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BookCon 2018: Quirk Books Spotlight

The nerds and geeks descended upon the Jacob Javits Center in NYC for BookExpo Thursday and Friday and BookCon Saturday and Sunday. Publishers, large and small, displayed their books for media outlets, educators, librarians, writers, and more… with freebies galore. One of GoD’s very favorite publishers, Quirk Books, were busy beavers with several book signings and a display of delights.

See below for a spotlight on Quirk Books and their upcoming titles.

Thursday saw some cool author signings for new and upcoming releases…

We Sold Our Souls
Written by Grady Hendrix (Paperbacks From Hell, My Best Friend’s Exorcism)
Release date: September 18, 2018

A new novel of supernatural horror (and pop culture) from the author of HORRORSTOR, MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM, and PAPERBACKS FROM HELL.

We Sold Our Souls cover Grady Hendrix

The Con Artist
Written by Fred Van Lente (Ten Dead Comedians)
Release date: July 10, 2018

This illustrated mystery will appeal to comic book fans and anyone who appreciates an unconventional whodunit.

Comic book artist Mike Mason arrives at San Diego Comic-Con, seeking sanctuary with other fans and creators—and maybe to reunite with his ex—but when his rival is found murdered, he becomes the prime suspect. To clear his name, Mike will have to navigate every corner of the con, from zombie obstacle courses and cosplay flash mobs to intrusive fans and obsessive collectors, in the process unraveling a dark secret behind one of the industry’s most legendary creators.

The Con Artist cover Fred Van Lente

Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery
Written by Andrew Schaffer
Release date: July 10, 2018

This mystery thriller reunites Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama for a political mashup full of suspense, intrigue, and laugh out loud bromance.

Vice President Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident, leaving behind an ailing wife and a trail of clues. To unravel the mystery, “Amtrak Joe” re-teams with the only man he’s ever fully trusted–the 44th president of the United States. Together they’ll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America’s opioid epidemic.

Part noir thriller and part bromance novel, Hope Never Dies is essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fanfiction–and a cathartic read for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs.

Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery cover

Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History
Written by Sam Maggs
Release date: October 2nd, 2018

A fun and feisty tour of famous girl BFFs from history who stuck together and changed the world.

A modern girl is nothing without her squad of besties. But don’t let all the hashtags fool you: the #girlsquad goes back a long, long time. In this hilarious and heartfelt book, geek girl Sam Maggs takes you on a tour of some of history’s most famous female BFFs, including:

• Anne Bonny and Mary Read, the infamous lady pirates who sailed the seven seas and plundered with the best of the men
• Jeanne Manon Roland and Sophie Grandchamp, Parisian socialites who landed front-row seats (from prison) to the French Revolution
• Sharon and Shirley Firth, the First Nations twin sisters who would go on to become Olympic skiiers and break barriers in the sport
• The Edinburgh Seven, the band of pals who fought to become the first women admitted to medical school in the United Kingdom
• The Zohra Orchestra, the ensemble from Afghanistan who defied laws, danger, and threats to become the nation’s first all-female musical group

And many more! Spanning art, science, politics, activism, and even sports, these girl squads show just how essential female friendship has been throughout history and throughout the world. Sam Maggs brings her signature wit and warmth as she pays tribute to the enduring power of the girl squad. Fun, feisty, and delightful to read—with empowering illustrations by artist Jenn Woodall—it’s the perfect gift for your BFF.

Girl Squads cover

Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ’80s and ’90s Teen Fiction
Written by Gabrielle Moss
Release date: October 30, 2018

A hilarious and nostalgic trip through the history of paperback pre-teen series of the 80s and 90s.

Every twenty- or thirty-something woman knows these books. The pink covers, the flimsy paper, the zillion volumes in the series that kept you reading for your entire adolescence. Spurred by the commercial success of Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club, these were not the serious-issue YA novels of the 1970s, nor were they the blockbuster books of the Harry Potter and Twilight ilk. They were cheap, short, and utterly beloved.

PAPERBACK CRUSH dives in deep to this golden age with affection, history, and a little bit of snark. Readers will discover (and fondly remember) girl-centric series on everything from correspondence (Pen Pals and Dear Diary) to sports (The Pink Parrots, Cheerleaders, and The Gymnasts) to a newspaper at an all-girls Orthodox Jewish middle school (The B.Y. Times) to a literal teen angel (Teen Angels: Heaven Can Wait, where an enterprising guardian angel named Cisco has to earn her wings “by helping the world’s sexist rock star.”) Some were blatant ripoffs of the successful series (looking at you, Sleepover Friends and The Girls of Canby Hall), some were sick-lit tearjerkers à la Love Story (Abby, My Love) and some were just plain perplexing (Uncle Vampire??) But all of them represent that time gone by of girl-power and endless sessions of sustained silent reading.

In six hilarious chapters (Friendship, Love, School, Family, Jobs, Terror, and Tragedy), Bustle Features Editor Gabrielle Moss takes the reader on a nostalgic tour of teen book covers of yore, digging deep into the history of the genre as well as the stories behind the best-known series.

See below for some other upcoming Quirk titles.

William Shakespeare’s Jedi the Last: Star Wars Part the Eighth
Written by Ian Doescher
Release date: July 10, 2018

Experience the latest chapter in the George Lucas series in an all-new way, with The Last Jedi reimagined as if it spilled direct from the quill of William Shakespeare.

Star Wars Jedi the Last

The League of Regrettable Sidekicks: Heroic Helpers from Comic Book History!
Written by Jon Morris
Release date: October 23, 2018

A hilarious spotlight on the strangest second bananas in superhero comics, including junior partners, animal assistants, and even heinous henchmen (sidekicks of the villain world). Complete with vintage art and publication details.

Regrettable Sidekicks 2

Girls Resist
Written by KaeLyn Rich
Release date: August 7, 2018

An activism handbook for teen girls ready to fight for change, social justice, and equality.

Girls Resist

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A Picture Book (Pop Classics)
Illustrated by Kim Smith
Release date: September 4, 2018

The cult classic TV show is now a charming picture book for the youngest fans in the Buffyverse!

Buffy Picture Book

Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars (Kid Legends)
Written by David Stabler
Release date: October 9, 2018

From the author who brought young readers KID ATHLETES, KID PRESIDENTS, KID ARTISTS, and KID AUTHORS comes KID SCIENTISTS, a lively look into the childhoods of the world’s most brilliant scientists.

Kid Scientists

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