Indie publisher A Wave Blue World has released its Spring 2021 lineup, which includes a comics poetry anthology featuring a diverse list of creators and two titles to kick off its YA line, one being a new take on the King Arthur myth.
Take a look at the solicit info below as well as preview pages for each.
Embodied: An Intersectional Feminist Comics Poetry Anthology
Mystical, rooted, painful, joyous, and ecstatic; visions of the body, our genders, and our very identities from across the spectrum of contemporary poetry come together in this monumental intersectional feminist anthology where verse and comics unite in spectacular new ways.
Beautifully illustrated and bracingly written, EMBODIED is a memorable collaboration between cis female, trans, and non-binary poets and comics artists showcasing the power of both forms in a stunningly unique keepsake volume that will be treasured for ages.
This edition includes a study guide and a process art section.
A percentage of the proceeds will benefit International Women’s Health Coalition.
Featuring the poetry of Kenzie Allen, Ruth Awad, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Kendra DeColo, Shira Dentz, Carolina Ebeid, Jenn Givhan, Caroline Hagood, Laura Hinton, JP Howard, Omotara James, Virginia Konchan, Miller Oberman, Khadijah Queen, Maggie Smith, Diane Seuss, Sokunthary Svay, Venus Thrash, Paul Tran, Vanessa Villareal, and Khaty Xiong
Artwork by Weshoyot Alvitre, Lesley Atlansky, Ned Barnett, Morgan Beem, Carola Borelli, Rio Burton, Mia Casesa, Gab Contreras, Marika Cresta, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Ronnie Garcia, Jen Hickman, Liana Kangas, Soo Lee, Jessica Lynn, Alitha Martinez, Hazel Newlevant, Emily Pearson, Kaylee Rowena, Y. Sanders, Ayşegül Sınav, Stelladia, Jude Vignants, Ashley A. Woods, and Sara Woolley.
Edited by Wendy & Tyler Chin-Tanner
Lettered by Cardinal Rae & Saida Temofonte
Cover by Claudia Iannicielo
Logo by Tim Daniel
200 pages, full color, softcover
Release Date; DM: May 5, 2021; BM: May 18, 2021
ISBN: 9781949518139 SRP: $16.99
A world where social rank rules and your status sets your inevitable course in life — sound familiar? Just imagine if it was all controlled by an app! In Averee’s world, the usual trials of making your way into adulthood come with the added stress of Ranked, a ubiquitous and all-knowing tech innovation that awards you points for socially acceptable behavior and takes them away when you don’t conform. It seems fun enough at first, but it becomes much more than a game when Averee’s rank suddenly drops overnight. Now she’s getting hassled at school, blocked from her favorite restaurants, and her mom is out of a job.
Luckily for our hero, she has Zoe — a bottom-ranked BFF — whose open disdain for all things Ranked makes her the perfect accomplice on what’s about to be the heist of the century: they’re staging a raid on the app’s corporate HQ to set things right and its spokesperson, the virtual popstar Pretty Kitty, is in their sights. With Averee’s crush Luke in tow, these friends are in way over their heads and they’re about to learn that the “right” they’re fighting for may be on a global scale.
AVEREE is one average girl’s mission through a world of near-future tech to take back control of her life, in a fun philosophical adventure!
Writer: Stephanie Phillips
Artist: Marika Cresta
Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Editor: Joseph Illidge
Logo by Phil Smith
Cover by Marika Cresta & Andrew Dalhouse
144 pages, full color, softcover
Release Date; DM: April 7, 2021, BM: April 20, 2021
ISBN: 9781949518122 SRP: $16.99
The Orphan King
Prince Kaidan, born to inherit the throne, is set to complete his secret training with his aunt, the magical Lady Taleissa when tragedy strikes. He returns home to find his parents missing and his kingdom destroyed, along with everything he’d ever hoped and dreamed.
With the monarchy overthrown by a rapacious warlord, Kaidan is set adrift in a lawless land where his royal lineage now means nothing but danger; there’s a steep price on his head and everyone is eager to cash in. But when there are no laws, outlaws can become allies, and Kaidan’s got a fighting chance with some new friends on the fringes of society.
A new path is set: find whatever pieces of his old life he can and use them to build something new – if he can live that long!
A fresh retelling of the King Arthur myth, THE ORPHAN KING upends the concept of birthright in a magical coming-of-age adventure for the ages.
Writer: Tyler Chin-Tanner
Artist: James Boyle
Colorists: James Boyle & Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Pete Carlsson
Logo by Nicola Black Design, LLC
Cover by James Boyle
144 pages, full color, softcover
Release Date; DM: June 2, 2021, BM: June 15, 2021
ISBN: 9781949518146 SRP: $16.99