Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!!

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stimpy glee Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!!Earlier this week, you may have heard the dogs barking in your neighborhood.  Perhaps all of the car alarms went off simultaneously.  Perhaps you were listening to the radio, and a strange squeeling noise was heard.  Perhaps a bit of dust was dislodged from the ceiling tiles over your cubicle, creating a small rain of particles.

That was me.

Generally, my squeels of joy are at the lower, Stimpson J. Cat, level.  Sometimes, I might bounce up and down in my chair if I see something really cool.  This week, I saw something so utterly cool and unexpected that my squeel went hypersonic.

Now, regular readers know I’ve seen a lot of cool stuff in my 40+ years on this planet.  I love seeking out the strange and cool and unusual, and love sharing it with others.  So, what, pray tell, could be so amazingly awesome to cause an uninhibited and automatic reflex that shakes window panes?

Let me enumerate them.

  1. There’s a Pipi Longstocking book I haven’t read.
  2. It’s been out of print for thirty years.
  3. It’s a collection of Pippi Longstocking comics.
  4. The comics were drawn by the same artist who illustrated the prose novels.
  5. It’s a full-color hardcover from Drawn+Quarterly.

Pippi Longstocking has been translated into 64 languages.  Astrid Lindgren is one of those superheroes of literature, and pretty awesome!

  • The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award pays out about $750,000 dollars (SEK 5,000,000) annualy to notable children’s writers, illustrators, and promoters of children’s literature.
  • She was the second recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award.
  • She will appear on the soon-to-be-redesigned 20 Kroner banknote.
  • She has her own amusement park, based on her books.
  • In 1978, the Russians named a minor asteriod after her.  When announced, she is said to have declared “From now on you can address me [as] Asteroid Lindgren”.
  • The first Swedish microsatellite was named for her, and the scientific instruments were named after her characters.

Here’s the info from the Macmillan catalog:

9781770460997 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Pippi Moves In

Astrid Lindgren, Ingrid Vang Nyman
On Sale Date: November 13, 2012, Ship Date: October 25, 2012
$14.95
56 pages
Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781770460997, 1770460993
Author Bio: Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002) was the creator of one of Sweden’s most iconic fictional characters, Pippi Longstocking. The Pippi books have been translated into more than sixty languages.
Ingrid Vang Nyman (1916–1959) was a noted children’s book illustrator who worked on more than thirty books, including the original illustrations for the Pippi series.
Summary:Pippi Moves In marks the first time that the legendary Pippi Longstocking comics by the famed children’s author and creator Astrid Lindgren and Danish illustrator Ingrid Vang Nyman will be published outside of Scandinavia in thirty years, as well as their first ever publication in English. The outspoken strong-girl with the carrot-colored pigtails and the mismatched socks has enthralled generations of children the world over with her fabulous exploits at Villa Villekulla, where she lives with her horse and monkey. Countless translations of the chapter books are available in more than sixty languages. Pippi is Sweden’s best-known children’s export, making it all the more remarkable that D+Q has discovered what will be a three-volume series.
The comics are re-imaginings of the classic chapter book stories and were originally published in the Swedish magazine Humpty Dumpty in 1957–1959, a decade after the original books. The comics spotlight both Lindgren’s brilliant writing and Vang Nyman’s bold bright colors that seem presciently and eerily modern. The original illustrator for the chapter books, Vang Nyman was an avant-garde champion of the importance of children’s literature who insisted that art in children’s books needed to meet the same aesthetic standards as art in any other medium. Sadly Vang Nyman never achieved international success, and tragically committed suicide in 1959 due to mental health issues, while Lindgren went on to become one of the world’s best-loved writers with more than 145 million books sold worldwide.
Similar to D+Q’s 2005 unearthing of the Tove Jansson’s Moomin comic strip, which has more than 100,000 units in print, these mid-century classics are waiting to be discovered and enjoyed by the world’s legions of Pippi fans, both young and old.

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So, what else is interesting from Macmillan this Fall?  Well, they publish a lot of books in a variety of fields, and distribute other publishers as well.  So, I scanned through the 900+ titles and pulled all the graphic novels, comics, and manga listed, as well as a few other books which might appeal to your inner geek.  I set  Papercutz aside, and will give them their own spotlight soon.  In the meantime, enjoy these books.  They should be available for pre-order from your favorite retailer, or, if you can’t afford it, ask your friendly neighborhood librarian to acquire a copy for the collection!

As always, my secret identity is that of a bookseller, so everything I post here has no connection with my benevolent corporate overlords.   Also, everything you see below is from the publisher, and all information is subject to change.  My opinions are noted [like this].  But for the most part, I’ll let the catalog copy speak for itself.

Please let us know what catches your eye!  Maybe the Beatrix will run some previews here in the coming months!

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9781596435810 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!!Sumo

Thien Pham
On Sale Date: December 11, 2012, Ship Date: November 20, 2012
Ages 14 to 19
$14.99/$16.99 Can.
112 pages
Full color throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781596435810, 159643581X
Author Bio: THIEN PHAM is a comic book and visual artist, based in the Bay Area. He is also a high school teacher. Pham illustrated Gene Luen Yang’s Level Up. Sumo is his first solo work.
Summary: Scott is a washed-up football player who never made it, and whose girlfriend abandoned him along with his dreams of playing pro football. But things have a way of working out, in this sweet, poetic tale–and a new chapter in Scott’s life begins as the old one ends. Offered a position in a Japanese sumo training “stable,” Scott abandons his old life, his old name, and even his old hair color, and becomes an aspiring sumo wrestler. And in so doing, he begins to find some kind of center in himself…a center that had seemed lost for good.
Thien Pham, the acclaimed illustrator of Gene Luen Yang’s Level Up, returns as the writer and artist of a unique new graphic novel.Highly poetic and structured to echo the slow build and sudden clash of a sumo match, Pham’s Sumo is an unusual and beautiful book. It’s nearly a contradiction in terms: a delicate, deft, tender tale about…sumo wrestling.

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9781250010162 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!!Bad Kitty for President

Nick Bruel
On Sale Date: August 21, 2012, Ship Date: August 2, 2012
Ages 7 to 10
$6.99/$7.99 Can.
160 pages
b/w illustrations throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Juvenile Fiction / Animals
9781250010162, 1250010160
Author Bio: NICK BRUEL is the New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of, among other books, Bad KittyPoor PuppyBad Kitty Gets a BathBad Kitty vs Uncle Murray, and Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty. Nick lives with his wife and daughter in Tarrytown, New York. Visit him at nickbruel.com.
Summary: It’s time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Club! Who will win the election? The candidate chosen by the kitties on the right side of the street or the candidate chosen by the kitties on the left side of the street? When election time rolls around, one candidate (guess who?) will discover that she never bothered to register to vote and the entire election will be decided by a surprise, last minute absentee ballot sent by Old Kitty.
Excerpt from Bad Kitty for President
UNCLE MURRAY’S FUN FACTS
What Are Primaries?
Okey-dokey! Questions about politics! Now THIS is something I know about. Let me just put on my special election day hat!
So, what is a primary, Uncle Murray?
Well, in a primary you vote for a candidate to become a nominee.
Huh?
It’s easy. See, most elections have at least two political groups that want to be in charge, and these groups are called parties. But before you have an election, each group has to nominate someone they want to represent them, so they hold a primary. How do you pick the right nominee? You hold a primary.
Great. So how do we hold a primary?
Well, first you gotta pick your delegates.
The what?
Delegates. Delegates are the people who represent your party’s nominee. So, first you pick your delegates, and then you vote for your nominee, and then the person who gets the most votes gets the most delegates who will then represent him or her at the convention.
Convention?
Oh, yeah! Those are fun. That’s where all the delegates get together and choose their nominee for the election.
So, in other words, a nominee is chosen at a convention by a bunch of delegates who go there to represent the candidate chosen as a primary…
Or caucus!
Caucus?!!
Caucuses are awesome! Instead of primaries, some states have caucuses, which are like big meetings in which a bunchg of people try to convince each other of who would be the best nominee by standing on tables and waving flags and shouting a lot.
AAAAARGH!
Yeah, like that.
That was just way, way, WAY too confusing.
Since you all look about as bewildered as I do, kitties, let’s try something else.

