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LGBTQA Previews February 2024 Part 1

While “I’m so glad we had this time together” was Carol Burnett’s sign off on her beloved 1970s comedy show it also serves as the title for Canadian graphic designer/ illustrator Maurice Vellekoop’s coming of age memoir growing up gay in a strict religious family during the 1970s and 1980s. At just under 500 pages, this graphic novel from Pantheon promises to be quite an indelible work. Headlined by Jadzia Axelrod and Skylar Partridge along with contributions from many more creators, Sharp Wit and the Company of Women is anthology “celebrating the strength, power, and agency of women, specifically those whose stories begin and end at the point of blade” according to publisher A Wave Blue World. Robin Ha’s Fox Maidens is a reimagining of Korea’s Gumiho, or nine tailed fox, legend from a feminist, queer perspective. Ha’s graphic novel comes from Balzer + Bray. Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivela wrap up their Abbott trilogy at Boom! And there are many, many more tempting items so check out the list to find what captures your attention!

Looking for comics from DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, and IDW? You’ll find them over here in part two.

Credit where credit is due – Andy Mangels because this was his idea and wrote many such lists and to Mike McDermott for his 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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A WAVE BLUE WORLD

SHARP WIT AND THE COMPANY OF WOMEN $19.99 Page 264
Jadzia Axelrod, Skylar Patridge & Various
A comics anthology celebrating the strength, power, and agency of women, specifically those whose stories begin and end at the point of blade! From the depths of antiquity, female heroes have captivated imaginations. Leaders, keepers of wisdom, warriors of strength, monsters, magicians, or modern marvels; they all stride through these pages in astonishing adventures arrayed with the clang of edged weapons in battle. DEC231264

ABRAMS

UMBRELLA ACADEMY THE COMMISSION HANDBOOK HC $35.00 Page 239
Matt Epstein
From the world of Netflix’s Umbrella Academy comes The Commission Handbook, an officially licensed, in-universe guide to protecting the space time continuum. Umbrella Academy: The Commission Handbook gives fans of Netflix’s hit show — based on the Eisner Award-winning Dark Horse comic book series and produced by USG…a chance to step into the shoes of a Commission agent. This secret organization is well known to the show’s fan-favorite character Number Five, a former Commission agent/assassin who regularly references this guide for the skills necessary to ensure the continuity of Earth’s timeline. Designed to look and feel like an in-universe object, readers will learn about the hazards of time travel, including the symptoms of paradox psychosis; gain insight into the roles of analyst, special operations, and infinite switchboard operator; and read in-depth dossiers on the members of the Umbrella and Sparrow Academies. [This is a reference book.] DEC231125

AHOY COMICS

PROJECT CRYPTID #6 $3.99 Page 240
Matt Bors, Mattie Lubchansky, Daniel Irizarri, and Maki Naro
Creatures on the loose: writer Matt Bors (Justice Warriors, The Nib) and artist Daniel Irizarri take us to Puerto Rico to discover the frightful Chupacabra! Then, Mattie Lubchansky (Boys Weekend) and Maki Naro take us in search of the perfect cryptid influencer. 1223AH342

BALZER + BRAY

FOX MAIDENS GN $18.99 (SC) / $26.99 (HC)
Robin Ha
An epic new graphic novel fantasy — a queer, feminist reimagining of a legend from Korean mythology. Kai Song dreams of being a warrior. She wants to follow in the footsteps of her beloved father, the commander of the Royal Legion. But while her father believes in Kai and trains her in martial arts, their society isn’t ready for a girl warrior. Still, Kai is determined. But she is plagued by rumors that she is the granddaughter of Gumiho, the infamous nine-tailed fox demon who was killed by her father years before. Everything comes crashing down the day Kai learns the deadly secret about her mother’s past. Now she must come to terms with the truth about her identity and take her destiny into her own hands. As Kai desperately searches for a way to escape her fate, she comes to find compassion, and even love, in the most unexpected places. DEC231296 (SC) / DEC231297 (HC)

BOOM

ABBOTT: 1979 #5 $4.99 Page 74
Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivela
In the pulse-pounding conclusion to the Abbott saga, Elena must save Detroit from the Umbra one last time. To defeat a seemingly unstoppable darkness, Elena will need to push herself to harness her Light power more than she ever has before, and make a sacrifice that just might break her. The Abbott trilogy has all been leading to this as the iconic series from Hugo Award-nominated novelist Saladin Ahmed and artist Sami Kivela delivers an epic and moving conclusion to a story five years in the making. DEC230166

DAMN THEM ALL TP VOL 2 $19.99 Page 76
Simon Spurrier and Charlie Adlard
Witness the end of The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard and Hellblazer scribe Simon Spurrier’s dark supernatural thriller with the second and final collection in the iconic series. Undoing the afterlife’s doom will be no easy task, and Ellie “Bloody El” Hawthorne, antihero occultist for hire, will have to try anything she can-and the corpse of her occultist uncle may be the key. Collects issues #7-12. DEC230173

HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER TP VOL 4 $14.99 Page 67
Sam Johns and Letizia Cadonici
In the ruthless war against monsters, nothing is unthinkable or off-limits for the White Masks.
A fan-favorite White Mask named Bait (a mute boy with amputated arms and a tendency to survive suicidal odds), is dispatched with a mission more malicious than imaginable in a group home for children. While Bait does his best to ignore the children’s cruelty toward him, he’s left with more questions than answers after monsters attack. What does a kind, mysterious girl named Nannette have to do with what’s going on? With Bait’s fellow White Masks Paris and Tybalt keeping the pressure on, and Scarlet Mask Gerde’s secret scheming in the shadows, writer Sam Johns and artist Letizia Cadonici take House of Slaughter to new emotional depths of terror. Collects House of Slaughter #16-20. DEC230130

ZAWA #4 $4.99 Page 78
Michael Dialynas
The penultimate issue of Michael Dialynas’ charming epic of food and fantasy is finally here! A dark entity is attacking people in the mountain, is Zawa to blame? With just one more issue to go before the astounding finale, prepare for revelations and surprises as to what exactly the “mountain guardian” is,” and what it all means for Zawa and the kids! DEC230186

CHRISTY OTTAVIANO BOOKS

FRESHMAN YEAR GN $17.99 (SC) / $24.99 (HC)
Sarah Mai
A stylish graphic novel about the unique angst, humor, and self-doubt universal to the experience of going away to college…from a promising debut talent…for fans of Heartstopper. Everyone gets a fresh start. Who do you want to be? Sarah is leaving suburban Wisconsin for her freshman year in Minnesota. She has high hopes for the future: impress her professors, meet interesting new people, stay close to her best friends and boyfriend back home, flourish as an artist, and shed her lingering high school anxieties. What seems manageable at first quickly unravels into a tailspin: Sarah’s high-achieving roommate puts her to shame, her summer love dissolves, and she is quickly overwhelmed by the freedom, the isolation, and all the possibilities that await in this new environment. Based on the author’s personal college journal and comics, Freshman Year navigates the inner workings of an 18-year-old girl in witty, honest, and heartfelt detail. DEC231359 (SC) / DEC231360 (HC)

DISNEY HYPERION

ARDEN HIGH GN VOL 2 KING CHEER $14.99 (SC) / $24.99 (HC) Page 293
Molly Horton Booth and Stephanie Kate Strohm
Heartstopper meets Bring It On in this contemporary graphic novel that reimagines Shakespeare’s King Lear as a queer dramedy! When cheer captain Leah steps down months before graduation, the team is shocked. Waitlisted by her dream college, questioning her identity, and suffering from senioritis, Leah needs to hand the captain’s poms off and focus on her future. But when the competition for captaincy goes awry, power-hungry twins take command of the squad and immediately pit the cheerleaders against the basketball team in a fight for glory. Balls fly, pom-poms shake, hearts are brokenXand only one person can heal the rift between the teams. But first she’ll have to heal herself. As full of heart as it is backflips and three-pointers, King Cheer is a warm and witty story of self-discovery, friendship, and finding the courage to face your future. DEC231389 (SC) / DEC231390 (HC)

DYNAMITE

GARGOYLES QUEST #2 $4.99 Page 109
Greg Weisman and Pasquale Qualano
The horrible Quest continues. The Manhattan Clan begins to see Demona’s plan unfold, and the desperation to stop her from succeeding grows stronger. DEC230301

DRAWN & QUARTERLY

FIREBUGS HC $24.95 Page 293
Nino Bulling
Everything is changing but everything is also exactly the same. After a trip to Paris, Ingken returns home ready for a break from drugs. Their supportive partner, Lily, is flushed, excited about a new connection she’s made. Although Ingken wants to be happy for her, there’s a discomfort they can’t shake. Sleepless nights fill with an endless scroll of images and headlines about climate disaster. A vague dysphoria simmers under their skin; they are able to identify that like Lily, they are changing, but they’re not sure exactly how. Everyone keeps telling them to burn themself to the ground and build themself back up but they worry about the kind of debris that fire might leave behind. DEC231391

WALK ME TO THE CORNER $29.95 Page 294
Anneli Furmark
A loving home and husband; two grown sons; a lakeside cabin; and the chance encounter with a woman at a party that destabilizes it all. The moment Elise sees Dagmar, she’s entranced. What begins as eye contact transitions to harmless texting, and quickly swells into the type of lust and yearning Elise did not know her life was lacking. Both happily married, there’s trepidation, but they can’t resist. The two arrange to meet, changing the course of Elise’s stable life forever. DEC231397 (OFFERED AGAIN)

