Ah, the idea of pumpkin spice granola is starting to fill my senses. I’m sure a cool breeze would be inching me closer to that wool sweater in storage. Halloween costume ideas are fluttering through my mind, waiting for the best pun of all. Fall is, by far, my favorite season. Fall is also when I tend to do my most reading. The days are getting shorter and I tend to nest in fall; I work, come home, sit in my poofy chair with a cup of tea, my knitting, and a good book. Here are some of my favorite titles for the fall season.
The Tea Dragon Society
Written and Illustrated by Katie O’Neill
Published by Oni Press
In a world where the best, most delicate tea is harvested from dragons, only a select few care and cultivate these amazing creatures. Gerta, a young apprentice blacksmith, discovers a small tea dragon lost at market and learns of the Tea Dragon Society, a fledgling group of people who care for these precious dragons. Learning from Hesekiel and Erik, the tea shop owners, and Minette, their young ward, Gerta experiences the calming aspects of ritual and learns to respect a slowly disappearing art. O’Neill’s art truly elevates this from an all-ages comic to a contemplative meditation about time, tradition, and being unafraid to have new experiences. Plus, with the winter, indoor hibernating months coming up, you’ll be happy to spend the dark evenings reading and playing Renegade Game Studios’ card game based on the book.
Written by Jeff Lemire
Illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino
Published by Image
A lot of new mysteries come out in the fall, mostly bakers up to no good or antiques dealers who always seem to have a dead body in the back room, but it’s also a time for mayhem and murder. Norton, who lives in the crowded city, collects small wooden splinters he finds in garbage heaps and knows they are a part of something bigger. Father Fred is sent to the pastoral town of Gideon Falls, where murders and hallucinations run rampant. What do Norton and Father Fred have in common? They’ve both seen the Black Barn, and they both want to know what secrets it holds. Part haunted house, part murder mystery, Gideon Falls is perfect for fans who want to see Nailbiter combined with Twin Peaks. An ideal title for those who want something darker this Halloween season.
Spell on Wheels
Written by Kate Leth
Illustrated by Megan Levens
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Hocus Pocus is one of my favorite movies to watch in the fall, and it was the first to introduce me to the triple witch concept seen so often. Of course, I’d come to know of the three witches of Macbeth (I highly recommend Toil and Trouble by Mairghread Scott and Kelly Matthews) and the Grecian Moirai, the Fates, the three (or four…) Charmed sisters, and the concepts of maiden, mother, and crone. In Spell on Wheels, we follow three 20 something witches as they travel across the country to reclaim their stolen magical items. Jolene, a technopath, Claire, a psychic, and Andy, a master of spells, come from long lines of witches and make for an interesting take on the triple goddess symbolism. Combining arcane traditions with modern eBay-esque apps, I really think the tagline on Dark Horse’s websites sums this book up real well, “Supernatural meets Buffy and The Craft”.
The Thrilling Adventure Hour
Written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker
Illustrated by a lot of really talented people!
Published by Archaia
I think about a family sitting around their lighted radio listening to the latest episode of X Minus One or Suspense while amber leaves tumble to the ground outside the windows in fall. If you aren’t familiar with the Thrilling Adventure Hour, it was a serialized podcast in the style of old time radio dramas (so even though no new episodes will be released, it’s still fun to go back an listen to them). They had titles like Captain Laserbeam and Nevada Sparks Marshal on Mars, referencing the classic radio dramas of old with a modern twist. My favorite title from the Thrilling Adventure Hour was Beyond Belief staring Paul F. Tompkins as Frank Doyle, and Paget Brewster and Sadie Doyle. The small blurb sums up the series perfectly, “Meet Frank and Sadie Doyle. Toast of the upper crust. Headliners on the society pages. And, oh yes, they see ghosts.” Tompkins and Brewster play these boozey socialites dealing with vampires, ghosts, and other monsters, perfect for the run up to Halloween!
Written by Alisa Kwitney
Illustrated by Mike Norton
Published by DC Comics
In the hallowed halls of Mystik U, the new and old magicians of the DC Universe come together to fight the Malevolence, an evil being seen in the future. I’ve been a Zatanna kick lately, and when I saw she wes enrolling at Mystik U, I knew it was a title I needed to pick up. This three part mini-series written by Alisa Kwitney, an editor at DC/Vertigo, is part haunted house, part time travel, and part young people getting in over their head; all classic horror film tropes. With classmates like the Enchantress, Sargon the Sorcerer, and Faust, these teens inherent powers plus imbalanced hormones create touching moments for a light nostalgic read.
What’s on your comics shelf this fall? Let me know on Twitter @librnwithissues