Cover Comparisons: Flower Featured

I’ve done similar posts in the past that list similar covers based around a theme.  I don’t remember which blog was hosting that and haven’t seen it recently, so I thought I’d share a spring-related theme.  Covers that feature a flower or flowers.  So not just covers that have flowers on them, but the ones that are primarily covered in a flower or flowers.  This has been so much fun to search for, and I loved to see some of your flower covers in genres I haven’t covered or might have missed 🙂

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Ghost, The Owl by Franco

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Hardcover, 53 pages
Expected publication: May 8th 2018 by Diamond Book Distributors
I was ridiculously happy to learn that one of my favorite artists, Sara Richard, had a comic/graphic novel coming out this year!  After hearing this exciting news, I found that NetGalley had digital arcs for people to review.  When I downloaded it the first time, I honestly just went through and looked at all the gorgeous art without “reading” the story.  Owls are a favorite for Sara Richard to make into art, and she’s gotten really good at them.  Ghosts also lend themselves well to her art nouveau styling, and the match makes this book absolutely fabulous!

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Throwback Thursday: Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)

Mass Market Paperback, Greenwillow Books, 329 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Harper Trophy
Another book I’ve recently decided to re-read/listen as an audiobook at work was this classic, Howl’s Moving Castle.  I loved this as a young reader, and I think it has aged rather well.  I still love how the author subverted certain fantasy tropes by calling them out in the text.  And who doesn’t like the flame demon, Calcifer?  It does have some random loose threads that still bother me.  Like the missing prince, war that is only sorta mentioned as a plot device, and certain magic pieces being left unexplained.  But, it still holds the same charm and happiness that my memory has fed me all these years.  And because of that, I will continue to promote it to readers who haven’t had the pleasure yet.  Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Studio Ghibli re-imagining.  While it didn’t keep a lot of the plot points, and changed many others, it was a great story, and I re-watch it quite often.
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Summary:

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

C2E2 Almost Killed Me, But I Got So Much Swag and Art!

I was super sick over C2E2 weekend, but I did what I set out to accomplish, which was find out more about current graphic novels, collect new info, and meeting publishers.  I managed to gather contact information from several self-publishers to bring back to work.  But on the personal side, I got to meet a lot of my favorite artists that I follow online and collect new art and signatures!  Which I’m excited to share in this post!  There will be a second post tomorrow detailing the fantastic graphic novels that I purchased.  Be prepared for that!

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Book Review: Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks

Sanity & Tallulah

Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

This is a really fun graphic novel that uses a lot of science. It may not all be correct science as we know it (taffimatter seems a bit farfetched), but I enjoyed that the author didn’t dumb done the science even though this is marketed toward middle grade readers. In fact, I would argue that the science jargon might make the reader inclined to ask questions and do some research if it sparks their interest. For those readers less interested in the science aspect, there are plenty of things to latch unto in this story. Thing one is a three-headed kitten! Initially what caught my attention. LOL Also, this story takes place on a space station that’s deep in space and nowhere near Earth. It reminded me a lot of the Disney Channel Original movie, Zenon Girl of the 21st Century. Down to the white and colored female leads, although here the WOC takes center stage, which I enjoyed greatly. I’m looking forward to reading more about their misadventures in future books and will be recommending it highly to anyone interested in graphic novels, animals, space, or a good romp.

Summary:

Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn’t long before the kitten escapes to wreak havoc on the space station. The girls will have to turn Wilnick upside down to find her, but not before causing the whole place to evacuate! Can they save their home before it’s too late?

Readers will be over the moon for this rollicking space adventure by debut author Molly Brooks.

Waiting on Wednesday/Getting Ready for C2E2: The Fandom by Anna Day and The Con Artist by Fred Van Lente

The Fandom

Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Chicken House
I am actually reading this one right now!  I was so excited about the new stories being told that are connected in some way to conventions and fandom 🙂  I decided to share two books today instead of one since I’m attending my first comic con in Chicago this weekend.  For work even!  I’m trying to bring new graphic novels into the company and this should be an awesome opportunity to talk with a bunch of publishers and creators.  Back to the book.  It sounds awesome!  I’m just a little concerned that the setup is for a dream sequence, and I hate those.  Unless done extremely well.  Like, Kristen Britain levels of done well.  We will see…

Summary:

Violet’s in her element. Cosplay at the ready, she can’t wait to feel part of her favorite fandom: The Gallows Dance, a mega book and movie franchise that she and her friends know EVERY WORD of (canon and fanfic included).

But at Comic Con, a freak accident transports Violet and her friends into the story for real. And in just the first five minutes, they cause the death of the heroine, and get taken prisoner by the rebel group she was supposed to lead to victory.

It’s up to Violet to take her place, and play out the plot the way it was written. But stories have a life of their own, and when you change the script in one place, the rest gets revised too…

The Con Artist

Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Quirk Books
This is another fantastic-sounding story!  More mystery than fantasy, but that cover is so much fun 🙂  I can’t wait to read this one and delve into comic con culture from another angle.  I am loving this trend and can’t wait to share more titles that feature it!

Summary:

There’s murder at San Diego Comic Con in this entertaining summer read from a Marvel/DC comics veteran Fred Van Lente, featuring illustrations in classic comic book style.

Comic book illustrator Michael Yoo is having a terrible week. He’s just arrived in San Diego for Comic-Con — the annual nerd Mardi Gras that triples the beachside city’s population with 150,000 fans. Michael hopes to spend the next five days working his booth in Artist’s Alley, where he’ll sign autographs and sell sketches for $40 a pop. Instead he’s implicated in the death of his editor, the widely feared and reviled Danny Lieber. There are plenty of suspects onhand — from rival illustrators to burlesque cos-players. But the most valuable clues might be hidden in Michael’s own sketchbook. He’s spent a good portion of the convention illustrating people he’s met and places he’s visited, and he’s inadvertantly captured some very important information. The devil is in the details, and readers who pay careful attention to this book’s black-and-white sketches will be on the right trail to unmask the murderer.