DSTLRY

BLASFAMOUS #2 $8.99 Page 296
Mirka Andolfo
Mirka Andolfo continues her scorching descent into the world of showbiz. After a disastrous concert in which a new rival steals her spotlight, Clelia finds herself plummeting into the depths of despair. Her career appears to be hanging by a thread, and-when her nemesis is unveiled-we learn of the steamy history between Clelia and this enigmatic foe. Amid feelings of guilt, anger, and a shattered sense of self-worth, can the world’s most beautiful and adored pop star hold onto her agent, Lev, or will she lose him to the competition? Don’t miss the second installment of this thrilling new series by international sensation Mirka Andolfo, which raises the question: how many fans is your soul worth? 1223DY357

FANTAGRAPHICS

READING LOVE AND ROCKETS TP $49.99 Page 308
Marc Sobel
A deep dive into the first 50 issues of the Hernandez Brothers’ acclaimed comic series, this scholarly book seeks to answer the question: What makes Love and Rockets such an enduring classic of the medium? Love and Rockets by Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez is one of the greatest comic series ever created. However, running consistently for 40 years and encompassing a diverse array of characters, settings, and cultural influences, this literary universe can be daunting to explore. With Reading Love and Rockets, writer Marc Sobel offers an accessible entry point into L&R, an invaluable resource to both new readers and fans who want to deepen their understanding of the series.
Reading Love and Rockets hones in on the first 50 issues of the series, tracking the evolution of the characters and storylines, as well as the Hernandez Brothers’ growth as artists and writers across this 15-year span of creation. Breaking down each issue in sequence, Sobel blends together his own sharp-eyed observations with analysis from a variety of scholars, critics, and fans to provide a well-rounded perspective on the series. Plus, explorations into topics as wide-ranging as magical realism, women’s wrestling, and the Southern California punk scene reveal the fascinating influences at the heart of these stories. Readers daring enough to embark on this illuminating journey through Palomar and Hoppers 13 will return with a richer appreciation for this masterpiece of graphic literature. Luxuriously illustrated throughout with scenes from the comic. DEC231459

GRAPHIC MUNDI

MARRY ME A LITTLE GN $21.95 Page 317
Robert Kirby
Marriage doesn’t define a relationship. Unless you want it to. In Marry Me a Little, Rob Kirby recounts his experience of marrying his longtime partner, John, just after gay marriage was legalized in Minnesota in 2013, and two years before the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges made gay marriage the law of the land. This is a personal story…about Rob’s ambivalence (if not antipathy) toward the institution of marriage, his loving relationship with John, and the life that they share together…set against the historical and political backdrop of shifting attitudes toward gay rights and the institution of marriage. With humor and candor, Rob relates how he and John navigated this changing landscape, how they planned and celebrated their wedding, and how they and others in the gay community are now facing the very real possibility of setbacks to marriage equality. DEC231495 (OFFERED AGAIN)

HUMANOIDS

EDEN GN $22.99 Page 323
Chris Sebela, Marc Laming, and Lee Loughridge
Created by Alain Bismut and Abel Ferry. Desperate to escape a dying Earth, a family schemes their way onto a massive spaceship towards a new planet, Eden. But shortly after they take off, they discover the terrifying truth, and their journey toward salvation becomes a fight to survive. DEC231518

IRON CIRCUS COMICS

WINE GHOST GOES TO HELL GN $12.00 Page 348
Sage Coffey
When she was alive, she was an alcohol-soaked train wreck. Now that she’s dead… well, same, but she uses her supernatural powers to help folks out who’ve recently arrived in Hell and need to learn the ropes. Imagine if the magazine Hollywood Insider was a person. Now imagine that person is a dead alcoholic. That’s Wine Ghost! She is fashion. She is drama. She insists that wine counts as a fruit. And she may be her newly dead friends’ only hope of finding inner peace! Resolicited from Previews Vol. XXXIII #7 (JUL231740) DEC231527

KODANSHA

WHITE & BLUE BETWEEN US $13.99 Page 436
Kiyuhiko
Is it ever too late to make up for a lie? Or can the opportunity be swept away, like white clouds across a blue summer sky? It’s been seven years since Hozumi left the island town he grew up on, leaving behind not only the seaside, but also Mishima…his close friend and first love from high school. The two haven’t spoken since Hozumi turned Mishima down when he rejected him and lied about his own feelings, so when Hozumi returns for his high school reunion, he wants nothing more than to make amends with Mishima… a task easier said than done. In their years apart, Mishima has distanced himself from not only Hozumi, but everyone in the entire town, choosing to live alone in the lighthouse his grandfather used to tend to. Will Hozumi finally be able to break down Mishima’s walls, clear the air between them, and finally confess his true feelings, or are the two fated to be separated from one another? DEC231930