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9781596438446 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!!Poor Puppy and Bad Kitty

Nick Bruel
On Sale Date: May 22, 2012, Ship Date: May 3, 2012
Ages 4 to 8
$16.99/$18.99 Can.
40 pages
Full color throughout
Hardback / Picture book
9781596438446, 1596438444
Author Bio: Nick Bruel is the New York Times Bestselling author of Boing! and Bad Kitty, whim Kirkus called “perhaps the hammiest, most expressive feline ever captured in watercolors,” received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, and will be reprinted in a “special bite edition” this season.  His Who is Melvin Bubble? is also a Junior Library Guild and Children’s Book of the Month Club Selection, and his Bob and Otto is due out Spring, 2007.  He lives with his wife Carina in Tarrytown, NY.

Summary: Poor, poor puppy. All he wants is to play with his pal Kitty, but she doesn’t seem in the least bit interested. So all he has to play with are…

1 Airplane
2 Balls
3 Cars
4 Dolls . . . (and 22 OTHER toys).
When he’s done, he’s so tired he has to take a nap. That’s when he dreams of playing with Kitty. They play…
Apple bobbing in Antarctica
Baseball in Brazil
Checkers in Canada
Dodgeball in Denmark . . . (and 22 OTHER games).
Fans of Nick Bruel’s hugely successful BAD KITTY are sure to enjoy this equally zany book about her best friend and favorite playmate (or IS he)? Who else but Nick would combine a counting game, a whirlwind geography course, and a screamingly funny story…all in 40 pages.

[These would be considered “hybrid” comics, and they are hilarious!]

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9781608194865 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! The Odyssey

Seymour Chwast
On Sale Date: September 4, 2012, Ship Date: August 15, 2012
$20.00/$21.00 Can.
128 pages
2/c interior
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781608194865, 1608194868
Author Bio: Seymour Chwast is a graduate of the Cooper Union, where he studied illustration and graphic design. He is a founding partner of the celebrated Push Pin Studios, whose distinct style has had a worldwide influence on contemporary visual communications. In 1985 the name was changed to the Pushpin Group; Chwast is the studio’s director. Chwast has illustrated more than thirty books for children and has created two previous graphic adaptations of classic works: Dante’s Divine Comedy and The Canterbury Tales. He lives in New York City. Visit Dante’s Divine Comedy HC www.pushpininc.com.
Summary: Seymour Chwast, an icon of the graphic design world, has delighted audiences with his adaptations of The Divine Comedy and The Canterbury Tales. Now he turns to Homer’s Odyssey, one of the best-known stories in history. The tale is one that begs for visual interpretation, filled with mythic characters we all know well: the Cyclops, the Lotus-Eaters, the cannibal Laestrygonians, the Sirens, the monster Scylla (beside the whirlpool Charybdis), Poseidon, Athena, and Zeus. Featuring a bold black, white, and blue interior design throughout, and imbued with Chwast’s own sly humor, The Odyssey brings us a dazzling new vision of one of the epic journeys.

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9781608196166 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! A Halloween Treat

Edward Gorey
On Sale Date: September 4, 2012, Ship Date: August 15, 2012
$12.00/$12.99 Can.
48 pages
B&W & Color
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781608196166, 160819616X
Author Bio: Edward St. John Gorey (1925–2000), a truly prodigious and original artist, gave to the world more than one hundred works, including The Gashlycrumb TiniesThe Doubtful Guest, and The Wuggly Ump; prize-winning set and costume designs for theater productions from Cape Cod to Broadway; and a remarkable number of illustrations in publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Times. Gorey’s masterful pen-and-ink illustrations and his ironic, offbeat humor have brought him critical acclaim and an avid following throughout the world.
Summary: In A Halloween Treat, kids and cats go trick-or-treating and gather loot that might be tricks—or perhaps the best treat imaginable: their very own monsters. This short vignette, published in book form for the first time, will be an undiscovered delight for Gorey fanatics. But that’s only half the fun: Turn the book over to read from the other direction, and you’ll delve into a collection of Gorey’s charmingly ghastly ghosts, curated from his extensive oeuvre. A Halloween Treat is the perfect thing to give to your favorite trick-or-treater, or to curl up with yourself on a chilling Halloween night.

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9781608198856 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Saint Melissa the Mottled

Edward Gorey
On Sale Date: September 4, 2012, Ship Date: August 15, 2012
$12.00/$12.99 Can.
48 pages
B&W
Hardback / With dust jacket
Fiction / Horror
9781608198856, 1608198855
Author Bio: Edward St. John Gorey (1925–2000), a truly prodigious and original artist, gave to the world more than one hundred works, including The Gashlycrumb TiniesThe Doubtful Guest, and The Wuggly Ump; prize-winning set and costume designs for theater productions from Cape Cod to Broadway; and a remarkable number of illustrations in publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Times. Gorey’s masterful pen-and-ink illustrations and his ironic, offbeat humor have brought him critical acclaim and an avid following throughout the world.
Summary:Saint Melissa was canonized not for her performance of healing miracles and martyrdom, but despite (or because of?) her Miracles of Destruction—rough-and-tumble hijinks and dabbles in the supernatural. Instead of the skills proper young ladies studied, Saint Melissa was adept at the bringing on of migraines, the refinement of lust, and the involutions of penmanship and calligrams. And as Gorey wrote, “letters she wrote are still to be delivered, traps she set are still to be sprung, pronouncements she devised are still to be promulgated, objects she hid are still to be found.”

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9781770460874 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! New York Drawings

Adrian Tomine
On Sale Date: October 30, 2012, Ship Date: October 11, 2012
$24.95
136 pages
Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781770460874, 177046087X
Author Bio: Adrian Tomine is the author of Scenes from an Impending Marriage,ShortcomingsSummer BlondeSleepwalk32 Stories, and the comic book series Optic Nerve.

Summary: Two strangers, both reading the same novel, share a fleeting glance between passing subway cars. A bookstore owner locks eyes with a neighbor as she receives an Amazon package. Strangers are united by circumstance as they wait on the subway stairs for a summer storm to pass.
Adrian Tomine’s illustrations and comics have been appearing for more than a decade in the pages (and on the cover) of The New Yorker. Instantly recognizable for their deceptively simple and evocative style, these images have garnered the attention of The New Yorker’s readership and the approbation of such venerable institutions as the Art Directors Club and American Illustration.
New York Drawings is a loving homage to the city that Tomine, a West Coast transplant, has called home for the past seven years. This lavish, beautifully designed volume collects every cover, comic, and illustration that he has produced for The New Yorker to date, along with an assortment of other rare and uncollected illustrations and sketches inspired by the city. Complete with notes and annotations by the author, New York Drawings will also feature a new introductory comic focusing on Tomine’s experiences as a New York illustrator.

