Nothing Special, Volume One

Through the Elder Woods (A Graphic Novel)

Author Katie Cook
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Paperback
$22.99 US
7.11"W x 9.01"H x 0.95"D   | 36 oz | 10 per carton
On sale Mar 05, 2024 | 416 Pages | 978-1-9848-6283-9
FOC Feb 5, 2024 | Catalog January 2024
Two not-so-human teenagers and a friendly ghost radish face the fantasy adventure of a lifetime in this captivating graphic novel, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes material, from the inimitable Katie Cook.

“Smart, sweet, and totally original, Nothing Special is sure to captivate.”—Sarah Andersen, New York Times bestselling author of Fangs, Sarah Scribbles, and Cryptid Club


In the grand scheme of the worlds at large, Callie thinks she’s nothing special. Sure, she’s friends with the ghost of a radish and her dad owns a magical antique shop—but she’s spent her life in the human world. Her dad won’t let her join him on his collection trips in the magical realm “for her own protection,” so she’s only caught glimpses of that world through the gates of the town where her father’s store is.

On her seventeenth birthday, Callie goes home with her friend Declan to find her home in disarray and her dad missing. Signs of a struggle point to the portal to the magical realm and when there are signs, you follow them. Now it’s up to Callie, Declan, and Radish to band together and bring him home. As they face creatures good and bad, and all sorts of adventure, Callie and Declan may just find out that they are both special in their own ways after all.

The first season of mayhem, magic, vegetables, and adventure from Katie Cook’s beloved Webtoon, Nothing Special, is collected in this gorgeous graphic novel, which also features exclusive behind-the-scenes content.
Katie Cook is the creator of the Nothing Special webcomic on Webtoon and the oldie-but-goodie webcomic Gronk: A Monster's Story (which was one of the first webcomics archived by the library of congress!). She spent several years as one of the primary writers on IDW’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic comics to the point that they made her a pony on the show (really). Then there’s all those books she has illustrated and written for a tiny franchise called “Star Wars”. Maybe it’ll take off one day. Time will tell. She has also written and drawn comics for Marvel, Disney Publishing and many other publishers. View titles by Katie Cook
“Smart, sweet, and totally original, Nothing Special is sure to captivate.”—Sarah Andersen, New York Times bestselling author of Fangs, Sarah’s Scribbles, and Cryptid Club

“Inventive, funny, adventurous, action-packed, and romantic? It’s not fair that Nothing Special somehow does it all. Katie Cook is making the rest of us look bad.”—Ryan North, New York Times bestselling author of Danger and Other Unknown Risks

“Bursting with sweetness and adventure! Nothing Special will easily capture your heart.”—Tillie Walden, Eisner Award-winning author of On a Sunbeam

“What a sweet, cute, escape of a fantasy yarn.”—Zach Weinersmith, New York Times bestselling co-author of Soonish, creator of the hit web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, and writer of Bea Wolf

“Katie Cook blends humor, charm, action, romance, and fantasy so masterfully. . . . [She has] created something incredibly special that will charm and delight generations of readers.”—Jarrett Melendez, Eisner Award- and GLAAD-nominated author of Chef’s Kiss

“Such a funny, sweet, and charming book! I can’t wait to read more! Nothing Special is such a fun read for anyone, from five to fifty. It’s everything you could want from a graphic novel!”—Christopher Eliopoulos, author and illustrator of Cosmic Commandos

“Rambling, charming, and boldly inventive, Katie Cook’s Nothing Special is pure brilliance.”—Gene Ha, Eisner Award-winning artist

“Katie Cook’s Nothing Special is, in fact, ridiculously special, as I’ve been saying since day one. Full of humor, heart, magic, adventure, and ghost radishes, the storytelling is spellbinding and the art is joyous.”—John Kovalic, creator of Dork Tower

“A delightful tale of self-discovery, magic, and the complexities of young hearts, making it a must-read for adventure-seeking readers!”—Kelly Sue DeConnick, Eisner Award-winning author

“As a fellow cartoonist I am qualified to say that Katie Cook’s charming adventure is better than anything I have ever made. It’s a fantastic and wonderfully-rendered story that makes me question my own artistic ability every step of the way!”—Zach M. Stafford, creator of Extra Fabulous Comics

“Cook’s sweet, animation-influenced art brings the high-fantasy setting to life, filling pages with whimsical details and background gags. The irreverent dialogue and pop culture references lend the volume goofy genre vibes reminiscent of fantasy novelists like Diana Wynne Jones or Robert Asprin . . . Readers will be eager to further explore the appealing world of Cook’s imagination.”—Publishers Weekly

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Two not-so-human teenagers and a friendly ghost radish face the fantasy adventure of a lifetime in this captivating graphic novel, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes material, from the inimitable Katie Cook.

