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Time to Get Your Squee On

There are lots of ways to be a comics fan. Some people are devoted to learning all the ins and outs of superhero comics, while others pick up only the occasional TPB at the bookstore. Any way is just fine! I hope you find something to squeal over in the comics featured below.

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Bookish Goods

A long white frame in which six sample comics are displayed, side by side

Comic Book Frame White Mat by CustomPictureFrames1

If you’ve got exactly six issues that you think would look great together, this is the frame for you. You can even customize it by color and by the size of the comics you want to hang! $102

New Releases

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The Racc Pack by Stephanie Cooke and Whitney Gardner

Dusty, Scraps, and ReRe Bins are a family of raccoons (one of whom is definitely NOT an opossum) who make their living scavenging through dumpsters. But when a new, anti-raccoon dumpster hits the market, can they band together to pull off a big score?

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Zodiac by Ai Weiwei, Elettra Stamboulis, and Gianluca Costantini

In this unique memoir, renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei uses the graphic form to explore what comics meant to him growing up in the restrictive atmosphere imposed by China’s Cultural Revolution. It is a beautifully rendered and sadly timely reminder of the importance of artistic freedom.

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Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: fangirls! Fangirls tend to get a bad rap from Certain People, but I think we’re pretty great, and so do these comics!

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If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die Volume One by Auri Hirao

Cham Jam is a pop group with plenty of fans — except for poor Maina, the group’s least popular member. His only fan is Eripiyo, whose extreme devotion to Maina puts her in debt and sets her apart from the other Cham Jam fangirls. But does Eripiyo care? Nope!

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Fangirl Volume One: The Manga by Rainbow Rowell and Gabi Nam, Adapted by Sam Maggs

Based on Rowell’s novel, this series follows Cath and Wren, twin sisters who were both big fans of the TV series Simon Snow. But while Wren grew out of it, Cath still obsessively writes fanfiction and eschews social interaction, even after starting college. Increasingly isolated, Cath will have to figure out how — and if — fandom fits into her new life.

Ah, another week of Stacks stacked. See you again next Tuesday, nerd friends!