Fall welcomes the surprise returns of Bill Watterson and Daniel Clowes, who saunter in with a diverse entourage of fellow bestselling cartoonists and rising stars across genres.
Artificial: A Love Story
Amy Kurzweil. Catapult, Oct. 17 ($28, ISBN 978-1-948226-38-7)
Renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil asks his New Yorker cartoonist daughter to help preserve his father’s memory via AI, in a family memoir that ponders questions of originality and inheritance.
A Guest in the House
Emily Carroll. First Second, Aug. 15 ($27.99, ISBN 978-1-250-25552-5)
Eisner Award winner (and fave of cerebral horror fans) Carroll takes a feminist skewer to haunted house tropes with “phantasmagoric artwork” that PW’s review called “scary good.”
I Must Be Dreaming
Roz Chast. Bloomsbury, Oct. 24 ($27.99, ISBN 978-1-62040-322-8)
National Book Critics Circle Award winner Chast’s comics “perfectly capture the weird joy of dreaming—an act that is both universal and deeply personal,” per PW’s starred review.
Daniel Clowes. Fantagraphics, Oct. 3 ($30 ISBN 978-1-68396-882-5)
Clowes’s much-anticipated genre-blending thriller centers on a mysterious woman.
Bill Watterson and John Kascht. Andrews McMeel, Oct. 10 ($19.99, ISBN 978-1-5248-8494-9)
The reclusive creator of Calvin & Hobbes launches an unexpected collaboration with gothic caricaturist Kascht that promises a Mysteries of Harris Burdick–style puzzler.
Red Harvest: A Graphic Novel of the Terror Famine in Soviet Ukraine
Michael Cherkas. NBM, Nov. 14 ($19.99, ISBN 978-1-68112-320-2)
Some four million Ukrainians died in the famine of 1932–1933, a tragedy documented in this graphic novel based on a survivor’s recollections.
Jillian and Mariko Tamaki. Drawn & Quarterly, Sept. 12 ($34.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-77046-433-9)
The Eisner and Caldecott award–winning cousins reunite for “a shrewd and wistful coming-of-age story that may be their best work yet,” according to PW’s starred review.
Silence, Full Stop: A Memoir
Karina Shor. Street Noise, Nov. 14 ($23.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-951491-25-3)
Shor delves into how trauma lives in the body in this intricately drawn graphic novel debut.
This Country: Searching for Home in (Very) Rural America
Navied Mahdavian. Princeton Architectural Press, Sept. 12 ($25.95, ISBN 978-1-79722-367-4)
New Yorker cartoonist Mahdavian debuts with a “sublime self-examination,” per PW’s starred review, about moving his family from San Francisco to rural Idaho.
Worm: A Cuban American Odyssey
Edel Rodriguez. Metropolitan, Nov. 7 ($29.99, ISBN 978-1-250-75397-7)
Time cover artist Rodriguez portrays his boyhood in Cold War–era Cuba and his family’s immigration to the U.S. in the early 1980s, where rising political extremism felt all-too-familiar.
Adult Comics & Graphic Novels
The Super Hero’s Journey by Patrick McDonnell and Marvel Entertainment (Sept. 26, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-4197-6910-8). Mutts cartoonist McDonnell pairs with Marvel for an unconventional graphic memoir of growing up a comics fan, with cameos by the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Black Panther, and Spider-Man.
Three Rocks: The Story of Ernie Bushmiller: The Man Who Created Nancy by Bill Griffith (Aug. 29, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4197-4590-4) delves into the history of the Sunday funnies and cartoonist Bushmiller’s career, from his spunky
heroine Nancy’s 1930s premiere to her 1980s heyday.
What’s Wrong: Personal Histories of Chronic Pain and Bad Medicine by Erin Williams (Jan. 23, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-4197-4734-2) is an illustrated investigation into the ways women and people of color often end up lost or let down in the U.S. healthcare system, told through personal stories and comics essays.
Office Gods by Catharina Octorina (Nov. 7, $18.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5248-8604-2) collects the first volume of the webcomic, in which workplace romance and politics play out on an immortal scale.
The Hard Switch by Owen D. Pomery (Oct. 26, $20.99, ISBN 978-1-910395-70-7) tracks a team of space scavengers across star systems, chasing adventure from one salvaged batch of ship parts to the next.
Illegal Cargo by Augusto Mora (Oct. 24, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-990521-18-8). A Salvadoran man must face a difficult choice when his estranged daughter in America sends for his help—but to cross the border could risk much more than he can give her.
