Nothing Special, Volume One: Through the Elder Woods (A Graphic Novel) (Paperback)

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Nothing Special, Volume One: Through the Elder Woods (A Graphic Novel) (Paperback)

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Two not-so-human teenagers and a friendly ghost radish face the fantasy adventure of a lifetime in this captivating graphic novel, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes material, from the inimitable Katie Cook.

“Smart, sweet, and totally original, Nothing Special is sure to captivate.”—Sarah Andersen, New York Times bestselling author of Fangs, Sarah Scribbles, and Cryptid Club


In the grand scheme of the worlds at large, Callie thinks she’s nothing special. Sure, she’s friends with the ghost of a radish and her dad owns a magical antique shop—but she’s spent her life in the human world. Her dad won’t let her join him on his collection trips in the magical realm “for her own protection,” so she’s only caught glimpses of that world through the gates of the town where her father’s store is.

On her seventeenth birthday, Callie goes home with her friend Declan to find her home in disarray and her dad missing. Signs of a struggle point to the portal to the magical realm and when there are signs, you follow them. Now it’s up to Callie, Declan, and Radish to band together and bring him home. As they face creatures good and bad, and all sorts of adventure, Callie and Declan may just find out that they are both special in their own ways after all.

The first season of mayhem, magic, vegetables, and adventure from Katie Cook’s beloved Webtoon, Nothing Special, is collected in this gorgeous graphic novel, which also features exclusive behind-the-scenes content.
Katie Cook is the creator of the Nothing Special webcomic on Webtoon and the oldie-but-goodie webcomic Gronk: A Monster's Story (which was one of the first webcomics archived by the library of congress!). She spent several years as one of the primary writers on IDW’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic comics to the point that they made her a pony on the show (really). Then there’s all those books she has illustrated and written for a tiny franchise called “Star Wars”. Maybe it’ll take off one day. Time will tell. She has also written and drawn comics for Marvel, Disney Publishing, Boom! and many other publishers.

Product Details ISBN: 9781984862839
ISBN-10: 1984862839
Publisher: Ten Speed Graphic
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Nothing Special
“The protagonists are curious and clever, and readers will be rooting for them . . . Cook’s artwork is filled with energy, color, and humor, mixing traditional comic and manga styles. This romantic fantasy story is sweet, uplifting, imaginative, and often hilarious.”School Library Journal, starred review

“Cook offers a fine idyll through a fabulistic world that’s an appealing read for cozy fantasy fans.”Library Journal

“[Cook’s] illustrations are captivating. The magical realm is filled with vivid detail . . .”—YA Books Central

“Fluid character illustrations that beautifully invoke the natural world and movement are paired with a woodland-inspired color palette, drawing the reader into a fantastical world of cuteness and magic.”—Booklist

“There’s romance, action, magic, and a strangely jealous vegetable ghost!”—Geek Dad

“Smart, sweet, and totally original, Nothing Special is sure to captivate.”—Sarah Andersen, New York Times bestselling author of Fangs, Sarah’s Scribbles, and Cryptid Club

“Inventive, funny, adventurous, action-packed, and romantic? It’s not fair that Nothing Special somehow does it all. Katie Cook is making the rest of us look bad.”—Ryan North, New York Times bestselling author of Danger and Other Unknown Risks

“Bursting with sweetness and adventure! Nothing Special will easily capture your heart.”—Tillie Walden, Eisner Award-winning author of On a Sunbeam

“What a sweet, cute, escape of a fantasy yarn.”—Zach Weinersmith, New York Times bestselling co-author of Soonish, creator of the hit web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, and writer of Bea Wolf

“Katie Cook blends humor, charm, action, romance, and fantasy so masterfully. . . . [She has] created something incredibly special that will charm and delight generations of readers.”—Jarrett Melendez, Eisner Award- and GLAAD-nominated author of Chef’s Kiss

“Such a funny, sweet, and charming book! I can’t wait to read more! Nothing Special is such a fun read for anyone, from five to fifty.”—Christopher Eliopoulos, author and illustrator of Cosmic Commandos

“Rambling, charming, and boldly inventive, Katie Cook’s Nothing Special is pure brilliance.”—Gene Ha, Eisner Award-winning artist

“Full of humor, heart, magic, adventure, and ghost radishes, the storytelling is spellbinding and the art is joyous.”—John Kovalic, creator of Dork Tower

“A delightful tale of self-discovery, magic, and the complexities of young hearts, making it a must-read for adventure-seeking readers!”—Kelly Sue DeConnick, Eisner Award-winning author

“It’s a fantastic and wonderfully-rendered story that makes me question my own artistic ability every step of the way!”—Zach M. Stafford, creator of Extra Fabulous Comics

“Cook’s sweet, animation-influenced art brings the high-fantasy setting to life, filling pages with whimsical details and background gags.”—Publishers Weekly