MAD CAVE STUDIOS / MAVERICK

IN THE SHADOW OF THE THRONE OGN $14.99 Page 361
Kate Sheridan and Gaia Cardinalli
When his younger siblings and parents begin to irritate him on vacation, Jordan tries to get some space. But instead of wandering around the museum, he finds himself dropped in a fantasy world of magic where he can finally have some fun and train to become a knight. Except Prince Astel and Sir Griffith are about to uncover a sinister secret kept hidden by the queen that’ll thrust Jordan in the middle of a magical battle he never could have anticipated! DEC231577 (OFFERED AGAIN)

NIGHTMARE IN SAVANNAH GN $17.99 Page 361
Lela Gwenn and Rowan MacColl
High school student Alexa Bowman moved to Savannah, Georgia to get away from her old life. Too bad her past is a Google search away and her family’s criminal past quickly made her an outcast. From tormenting cheerleaders to dreamy football players, Alexa can’t keep up, especially when Fae, Skye, and Chloe take her into their group of outsiders. But after a night in the woods, a power has awakened within them, a power that’s equal parts magical and terrifying. But there are no coincidences in Savannah, and once they find out how to control their powers the town is in for a rude awakening. DEC231578 (OFFERED AGAIN)

NBM

DAVID BOWIE IN COMICS HC $27.99 Page 365
Lamy Thierry and Nicolas Finet
From David Jones to David Bowie and from Space Oddity to Black Star, discover the fate of an artist with a thousand faces. He is one of the most influential and creative artists of the 20th century. He explored a thousand styles and crossed the ages with splendor. His loss leaves an immense void…to fill it, discover his incredible destiny in this comics biography. DEC231590 (OFFERED AGAIN)

QUEEN IN COMICS HC $27.99 Page 365
Emmanuel Marie and Sophie Blitman
Brian May, Roger Taylor, and Freddie Mercury form one of the greatest rock bands in the world. Under the leadership of its charismatic singer, Queen is a planetary success for each hit with its decadent shows, inimitable aesthetics and style. “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Are the Champions”, “Don’t Stop Me Now” or even “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” are just some of the hits! Discover the great stories and little secrets surrounding the legend! DEC23159 (OFFERED AGAIN)

ONI PRESS

SCOTT PILGRIM 20TH ANNIVERSARY HC B&W BOX SET $249.99 Page 366
Bryan Lee O’Malley
One-two-three-four! When Scott Pilgrim first meets Ramona Flowers, sparks fly . . . In celebration of 20 years of the Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim-the Eisner Award-winning, New York Times bestselling graphic novel epic that inspired Netflix’s hit anime series now streaming everywhere-Oni Press proudly presents a masterfully designed, first-of-its-kind box set tribute, featuring the complete series in six newly designed B & W hardcover volumes available exclusively in a deluxe collector’s box that comes loaded with new art and limited-edition bonuses! Curated by Bryan Lee O’Malley himself, and designed by Eisner Award nominee Patrick Crotty, the Scott Pilgrim 20TH Anniversary B & W Hardcover Box Set is the definitive statement on the the graphic novel series that IGN calls a “landmark . . . that will reverberate through the comic book world for years to come.” The Scott Pilgrim 20TH Anniversary B & W Hardcover Box Set includes: – Newly redesigned hardcover editions of Scott Pilgrim VOLS. 1-6, featuring new cover art by Bryan Lee O’Malley – A deluxe, clamshell collector’s box (approx. 9.5″L x 6.5″ W x 8″H”) featuring new art by Bryan Lee O’Malley -An exclusive compilation of “Making of Scott Pilgrim” extras and comics -A top secret selection of in-world items from the universe of Scott Pilgrim -Collectible sticker sheet. B & W Box Set 1223ON396

SCOTT PILGRIM 20TH ANNIVERSARY HC COLOR BOX SET 1223ON397

TEA DRAGON TAPESTRY TP $9.99 Page 374
K. O’Neill
Join Greta and Minette once more for the heartwarming conclusion of the award-winning Tea Dragon series! Over a year after 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. 1223ON399

PANTHEON BOOKS

I’M SO GLAD WE HAD THIS TIME TOGETHER HC $35.00 Page 376
Maurice Vellekoop
Meet little Maurice Vellekoop, the youngest of four children raised by Dutch immigrants in the 1970s in a blue-collar suburb of Toronto. Despite their working-class milieu, the Vellekoops are devoted to art, music, and film, and they instill a deep reverence for the arts in young Maurice…except for literature. He’d much rather watch Cher and Carol Burnett on TV than read a book. He also loves playing with his girlfriends’ Barbie dolls and helping his Mum in her hair salon, which she runs out of the basement of their house. In short, he is really, really gay. Which is a huge problem, because the family is part of the Christian Reformed Church, a strict Calvinist sect. Needless to say, the church is intolerant of homosexuality. Though she loves her son deeply, Maurice’s mother, Ann, cannot accept him, setting the course for a long estrangement. Vellekoop struggles through all of this until he graduates from high school and is accepted into the Ontario College of Art in the early 1980s. Here he finds a welcoming community of bohemians, including a brilliant, flamboyantly gay professor who encourages him to come out. But just as he’s dipping his toes into the waters of gay sex and love, a series of romantic disasters, followed by a violent attack, sets him back severely. And then the shadow of the AIDS era descends. I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together is an enthralling portrait of what it means to be true to yourself, to learn to forgive, and to be an artist. DEC231627

