The Black Mage by Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland
(August 13, Teen)
When St. Ivory Academy, a historically white wizarding school, opens its doors to its first-ever black student, everyone believes that the wizarding community is finally taking its first crucial steps toward inclusivity. Or is it? When Tom Token, the beneficiary of the school’s “Magical Minority Initiative,” begins uncovering weird clues and receiving creepy texts on his phone, he and his friend, Lindsay, stumble into a conspiracy that dates all the way back to the American Civil War, and could cost Tom his very soul.
“The Black Mage is the kind of story my 13-year-old self would’ve freaked out about. It’s what would happen if Harry Potter fused with The Boondocks and started making a bunch of loud Final Fantasy references,” said Daniel Barnes. “It’s like the universe wanted D.J. and I to work together. We were on the same wavelength about nearly everything.”
“When Oni showed me the pitch and asked me to be the artist for The Black Mage, I said yes immediately,” said D.J. Kirkland. “Daniel has been an absolute dream to work with, and has encouraged me to really let loose and inject our love of video games, anime and manga, and putting a teenage black boy at the center. We’ve created something really special and I can’t wait for y’all to read it.”—
Super Fun Sexy Times, Volume 1 by Meredith McClaren
(August 20th, Mature)
Cartoonist Meredith McClaren (Hinges) tells five short, sexy stories featuring superheroes, supervillains, sidekicks, and the people who love them. Showing consent and character-driven erotic relationships, Super Fun Sexy Timesanswers the age-old question: what happens when the mask comes off?
Two sidekicks on opposite sides get stuck in an underground lab together, and find a great way to pass the time. A tactician and superhero discuss their desires, limits, and kinks before their first time, and perhaps get a little too excited in the process. A pair of supervillains explore gender and sex together, while growing closer in their relationship. Lesbian heroes try out a kinky roleplaying scenario, and discover how to make it work for both of them. And an exhausted assassin relaxes after a long day with the kind (yet firm) attentions of his husband.
Told with care, sex-positivity, and humor, and featuring a wide variety of sexualities and bodies, Super Fun Sexy Times aims to create an erotic reading experience that lives up to its name!
“Surprisingly, this has been one of my more stressful books,” said Meredith McClaren. “Not that it hasn’t been a lot of fun too, but so much of this book has felt like a gift I’m trying to give other people, and all the anxiety that comes from hoping I’ve crafted this gift well. I hope so very much that the book not only entertains, but leaves my readers feeling a little more joyful. That’s all I want, more than anything.”