Kitty Quest is a graphic novel series about two inspiring monster slayers (think Dog Man meets the Lord of the Rings…).
The newest adventure, ,Trials by Tentacles, is out this month. Ferocious sea monsters have been spotted on the shore of the Island of Pawdor, and the townsfolk are in a complete panic. Luckily, Kitty Quest are ready to protect the land. So what if Woolfrik and Perigold are the only guild members (besides their mentor who’s a ghost), and it’s just their second week on the job? How are these two amateur heroes supposed to stop a whole army of tentacled beasts? It may just take some quick thinking, a whole lot of luck, and a little help from the most unexpected of places. In order to save all of kitty-kind, Woolfrik and Perigold are going to have to learn to work together and prove that two heads are better than one.
This is a fast-paced and fun graphic novel series that is the perfect new read for fans of Bunny vs Monkey, Dog Man and the Beano. You can order Kitty Quest: Trial by Tentacle online from Amazon or from Bookshop UK.
Author Phil Corbett visited our blog this week to tell us about the joy of visiting comic shops and about some of the lesser-known graphic novels to seek out there …
Guest Post: Let’s Go to the Comic Shop
by Phil Corbett, author of Kitty Quest
There are some great graphic novels out there. You’ve probably all read Dog Man, Bunny vs Monkey and the Barry Loser books. But let me direct you to a few titles you may not have heard of. These may be a little harder to hunt down, and you may have to go to your nearest comic shop to find them. But that’s a treat in itself, and in that shop of wonders you may notice a comic that catches your eye and then you instantly have something new to read.
Let’s start off with the Usagi Yojimbo books by Stan Sakai. You may have noticed the Samurai Rabbit show on Netflix. This is based on the Usagi Yojimbo graphic novel series. The stories are set in a feudal Japan populated by animals and follow the adventures of a samurai rabbit called Usagi Yojimbo. Fun fact: usagi is Japanese for rabbit. If you like sword fights, ghosts and yokai (traditional Japanese ghosts and monsters), ninjas and epic tales set in beautiful landscapes, this is the series for you.
Talking of ninjas, while you’re in the comic shop you should look in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles section. And it will be a section, as there are hundreds of these comics. You’ve seen the cartoons and watched the films, but did you know how important these comics were back in the 1980s when they first came out? They virtually kick-started the modern, North American comic industry and are probably responsible for how diverse comics are today. The series was originally created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, but is now written and illustrated by so many other people and in so many different styles that you’re bound to find plenty of stories that appeal to you.
While you’re in this comic shop, you should check out the manga section. Manga is the term for Japanese comics and in Japan they are incredibly popular, about every subject imaginable and everywhere. Pick out a cover you like the look of or recognise from an animated show and start from that. Make sure you get the first in the series, or it could get very confusing for you as some of the series have been going for decades! There are so many to choose from, but good starting points are anything based on video games or animated shows you know. Then you’re not going in blind and you know what you’re getting into. Pokemon, Naruto and One Piece are all good starting points and there are also some great Mario titles.
The best things about comic shops are the people who work there. They are always massive comics fans and know what they’re talking about. Talk to them. Tell them what books you like, what you’re reading and they’ll definitely be able to point you in the direction of something you’d love and never discover on your own. So what are you waiting for? Rush to your nearest comic shop now!
Order Kitty Quest: Trial by Tentacle online from Amazon or from Bookshop UK.
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