Skybound Comet unveils slate of new YA & middle-grade releases for early 2023

Skybound Comet, the young adult and middle grade imprint of the Robert Kirkman-founded entertainment company, is set to release its first trio of books later this year. The imprint is looking ahead, though, as today they’ve announced three new graphic novels that are set to arrive in stores in Spring and Summer of 2023. Published by Image Comics, among the new titles are a new edition of a classic Skybound series. , the start of a fantasy series about a demonic haunting (for kids!), and a post-apocalyptic cat-and-mouse story.

Up first in February is Scurrya collection of the hit webcomic from cartoonist Mac Smith. Here’s how Skybound describes the book:

Scurry depicts a world in which humanity has disappeared, but danger is still lurking around every corner for a colony of house mice struggling to survive a long and strange winter. When Wix, the colony’s best scout, embarks on a perilous journey to find food and shelter, he suddenly finds himself lost and alone in the forest. To find his way home, the little mouse must navigate dangerous new threats, strange new creatures, and a destiny he never expected.

Scurry launched online back in 2016, and the full series has been collected in a trio of self-published graphic novels. The Comet release will be the strip’s first release from a major publisher. In a statement, Smith described his excitement at bringing the strip to a wider audience:

“Scurry is a comic born out of my love for the postapocalyptic and (kind of dark) animated movies that I grew up watching, and I’m very happy to be working with Skybound to bring it to a new audience,” Smith said. “This project was a lot of work to bring to life, and I’m so excited finally tell the story of these brave rodents struggling to keep hope alive in an desperate world.”

April 2023 will see the release of a new edition of Sean Kelley McKeever and Alexandre Tefnkgi‘s Outpost Zeroa series that was originally released by Skybound back in 2018. Here’s the description for the new edition, which sports a new cover by Tefnkgi:

Welcome to Outpost Zero: the smallest town in the universe and home to Alea, raised in an artificial environment on an uninhabitable planet that was never meant to support human life…and yet, life has gone on. School, friends, the fights every Friday night—there’s plenty to distract Alea, yet she’s sure there’s something else out there. And when tragedy strikes, Alea vows to uncover the truth…even if it upends her world forever.

McKeever and Tefenkgi described the decision to bring the series back via Skybound’s Comet imprint:

“OPZ is a series I created for readers to get thoroughly immersed in, so this single volume is the perfect package for anyone who wants to get lost in another world and connect with this cast of kids who are going through trials and triumphs not so different from our own,” said McKeever. “I can’t wait for a new audience to discover what Alex, Jean-François and I have made for the first time.”

“Outpost Zero was my very first step in the sci-fi genre,” added Tefenkgi. “It gave me the freedom to let my imagination run wild. We created a frozen world filled with a cast of unusual and endearing characters. This comic definitely has brought the strange and mysterious out of me!”

Rounding out the trio of titles in June 2023 is Ava’s Demonanother webcomic collection, from cartoonist Michelle Fus:

In Ava’s Demon Book One: Reborn, A young, shy girl named Ava discovers that the demon who haunts her is actually the spirit of an ancient alien queen named Wrathia. The two form a powerful pact—in exchange for a better life, Ava must help Wrathia seek revenge against TITAN, the godlike being who destroyed her empire. To aid in the fight, Ava must assemble Wrathia’s most trusted warriors and their host lifeforms. The only problem is, she doesn’t know how to find them…

Ava’s Demon began in 2012, and Fus described bringing the series to print for the first time:

“It’s been a long journey writing and drawing Ava’s Demon for the past ten years, so saying that I’m overjoyed to now be working with Skybound is definitely an understatement,” said Fus. “I’m ecstatic to be releasing my work with the Skybound team. I hope Ava’s Demon helps new readers go on a journey of their own; that through my comic they can discover and escape to a thrilling and magical new universe.”

In a statement accompanying the announcement, Skybound Comet senior editor Alex Antone explained how the three new entries into their library fit into the mission of the imprint:

“Skybound Comet is now home to two of the most successful webcomics of all-time in AVA’S DEMON and SCURRY, and we are thrilled to bring our acclaimed series OUTPOST ZERO to a new audience in a fantastic new format,” said Alex Antone, Senior Editor of Skybound Comet. “Each of these books presents bold new characters in bold new worlds which are sure to ignite the imaginations of young readers everywhere.”

The three new releases will join Skybound Comet’s initial slate of titles, including Tillie Walden‘s highly-anticipated The Walking Dead spinoff graphic novel, Clementine. Readers will get their first extended glimpse of that book this coming weekend as part of Image & Skybound Comet’s Free Comic Book Day offering.

Look for the three new Skybound releases to arrive in stores and digitally in Spring and Summer 2023.

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