People often have the misconception that comic-con is heavily focused on television shows and movies, but it’s also about the publishing industry, whether it be comics, novels or graphic novels. Below, you will find all the upcoming literary works we discovered at NYCC, which will be coming soon to a retailer near you!
Zom-B by Darren Shan
Release Date: October 16, 2012
The first in a not three, not four, but twelve book series about zombies. Obviously. Set in an Irish high school, main character B has to deal with his father’s racism and a zombie infestation. Poor B, he has more problems than sounding like he’s a “Gossip Girl” character. Zom-B was released yesterday and will be followed in January by Zom-B Underground. Hopefully all eleven novels don’t end in cliffhangers.
Who Could That Be At This Hour? All the Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket
Release Date: October 23 2012
Lemony Snicket is back!!! And this time with even more tragic back story as this first in a four book series details his life with a mysterious organization. The V.F.D.? Here’s hoping this somehow ties into A Series of Unfortunate Events. Will we learn more about Beatrice? Will things finally become clear or is everything Daniel Handler writes one giant red herring!?! Just like that pesky communism.
Hollow Earth by John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Aaaaah, everyone’s favorite Torchwood Captain/super old giant floating head (spoilers?) has written a book with his sister about twins who go on adventures with Harry Potter’s patronus. Half of that is accurate. More accurately: the twins have the ability to make artwork come to life. The book has been described as the “Scottish Harry Potter” so I’m expecting less spotted dick and more haggis. Also kilts. Lots and lots of kilts.
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Release Date: November 6, 2012
The long awaited sequel to the fabulous Daughter of Smoke and Bone picks up right where the original left off, by being the most beautifully written young adult novel ever. Hopefully we will get even more amazing back story into Madrigal’s strange demon world, or even the possibility to re-enter said world. We do know that Karou will get to do some avenging, Akiva will be heart-broken and Zuzana will continue to be the cutest sidekick in the history of sidekicks.
Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham
Release Date: November 14, 2012
I swear I pre-ordered this series from the Previews catalog at least three years ago. What was the hold-up!?! Ugh. In this Fables spin-off, big bad Bigby Wolf sets off to the “American Heartland” to search for a new Fabletown locale. In the process, he comes across a place named Story City that is populated by werewolves! Not Fables but not mundys either, Bigby is forced to escape from peers who both respect and kidnap him. What?
The Farm by Emily McKay
Release Date: December 4, 2012
If you’re not all vampired out yet, this novel sounds like an intriguing new look at some popular fanged villains. Called Resident Evil meets The Hunger Games because everything needs comparisons to understand how they function, the story focuses on two escaped sisters on the run from the Ticks. That is, vamps with a taste for teenage blood, so much so that they keep blood donors imprisoned in places called farms. The title instantly became more awesome!
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Maybe there’s some bias here, but I was not interested in this book at all until I was told it was Game of Thrones without the incest. As expected, it has a large cast of characters and is set in an epic fantasy world with plenty of power struggles. There’s even a character named Magnus who knows that, “The heart can be more lethal than the sword.” Dun dun dun! In mathematical terms, Game of Thrones (blood + intrigue + politics + death) – incest – pages and pages about banners and food = Falling Kingdoms.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Release Date: 2013
From the author who brought the world the the incredibly inventive The Monstrumologist trilogy comes aliens, love interests and cute possibly alien love interests. I’m only being obtuse because it’s so hard to find any viable information on this intriguing sounding series. Apparently the 5th Wave is coming and Tobey Maguire was interested enough to purchase the film rights for the trilogy based on the proposal alone. Yikes!
Trillium: The Last Love Story Ever Told by Jeff Lemire
Release Date: 2013
With his long-running series Sweet Tooth coming to a close, author/illustrator Jeff Lemire announced his limited series Trillium, an apocalyptic sci-fi love story from Vertigo. Already in love! The story focuses on botanist Nika Temsmith in the year 3797 and explorer William Pike in 1921 and their love which transcends time and space. I’m already crying tears of sadness in preparation for the last love story ever told.
The Wake by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy
Release Date: 2013
Another limited series (ten issues to be specific) from writing duo Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy is an underwater sci-fi comic set in the ocean depths. Horror, suspense, and science-fiction, American Vampire writer Scott Snyder touts the series as, “A big, twisted, sprawling… Epic, all of which begins with a single, terrifying discovery at the bottom of the ocean.” If it’s that good, I’ll forgive the fact that American Vampire is going on hiatus.
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Release Date: January 22 2013
Super inventive young adult dystopic fiction! What’s not to love? In the world of The Archived, the deceased referred to as Histories sit on shelves like books in a library that can only be read by people named Librarians. This area called the Archive is guarded by Keepers who stop violent Histories from awakening and escaping. Things become complicated when someone starts changing the Histories and it’s up to Keeper Mackenzie to stop them. Yay mortality.
Etiquette and Espionage: Finishing School: Book the First by Gail Carriger
Release Date: February 5, 2013
A prequel to the Parasol Protectorate series, this new set of four books from Gail Carriger is a young adult companion series set in the same steampunk world as her debut novel. In Finishing School, young ladies learn how to curtsy and properly wield weapons but of course things are not going as expected for Sophronia who is cursed with possibly the worst literary name ever. With ties to the Parasol Protectorate, fans of the original will appreciate Carriger’s first foray into YA fiction.
Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 5, 2013
The star of Cinder returns in this sequel which focuses on a sci-fi retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood”. The second in a four book fractured fairy tale series which will also bring the tales of “Rapunzel” and “Snow White” into the fold has your favorite Fables fighting Levana the Lunar Queen. That’s right, this series includes an epic battle with the moon! THE MOON! This novel will also star Wolf, a street fighter who can help Scarlet find her missing grandmother. So much to love.
Dualed by Elsie Chapman
Release Date: February 23, 2013
In this dystopic world there are two versions of you, you and your Alt, but only one can live. West Grayer lives in Kersh as a trained fighter who must kill her Alt before she turns twenty. And you thought graduating college was stressful! But something goes wrong that shakes West to the core and she begins to wonder if her Alt might be a better her. In a world where everyone who lives to adulthood is a murderer, who is the better version of yourself?
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
Release Date: February 26 2013
The Name of the Star found Rory seeing ghosts as Ripper-mania struck London when a copy-cat killer started emulating Jack the Ripper. Now, in this follow-up, Rory deals with her ability to eliminate ghosts as a new series of murders eclipse London. It is up to Rory to convince the ghost-hunting organization the Shades to deal with the murders before it is too late. Ghost stories and mystery meet the whacky shenanigans that make up author Maureen Johnson’s public persona. STAAARE!
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Release Date: March 5, 2013
The final book in the Delirium series is almost here! I can hardly contain myself, especially because Pandemonium left off on such a massive cliffhanger. The series follows Lena, who lives in a society where marital matches are determined by a panel and all citizens are cured of a disease called Amor Deliria Nervosa. AKA Love. What follows is a tale of rebellion that Lauren Oliver’s writing brings heads and shoulders above the rest of dystopic fiction.