PENGUIN WORKSHOP

WHO WAS HER OWN WORK OF ART FRIDA KAHLO HC $13.99 Page 378
Terry Blas, Who HQ and Ashanti Fortson
Explore Mexican painter Frida Kahlo’s rise to stardom, as she travels from Mexico to New York City for her first-ever solo exhibition and sets the art world aflame. A story of independence, determination, and finding beauty within one’s scars, this powerful graphic novel invites readers to immerse themselves into the incredible power of one of the greatest artists of all timeXbrought to life by gripping narrative and vivid full-color illustrations that jump off the page. DEC231649

PIE INTERNATIONAL

AYUMI KASAI ILLUSTRATION CARD BOOK HC $35.00 Page 437
Ayumi Kasai
In 2021, BL (Boys Love) illustration legend Ayumi Kasai published Aphrodisiacs, her first art book in a decade, which was well received not only by her fans but also by BL fans all over the world. This new book contains cards of 38 illustrations from her popular The Master and Lover’s Quarrel series, which was also included in Aphrodisiacs, along with two new illustrations. What’s more, the beginning of the book features a short story by Yoichi Onoe, “The Sincerity of Privolva.” The story reveals the never-before-seen relationship and life of Master and Shizuho, giving you a peek into their secret life to enjoy together with the illustration cards. This book contains a large amount of sexually explicit material. The short story is available in Japanese language only. DEC231939 (OFFERED AGAIN)

ROSARIUM PUBLISHING

GENDER STUDIES CONFESSIONS OF ACCIDENTAL OUTLAW GN $9.95 Page 386
Ajuan Mance
Ajuan Mance gives comic treatment to the challenges, complexities, and occasional absurdity of life at the crossroads of race, gender, and geekiness. This graphic memoir answers important questions like: How many preschoolers have to mistake you for your dad before you actually start to forget your own name; if a Black girl is awful at double-dutch jump rope is it a reflection on her gender identity, racial identity, or both; and is viola player a gender or just a sexual orientation? Ajuan Mance’s Gender Confessions take up each of these questions and more, as it invites to share in those moments that mark the path of a gender explorer. Resolicited from Previews Vol. XXXIII #4 (APR231790) DEC231698

SEVEN SEAS

ASUMI CHAN IS INTERESTED IN LESBIAN BROTHELS VOL 4 $14.99 Page 438
Kuro Itsuki
On the hunt for long-lost love, Asumi has devoted her time to visiting brothel after brothel. She has no idea that her antics are making Nanao more suspicious of her by the minute. Nanao, determined to find out if Asumi is a lesbian call girl herself, makes a booking with a girl to find out the truth. Instead, she opens a door to further misunderstandings. Where exactly is their relationship headed? DEC231942

BARBARITIES VOL 4 $14.99 Page 438
Tsuta Suzuki
The final volume of this beautiful Boys’ Love/BL romance inspired by Renaissance Europe! When Lord Montague’s life is threatened, Viscount Adam Canning is assigned to be his bodyguard. Adam is a blond, dashing nobleman who is able to woo anyone who catches his eye. When he sees Lord Montague’s nephew, Joel, Adam is immediately smitten. But Joel is too busy rooting out crime and corruption to fall for Adam’s charms. Of course, that just makes Adam want him even more! Can Joel stay focused, or will he fall for the devilishly handsome viscount? DEC231943

CASE FILES COMPENDIUM BING AN BEN VOL 1 $19.99 Page 445
Rou Bao Bu Chi Rou
Also known as BAB, the newest Chinese danmei/Boys’ Love novel series from the blockbuster author of The Husky and His White Cat Shizun! From the outside, He Yu seems to have everything going for him: he’s handsome, rich, and smart. But beneath his perfect facade, he harbors a dark secret, one that makes him a slumbering threat to the people around him. After spending years abroad, he enrolls in film school to pursue the girl of his dreams, Xie Xue, but that forces him to deal with her overprotective older brother, the man He Yu hoped he’d never see again. Xie Qingcheng, an icy man of subdued emotion, was once He Yu’s doctor, and is the only person who knows He Yu’s terrible secret. He Yu swears not to let his past with this man get in the way of his feelings for Xie Xue, but he soon finds himself drawn into a tangled web of intrigue and violence that involves both of the Xie siblings. As a sprawling conspiracy sucks in He Yu, he must confront his own grudges and face new truths, including his own feelings for Xie Qingcheng, which warp into a fixation much darker than what he feels for the man’s sister. Resolicited from Previews Vol. XXXIII #2. This is a prose novel. DEC23199

