is rotting, siblings Tenn and Seren are on more than an ideological collision course. Inside the ecotopia, Seren puts a dangerous plan into action. [Two men, Enock and Seren, are in love.] JUN201448

SHADOW SERVICE #1 $3.99 Page 384
Cavan Scott and Corin Howell
Worried your partner is cheating? Need a missing person found? Gina Meyers is the Private Investigator for you. Sure, she’s a witch who worries that her powers make her more of a monster than the crooks she’s trying to catch, but it’s not like London’s criminal underworld is literally going to hell… is it? Spy craft meets black magic in the shadowy world of MI666. JUN201441

VAMPIRE THE MASQUERADE #1 $3.99 Page 385
Tim Seeley, Tini & Blake Howard, Dev Pramanik, and Nathan Gooden
From the internationally best-selling World of Darkness universe, Vault brings readers a brand-new Vampire: The Masquerade comic series, Winter’s Teeth. When Cecily Brine, a courier for the Twin Cities Camarilla, takes a mysterious younger vampire under her wing, she’s dragged into an insidious conspiracy. Will she be able to escape with her unlife and protect her aging, Alzheimer’s afflicted sister, or will she be yet another pawn sacrificed to the Masquerade? Meanwhile, an Anarch coterie investigates a mysterious killing. JUN201443

VIZ

BLUE FLAG VOL 3 $12.99 Page 422
Kaito
Toma gets seriously hurt diving in front of a car to save Taichi, leaving Taichi racked with guilt over not only getting his best friend hurt, but also stealing Toma’s last chance at making the summer baseball tournament. Guilty, angry and hurt, the two boys clash in an emotionally raw argument. Futaba, worried about both of them, invites Taichi to a certain spot to hopefully cheer him up…
For older teen audiences. JUN201589

MY HERO ACADEMIA SMASH VOL 5 $9.99 Page 420
Hirofumi Neda and Kouhei Horikoshi
News flash! Parody series are pretty embarrassing to the main series’ protagonists! And this final volume of the My Hero Academia parody series goes Plus Ultra with its Gag Quirk to explore new horizons of humiliation! If nothing else, you gotta check out Bakugo’s pretty boy makeover. But if he’s not amused, will anyone get the last laugh? JUN201578

YEN PRESS

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH I HATE YOU VOL 1 $13.00 Page 424
Yuni
Asano and Fujimura are an unbeatable duo at work, but their relationship is more than just professional. Is this office affair about love, or is it just a game? JUN201602

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