No, not that one. It’s Australia Day on January 26! Much like America’s Independence Day, this occasion is mired in tragedy and controversy. However, this edition of the Stack does not commemorate Australian history, but rather contemporary creators that help make the comics scene more exciting. Check out Riot Recs for more!
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Kids’ Batman Reading Pillow by RhiannonsCraftsNook
This Bat-themed pillow is perfect for nerdy book lovers: it’ll hold your book while you’re not reading, and you can rest on it while you do read! $35
Polar Bear Cafe: Collector’s Edition Volume One by Aloha Higa
Just what it says on the tin, folks: this popular manga is about a polar bear who runs a café that serves both coffee and free advice to zoo animals and zookeepers alike. Whether you’ve already read it or have never even heard of it before, this new collector’s edition is sure to charm.
Why Don’t You Love Me? by Paul Rainey
Mark and Claire are trapped in an unhappy marriage. Each feels like they should be leading different, and better, lives. Will an impending nuclear war — of all things — grant them the escape they have been craving?
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Today’s Riot Rec theme is: Australia! As promised, here are two comics by popular Australian creators, and that are set in Australia, too.
Ginger Meggs by Tristan Bancks and Jason Chatfield
This is a popular Australian comic strip that has been around for over a century. Not a whole lot of characters on any continent can say that! This collection features all-new stories starring the titular scrappy redhead.
The Dreaming Volume One by Queenie Chan
Going away to boarding school can be a scary experience for any youngster. Twin sisters Jeanie and Amber have more reason than most to be nervous: students keep disappearing near their school. Can the girls solve this case, or will they end up vanishing without a trace, just like their fellow students?
Hang on: if Australia Day is on Thursday, why didn’t I save the Australia theme for Thursday? Because we’ve got another occasion to celebrate the day. Tune in two days from now to see what it is!