DANGEROUS CONVENIENCE STORE VOL 2 $21.99 Page 439
945/gusao
College student Yeo Eui-joon works the graveyard shift at a convenience store to pay his bills. The shift sucks, but the money’s good, and the customers mostly mobsters and hoodlums don’t cause too much trouble. That might be due to Gunwoo, a tall, hunky gangster who frequents the store for booze and cigarettes. He’s scarier than the rest of the clientele, but seems to have a soft spot for Eui-joon, defending him from the more volatile customers. Could there be more behind Gunwoo’s protective actions? And if so, is Eui-joon prepared to be a part of Gunwoo’s violent world? DEC231952

GRANDMASTER OF DEMONIC CULTIVATION VOL 5 $19.99 Page 439
Mo Xiang Tong Xiu and Luo Di Cheng Qiu
Feared and hated for his sinister abilities, Wei Wuxian — the grandmaster of demonic cultivation — was driven to his death when the most powerful clans united to destroy him. Thirteen years later, Wei Wuxian is reborn. Summoned by a young man who sacrificed his soul in a forbidden ritual, Wei Wuxian is now bound to seek vengeance on the stranger’s behalf or risk the destruction of his own soul. But when an evil entity emerges, a familiar face from Wei Wuxian’s past suddenly appears amidst the chaos…a powerful cultivator who will help shine a light on the dark truths that surround them.
DEC231954

GUARDIAN ZHEN HUN VOL 2 $19.99 Page 439
Priest and Marmaladica
Zhao Yunlan is Chief of the Special Investigations Department: a secret group of uniquely skilled individuals who investigate strange happenings in modern-day Dragon City. Although laid-back and cheeky to those who don’t know him, this tenacious and cunning man fits well into his role of the Guardian. While investigating a mysterious death at a local university, Zhao Yunlan meets Shen Wei, a calm and cold professor who proves as intriguing as the case itself. Something about this reserved man feels strangely familiar. Zhao Yunlan can’t help but notice the intensity of the professor’s gaze, and wonders why their lives begin to intertwineXas if by fate. [This is an illustrated prose book.] DEC231955

LOVE IS AN ILLUSION VOL 5 $24.99 Page 441
Fargo
Love is in the air for Hye-sung’s friend, Kyungsoo! After meeting a beautiful and feisty omega at the bar he works at, even-keeled beta Kyungsoo quickly falls head over heels for the man, and the two engage in a steamy affair. But Kyungsoo has no idea that the man he’s seeing is Dojin’s older brother’s abusive ex-partner, Chowon! Is it possible that Chowon has changed his ways, or is Kyungsoo in real danger? Either way, he’ll get no help from Hye-sung, who’s busy with schoolXand keeping his marriage to Dojin a secret from his classmates! DEC231965

PULSE VOL 6 $19.99 Pasge 442
Ratana Satis
Lynn’s surgery has begun, and Mel is right by her side, assisting with the operation. Things are going smoothly…until the director hears that Mel has postponed her surgeries so she can operate on her girlfriend. The tension sky rockets in an already tense situation as Sue bursts in on the operation and orders Mel to leave the room immediately. With Lynn’s heart literally on the line, Mel is forced to choose between giving in to her ex’s orders and seeing her girlfriend’s surgery through to the end. DEC231972

PUNCH DRUNK LOVE $21.99 Page 442
Okdong
Get this Mature-rated Boys’ Love webtoon/manhwa in English print for the first time! Seon-woo knows he’s painfully average in every way, but he can’t help pining for the hot new manager at work, Tae-moon. There’s no way to tell if Tae-moon is even into men, or if he’s the kind of dominant lover that submissive virgin Seon-woo yearns for in his deepest fantasies. All that changes when Seon-woo catches a glimpse of Tae-moon’s phone notifications during a meeting. Those steamy messages coming through confirm everything Seon-woo’s hoped for. He just needs to convince Tae-moon to give in to a night of passion, where Seon-woo will prove he can take anything Tae-moon throws at him and then some! DEC231973

SILVER SPROCKET

INFLUENCA OGN $16.99 Page 390
Jade LFT Peters
Two years ago, the apocalypse started for the seventh time. As the number of zombies rise, so do the ranks of influencas: professional zombie hunters who post their lives online. When Dodie and Beatriz, the accidental founders of the movement, are trapped in their bunker by a persistent horde, what else is there to do but take a romantic vacation? Told through the lens of interviews, social media posts, and nostalgic reminiscing, Influenca is a glimpse into a day at the end of the world, past and present, and what life looks like when the apocalypse becomes predictable. Recommended for mature readers only. 1223SP435