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9781770460904 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! The Freddie Stories

Lynda Barry
On Sale Date: October 30, 2012, Ship Date: October 11, 2012
$19.95
72 pages
Black-and-White and Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781770460904, 177046090X

Author Bio: Lynda Barry was born in Wisconsin in 1956, and later studied at Evergreen State College. She has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator, and teacher and found they are very much alike.

Summary: The Freddie Stories traces a year in the life of Freddie, the youngest member of the dysfunctional Mullen family. These four-panel entries—each representing an episode in the life of Freddie—bring to life adolescence, pimples and all. No matter what happens, it all seems to go wrong for Freddie—he’s set up as an arsonist, mercilessly teased in school, and bossed around by classmates. With consummate skill, Lynda Barry writes about the cruelty of children at this most vulnerable age when the friends they make and the paths they choose can forever change their lives. In The Freddie Stories every word of dialogue, every piece of narration, and every dark line evokes adolescent angst. These short, moving stories are collected from Barry’s beloved Ernie Pook’s Comeek, which was serialized across North America for two decades. Re-packaged here with a brand-new introduction from Lynda Barry, The Freddie Stories is an adult tale about just how hard it is to be a teenager, and it’s classic Barry work—poignant, insightful, and true.

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9781770460973 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!!Moominvalley Turns Jungle

Tove Jansson
On Sale Date: October 30, 2012, Ship Date: October 11, 2012
$8.95
48 pages
Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781770460973, 1770460977

Author Bio: Tove Jansson (1914–2001) was born in Helsinki, Finland, and is the Hans Christian Andersen Award–winning author, cartoonist, painter, and creator of the Moomintrolls. The Moomins are loved around the world, have been on television, and can be found in their own museum and theme park in Finland.

Summary: A crate filled with tropical seeds washes ashore, and when Moominmamma plants the seeds, a lush rainforest erupts in Moominvalley. When Stinky liberates some exotic animals from the zoo, chaos ensues, and the Moomins are forced to prove once and for all whether or not they’re related to hippopotamuses.

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9781770460980 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!!Moomin’s Winter Follies

Tove Jansson
On Sale Date: October 30, 2012, Ship Date: October 11, 2012
$8.95
48 pages
Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Juvenile Nonfiction / Comics & Graphic Novels
9781770460980, 1770460985
Author Bio: Tove Jansson (1914–2001) was born in Helsinki, Finland, and is the Hans Christian Andersen Award–winning author, cartoonist, painter, and creator of the Moomintrolls. The Moomins are loved around the world, have been on television, and can be found in their own museum and theme park in Finland.
Summary: Moomin wakes up one morning to find the pond frozen over, and rather than hibernate, the family decides to brave the winter weather. At first, their wintry adventure seems to be going swimmingly, until Mr. Brisk of the Great Outdoors Club takes over and forces everyone to embrace the winter sports, whether they want to or not.

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9781770460898 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! The Wayside

Julie Morstad
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
$24.95
120 pages
Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781770460898, 1770460896
Author Bio: Julie Morstad is an award-winning illustrator and artist living in Vancouver with her husband and three kids. She received her BFA at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2004 and is a sessional faculty member at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Summary: Julie Morstad has long excelled at illustration, often working in tandem with children’s writers, but in The Wayside, the storytelling potential of her fantastical pictures is fully realized. Within these pages Morstad’s worlds unite, maintaining their ethereal, almost fairy-tale beauty and yet also offering a loose overarching synthesis through thematic and visual commonalities.

The work found herein combines the delicate line of Edward Gorey with the color palette of Marcel Dzama, and emerges as something utterly unique, a combination of the two with the spirit of Virginia Woolf. Dramatic, poetic, heavy with symbolism, Morstad’s drawings speak for themselves, exploring femininity, identity, and personal mythologies that interested her in her first Drawn & Quarterly book, Milk Teeth.

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9781770460881 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Susceptible

Geneviève Castrée
On Sale Date: October 30, 2012, Ship Date: October 11, 2012
$19.95
80 pages
Black-and-White Illustrations Throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781770460881, 1770460888
Author Bio: Geneviève Castrée was born in Quebec. She has been drawing since the age of two. Castrée lives and works in the Pacific Northwest, where she makes visual art, and records and plays music under the name “Ô PAON.”

Summary: Geneviève Castrée has long been beloved for her mini-comics, comics, visual art, and music. There is a unique quality to all of her artistic endeavors—quiet, serene, depressing. Castrée’s keen eye for detail and her fearless ability to probe the depths of her troubled past make Susceptible a stirring portrait of an artist coming into her own.

Susceptible is the story of Goglu (Geneviève), a daydreamer growing up in Quebec in the ’80s and ’90s with a single mother. From a skillful artist comes a moving, beautiful story about families, loss, and growing up. Whether she’s discussing nature versus nurture or the story of her birth, Castrée imbues her storytelling with a quiet power and a confidence in the strength of imagery.

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9781770460911 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow

Anders Nilsen
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
$19.95
96 pages
Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781770460911, 1770460918
Author Bio: Anders Nilsen was born in New Hampshire and now lives in Chicago. He has a BFA in painting and illustration from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He is the author of the New York Times Notable Book Big Questionsand Dogs and Water.
Summary:In this collection of letters, drawings, and photos, Anders Nilsen chronicles a six-year relationship and the illness that brought it to an end.
Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow is an eloquent appreciation of the time the author shared with his fiancée, Cheryl Weaver. The story is told using artifacts of the couple’s life together, including early love notes, simple and poetic postcards, tales of their travels in written and comics form, journal entries, and drawings done in the hospital in her final days. It concludes with a beautifully rendered account of Weaver’s memorial that Glen David Gold, writing in the Los Angeles Times, called “16 panels of beauty and grace.” Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow is a deeply personal romance, and a universal reminder of our mortality and the significance of the relationships we build.
Originally published as a limited edition in 2006, this collection includes a new afterword written by Nilsen.

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9781770460928 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!!Aya: Love in Yop City

Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie
On Sale Date: October 30, 2012, Ship Date: October 11, 2012
$24.95
384 pages
Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781770460928, 1770460926
Author Bio: The writer Marguerite Abouet was born in Abidjan in 1971 and now lives outside of Paris.
The artist Clément Oubrerie was born in Paris in 1966 and has illustrated more than forty children’s books.
Summary: Aya: Love in Yop City comprises the final three chapters of the Aya story, episodes never before seen in English. Aya is a lighthearted story about life in the Ivory Coast during the 1970s, a particularly thriving and wealthy time in the country’s history.
While the stories found in Aya: Love in Yop City maintain their familiar tone, quick pace, and joyfulness, we see Aya and her friends beginning to make serious decisions about their future. When a professor tries to take advantage of Aya, her plans to become a doctor are seriously shaken, and she vows to take revenge on the lecherous man. With a little help from the tight-knit community of Yopougon though, Aya comes through these trials stronger than ever.
This second volume of the complete Aya includes unique appendices—recipes, guides to understanding Ivorian slang, street sketches, and concluding remarks from Marguerite Abouet explaining history and social milieu. Inspired by Abouet’s childhood, the series has received praise for offering relief from the disaster-struck focus of most stories set in Africa. Aya is the winner of the Best First Album Award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival; was nominated for the YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels list; and was included on “best of” lists from The Washington PostBooklistPublishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.