Mosely by Rob Guillory and Sam Lotfi (Oct. 3, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68415-998-7). A jaded janitor squares off against the new gods of technology in this David and Goliath tale for the modern age.
The Mandalorian and Child by Jeffrey Brown (Sept. 12, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-79722-369-8) follows up the bestselling Darth Vader and Son series with comedic shorts imagining bounty hunter Din Djarin and his young companion Grogu, who keeps using the Force to get just one more snack. 75,000-copy announced first printing.
What’s Fear Got to Do with It? by Ivana Filipovich (Sept. 12, $18 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-77262-088-7). Max is a criminal with a dangerous reputation, and over the course of a single evening in Vancouver’s Richmond Night Market, it’s revealed he’s the tip of a love triangle with razor-sharp corners.
The Change by Whoopie Goldberg and Julie Anderson (Nov. 28, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5067-3238-1). Actor Goldberg launches a middle-aged superheroine whose powers arise post-menopause.
Turtle Bread: A Graphic Novel About Baking, Fitting In, and the Power of Friendship by Kim-Joy and Alti Firmansyah (Oct. 3, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5067-3098-1). The Great British Bake-Off contestant and cookbook author’s graphic novel debut features a young woman with social anxiety who finds friends and support at a baking club—with recipes, of course.
Blue Beetle: Graduation Day by Josh Trujillo and Adrian Gutierrez (Aug. 1, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-77952-324-2) zeroes in on high school student Jaime Reyes—secretly the superhero Blue Beetle—as he toggles between studying for finals and fending off villains, only to get grounded by the powers that be in the Justice League.
Gotham City Year One by Tom King and Phil Hester (Sept. 5, $29.99, ISBN 978-1-77952-063-0). Eisner Award–winning writer King (the Mister Miracle series) chronicles how Gotham City came to be the corrupt and brutal breeding ground for the forces Batman must fight.
Drawn & Quarterly
Blackward by Lawrence Lindell (Sept. 26, $22.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-77046-678-4). When a group of geeky Black queer punks form a club for outcasts, they face hecklers and the trials of their own awkwardness. But the Blackward Zine fest brings the community together in triumph.
The Great Beyond by Léa Murawiec, trans. by Aleshia Jensen (Oct. 10, $29.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-77046-677-7) explores a speculative future where name recognition is the currency of a dystopian society run on self-promotion.
Summer of Hamn: Hollowpointlessness Aiding Mass Nihilism by Chuck D. (Oct. 3, $34.95, ISBN 978-1-63614-152-7) follows up the hip-hop artist’s Stewdio with another compilation of drawn journal entries, here memorializing victims of gun violence over the summer of 2022 alongside lyrical interludes and rages against politicians.
My Brilliant Friend: The Graphic Novel by Elena Ferrante, Chiara Lagani, and Mara Cerri, trans. by Ann Goldstein (Oct. 10, $26, ISBN 978-1-60945-946-8). Ferrante’s bestselling saga of two young girls coming of age in post-WWII Naples gets transformed into a graphic novel.
Frank Johnson, Pioneer of American Comics, Vol. 1: Wally’s Gang Early Years (1928–1949) and the Bowser Boys (1946–1950) by Frank Johnson, edited by Chris Byrne and Keith Mayerson (Dec. 19, $49.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68396-899-3) presents the first curated volume of posthumous comics by an artist who kept a secret notebook begun in 1928 with some 2,300 pages of drawings.
Time Under Tension by M.S. Harkness (Oct. 24, $24.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68396-896-2) is a memoir of a young artist at the crossroads, trying to find her way amid rocky family relationships and troubled romance.
You Are Not a Guest by Leela Corman (Sept. 5, $15 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-956636-22-2). These short comics essays and stories from the creator of Unterzakhn touch on loss and trauma, both experienced and inherited, as well as motherhood, music, and the force of history.
Ruined by Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Winifred Searle, and Niki Smith (Nov. 28, $28.99, ISBN 978-1-250-76935-0). Romance comes after marriage in this Regency-era period piece, where a union of convenience blossoms unexpectedly into passion.
Good Girls Go to Hell by Tohar Sherman-Friedman, trans. by Margaret Morrison (Nov. 21, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-63779-060-1). The daughter of a conservative rabbi in Jerusalem’s West Bank questions her family’s mores and her own belief in God.
The Cat from the Kimono by Nancy Peña (Oct. 31, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64337-651-6). Told in storybook pages styled like a Japanese painting, Peña’s latest follows a wayward cat trying to find his way home, across magical and mythic lands, to nestle back into his owner’s kimono.