SQUARE ENIX

CHERRY MAGIC VOL 10 $14.99 Page 446
Yuu Toyota
Happily engaged, cohabiting, and planning their future, Adachi and Kurosawa are ready to tie the knot! However, the lead-up to their big day is full of anxiety and unknowns. Doors close on them one after another, whether it’s wedding venues turning them down or apartments that don’t accept gay couples. And then there’s the daunting task of coming out to their coworkers… But Adachi and Kurosawa have come this far, and their love is unstoppable. A little help from their friends will be all they need to make it down the aisle and set the wedding bells ringing! DEC231999

STREET NOISE BOOKS

GAYTHEIST GN $23.99 Page 392
Lonnie Mann and Ryan Gatts
Lonnie’s Orthodox Jewish community has always been clear: it’s not okay to be gay. Growing up in a devout family and going to school at a yeshiva, he’s told by his parents, his teachers, and his friends that being gay is a sin and an abomination. But as he gets older, he realizes that he likes boys, and wonders what kind of life he will be able to live. As Lonnie expands his world beyond the yeshiva to theater camp, college classes, and movie nights, he sees that the life he wants isn’t compatible with the life of his parents and his whole religious community. DEC231742

SUBLIME

LOVE NEST 2ND VOL 2 $12.99 Page 411
Yuu Minaduki
The year-end holidays have arrived, and Masato is finally bringing Asahi home to meet his mother…as a “friend.” But encouraged by memories of his mother telling him to live life how he wants to, Masato decides he will someday confide in her the truth of his relationship with Asahi. And as Asahi watches over this positive change in Masato and realizes just how important he’s become to him, trauma from Asahi’s own past bubbles up to torment him. DEC231788

THERAPY GAME RESTART VOL 3 $12.99 Page 411
Meguru Hinohara
Still living separately, Minato and Shizuma are finding it hard to see each other because of the distance and their hectic schedules. To remedy this, the two start apartment hunting in earnest and even make an appointment to view a promising possibility. But they’ve been down this road once before with disappointing results-is the universe on their side this time, or is a greater power telling them it’s time to throw in the towel? DEC231789

TITAN

LIFE IS STRANGE FORGET ME NOT #3 Page 171
Zoe Thorogood and Claudia Leonardi
Alex and Steph, traveling the States with their band, found another lost soul at the side of the road: Lily, a girl with the ability to take away the memories of others. Now, as Alex, Steph, and Lily delve deep to restore the many lives Lily has touched with her power, Lily at last has the clarity to unpick a memory that’s all her own. But when they arrive on her father’s doorstep, after years of separation, will Lily discover a truth that was better left buried – or find the family she had suppressed? DEC230839

REBEL MOON HOUSE BLOOD AXE #2 $3.99 Page 168
Mags Vissagio and Clark Bint
As war is looming on the horizon on the planet Shasu, the reluctant ruler of the Bloodaxe family is conflicted between living up to his father’s domineering legacy and maintaining the peace. It is up to him to settle the conflicts within himself, and his family, before the entire planet erupts in war. DEC230829

TOKYOPOP

A BEAST’S DESCENT INTO LOVE $13.99 Page 452
Rui Asajima
When thief Karim sneaks into a clandestine auction, he finds Asena, a beautiful young man with animal ears and a tail. On impulse, Karim steals him from the highest bidder and decides to take responsibility for him, making arrangements to live with him for a month while he waits for the ship to his hometown to arrive. Asena is proud and fiercely defensive of his own species, so he treats Karim…a human being…coldly, but one day he suddenly changes tact and tries to seduce Karim. It seems Asena periodically goes into heat, and Karim can’t resist! DEC232022

ACID TOWN VOL 5 $13.99 Page 452
Kyugo
In a city where lawlessness rules, Yuki and his best friend Tetsu attempt to rob the headquarters of the local Seidoukai in order to steal money to pay for Yuki’s little brother’s hospital bill. The mission is a failure, but piques the interest of mob boss Kazutaka Hyodo. He offers Yuki a deal: come to visit him once a week, and he’ll take care of his brother’s fees. Yuki accepts this arrangement without question, and so makes his first visit. DEC232024

