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2019 June Loan Stars Top Picks

Penny Nichols
By (author): MK Reed By (author): Greg Means Illustrated by: Matt Wiegle
9781603094481 Paperback, Trade English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Contemporary Women Jun 11, 2019
$25.99 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 0.59 in 208 pages Top Shelf Productions
Somehow, sarcastic Penny’s gotten roped into helping make an amateur slasher film. With a team of flakes and weirdos, she’s probably the only one who can save this stupid movie…but maybe it can save her, too. Now can somebody please stop that dog from licking the fake blood?

“I never wanted to be a teacher or lawyer. I never wanted to be anything, really.” Stuck working mind-numbing temp jobs, Penny Nichols yearns to break free from the rut she’s found herself in. When, by chance, she falls in with a group of misfits making a no-budget horror movie called “Blood Wedding,” everything goes sideways. Soon her days are overrun with gory props, failed Shakespearean actors, a horny cameraman, and a disappearing director. Somehow Penny must hold it all together and keep the production from coming apart at the seams.

This hilarious original graphic novel is a loving tribute to the chaos and camaraderie of DIY filmmaking, and the ways we find our future—and our family—in the unlikeliest of places.

Publication History: TR original

Great themes of “found family” and the supportive community provided by a hobbyist “scene”

Natural crossover to horror and B-movie film fandom

Structured like a romantic comedy, but instead of falling in love with a man, it’s with a hobby/career

Utterly charming dialogue and visuals

MK Reed is the Eisner Award-nominated author of Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers, as well as, Americus, Palefire, and The Cute Girl Network (with Greg Means and Joe Flood); all graphic novels and comic series on subjects ranging from humorous paleontology history, to romance, to young adult first amendment rights. Her latest series, The Castoffs, is about teen girl wizards who fight robots.

Greg Means is co-author of The Cute Girl Network (with MK Reed and Joe Flood) and is the editor/publisher of the Ignatz Award-winning anthology series Papercutter.

Matt Wiegle is the artist of the webcomic Destructor (with Sean Collins) and drew the Romeo & Juliet adaption for Spark Notes. He currently works as an industrial designer in Philadelphia.

Author Residence: Portland, OR; Portland, OR

Author Hometown: north New Jersey; Portland, OR

Matt Wiegle is the artist of the webcomic Destructor (with Sean Collins) and drew the Romeo & Juliet adaption for Spark Notes. He currently works as an industrial designer in Philadelphia.

Illustrator Residence: Philadelphia, PA

Illustrator Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Marketing: Promotion through a variety of Social Media: Facebook (134k), Twitter (127k), Tumblr (25k), and Instagram (19k) with a feature on

Inclusion in Direct-to-consumer Newsletter (40,000 unique and engaged fans)

Cross promotion in IDW’s monthly titles (Circulation over 350,000)

Expanded website initiatives

Trade show promotion: WonderCon 2019, ALA 2019, San Diego Comic Con 2019, and New York Comic Con 2019

Library push: Advance copies mailed out for review: Shelf Awareness, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, etc

Publicity: Digital review copy made available to 3000 industry and press contacts

Author and artist interviews, and exclusive content reveals in comics media (Bleeding Cool, CBR, Newsarama, etc.)

Advance copies mailed out for review: Heavy focus on Entertainment sites

“[A] smart, snarky ode to the joy of creation…Wiegle’s fantastic, funny black-and-white art is the perfect match for the offbeat story; the characters are ingeniously figured with asymmetrical shapes and rubbery poses, and writing team Mean and Reed depict the film’s visual excesses with wicked glee…Under the wonky humor, this comedy revels in the pleasures of finding fellow enthusiasts.” — Publishers Weekly

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