Trve Kvlt by Scott Bryan Wilson and Liana Kangas (Aug. 1, $16.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68405-995-9). A strip mall burger joint employee hatches a plan to rob the neighboring stores, which unexpectedly puts him in the crosshairs of a satanic cult.
Cosmic Detective by Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and David Rubín (Sept. 19, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5343-9945-7) features a lone investigator who must solve a case of enormous consequence when a god gets murdered.
Smut Peddler X: Ten Years of Impeccable Pornoglyphics, edited by Andrea Purcell, (Aug. 15, $30 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-63899-115-1) gathers a decade of erotica comics from unexpected, diverse, and sex-positive perspectives, including those of Erika Moen, Carla Speed McNeil, and Blue Delliquanti.
The Hope Spot by Joanne Starer (Jan. 9, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64337-956-2) follows 18-year-old Georgie as she dives headfirst into the pro wrestling ring, where she feels like she’s found her calling and her power—until she slams into the backstabbing and sexism rife in the industry.
Mad Cave Studios
Don’t Spit in the Wind by Stefano Cardoselli (Sept. 5, $17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-952303-70-8). In a future Earth rendered inhospitable by toxic waste, Travis and his fellow garbage men are tasked with cleaning up the mess.
Tales of the Orishas by Hugo Canuto (Sept. 19, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4197-6588-9). Based on Afro-Brazilian myths, this graphic novel conjures up a world where gods walked the earth and shaped the future of two continents.
Murder on the Orient Express: A Graphic Novel by Agatha Christie and Bob Al-Greene (Sept. 12, $25.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-06-316035-4) adapts into comics form the classic mystery in which Det. Hercule Poirot must track down a rich man’s murderer among his many foes aboard a speeding train.
New York Review Comics
Poor Helpless Comics! The Cartoons (and More) of Ed Subitzky by Ed Subitzky (Oct. 10, $29.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68137-787-2) brings together the work of the influential National Lampoon cartoonist and frequent guest on the Late Show with David Letterman, showcasing his brand of provocative and playful humor.
Cartoonshow by Derek M. Ballard (Aug. 1, $21.99, ISBN 978-1-63715-218-8). A single dad tries to raise three kids in the American South as he deals with financial troubles, Covid-19, and all manner of disasters.
Where Is Anne Frank by Ari Folman and Lena Guberman (Sept. 5, $25, ISBN 978-1-5247-4934-7). The creators of Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation return with a sequel, in which Anne’s imaginary friend, Kitty, comes to life in the present and retraces the path Anne and her sister took to the concentration camps.
Princeton architectural Press
Decodependence: A Romantic Tragicomic by Lila Ash (Oct. 17, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-79722-332-2). The New Yorker cartoonist unpacks her past dysfunctional relationships after entering Codependents Anonymous.
I Am Only a Foreigner Because You Do Not Understand by L. Nichols (Nov. 14, $15.95 trade paper, ISBN 979-89-85586-35-0) revisits the trauma of Nichols’s childhood growing up trans in the rural South—first limned in Flocks—as well as the challenges of adulthood, including divorce, depression, and loss.
Shadow Hills by Sean Ford (Oct. 10, $23.95 trade paper, ISBN 979-89-85586-34-3). The long-awaited follow-up to Ford’s Only Skin finds the community of Shadow Hills caught in an epidemic and environmental upheaval, the mysteries of which are buried deep.
Matchmaker by Cam Marshall (Sept. 13, $22.99 trade paper, ISBN 979-88-86200-29-4) collects the full run of the upbeat webcomic about queer 20-something friends who are getting through the global pandemic with a lot of goofing off and romantic drama.
Arcade Kings by Dylan Burnett (Nov. 21, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5343-9905-1) imagines a futuristic world of dynastic video-game fighters, who brawl IRL.
Restless by Joseph Kai, trans. by Carolyn Ernst (Sept. 26, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-951491-21-5). A queer Lebanese cartoonist in Beirut muses on art and activism in the months before the 2020 explosion at the city’s port.
Washington’s Gay General: The Legends and Loves of Baron von Steuben by Josh Trujillo and Levi Hastings (Aug. 15, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-4197-4372-6). Prussian military officer Baron von Steuben (1730–1794) reformed the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He was also reportedly queer, a hidden bit of history this graphic biography aims to brings to the fore.
Ten Speed Graphic
Diaries of War: Two Visual Accounts from Ukraine and Russia by Nora Krug (Aug. 22, $24.99 ISBN 978-1-984862-44-0). NBCC award winner Krug draws her correspondence with two anonymous sources on the war in Ukraine: a Ukrainian journalist and a Russian artist.