SCARLET SECRET $13.99 Page 453
Tomo Serizawa
With his crimson eyes and uncanny ability to predict the weather, Shiki has always been the odd child out in his village. Despite his quirks, he’s cherished by the village chieftain’s impetuous son, Yamato, and they grow up together as the dearest of friends. But when the Shamaness Himiko, ruler of Yamatai, selects Shiki as a ritual sacrifice, the two are torn apart. Yamato spends years searching in vain hope for any sign of Shiki, only to find him alive and well… at the center of Himiko’s court? Disguised as the Shamaness and inheritor of her divine power, Shiki is no longer human and can no longer act upon human desires. Despite that, Yamato is eager to swear himself into “her” service and stand by the Shamaness’ side to safeguard and lead their people. But can Shiki resist his love for Yamato, even if it means going against the will of the gods?
DEC232027

XOGENASYS VOL 1 $13.99 Page 453
Tre Mcintosh and Nikolas Draper-Ivey
The future has grown into a decadent, overcrowded gang-ridden cesspool. If you’re not living uptown, you might as well be dead. Such is the case of Darius Smith, an artistic youth living in the hood, doing his best to avoid trouble and live life. Unfortunately, Darius has a hidden talentXhe’s an explosive fighter! This makes him the target of many gangs and pits him in many brawls, landing him in the sight of the honorable Timothy Mustafa, a powerful prince. XOGenaSYS is a successful gladiator sport fought with powered exoskeletons, and as the owner of one of the most successful teams in the country, Mustafa wants Darius to become his newest fighter. Can Darius become the next champion? Or will he fall like so many before him? DEC232031 (OFFERED AGAIN)

VAULT

BARBARIC BORN IN BLOOD #1 $4.99 Page 396
Michael Moreci and Nathan Gooden
A new era of Barbaric begins! Worried Axe is going to find out you fell behind on a few issues? Scared to admit that despite all your friends raving about Barbaric for years, you still haven’t joined in on the fun? Rejoice! For Barbaric: Born in Blood begins the next season of Owen, Axe, and Soren’s tale. Yes, that’s right! We did it…the thing everyone says they’re doing, even when they’re lying through their teeth: a genuinely good jumping on point. How, you ask? Well, it all starts with a compelling new bad guy. Meet Orrick, the tortured barbarian now turned master torturer, who will take us deep into Owen’s past, revealing secrets that should have stayed buried…like Axe in a chest cavity slurping up that sweet, delicious blood. Will the cursed-to-do-good barbarian finally do some actual good? Probably not! But some much worse guys will almost certainly lose their heads. Yummy! 1223VL999

DENIZEN TP COMPLETE SERIES $19.99 Page 399
Tim Daniel, David Andry, and Chris Shehan
A family’s cross country road trip goes off the map and into the unforgiving wilds of Joshua Tree National Park, when mom and wife-to-be Helene succumbs to a malevolent force tucked inside an abandoned camping trailer. From a trio of modern horror masters, Tim Daniel, DB Andry, and Chris Shehan! 1223VL449

VERTICAL

MY CUTE LITTLE KITTEN VOL 2 $13.99 Page 454
Milk Morinaga
Rena and Yuna have been roommates since school, and decided to rent a place together after graduation. They’ve lived together as friends for five years, but things suddenly change the day Yuna adopts a kitten, even though their apartment doesn’t allow pets. When Yuna says she wants to move somewhere that will allow them to keep the kitten, Rena admits her true feelings: she wants to be more than friends. Yuna isn’t sure how to reciprocate, but she’s game to try! Resolicited from Previews Vol. XXXII #12 (DEC221967) DEC232034

YEN PRESS

CONTRACT BETWEEN SPECTER & SERVANT NOVEL SC VOL 1 $15.00
Michiru Fushino
That was the worst day of Masamichi Adachi’s life. He failed the college entrance exam again, was fired from his part-time job, and to top it all off, was fatally injured in a hit-and-run. However, just as he was resigning myself to death, a stunningly beautiful man appeared and said to become his servant. In exchange for his life, Masamichi now works for the mysterious entity that runs an antique store… [This is a prose book.] DEC231874

MINATO’S LAUNDROMAT VOL 2 $15.00 Page 424
Yuzu Tsubaki and Sawa Kanzume
Akira Minato, an ex-office worker who now owns a shabby laundromat, doesn’t know what to do when high school hottie Shintarou Katsuki professes his feelings for him. Still troubled over a past love that he never came to terms with, Akira wants to refuse-but he can’t quite bring himself to deny Shintarou’s straightforward passion. Meanwhile, Shintarou’s classmate, Asuka Hanabusa, decides to meddle in their affairs… DEC231849

OTHER WORLDS BOOKS DEPEND BEAN COUNTER VOL 4 $13.00 Page 425
Yatsuki Wakatsu, Kazuki Irodori, and Kikka Ohashi
The expedition to clear the miasma is finally setting out-and Kondou is coming along with them! However, the depths of the forest are quite dangerous, even for the average human…Luckily, this intrepid bean counter has a handsome knight captain risking life and limb to protect him! But then, on their return journey, Captain Aresh catches him off guard with an unexpected declaration… DEC231856

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