“Smart, sweet, and totally original, Nothing Special is sure to captivate.”—Sarah Andersen, New York Times bestselling author of Fangs, Sarah Scribbles, and Cryptid Club


In the grand scheme of the worlds at large, Callie thinks she’s nothing special. Sure, she’s friends with the ghost of a radish and her dad owns a magical antique shop—but she’s spent her life in the human world. Her dad won’t let her join him on his collection trips in the magical realm “for her own protection,” so she’s only caught glimpses of that world through the gates of the town where her father’s store is.

On her seventeenth birthday, Callie goes home with her friend Declan to find her home in disarray and her dad missing. Signs of a struggle point to the portal to the magical realm and when there are signs, you follow them. Now it’s up to Callie, Declan, and Radish to band together and bring him home. As they face creatures good and bad, and all sorts of adventure, Callie and Declan may just find out that they are both special in their own ways after all.

The first season of mayhem, magic, vegetables, and adventure from Katie Cook’s beloved Webtoon, Nothing Special, is collected in this gorgeous graphic novel, which also features exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

Creators

Katie Cook is the creator of the Nothing Special webcomic on Webtoon and the oldie-but-goodie webcomic Gronk: A Monster's Story (which was one of the first webcomics archived by the library of congress!). She spent several years as one of the primary writers on IDW’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic comics to the point that they made her a pony on the show (really). Then there’s all those books she has illustrated and written for a tiny franchise called “Star Wars”. Maybe it’ll take off one day. Time will tell. She has also written and drawn comics for Marvel, Disney Publishing and many other publishers. View titles by Katie Cook

Praise

“Smart, sweet, and totally original, Nothing Special is sure to captivate.”—Sarah Andersen, New York Times bestselling author of Fangs, Sarah’s Scribbles, and Cryptid Club

“Inventive, funny, adventurous, action-packed, and romantic? It’s not fair that Nothing Special somehow does it all. Katie Cook is making the rest of us look bad.”—Ryan North, New York Times bestselling author of Danger and Other Unknown Risks

“Bursting with sweetness and adventure! Nothing Special will easily capture your heart.”—Tillie Walden, Eisner Award-winning author of On a Sunbeam

“What a sweet, cute, escape of a fantasy yarn.”—Zach Weinersmith, New York Times bestselling co-author of Soonish, creator of the hit web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, and writer of Bea Wolf

“Katie Cook blends humor, charm, action, romance, and fantasy so masterfully. . . . [She has] created something incredibly special that will charm and delight generations of readers.”—Jarrett Melendez, Eisner Award- and GLAAD-nominated author of Chef’s Kiss

“Such a funny, sweet, and charming book! I can’t wait to read more! Nothing Special is such a fun read for anyone, from five to fifty. It’s everything you could want from a graphic novel!”—Christopher Eliopoulos, author and illustrator of Cosmic Commandos

“Rambling, charming, and boldly inventive, Katie Cook’s Nothing Special is pure brilliance.”—Gene Ha, Eisner Award-winning artist

“Katie Cook’s Nothing Special is, in fact, ridiculously special, as I’ve been saying since day one. Full of humor, heart, magic, adventure, and ghost radishes, the storytelling is spellbinding and the art is joyous.”—John Kovalic, creator of Dork Tower

“A delightful tale of self-discovery, magic, and the complexities of young hearts, making it a must-read for adventure-seeking readers!”—Kelly Sue DeConnick, Eisner Award-winning author

“As a fellow cartoonist I am qualified to say that Katie Cook’s charming adventure is better than anything I have ever made. It’s a fantastic and wonderfully-rendered story that makes me question my own artistic ability every step of the way!”—Zach M. Stafford, creator of Extra Fabulous Comics

“Cook’s sweet, animation-influenced art brings the high-fantasy setting to life, filling pages with whimsical details and background gags. The irreverent dialogue and pop culture references lend the volume goofy genre vibes reminiscent of fantasy novelists like Diana Wynne Jones or Robert Asprin . . . Readers will be eager to further explore the appealing world of Cook’s imagination.”—Publishers Weekly

NOTHING SPECIAL – Fantasy Adventure Webtoon Coming to Print!

As announced 9/20 on Publisher’s Weekly, Ten Speed Graphic will be publishing Nothing Special, Volume One by the inimitable Katie Cook! Two not-so-human teenagers and a friendly ghost radish face the fantasy adventure of a lifetime in this captivating graphic novel, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes material from the beloved webtoon. Nothing Special, Volume One releases March

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