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February is Cancer Prevention Month

We’re getting a bit more serious than usual today, but that’s okay. Comics, despite their reputation as children’s entertainment, are uniquely qualified to deal with dark and light topics alike.

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Bookish Goods

A handmade, off-white teddy bear wearing Black Widow's costume and a red braided cloth for hair. It has green felt eyes and is smiling.

Black Widow Bear by OnBearFeet

The way I smiled when I saw this…WHY would you get your beloved a regular teddy for Valentine’s Day when you could get them THIS bear? $50

New Releases

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Bocchi the Rock! Volume Two by Aki Hamazi

Bocchi is a shy girl who was pushed into playing guitar for a real band instead of just entertaining herself in her room — and, against all odds and her own anxiety, she seems to be thriving. Can she keep up the momentum and help her band make good at the school festival?

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Left Turns by Joshua Ross

David thought everything was going great until, as so often happens, life threw him a curveball: his girlfriend dumped him. Part of the problem is David’s dream of becoming a comic book artist, which eats up so much of his time and energy. Now, he has to decide if achieving his goals is worth the price.

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

Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: cancer. The most appropriate possible topic for Cancer Prevention Month.

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In-Between Days by Teva Harrison

Harrison was only 37 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She experienced the expected emotions — grief, devastation, hopelessness — but was still able to find moments of happiness, solidarity, and love as she walked a path that no one wants to have to take.

I'm a Terminal Cancer Patient but I'm Fine cover

I’m a Terminal Cancer Patient but I’m Fine by Hilnama

Hilnama was a busy Boys Love manga creator when she discovered that the strange noises her stomach kept making were really a symptom of colon cancer. Despite — or because of — the severity of the situation, she relates her experiences and provides advice to readers in a fun, lighthearted, optimistic way.

While it’s not always possible to prevent cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some good advice for reducing your risk. And if you or a loved one already have cancer, I hope at least one of the comics here can bring you a much-needed moment of solace.