Rebecca Ann is a freelance illustrator and book seller with a passion for representation in fictional literature; whether it's horror, romance or historical fiction,they always have their eye out for the latest offerings representing marginalized identities. Before Rebecca was even born their mother had alreadycarefully curated a full library for them to fall in love with, quickly beginning a life-long love affair with reading. In their adult life, Rebecca spends time keepingup with a handful of comic series, scoping out the latest in horror, Y/A and any and all LGBTQIA+ related fiction.As someone with their head always in the clouds, Rebecca loves to escape reality into the carefully developed worlds of Diana Wynne Jones' Howl's Moving Castle,Katie O'Neill's The Tea Dragon Society and their first true fantasy love, A Visit to Fairyland by Jane E. Gerver. Anything that envokes the feeling of living in a little cottage in the middle of a forest near the ocean, painting and making friends with frogs is a best-seller for this bookseller.
"Who hasn’t fallen for someone who wasn’t good for them, someone just a bit out of reach? The swelling feeling of anxiety, excitement,and embarrassment in your chest -- the feeling of your first love. Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell paint a thoughtful image of the reality of high school romance -- one full of uncertainty and passion. Freddy doesn’t know if what she’s doing is right, if what she wants or feels is okay,but she knows one thing for certain -- Laura Dean keeps breaking up with her only to turn around and run right back. At the expense of her closest friendships Freddy continues buckling under desire for LD, all the while writing to her favorite romance columnist as she navigates the growing uncertainty of relationships; romantic and platonic. Before losing everyone she cares about, including herself, will Freddy realize that love doesn’t excuse neglect?
This story is one anyone who has ever fallen in love with can find themselves in. A truly intimate insight into coming of age, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me holds the ultimate question up to the reader: Are you happy? What do you get out of the relationships you build? A must read for comic lovers and romantics alike! "
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"Heart-wrenching and impossibly intimate, Clumsy is the first of the Girlfriend Trilogy by author and illustrator Jeffrey Brown. This trilogy will make your heart flutter, your cheeks blush and your tears flow. Jeffrey Brown presents a hyper-realistic look into dating as an adult and all the complexities that come with it. Every book will make you fall in love with the women he dates, and by the end, break your heart into a million pieces right along with his. A must-read for any emotional romance lover, or any autobio comic fan."
"Sweet and all-immersive, this quick read results in a feeling of absolute comfort within the magical world Katie O'Neill creates. The Tea Dragon Society, O'Neill's two time Eisner Award winning book leads you alongside blacksmith apprentice Greta as she discovers the art of tea dragon tending. This book is the perfect gift for any age, children will be drawn to the bright and welcoming color palette and the kind, well-developed characters. Adults will find this book to feel like a warm hug, inviting you to escape into a fantasy land where you too can raise your own tea dragon in a beautiful forest. This book is gorgeous, well written, and remniscient of the same world-building immersion found in Diane Wynne Jones' works. A must-read for any forest-dwelling fantasy fan."
"From Maximum Fun's Reading Glasses comes The Lady from the Black Lagoon, Mallory O'Meara's debut into the book world; a real-time mystery discovering the history of Milicent Patrick, the real artist behind the Creature in The Creature from the Black Lagoon. O'Meara has been the recipient of SCIBA's 2019 Biography Book award, a Rondo for Book of the Year, and nominee for a Hugo for Best Related Work. The Lady from the Black Lagoon follows every twist and turn imaginable as O'Meara goes on the hunt to prove that the Universal Studios hit was not exactly what we thought it to be. From William Randolph Hearst to Walt Disney, Milicent Patrick's life unfolds on the pages before you, exposing a rich history of hard work and connection, buried by sexism and jealousy. A budding career for an artist with unending potential shattered by the men who dominated the very industries she excelled in; Mallory finds comfort and camaraderie with Milicent through her own experiences dealing with men in the film industry. Not only is this biography an exciting, exposing read -- it is also a thoughtful discussion of just how many fantastic creators we might never know about because of the institutions of sexism, racism, and homophobia. A must-read for any true horror buff."
"From Heroine Complex writer Sarah Khun comes a refreshing young adult romance novel. I Love You So Mochi follows the life of Kimi Nakamura, art student with a deep passion for fashion. The daughter of an extremely successful artist, Kimi struggles under the pressure of expectation to succeed and the strain between her mother and grandparents. When art block hits, it hits HARD, and Kimi finds herself looking for any way to escape the piling anxiety as graduation approaches and doubt about her future sets in -- so she does what any teen in this situation would do; she takes a ticket sent by her grandparents from Japan and jets it straight there over spring break.
Quickly Kimi realizes life in Japan is very different from America, and she knows little to nothing about her grandparents -- a standoffish grandmother who seems to dislike her every move, and an easy-going grandfather who encourages her to explore all that Japan has to offer her. One thing leads to another, and a cute Mochi Stand Mascot ends up being a cute boy, quickly sweeping Kimi off her feet. Between beautiful sights, decadent eats and whirlwind romance, Kimi begins learning more about her culture, and finds inspiration in places she never expected. Kimi believes clothing should help people be their 'Ultimate Selves', and this spur of the moment trip may just teach her how to be her own Ultimate Self."