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9781770460942 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Cave~In

Brian Ralph
On Sale Date: October 30, 2012, Ship Date: October 11, 2012
$17.95
96 pages
Two-Color Illustrations Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781770460942, 1770460942
Author Bio: Brian Ralph is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently a professor of sequential art at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Summary: A rat darts across the opening pages, into a hole, and down a long tunnel, stopping under a hammock. A mole man stretches and wakes up, leading the rat and the reader deeper into the tunnel. What follows is a series of dreamlike sequences, each stranger than the last. Brian Ralph, author of the New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller and YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens Daybreak, was a founding member of the influential Providence, Rhode Island, Fort Thunder art collective, which was renowned for the way its members’ work intermingled lowbrow and highbrow art forms—drawing inspiration from comics, video and roleplaying games, and contemporary art. Fort Thunder created the alternative adventure comic and the comic book as artist’s book. Cave~In was seen as the first example of this new approach.
In this wordless classic, special emphasis is placed on the power of gesture. Minimalism allows Ralph to be playful with form—Cave~In’s use of color and crosshatching speaks much more clearly to narrative shifts than is possible in a more conventional text, and the use of different panel shapes and sizes transform the rhythm and pacing of the story. Cave~In is an allages adventure story, jam-packed with monsters, bats, and all manner of unimaginable underground mystery.

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9781770460935 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Nipper 1967-1968

Doug Wright
On Sale Date: August 21, 2012, Ship Date: August 2, 2012
$16.95
112 pages
Two-Color Illustrations Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781770460935, 1770460934
Author Bio:Doug Wright (1917–1983) was a Canadian cartoonist, whose weekly comic strip,Doug Wright’s Family, a.k.a. Nipper, ran for more than thirty-five years in magazines and newspapers across Canada and the United States.
Summary:Doug Wright’s masterful newspaper strip returns to suburban life in the late 1960s, where not even the countercultural tumult of the times could ruin domestic bliss or distract from sibling rivalry.
Things are still fun, innocent, and wholesome in the suburbs: there’s road hockey in the streets, boys have their friends over for sleepovers, and kids play freely on their own outside, with little or no parental supervision. The pantomime strip does reference contemporary life, however, with the entire Wright family making an excursion to downtown Montreal for the 1967 World’s Fair. As always, Wright’s stellar draftsmanship, fond eye for detail, and brilliant sense of comic timing shines throughout this volume of the Nipper series.

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9781250001474 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Raiders! : The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Alan Eisenstock
On Sale Date: November 13, 2012, Ship Date: October 25, 2012
$25.99/$29.99 Can.
304 pages
Hardback / With dust jacket
Performing Arts / Film & Video
9781250001474, 1250001471

Author Bio: ALAN EISENSTOCK is the author of ten books, including In Stitches, with Dr. Anthony Youn, Cancer on $5 a Day with Robert Schimmel, The Kindergarten Wars,Ten on Sunday and Sports Talk. ERIC ZALA and CHRIS STROMPOLOS are at it again, working together on a new independent film project. Chris lives in L.A. and Eric lives in Mississippi.

Summary: In 1982, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Chris Strompolos, eleven, asked Eric Zala, twelve, a question: “Would you like to help me do a remake Raiders of the Lost Ark?  I’m playing Indiana Jones.”
And they did it.  Every shot, every line of dialogue, every stunt.
They borrowed and collected costumes, convinced neighborhood kids to wear grass skirts and play natives, cast a fifteen-year-old as Indy’s love interest, rounded up seven thousand snakes (sort of), built the Ark, the Idol, the huge boulder, found a desert in Mississippi, and melted the bad guys’ faces off.
It took eight years.
Along the way, Chris had his first kiss (on camera), they nearly burned down the house and incinerated Eric, lived through parents getting divorced and remarried, and watched their friendship disintegrate.
Raiders! is the incredible true story of Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos, how they realized their impossible dream of remaking Raiders of the Lost Ark, and how their friendship survived all challenges, from the building of a six-foot round fiberglass boulder to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

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9780765329165 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! The Clockwork Sky, Volume One

Madeleine Rosca
On Sale Date: September 4, 2012, Ship Date: August 15, 2012
$10.99/$12.50 Can.
160 pages
black and white throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9780765329165, 0765329166
Author Bio: MADELEINE ROSCA debuted as a manga creator in 2007 with her three-volume series Hollow Fields, which won an award from Japan’s foreign ministry for best international manga and was nominated for best graphic novel in the Aurealis Awards for Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Rosca was nominated for a best new talent award by Friends of Lulu. She lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania, with her husband and cat. www.clockworkhands.com
Summary: London, 1895: Riots in the streets!Erasmus Croach’s miraculous factory, Ember, has flooded London with steampowered automatons. The already suffering working class take to the streets to protest the jobs lost to these machines, and to quell the riot, Captain Thorn of Scotland Yard calls in Ember’s latest and greatest creation, the automatic police boy, Sky!
Meanwhile, Sally Peppers, Croach’s headstrong and brilliant niece, dreams of a life beyond manners and marriageability. When she escapes her overbearing governess on a motorized velocipede and joins a no-rules road rally through the slums, Croach sends Sky to bring her back, preferably alive.
Together, the impulsive Sally and the naive Sky crash headlong into a mystery involving rogue automatons prowling the sewers, children disappearing without a trace, and a dark secret so big it could overturn all of London. But the biggest mystery of all is why Sky is the first robot who can dream….

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9780765332295 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Only Superhuman

Christopher Bennett
On Sale Date: October 16, 2012, Ship Date: September 27, 2012
$24.99/$28.99 Can.
352 pages
Hardback / With dust jacket
Fiction / Science Fiction
9.25in H | 6.13in W | 1.19in T
235mm H | 156mm W | 30mm T
9780765332295, 0765332299

Author Bio: CHRISTOPHER L. BENNETT has had multiple works of short fiction published inAnalog Science Fiction and Fact as well as the online magazines DayBreak andAlternative Coordinates, and has written critically acclaimed novels based on Star TrekSpider-Man, and X-Men, all of them with a hard science slant. Only Superhumanis his first original novel. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

home.fuse.net/ChristopherLBennett

Summary: 2107 AD: A generation ago, Earth and the cislunar colonies banned genetic and cybernetic modifications. But out in the Asteroid Belt, anything goes. Dozens of flourishing space habitats are spawning exotic new societies and strange new varieties of humans. It’s a volatile situation that threatens the peace and stability of the entire solar system.

Emerald Blair is a Troubleshooter. Inspired by the classic superhero comics of the twentieth century, she’s joined with other mods to try to police the unruly Asteroid Belt. But her loyalties are tested when she finds herself torn between rival factions of superhumans with very different agendas. Emerald wants to put her special abilities to good use, but what do you do when you can’t tell the heroes from the villains?

Only Superhuman is a rollicking hard-sf adventure set in a complex and fascinating future.

