My Favorite Thing is Monsters, the critically-acclaimed graphic novel from cartoonist Emil Ferris, is finally getting its conclusion. Publisher Fantagraphics today announced My Favorite Thing is Monsters Book Two will release next year, and will wrap up the ’60s-set story of Karen Reyes and the murder mystery she’s investigating.

Here’s how Fantagraphics describes My Favorite Thing is Monsters Book Two:

Building upon the unique and spellbinding narrative that riveted readers worldwide, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Book Two delves deeper into the mesmerizing world of Karen Reyes, a tenacious young girl navigating the complexities of her own existence amidst the backdrop of 1960s Chicago. Karen seeks to solve the murder of her beloved and enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while an array of interconnected stories of those around her unfolds. Meanwhile, she grieves the death of her mother, comes to terms with her own sexual identity, and suspects her brother Deez of hiding dark secrets. Ferris’s masterful storytelling weaves together themes of love, loss, Queer identity, and the power of imagination, making for a truly unforgettable reading experience.

The first My Favorite Thing is Monsters book was released in 2017, and was Ferris’s debut graphic novel. The book won multiple Eisner Awards the following year, including Best Graphic Album–New, Best Writer/Artist, and Best Coloring. Ferris won the Graphic Novel Division Award in 2017 from the National Cartoonists Society for her work on the book, and the book was nominated for and won a number of other awards following its release.

A preview of the book shared on Twitter by Ferris back in April.

In a statement announcing the book’s release date, Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth expressed his enthusiasm at bringing the book to readers:

Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth stated, “I am as thrilled today with the completion of My Favorite Thing is Monsters Book Two as I was in 2015 when I read this uniquely executed and groundbreaking work for the first time. Emil has spent years honing this concluding volume to her exacting standards and those of you who have been excitedly anticipating it will not be disappointed. The full range of Emil’s skills that made the first volume such an aesthetic triumph —the dense, multi-layered story, the dazzling draftsmanship, the seamless combination of text and drawings— is on full display on every page of this book.”

Look for My Favorite Thing is Monsters Book Two to arrive in stores on Tuesday, April 9th, 2024.


  1. I would have preferred to see some discussion of WHY Fantagraphics is only now printing this after dueling lawsuits. Also will the Kickstarter portraits Emil crowdfunded still be included?

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