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It’s National Dog Month!

Yup! August may be devoid of fancy holidays like Halloween and whatnot, but we do get to celebrate our best fur friends! We’ll be doing that in the Riot Recs theme today, so let’s hurry up and get to it!

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Bookish Goods

A drawstring backpack covered in prints of comic book panels

Eastsport Drawstring Backpack, Comic Print by BijouxIntl

Alas, the school year is right around the corner. But at least your kid can go in style with this backpack! $18

New Releases

Summer Ghost Complete cover

Summer Ghost: The Complete Manga Collection by Otsuichi and Yoshi Inomi

If you’ve been waiting to get into this series, now is the best time, as the complete collection comes out today! It follows three teenagers who meet for the express purpose of summoning the ghost that supposedly exists just outside of town. Little do they realize how their interest in death will change their lives.

The Pirate and the Porcelain Girl cover

The Pirate and the Porcelain Girl by Emily Riesbeck and NJ Barna

Who wants lesbian pirates? You do, of course! After a prayer gone wrong, Ferra finds herself transformed into living porcelain. Her only hope is to hire the orc pirate captain Brigantine to take her to Ferra’s ex-girlfriend — for a price, of course. Along the way, these two go from squabbling over everything to maybe finding the love they have been longing for.

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Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: puppies! Both today and Thursday, I will be spotlighting comics that feature adorable dog companions!

Both Can Be True cover

Both Can Be True by Jules Machias

Daniel has long been berated and mocked because he is “oversensitive.” When he rescues a dog from being put down, the only person he can rely on to help him is Ash, a genderfluid teen whom Daniel has always assumed is a girl. As the two care for their new animal friend, they learn how to trust each other with the truth about themselves.

Doomsday with My Dog Vol 1 cover

Doomsday with My Dog Volume One by Yu Ishihara

Well, it’s official: the world has ended, civilization is in tatters, and the only person left alive is a teenage girl. Fortunately, she’s not really alone: her loyal Shiba Inu, Haru, is there to keep the loneliness at bay and protect her from all the dangers they face while navigating a barren world.

An extreme close-up of a Maltese's face, looking up at the camera while sitting in the photographer's lap

In honor of all puppies everywhere, here is my late dog AJ, sitting in my lap while I try to get some work done. That was her favorite thing to do!