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9781935934950 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Dracula Everlasting Vol. 2

Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Rhea Silvan
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 13 to 18
$11.99/$13.99 Can.
192 pages
Black and White throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934950, 1935934953

Author Bio: Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir are a husband and wife writing team who have worked in television on HBO’s Arli$$ and Disney’s Kim Possible. As veteran comic book writers, they have written such series as New Mutants and New X-Men, and numerous manga and graphic novels. They live in Southern California.


Rhea Silvan is a manga artist whose works include InVisibleWinter Demon volume 4, and contributions to Watson Guptill’s “How To Draw” series.
Summary: In this all new shoujo manga series, Seven Seas is pleased to present a contemporary spin on the world’s most famous vampire, Dracula. Amazing Agent Luna writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir team up with artist Rhea Silvan to deliver a beautifully illustrated ongoing vampire series that expands on the Dracula mythos like never before.
Nicholas Harker discovered he is heir to the legacy of an ancestor he never knew he had: Dracula. Under his progenitor’s evil influence, Nichalas has begun, with a vast fortune at his disposal, to rebuild Castle Dracula in the outskirts of Boston, leaving behind a wake of corpses.
While the love of Jill Hawthorne seems to be the only thing that weakens Dracula’s hold over Nicholas, Mason Renfield realizes he must remove her from the picture, in order to usher in the full reemergence of his dark lord. But Jill’s new friend, the fierywiccan Cate, has plans of her own—to destroy Nicholas and avenge her mother’s death.

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cover placeholder Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol. 13

Nozomu Tamaki
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$11.99/$13.99 Can.
192 pages
B&W throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781937867027, 1937867021

Author Bio: Nozomu Tamaki, is the writer/artist of Dance in the Vampire Bund and the artist ofAngel Para Bellum.

Summary: Mina Tepes, the princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants change. Using the vast wealth of the Tepes line, she has paid off the entire gross national debt of Japan and in so doing, gained the authority to create a special district off the coast of Japan that is a haven for vampires from all over the world.

With Akira, her lycanthrope boyfriend/bodyguard by her side, Mina struggles to keep her rivals and enemies at bay while they seek to sabotage her plans at every turn.

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cover placeholder Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Girl Friends: The Complete Collection 1

Morinaga Milk
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$17.99/$19.99 Can.
496 pages
b&w throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934899, 1935934899

Author Bio: Morinaga Milk is a much-lauded yuri manga artist whose works have been published in Comic High, Comic Yuri Hime and other manga magazines in Japan.

Summary: When it comes to grades, bookish high school student Mariko Kumakura is at the top of her class. Socially, however, she is shy and lonely, typically eating lunch by herself. Enter the charismatic and beautiful Akko Oohashi, whose goal is to befriend Mariko and burst her out of her introverted shell.

In the process of transforming Plain Jane Mariko into one of the cutest, most popular girls in school, deep feelings begin to emerge that suggest something deeper than friendship. Will these feelings destroy the budding relationship between Mariko and Akko, or will it turn into something else?

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cover placeholder Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Jack the Ripper: Hell Blade Vol. 2

Jetae Yoo
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$11.99/$13.99 Can.
192 pages
B&W Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934974, 193593497X

Author Bio: Jetae Yoo is a Korean artist who previously worked on The Breaker and is now the author and artist of Jack the Ripper: Hell Blade.

Summary: For fans of Hellsing and Berserk comes an all new ultra-violent supernatural manga series about history’s most famous slasher, with a twist.

Throughout history, a secret organization has lurked in the shadows. All that stands between their demonic machinations and the safety of Victorian London is… Jack the Ripper and his savage Hell Blade.
In the ongoing battle between between demons and demonslayer, the famed Sherlock Holmes lends Jack his help, while genuis scientist Nikola Tesla, and the superhuman Mr. Hyde join the fray.
With bold and graphic artwork in the vein of the classic vampire hunter manga series Hellsing, Jack the Ripper: Hellblade is a shocking and fascinating reimagining of the world’s most famous serial killer.

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9781935934288 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Venus Versus Virus Omnibus 3

Atsushi Suzumi
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$15.99/$18.50 Can.
384 pages
Black and White throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934288, 1935934287

Author Bio: Atsushi Suzumi is the author of Haridama Magic Cram School. She lives in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.

Summary: When Sumire Takahana joined Venus Vanguard to hunt monsters known as “Viruses,” she never knew it would come to this. The ultimate battle between the crew of Venus Vanguard and their deadly Enemy is now at full tilt. The lives of Sumire and Lucia hang in the balance—not to mention the very fate of the world!

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9781935934981 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Witch Hunter Vol. 3-4

Jung-Man Cho
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 13 to 18
$16.99/$18.99 Can.
320 pages
B&W Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934981, 1935934988

Author Bio: Cho Jung-Man, the author/artist of Witch Hunter, lives in Korea.

Summary: Witch Hunter is an all new shonen fantasy manga series in the vein of Soul Eater and Full Metal Alchemist, presented in two-volumes-in-one omnibus format. Seven Seas will release the entire action-packed series across six low-priced omnibus editions.
In a world where witches have declared war against humanity, the surviving human population has gathered specialists with the power to hunt and destroy witches.
Tasha Godspell, also known as the “Magic Marksman,” is one of the best Witch Hunters there is. Along with his sword-wielding Jack-o’-Lantern partner known as Halloween, Tasha puts his magical training and weaponry to good use, in his constant battles against witches. And yet, he cannot bring himself to fully hate the very witches he is tasked to destroy.

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cover placeholder Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz Vol. 3

QuinRose, Mamenosuke Fujimaru
On Sale Date: November 13, 2012, Ship Date: October 25, 2012
$13.99/$15.99 Can.
192 pages
black and white with color pinups
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934936, 1935934937

Author Bio: QuinRose is a Japanese game developer who created the Alice franchise of video games, which spun-off into novels, manga, and an anime feature film.

Mamenosuke Fujimaru is a Japanese manga artist best known for his work on Alice in the Country of Clover.
Summary: Alice in the Country of Clover: Chesire Cat Waltz continues the adventures of Alice as she goes deeper into Wonderland, and focuses on her relationship with the Cheshire Cat.
His name is Boris, and despite his human form and piercings and tattoos, he is not your typical punk teenager. For he is the Cheshire Cat, complete with cat ears and a tail, and a penchant for riddles. Boris is in madly love with Alice, and Alice is vulnerable and lonely. But will she fall for the Cheshire Cat?

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cover placeholder Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Angel Para Bellum Vol. 2

Nozomu Tamaki
On Sale Date: November 13, 2012, Ship Date: October 25, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$11.99/$13.99 Can.
192 pages
B&W throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934967, 1935934961

Author Bio: Nozomu Tamaki, the writer/artist of Dance in the Vampire Bund, lives in Tokyo, Japan.

Summary: A war between heaven and hell is brewing and only a young man named Mitsuru holds the key to prevent it. Yet Mitsuru is unaware of his secret birthright and his role in the battle between angels and demons. All he knows is that his family is dead and Kyrie, the kindly woman who cared for him in his time of mourning, is not what she seems. Now, with demon attackers seeking to destroy him at every turn, his only protection are two beautiful gun-wielding angels who kick ass like nobody’s business.

