Oni-Lion Forge has unveiled its Spring 2021 lineup of middle-grade and YA graphic novels. Notable among them is a sequel to Brenna Thummler’s best-selling Sheets, a new series from Chris Grine who is creator of Chickenhare and writer of the recently released Animorphs graphic novel, and a new format for the former Lion Forge series Quincredible.
Here’s a look at what’s in store for next year:
by Brenna Thummler, continues the story of Marjorie Glatt, the middle-schooler who took over her family’s laundromat after her mother died, and her ghost friend Wendell. As she starts eighth grade, Marjorie makes new friends but she also starts to act differently and drifts away from her friendship with Wendell. This is a good pick for fans of Raina Telegemeier’s work who like a bit of a supernatural twist. Delicates will be released as a paperback in March 2021 with an MSRP of $14.99.
by writer Jarod Pratt and artist Jey Odin, is a middle-grade story with sci-fi elements about a budding mad scientist who starts a lemonade stand to fund his mad-science projects, only to learn that his next door neighbor is directly competing with him. The result is a lemonade war that somehow gets much bigger as it goes along. The paperback will go on sale in January 2021 with an MSRP of $14.99.
Secrets of Camp Whatever,
by Chris Grine, is a middle-grade mystery set at a summer camp. Willow, who is 11 years old and is hard of hearing, doesn’t want to go to the camp her dad went to as a kid, and she didn’t want to move to a weird town in the middle of nowhere, either. When she gets to camp, though, she gets caught up in a scary situation with supernatural origins. A good pick for fans of Lumberjanes, Brain Camp,
and Dead Weight,Secrets of Camp Whatever
will go on sale in March 2021 as a paperback with an MSRP of $17.99.
Martian Ghost Centaur,
by writer Chris Heagerty (Unplugged and Unpopular
) and artist Steph Mided, is a YA story about two teens struggling to save their hometown, a former tourist destination for Sasquatch-seekers that’s being preyed on by a tech firm, or just moving on and going to college. There’s plenty of shenanigans but also a serious coming-of-age story in this graphic novel, which will be released as a paperback in March 2021 with an MSRP of $19.99.
The Hazards of Love: Bright World,
by Stan Stanley, is an urban fantasy about a nonbinary Latinx teen who tries to become a better person with the help of a talking cat, in hopes of both kindling romance and being better understood by their family. This comic was originally published as a webcomic and is now being collected into a paperback that will be published in March 2021 with an MSRP of $19.99.
Quincredible: Quest to be the Best,
by Rodney Barnes, Selina Espiritu, Kelly Fitzpatrick, and Tom Napolitano, is the first volume of a superhero comic that was part of Lion Forge’s Catalyst Prime universe (see “‘Superb’ and ‘Quincredible’ Join Lion Forge’s Roar Imprint
”). The series was originally released as single issues, then published as a collected edition last year. This new edition has been reformatted and has a new trim size and design; the series will continue as graphic novels rather than single issues. The first volume will be available in February 2021 with an MSRP of $14.99.
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