Booklist: Comic-Con Reads

Comic-Con starts in San Diego this weekend and if you’re lucky enough to attend the massive fan convention, then you’re in for a busy weekend! If, like us, you’re missing it once again, never fear! We have a Comic-Con reading list full of fandom, cosplay, conventions, superheroes, Star Wars and comics!


Picture Books

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days
Written by Shelly Becker
Illustrated by Eda Kaban
Sterling Children’s Books, 2016
ISBN 978-1-4549-1394-8
IL: Ages 4-9 RL: Grades 2-3

All kids have trouble getting a grip on their emotions sometimes, even young superheroes. What do superheroes do when they’re sad, mad, frustrated, lonely, or afraid? What if they’re having a bad day or don’t get their way? Action-packed illustrations and dynamite rhyming text reveal the many ways superheroes (and ordinary children) can resist the super-temptation to cause a scene. From burning off steam on a bike to helping others, this energetic picture book has plenty of fun ideas to help kids cope when they’re feeling overwhelmed.

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Star Wars Epic Yarns: A New Hope
Written and illustratede by Jack Wang and Holman Wang
Chronicle Books, 2015
ISBN 978-1-4521-3393-5
IL: Ages 0-3 RL:  Kindergarten

Share your love of Star Wars with your baby! In 12 needle-felted scenes and 12 child-friendly words, rediscover the iconic moments you know and love. Simple words, sturdy pages, and an epic story make these books the perfect vehicle for early learning at light speed. Jedi apprentices and little princesses alike will delight in this (heart)felt retelling of the Star Wars trilogy made just for them! In A New Hope, meet the rebel Princess Leia, see Luke Skywalker learn to use a lightsaber, and rejoice as our heroes triumph. It’s a Star Wars primer unlike any other in the galaxy!

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Junior & Intermediate Fiction

Adventure Time: Bitter Sweets
Written by Kate Leth
Illustrated by Zachary Sterling and Chrystin Garland
KaBOOM!, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-60886-430-0
IL: Ages 9 and up RL: Grades 4-5

Princess Bubblegum must start her annual journey to the outer kingdoms to see her distant friends and to rejuvenate the crystals that keep their kingdoms alive. Of course, with time things change, and Princess Bubblegum is going to discover that a lot has changed since her last journey, and this might be one problem she won’t be able to fix.

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Written by Anna Humphrey
Illustrated by Kass Reich
Tundra Books, 2018
ISBN 978-0-7352-6257-7
IL: Ages 7-10 RL: Grades 3-4

Daniel Misumi has just moved to a new house. It’s big and old and far away from his friends and his life before. AND it’s haunted . . . or is it? Megabat was just napping on a papaya one day when he was stuffed in a box and shipped halfway across the world. Now he’s living in an old house far from home, feeling sorry for himself and accidentally scaring the people who live there. Daniel realizes it’s not a ghost in his new house. It’s a bat. And he can talk. And he’s actually kind of cute. Add some buttermelon, juice boxes, a lightsaber and a common enemy and you’ve got a new friendship in the making!

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Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction

All the Feels
Written by Danika Stone
Swoon Reads, 2016
ISBN 978-1-250-08409-5
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grade 8

College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… so when her favourite character is killed off, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal. With the help of her best friend, Xander, steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, Liv launches a wildly successful online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander may be just what she needs now.

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Chaotic Good
Written by Whitney Gardner
Knopf, 2018
ISBN 978-1-5247-2080-1
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 7-8

Cameron’s cosplay creations are finally starting to earn her attention — attention she hopes to use to get into the CalArts costume design department for college. But after she wins a major competition, she inadvertently sets off a firestorm of angry comments from male fans online. When Cameron’s family moves the summer before her senior year, she hopes to complete her costume portfolio in peace and quiet away from the abuse. Instead, she ends up using her costume expertise to disguise herself as boy Cameron to infiltrate the nerd inner sanctum.

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Don’t Cosplay with My Heart
Written by Cecil Castellucci
Scholastic Inc., 2018
ISBN 978-1-3381-2549-8
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 7-8

When Edan Kupferman dresses up like her favourite character, Gargantua, she feels tall and powerful. That’s important right now, because her family is a mess, her best friend is gone for the summer, her crush is confusing, and Edan’s feeling small and not sure which end is up. When Edan’s cosplaying, she can be angry, loud, and not the good girl everyone thinks she is. And when she’s at conventions, she feels like she’s found her own Team Tomorrow. But when her personal life starts to spiral out of control, Edan has to figure out whether she needs a sidekick, or if she has the strength to be the hero of her own story.

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The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks
Written by Sam Maggs
Quirk Books, 2015
ISBN 978-1-59474-789-2
IL: Ages 13 and up RL: Grade 7

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs, RPGs and MMOs and more — it’s a great time to be a girl geek! This handy guide to the geek life is filled with everything a savvy fangirl needs to know, including how to make nerdy friends, how to defeat Internet trolls and how to attend your first con. A feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom.

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Kat and Meg Conquer the World
Written by Anna Priemaza
Illustrated by GMB Chomichuk
HarperTeen, 2017
ISBN 978-0-06-256080-3
IL: Ages 13 and up RL: Grades 8-9

Kat’s anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to people, while Meg’s ADHD makes sustaining relationships difficult. When the two girls are thrown together for a year-long science project, they discover they’re both obsessed with the same online gaming star and his hilarious videos. It might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship — if they don’t kill each other first.

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girls Beats Up the Marvel Universe!
Written by Ryan North
Illustrated by Erica Henderson
Colouring by Ricco Renzi
Marvel Entertainment, 2016
ISBN 978-1-302-90303-9
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grade 6

Squirrel Girl eats nuts, kicks butts, talks to squirrels and also punches really well. In this graphic novel, she’ll encounter her most dangerous, most powerful, most unbeatable enemy yet: HERSELF. Specifically, an evil clone made possible through mad science (both computer and regular), along with some bad decisions. In other words, Squirrel Girl beats up the Marvel Universe!

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