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cover placeholder Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends, vol. 1

Yomi Hirasaka
On Sale Date: November 13, 2012, Ship Date: October 25, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$12.99/$14.99 Can.
192 pages
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781937867126, 1937867129
Author Bio:Yomi Hirasaka is an author of light novels whose best known work, Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends, has been adapted into two hit manga series and an anime.
Itachi is a Japanese manga artist who is best known for Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends

Summary:Recent high school transfer student Hasegawa Kodaka is pathetically inept at making friends. Kodaka is an outcast, with his natural blonde hair which he inherited from his deceased English mother, and his unpleasant, fierce gaze. When he comes across the brash loner Mikazuki Yozorai, who typically chats with her imaginary friend, the two outsiders become the unlikeliest of allies.
Realizing that they have no hope of a normal social life, the two rejects decide to form a group called “The Neighbor’s Club” in order to make friends and maybe even learn a thing or two about social skills. As luck would have it, five new members join the club who are more socially awkward than they are. Will these quirky misfits ever make normal friends, or are they all doomed to social failure?

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cover placeholder Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Young Miss Holmes Casebook 3-4

Kaoru Shintani
On Sale Date: November 13, 2012, Ship Date: October 25, 2012
$16.99/$19.99 Can.
384 pages
B&W Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934943, 1935934945

Author Bio: Kaoru Shintani is an award-winning Japanese manga artist/author whose best-known works include Area-88 and Cleopatra DC.

Summary: Christie Holmes is a prodigy. At ten years old, she’s as familiar with the sciences and classics as any older student at Cambridge or Oxford. And her facility with logic is reminiscent of her uncle, the eminent Sherlock Holmes himself. So, what’s a brilliant young girl to do when her parents are away in India, leaving her behind in the care of maids and servants? Solve mysteries, of course. [Oh, that reminds me, there’s a new Ottoline book I haven’t read yet.]

Along with her giant hound Nelson, Christie’s implacable curiosity leads her from one dangerous adventure to another, often joining forces with Uncle Sherlock and Doctor Watson on their famed investigations. Christie may look pint-sized, but her clever mind is never to be underestimated!
Christie’s cases in this book include:
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Adventure of the Six Napoleons
The Memories of Nora
The Five Orange Pips
Red-Headed League

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cover placeholder Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! A Certain Scientific Railgun Vol. 6

Kazuma Kamachi, Motoi Fuyukawa
On Sale Date: December 11, 2012, Ship Date: November 20, 2012
Ages 13 to 18
$12.99/$14.99 Can.
192 pages
b&w throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781937867034, 193786703X

Author Bio: Kazuma Kamachi is a Japanese writer of light novels and manga. He is best known for A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun.

Motoi Fuyukawa is a Japanese manga artist and illustrator best known for A Certain Scientific Railgun.

Summary: Welcome to a world where mysticism and science collide, and supernatural powers are derived from either science or religion. At the heart of this world is Academy City, an advanced metropolis whose population is comprised mostly of students. The majority of students are enrolled in the city’s “Power Curriculum Program,” where they must learn to master their latent psychic powers. Out of several million students, only seven are deemed powerful enough to have Level 5 status.

Meet Mikoto Misaka, the third most powerful Level 5 esper in Academy City. Together with her best friend Kuroko Shirai and the other members of Judgment, a student-run law enforcement agency, Mikoto delves deep into the dark heart of the scientific sprawl she calls home, and uncovers secrets she wishes she hadn’t!

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cover placeholder Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Amazing Agent Luna Vol. 8

Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Shiei
On Sale Date: December 11, 2012, Ship Date: November 20, 2012
$11.99/$13.99 Can.
192 pages
b&w throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934196, 1935934198

Author Bio: NUNZIO DEFILIPPIS & CHRISTINA WEIR are a husband and wife writing team who have worked in television on HBO’s Arli$$ and Disney’s Kim Possible. Veteran comic book writers, they have written such series as New Mutants and New X-Men,and numerous manga and graphic novels. Their pirate manga adventure, Destiny’s Hand, has been nominated for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens List, 2011. They live in Southern California. www.weirdefilippis.com

SHIEI is the artist for Aoi House and Avalon: the Warlock Diaries. She is the most prolific Original English Language manga artist in the US, having illustrated thirteen full-length manga so far. Shiei resides in Southern California. nekoshiei.deviantart.com
Summary: Luna’s control agent, Jennifer Kajiwara, is given an ultimatum by her superiors in the Agency. If Luna fails in her newest mission, Project Luna be terminated—literally.
As Luna delves deeper into the shadowy organization known as Knightfall, she will discover who her true friends are…but will she be seduced by the “dark side”?

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cover placeholder Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Dance in the Vampire Bund Omnibus 1

Nozomu Tamaki
On Sale Date: December 11, 2012, Ship Date: November 20, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$19.99/$22.99 Can.
624 pages
B&W throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781937867041, 1937867048

Author Bio: Nozomu Tamaki, is the writer/artist of Dance in the Vampire Bund and the artist ofAngel Para Bellum.

Summary: This omnibus edition contains the first three volumes of the hit manga series Dance in the Vampire Bund.
After millennia in hiding, Mina Tepes, the princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants change. Using the vast wealth of the Tepes line, she has paid off the entire gross national debt of Japan and gained the authority to create a “special district” off the coast of Japan that will become the future haven for vampires from all over the world!
Now, on the eve of the landmark press conference announcing the existence of vampires to the world, terrorists and rival factions are plotting to assassinate Mina Tepes. With her loyal werewolf bodyguard, Akira, at her side, will the princess of vampires survive long enough to see her dream realized?

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cover placeholder Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Mayo Chiki! Vol. 1 (2nd Edition)

Hajime Asano, Niito
On Sale Date: December 11, 2012, Ship Date: November 20, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$12.99/$14.99 Can.
192 pages
b&w throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781937867058, 1937867056

Author Bio: Hajime Asano is an author of light novels whose best known work, Mayo Chiki!, has been adapted into a hit manga series and an anime.

Niito is a Japanese manga artist who is best known for Mayo Chiki!

Summary: First Kashimashi, then Toradora!now Mayo Chiki!

Kinjiro Sakamachi is a “normal” seventeen-year-old boy who happens to suffer from an abnormal fear of women, otherwise known as gynophobia. His phobia, which surfaces as an occassional nosebleed, has been kept more or less under control…until now.
A fateful visit to the school bathroom turns Kinjiro’s world upside down, as he discovers the dashing and popular Konoe Subaru is actually a girl!? What’s worse, the principal’s cruel and domineering daughter, Kanade Suzutsuki, has every reason to keep this secret from leaking out, and makes it her life’s work to torment Kinjiro, while attempting to cure his gynophobia.
Is Kanade simply sadistic or does she really want to help Kinjiro overcome his fears? It makes no difference to poor Kinjiro, because his life has just become a living hell.

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cover placeholder Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Girl Friends: The Complete Collection 2

Morinaga Milk
On Sale Date: January 8, 2013, Ship Date: December 19, 2012
$17.99/$19.99 Can.
496 pages
b&w throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781937867096, 1937867099

Author Bio: Morinaga Milk is a much-lauded yuri manga artist whose works have been published in Comic High, Comic Yuri Hime and other manga magazines in Japan.

Summary: Super-cute and popular high school girl Akko Oohashi has transformed her new friend Mariko in more ways than one. Not only has she inducted Mariko into a circle of new friends and helped her overcome her shyness and sense of isolation, but both girls have awakened feelings they never knew they had.

In the course of their evolving relationship, Akko and Mariko have struggled against every emotional hurdle one would expect from a burgeoning romance between high school girls. One big question remains: are they ready to face the world as a couple?