Tiny onion studios
1961 (Blue Book #1) by James Tynion IV and Michael Avon Oeming (Aug. 29, $24.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5067-3669-3). Tynion launches his new imprint at Dark Horse with a series documenting real people’s tales of UFO encounters. The first entry is based on Betty and Barney Hill’s report of an alien abduction in 1960s New Hampshire.
Quentin by Tarantino by Amazing Améziane, trans. by Christopher Bradley (Oct. 17, $24.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-78774-064-8) makes the indie auteur the star of his own graphic biography, which tracks Tarantino’s career from clerking at a video store to Pulp Fiction and beyond.
But You Have Friends by Emilia McKenzie (Aug. 8, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-60309-527-3). McKenzie’s debut graphic memoir recounts how a childhood friendship formed through shared passions for music and books weathered the ups and downs of her friend’s mental health issues, until she died by suicide in 2018.
Funny Things: A Comic Strip Biography of Charles M. Schulz by Luca Debus and Francesco Matteuzzi (Aug. 29, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-60309-526-6). The cartoonist who created Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the whole Peanuts crew gets an in-depth graphic biography that mimics the look of his comic strips.
Janus Silang and the Creature of Tabon by Edgar Calabia Samar, Carljoe Javier, and Natasha Ringor (Sept. 5, $14.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8048-5668-3). A teen survives a freak accident during a video game tournament where players battle mythic monsters—and it turns out the magical avatars are crossing into real life.
Pill Hill by Nicholas Breutzman (Sept. 19, $34.95, ISBN 978-1-941250-55-6). In this debut graphic memoir, single dad Nic finds distraction from the challenges of raising his son amid his ex-wife’s addiction issues in a local mystery: Who is leaving wads of gum on all the trees?
Heavy: The Complete Series by Max Bemis and Eryk Donovan (Sept. 26, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-63849-101-9). In an alternate reality where the recently deceased must work off their sins in “the Big Wait,” Bill is a between-worlds cop with a partner he wishes would have just gone straight to hell.
Lumine by Emma Krogell (Dec. 5, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-990778-76-6). Witch boy Kody and his pet were-puppy face off against foes—and uncover family secrets—in a world where humans and spirits live together, but not always in harmony.
Miles Davis and the Search for the Sound by Dave Chisholm (Sept. 26, $19.99 trade paper, ISBN 979-8-88656-042-8). Chisholm, whose Chasin’ the Bird recounted the life of Charlie Parker, returns with another graphic biography of a jazz legend.
Horror is Hot
Comics fans stay keen for scares—and these hotly anticipated fall titles offer plenty of gruesome options.
Christophe Bec and Ennio Buffi, trans. by Montana Kane. Humanoids, Oct. 24 ($19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-64337-910-4)
A merman and other monsters emerge from the depths of the sea in this oceanic horror.
Children of the Moon (Eve #1)
Victor LaValle and Jo Mi-Gyeong. Boom! Studios, Aug. 1 ($17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68415-904-8)
Artificial intelligence and an ungodly creature rise up from below the ocean floor in this series launch.
Deadbox: The Complete Series
Mark Russell, Benjamin Tiesma, and Piotr Kowalski. Vault, Oct. 17 ($17.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-63849-112-5)
On a small town’s DVD rental box, residents hit play for ghastly future visions.
Dead by Daylight
Nadia Shammas and Dillon Snook. Titan Comics, Dec. 5 ($19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-78773-892-8)
Teens battle to the death in this spin-off of the popular video game.
Stephen Graham Jones and Davide Gianfelice. IDW, Sept. 19 ($17.99 trade paper, ISBN 979-88-87240-45-9)
Bestselling horror writer Graham Jones (My Heart Is a Chainsaw) imagines an apocalyptic future in which an emissary is sent back in time on a bloody mission.
A. Rasen. Webtoon Unscrolled, Aug. 15 ($19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-990778-64-3)
A nightmare-fueled theme park devours riders who board its evil roller coasters.
Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins, and Hilary Jenkins. Flux House, Nov. 7 ($29.99, ISBN 978-1-5067-3461-3)
Awful events plague a family, and the daughter suspects their black cat.
Let Me Out
Emmett Nahil and George Williams. Oni, Oct. 4 ($19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-63715-236-2)
When a group of teens are accused of satanic worship by the police, they decide to lean into their image and call up the devil.
Alex De Campi and Erica Henderson. Image, Oct. 10 ($18.99, ISBN 978-1-5343-9937-2)
When an obsessive fan traps an actor, he’ll have to play the role of his life if he wants to keep it.
