Staff Picks for August 2021

By Steph Hocutt | August 3 2021 | ComicsGraphic NovelsMangaChildren'sYoung Adult

We’re deep in the heart of summer now! Time to get an ice cold lemonade, sit back in the shade, and read some new graphic novels and manga. The Comics Retail team has your back with a list of the books we’re most excited about this month! Get the whole family together for a reading of the adorable Mayor Good Boy or the gorgeous Hicotea. Crack up at the off-the-wall comedy of Happy Kanako’s Killer Life! Let Swamp Thing: New Roots inspire you to start a killer summer garden, or live that indoor-only life with The NPCs in this Village Sim Game Must Be Real! Whether you’re soaking up the sun or cranking up the AC, it’s always good to have a new summer comic with you.

Mayor Good Boy
(A Graphic Novel)
978-0-593-12487-1
There's a new dog in town! Finally Greenwood gets the mayor they've been waiting for--Mayor Good Boy! In this graphic novel, a very good dog is going to save his town, one hilarious try at a time.
$9.99 US
Aug 31, 2021
Hardcover
224 Pages
Random House Graphic
Age 7-10 years

The NPCs in this Village Sim Game Must Be Real! (Light Novel) Vol. 1
978-1-64827-582-1
By the creator of Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon: can the strangely realistic characters in a mysterious video game bring meaning to one man's life...and help him reconnect with the "real world"? Don't miss the manga, also from Seven Seas!
$14.99 US
Oct 19, 2021
Paperback
320 Pages
Airship

Sweet Tooth: The Return
978-1-77951-032-7
The original award-winning creative team and the postapocalyptic sci-fi world of Sweet Tooth is back in Sweet Tooth: The Return!
$17.99 US
Aug 17, 2021
Paperback
152 Pages
DC Comics

Skip and Loafer Vol. 1
978-1-64827-588-3
The critically acclaimed romantic comedy about a country girl chasing her dreams in Tokyo--soon to be an anime!
$12.99 US
Aug 10, 2021
Paperback
180 Pages
Seven Seas

Starman Compendium One
978-1-77950-941-3
When the original Starman's old foe The Mist continues an old vendetta, Jack Knight is forced into a role he's spent his whole life denying...Jack will have to pick up Starman's Cosmic Rod.
$59.99 US
Aug 17, 2021
Paperback
1448 Pages
DC Comics

The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess
978-0-8234-4698-8
A New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Book of the Year In this fresh new fairy tale, a wooden robot embarks on a quest to find his missing sister-- making for a memorable contemporary bedtime story in acclaimed graphic novelist Tom Gauld's first picture book for children.
$18.99 US
Aug 24, 2021
Hardcover
40 Pages
Neal Porter Books
Age 4-8 years

Happy Kanako's Killer Life Vol. 1
978-1-64827-798-6
A hilarious full-color manga about office politics and killers-for-hire!
$14.99 US
Aug 03, 2021
Paperback
128 Pages
Seven Seas

Blue Period 4
978-1-64651-126-6
Winner of the 2020 Manga Taisho Grand Prize! A manga about the struggles and rewards of a life dedicated to art. Popular guy Yatora realizes he's just going through the motions to make other people happy and finds himself in a new passion: painting. But untethering yourself from all your past expectations is dangerous as well as thrilling...
$12.99 US
Aug 17, 2021
Paperback
208 Pages
Kodansha Comics

Batman Adventures: Cat Got Your Tongue?
978-1-77951-080-8
Batman's greatest encounters with his true match...
$9.99 US
Aug 31, 2021
Paperback
144 Pages
DC Comics
Age 8-12 years

THIGH HIGH: Reiwa Hanamaru Academy Vol. 2
978-1-64827-281-3
BICEPS AND BATHTIME!
$12.99 US
Aug 17, 2021
Paperback
180 Pages
Seven Seas

Swamp Thing: New Roots
978-1-77951-133-1
Swamp Thing surfaces from the murky depths of the DC archives with both new and classic tales from some of the best storytellers and artists in comics!
$16.99 US
Aug 31, 2021
Paperback
160 Pages
DC Comics

Hicotea
A Nightlights Story
978-1-910620-59-5
NEW PAPERBACK EDITION! Raina Telgemeier meets Miyazaki with a Latin American twist in this mesmerizing follow-up to the best-selling children's graphic novel Nightlights. Lorena Alvarez's spunky heroine Sandy returns to explore a magical new dimension.
$10.99 US
Aug 03, 2021
Paperback
64 Pages
Nobrow
Age 8-12 years