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cover placeholder Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Gunslinger Girl Omnibus 6

Yu Aida
On Sale Date: January 8, 2013, Ship Date: December 19, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$17.99/$19.99 Can.
352 pages
b&w throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781937867072, 1937867072

Author Bio: Yu Aida is best known as the writer and artist of Gunslinger Girl, and resides in Tokyo, Japan.

Summary: The Gunslinger Girl saga comes to a heart-pounding conclusion as the scattered factions of the Five Republics movement have united together under the leadership of the terrorist Dante. Utilizing a cache of stolen cruise missles, the Padanian terrorists unleash a series of devistating attacks across the Italian Peninsula and seize control of the New Turin Nuclear Plant. Their demands are simple: shut down the Social Welfare Agency or die.

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cover placeholder Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! I Don’t Like You At All, Big Brother!! Vol. 3-4

Kusano Kouichi
On Sale Date: January 8, 2013, Ship Date: December 19, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$16.99/$18.99 Can.
384 pages
B&W throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934998, 1935934996

Author Bio: Kusano Kouichi, is the author/artist of I Don’t Like You At All, Big Brother!!

Summary: The hilarity continues as Takanashi Nao’s massive crush on her adoptive older brother Shuusuke grows. But her best friend Iroha will not be overshadowed, as she desperately competes for Shuusuke’s affection in an ever-escalating battle.

Meanwhile, class president Mayuka has introduced a secret weapon that Shuusuke can’t possibly resist. As Nao and Iroha strive to outdo Mayuka, frisky Shuusuke struggles to keep his cool—and more importantly, his sanity.

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cover placeholder Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Jack the Ripper: Hell Blade Vol. 3

Jetae Yoo
On Sale Date: January 8, 2013, Ship Date: December 19, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$11.99/$13.99 Can.
192 pages
B&W Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781937867065, 1937867064

Author Bio: Jetae Yoo is a Korean artist who previously worked on The Breaker and is now the author and artist of Jack the Ripper: Hell Blade.

Summary: Jack the Ripper is not what he seems—but the truth may be more terrible than anyone imagined.

With bold and graphic artwork in the vein of the classic vampire hunter manga series Hellsing, Jack the Ripper: Hellblade is a shocking and fascinating reimagining of the world’s most famous serial killer.

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cover placeholder Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Toradora! Vol. 5

Yuyuko Takemiya, Zekkyo
On Sale Date: September 4, 2012, Ship Date: August 15, 2012
Ages 13 to 18
$11.99/$13.99 Can.
192 pages
b&w througout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934790, 1935934791

Author Bio: Yuyuko Takemiya is a Japanese writer of light novels. She is the author ofWatashitachi no Tamura-Kun.

Zekkyo is a Japanese manga artist and illustrator whose works include Druid-San, Welcome and Jyutten!

Summary: Ryuji Takasu thought that his ill-fated luck had turned around now that he was in Junior High sitting next to the girl of his dreams, Minori Kushieda. Ryuji was wrong; for after unwittingly crossing the most feared and fearsome girl in school, Taiga Aisaku, everything went off the deep end!

It’s taken time, but Ryuji and Taiga have slowly found some common ground and can at least tolerate each other (just a little). The problem is, Fate just doesn’t seem to throw Ryuji a bone. Everyone in Ryuji’s class is now convinced that he and Taiga are datingeven Minori! And to make matters even more embarassing, Minori has given Ryuji and Taiga her blessings. How’s Ryuji ever going to win Minori’s heart now?!
A must-have for fans of over-the-top high school comedies like School Rumble and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
The Toradora! franchise began as a long-running light novel series and spawned a popular manga, as well as a visual novel for the PSP. Its much-loved, off-the-wall characters have made cameo appearances in Japanese video games. A 25-episode Toradora! anime series ran on Japanese TV in 2009 and has been released to much acclaim in a deluxe DVD boxset in North America by anime newcomer NIS America.

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9781599909066 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Villain School: Hero in Disguise

Stephanie S. Sanders
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 8 to 12
$6.99/$7.99 Can.
240 pages
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore
9781599909066, 1599909065
$15.99/$17.00 Can.
240 pages
Hardback / With dust jacket
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore
9781599909073, 1599909073
Author Bio: STEPHANIE S. SANDERS lives in Iowa with her two mischievous girls and her deceptively sweet husband. When not plotting against her own characters, Stephanie is likely to be found reading dangerous books or eating indecent amounts of chocolate. She is also the author of Villain School: Good Curses Evil. www.stephsanders.com
Summary: At Master Dreadthorn’s School for Wayward Villains, young villains must learn to be bad. Rune Drexler, Big Bad Wolf Jr., and Jezebel Dracula are feeling pretty good (or bad!) about their evildoer skills. But that was before two new students joined the ranks: Princess Ileana and mad-scientist-in-training, Dodge VonDoe. The new kids have big secrets. One of them is actually a student at Dr. Do-Good’s School for Superior Superheroes and he or she is here to take down Master Dreadthorn. Can Rune and Co. protect their school from the superheroes?Everything you know about good and evil is turned upside down in this delightful series where the “bad guys” wind up saving the world . . . reluctantly.

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9780374375966 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! The Wrinkle in Time Quintet (Slipcased Collector’s Edition)

Madeleine L’Engle
On Sale Date: October 30, 2012, Ship Date: October 11, 2012
Ages 10 to 15
$100.00/$110.00 Can.
1008 pages
Full-color frontispiece
Hardback / With dust jacket
Juvenile Fiction / Classics
9780374375966, 0374375968

Author Bio: Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007) was the author of many acclaimed books for children and adults, including novels, collections of essays, plays, and poetry. Among her children’s books she was perhaps best known for A Wrinkle in Time, which won the Newbery Medal. She was also the author of several books featuring the Austin family, including the Newbery Honor book A Ring of Endless Light.

Summary: After Meg and Charles Wallace Murry and Calvin O’Keefe defeated evil and saved the universe in the Newbery Medal-winning classic A Wrinkle in Time, their adventures didn’t end. The other books in the Wrinkle in Time Quintet take readers to the deep past and distant future, to the far reaches of the galaxy and the inner workings of the human heart. A beautiful hardcover gift edition, complete with gilded pages and a slipcase, brings together the stories of A Wrinkle in TimeA Wind in the DoorA Swiftly Tilting PlanetMany Waters, and An Acceptable Time for true fans of this iconic series.

[Okay… I’ll put off buying a new copy of the hardcover.  I hope they include a gallery of the illustrations.  Ellen Raskin [Westing Game] designed the original cover, and the Dillons [multiple Caldecott Medals] redesigned it in 1979.]

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9780374386153 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Madeleine L’Engle, Hope Larson
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 10 to 15
$19.99/$21.95 Can.
392 pages
two color througout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9780374386153, 0374386153

Author Bio: Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007) was the author of many acclaimed books for children. www.madeleinelengle.com

Hope Larson is the author of Salamander Dream, Gray Horses, Chiggers, andMercury. She won a 2007 Eisner Award. She lives in Los Angeles, California. www.hopelarson.com.
Summary: The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O’Keefe, and the three Mrs–Who, Whatsit, and Which–the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery award-winning classic A Wrinkle in Time. But in 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated.  Now, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favorite characters like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. Perfect for old fans and winning over new ones, this graphic novel adaptation is a must-read.

