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For the Nerdy Moms Among Us

In the U.S., Mother’s Day is this Sunday. (If you’re Mexican, you missed it — it was yesterday!) Today’s Riot Rec theme will of course reflect that fact, and this whole newsletter contains comics that you can enjoy with your kids — and a few just for you!

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Bookish Goods

Three roses folded from manga pages

Manga Flowers by MagicPaperCrafts

Pick up a bouquet for the manga-loving mom in your life! They’re cute, and they won’t make you sneeze, either. $28

New Releases

Record of Lodoss War Vol 1 cover

Record of Lodoss War: The Crown of the Covenant Volume One by Ryo Mizuno and Atsushi Suzumi

Years ago, the island of Lodoss was a world of great heroes, brave knights, and devastating war. For the past hundred years, though, things have been peaceful. But now, a reckless king puts Lodoss on the path to war — and heroism — once again.

Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters Vol 3 cover

Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters Volume Three by Chris Samnee and Laura Samnee

The trilogy concludes with this volume! Rainbow and younger sister Jonna are poised to finally get the answers they’ve been seeking about the monsters that have invaded and decimated their world. Are they ready to learn the truth — and use it to rescue their father from certain doom?

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: motherhood! These comics explore the relationship between flawed yet loving mothers and their offspring. Perfect for Mother’s Day!

Pashmina book cover

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Priyanka has so many questions about her mother’s life — but her mother won’t answer a single one of them. It’s not until Pri finds a magic pashmina that transports her to her mother’s home country, India, that she starts to learn about her family history. Can Pri’s magical investigation bring her closer to her secretive mom?

a graphic of the cover of Good Talk by Mira Jacob

Good Talk by Mira Jacob

Having tough conversations is a vital part of being a mother. Here, Mira recounts the discussions she had with her own young son — and the discussions her parents once had with her — about everything from falling in love to dealing with racism close to home.

A Havanese on a mostly-made bed, half-covered with a comforter

My only “child” is Poppy, who is so helpful around the house. Look how she helps me make my bed!