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San Diego Con Comic may have been canceled, but that won't stop us from celebrating fandom, supporting indie artists, and indulging in some new geeky faves. For some con-related reads, check out our latest round of e-book deals from YA romance and a mystery set at conventions to quirky comics to a fangirl geek guide.

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Superhero Pop Culture:

The League of Regrettable Superheroes by Jon Morris

You know about Batman, Superman, and Spiderman, but have you heard of Doll Man, Doctor Hormone, or Spider Queen? Prepare yourself for such not-ready-for-prime-time heroes as Bee Man (Batman, but with bees), the Clown (circus-themed crimebuster), the Eye (a giant, floating eyeball; just accept it), and many other oddballs and oddities. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The League of Regrettable Superheroes will appeal to die-hard comics fans, casual comics readers, and anyone who enjoys peering into the stranger corners of pop culture.

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The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains by Jon Morris

This collection affectionately spotlights the most ridiculous, bizarre, and cringe-worthy criminals ever published, from fandom favorites like MODOK and Egg Fu to forgotten weirdos like Brickbat (choice of weapon: poison bricks) and Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man. Casual comics readers and diehard enthusiasts alike will relish the hilarious commentary and vintage art from obscure old comics.

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The League of Regrettable Sidekicks by Jon Morris

This collection affectionately spotlights forgotten helpers like Thunderfoot (explosive-soled assistant to the Human Bomb), super-pets like Frosting (polar bear pal of space hero Norge Benson), fan favorites like Rick Jones (sidekick to half of the Marvel Universe), and obscure partners of iconic heroes (Superman Junior's career barely got off the ground). Included are pernicious profiles of henchmen and minions, the sidekicks of the supervillain world. Casual comics readers and diehard enthusiasts alike will relish the hilarious commentary and vintage art from obscure old comics.

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The Con Experience:

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale romance.

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The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

The Prince and the Pauper gets a Geekerella-style makeover in this witty and heartfelt novel for those who believe in the magic of fandom.

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The Con Artist by Fred Van Lente

Comic book artist Mike Mason arrives at San Diego Comic-Con, seeking sanctuary with other fans and creators—and maybe to reunite with his ex—but when his rival is found murdered, he becomes the prime suspect. To clear his name, Mike will have to navigate every corner of the con, from zombie obstacle courses and cosplay flash mobs to intrusive fans and obsessive collectors, in the process unraveling a dark secret behind one of the industry’s most legendary creators. Complete with classic comic book style illustrations that—to the careful reader—may hint at the identity of the masked murderer.

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Indie Comics:

We Are Here Forever by Michelle Gish

The human race has vanished replaced by innocent, playful, creatures called the Puramus. In this hilarious and epic graphic novel, short interlocking stories follow the purple pals as they explore their new home, form a mini-monarchy, and develop a modern society on par with 21st-century humans. A final act pulls us across time and space in the search for clues to the origins of the Puramus. Along the way, humor and intrigue abound: Can King defend his village when nobody understands what war is? Will Jingle work up the nerve to read her poetry at open mic night? Will Puffpuff ever stop floating?

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Manfried the Man by by Caitlin Major; illustrated by Kelly Bastow

Meet Manfried, a stray man taken in by the likable but introverted tomcat Steve Catson. Stuck in a dead-end job and bemoaning a nonexistent love life, Steve depends on his pet man for friendship and support. But when Steve’s carelessness results in Manfried getting lost, Steve has no choice but to muster his meager resources to bring his best friend home safe. Can a cat who can’t even clean up his own apartment manage to find his missing man before it’s too late?

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Manfried Saves the Day by by Caitlin Major; illustrated by Kelly Bastow

Can a pet man who spends most of his time eating and sleeping take first prize at the Manflower Man Show? If not, the local shelter for stray men will be forced to shut down forever! Based on the hilarious webcomic, this sequel to Manfried the Man is an all-new stand-alone story that can be enjoyed by followers of the series and new fans alike.

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Geek Culture:

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

Fandom, feminism, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes, including: how to make nerdy friends, how to rock awesome cosplay, how to write fanfic with feels, how to defeat internet trolls, and how to attend your first con. Plus insightful interviews with fangirl faves, like Jane Espenson, Erin Morgenstern, Kate Beaton, Ashley Eckstein, Laura Vandervoort, Beth Revis, Kate Leth, and many others.

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