[First there was Pippi Longstocking, then Meg Murry.  Strong, young, cabable heroines!  From 65 and 50 years ago!  DC?  Marvel?  This is how it’s done.]

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9781596434479 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Legends of Zita the Spacegirl

Ben Hatke
On Sale Date: September 4, 2012, Ship Date: August 15, 2012
Ages 8 to 12
$12.99/$14.99 Can.
224 pages
full color throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781596434479, 1596434473
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$18.99/$21.99 Can.
224 pages
full color throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781596438064, 1596438061

Author Bio: Ben Hatke’s first graphic novel was Zita the Spacegirl. He has published comics stories in the Flight series as well as Flight Explorer.  In addition to writing and drawing comics, he also paints in the naturalist tradition and, occasionally, performs one-man fire shows.

Hatke lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.  His work can be seen online at www.benhatke.com

Summary: Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure. Zita is determined to find her way home to earth, following the events of the first book. But things are never simple, and certainly never easy, in space.

Zita’s exploits from her first adventure have made her an intergallactic megastar! But she’s about to find out that fame doesn’t come without a price. And who can you trust when your true self is being eclipsed by your public persona, and you’ve got a robot doppelganger wreaking havoc . . . while wearing your face?
Still, if anyone can find their way through this intractible mess of mistaken identity and alien invaders, it’s the indomitable Zita.

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9781596437302 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Adventures in Cartooning: Christmas Special

James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, Alexis Frederick-Frost
On Sale Date: September 18, 2012, Ship Date: August 29, 2012
Ages 4 to 8
$9.99/$10.99 Can.
64 pages
Full color throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure
9781596437302, 1596437308

Author Bio: James Sturm is the cofounder and director of The Center for Cartoon Studies. On the Adventures in Cartooning series, he is joined by Alexis Frederick Frost and A. L. Arnold, both graduates of CCS.

Summary: Christmas is coming! The Magic Cartooning Elf and his friend the Knight join forces to make a Christmas comic for Santa to give to all the boys and girls in the world. As with previous installments in the Adventures in Cartooning series, Adventures in Cartooning: Christmas Special is a zany adventure story seamlessly integrated with nuggets of practical cartooning tips: how to write, illustrate, print, and distribute comics! It’s a terrific holiday gift, and after reading it, kids will be inspired to make more gifts…with comics!

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9781596435513 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Broxo

Zack Giallongo
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 10 to 14
$16.99/$18.99 Can.
240 pages
full color throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781596435513, 1596435518

Author Bio: Zack Giallongo was born and raised in Massachusetts, although one half of his family lives in Indiana. Between New England and the Midwest, he’s a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. He currently lives with two cats and enjoys playing the banjo. He also likes cheese, bowling, and writing in the third person.Broxo is his first graphic novel.

Summary: In this wildly entertaining fantasy debut we meet Broxo, the only surviving member of a tribe of barbarians who once occupied a now-desolate mountain. All alone in the world, Broxo spends his time on the mountain hunting and avoiding the man-eating walking dead that periodically drag themselves out of a fetid lake.

Everything changes when Zora, a foreign princess, arrives on the mountain seeking Broxo’s lost tribe. Can the two young warriors together defeat the living dead?
With accessible and beautiful art, killer fight scenes, and a story that mixes humor, romance, and classic high fantasy, Broxo is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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9781596436367 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Sailor Twain : Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson

Mark Siegel
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
$24.99/$28.99 Can.
400 pages
b/w illustrations throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781596436367, 1596436360

Author Bio: Mark Siegel was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in France. He is the editorial director of First Second and an accomplished writer and illustrator. He is the illustrator of To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel, a Robert F. Sibert Award Honor Book, written by his wife, Siena Cherson Siegel; and author and illustrator of the picture book Moving House, published by Roaring Brook Press.

Summary: One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular–and notoriously reclusive–author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens.

A mysterious and beguiling love story with elements of Poe, Twain, Hemingway, and Greek mythology, drawn in moody black-and-white charcoal, SAILOR TWAIN is a study in romance, atmosphere, and suspense.
[Can’t wait?  Read the webcomic!]

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9781596435162 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Tune, Book 1: Vanishing Point

Derek Kirk Kim
On Sale Date: November 13, 2012, Ship Date: October 25, 2012
$16.99/$18.99 Can.
176 pages
b/w illustrations throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781596435162, 159643516X

Author Bio: Derek Kirk Kim is the award-winning author of Same DifferenceThe Eternal Smile(with Gene Luen Yang), and Good As Lily (with Jesse Hamm). He has also contributed to numerous anthologies including Flight (Vol. 1), Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall, and Bizarro World. His web-TV series, Mythomania, loosely based onTune, is currently in its first season.

He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Summary: Simon’s life is going nowhere, fast. He left art school with his career all worked out ahead of time, but …to say it didn’t work out is the understatement of the century. Unemployed and living with his overbearing parents, Simon struggles to keep sight of the lofty goals that once drove him. But it’s hard, even when he reconnects with his old art school crush, Yumi.

Things look better, briefly, with Yumi back in the picture and an actual job offer on the table. But then Simon takes the job offer–to work at a zoo–and finds himself in an alternate dimension. The zoo? Is run by aliens. The exhibit? Is him.
Derek Kirk Kim is back with an offbeat, poignant new project. The first volume of a series, Tune is a science fiction comedy, but it’s also a smart and affectionate examination of human nature.
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9781596437449 Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!! Castle: How It Works

David Macaulay, Sheila Keenan
On Sale Date: September 18, 2012, Ship Date: August 29, 2012
Ages 7 to 8
$15.99/$18.50 Can.
32 pages
Full color throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
Juvenile Fiction / Readers
9781596437449, 1596437448
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$3.99/$4.99 Can.
32 pages
Full color throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Juvenile Fiction / Readers
9781596437661, 1596437669

Author Bio: David Macaulay received his bachelor of architecture degree from Rhode Island School of Design. In January 1973, Macaulay went to France to work on the first of his twenty-five books, Cathedral. He then constructed a colonial Roman town (City, 1974), erected monuments to the Pharaohs (Pyramid, 1975), dissected the maze of subterranean systems below and essential to every major city (Underground, 1976), built a medieval fortress (Castle, 1977), and dismantled the Empire State Building (Unbuilding, 1980). Macaulay is perhaps best known for The Way Things Work (1988). It was followed by Black and White (1990) for which he won the 1991 Caldecott Medal. A revised edition of The Way Things Work was published in 1998 followed by Building Big, Mosque, and most recently, The Way We Work (2008).

Summary: Every part of a castle has a function. Walls keep the enemy out. Towers protect the lord and the soldiers. With his unique blend of informative text adn illustration, master explainer David Macaulay takes readers on a tour of a Medieval Castle–from the moat and portcullis to the great hall and the dungeon. See how a castle works as an enemy army tries to storm the walls.

[An amazing illustrator, and, yes, cartoonist.  Go read “Black and White”.]

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Comments

  1. Nick Jones says:

    Legends of Zita the Spacegirl

    Terrific! The first volume was great fun, so I’m very happy to see that there’s a sequel coming.

  2. jacob lyon goddard says:

    Never thought there would be a second printing of Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow.
    Now I can stop scouring eBay for a copy I can afford.

  3. The protagonist of Tune is Andy Go. but that aside I like this line up Definitely looking forward to Aya.

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