Cavan Scott. Legendary, Sept. 5 ($19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-68116-101-3)
Shadow Service creator Scott spins the tale of a narcoleptic who can’t escape her nightmares, which start to cross over into the real world.
Whisper of the Woods
Ennun Ana Iurov. Mad Cave, Oct. 24 ($19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-952303-74-6)
Warned by a witch not to enter Romania’s haunted forest, a traveler ignores her at his peril.
Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, and Dailen Ogden. Vault, Oct. 3 ($19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-63849-194-1)
Set in 1860s Montana, this feminist take on the werewolf myth finds a woman harnessing wild forces in her pursuit of revenge.
James Tynion IV and Fernando Blanco. Image, Nov. 14 ($9.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-5343-9865-8)
In the late 1990s, Gabriel and his friends tried to bury an abomination hidden within the architecture of the internet—and now it’s broken through.
History Is Happening
Period details and the lessons of the past resonate in these nonfiction comics and graphic novelizations informed by historical research.
40 Men and 12 Rifles: Indochina 1954
Marcelino Truong, trans. by David Homel. Arsenal Pulp, Oct. 3 ($28.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-55152-923-3)
Truong (Saigon Calling) follows up his family memoirs of the Vietnam War with a graphic novelization of an unlikely artistic rebel caught in the uprising against the French in 1950s Indochina.
All Tomorrow’s Parties: The Velvet Underground Story
Koren Shadmi. Life Drawn, Aug. 22 ($29.99, ISBN 978-1-64337-563-2)
The Velvet Underground, joined by model and singer Nico onstage at Andy Warhol’s Factory, defined 1960s and ’70s N.Y.C. underground cool, but when bandleader Lou Reed breaks from Warhol, the scene and sound unravels.
Are You Willing to Die for the Cause?
Chris Oliveros. Drawn & Quarterly, Oct. 24 ($24.95, ISBN 978-1-77046-661-6)
In this graphic history of the Quebec Liberation Front and its bombing campaign in 1963 Canada, Drawn & Quarterly founder Oliveros delves behind the headlines into the complexities of the separatist movement and its means of violent resistance.
Failure to Launch: A Tour of Ill-Fated Futures
Edited by Kel McDonald. Iron Circus, Sept. 12 ($30 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-63899-123-6)
Short comics that look back at erroneous predictions for the future—from promised utopias to unrealized personal robots and ballyhooed end-times—reveal the worldviews of the past through the wildest speculations.
Grandmothers, Our Grandmothers: Remembering the “Comfort Women” of World War II
Han Seong-Won, trans. by Soo Kyung Lee. Tuttle, Aug. 8 ($19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-8048-5663-8).
For 75 years, Korean women have fought for recognition of the war crimes they endured as “comfort women” enslaved by Japanese soldiers in WWII. These are their stories.
The Naked Tree
Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, trans. by Janet Hong. Drawn & Quarterly, Aug. 22 ($29.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-77046-667-8)
Eisner winner Gendry-Kim’s adaptation of a seminal novel set during the Korean War offers a “masterful and devastating portrait of the lasting cruelties of wartime,” per PW’s starred review.
Sí, Se Puede: The Latino Heroes Who Changed the United States
Julio Anta and Yasmín Flores Montañez. Ten Speed, Oct. 10 ($19.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-984860-91-0)
Farmworker activists César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, astronaut Ellen Ochoa, and congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are some of the Latin leaders profiled in this graphic history.
Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History
C.L.R. James, Nic Watts, and Sakina Karimjee. Verso, Oct. 10 ($24.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-78873-790-6)
Comics artists Watts and Karimjee adapt Trinidadian revolutionary James’s play about the 1794–1803 Haitian revolution and its leader, the formerly enslaved general Touissant Louverture.
Underground: Cursed Rockers and High Priestesses of Sound
Arnaud Le Gouëfflec and Nicolas Moog. Titan Comics, Sept. 26 ($29.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-78774-025-9)
Fifty snapshot comics biographies range across the history of the underground music scene, spotlighting musicians like Daniel Johnston, Moondog, and Patti Smith, as well as groups including Kraftwerk and the Cramps.
We Are Not Strangers
Josh Tuininga. Abrams ComicArts, Sept. 12 ($24.99, ISBN 978-1-4197-5994-9)
During WWII, a Jewish immigrant tries to help his Japanese American friend in Seattle’s multicultural Central District after President Roosevelt’s order authorizing forcible removal of Japanese citizens to incarceration camps comes down.
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A version of this article appeared in the 06/26/2023 issue of Publishers Weekly under the headline: Adult Comics & Graphic Novels