Second volume of ‘My Favorite Thing is Monsters’ by Emil Ferris will arrive next year

Fantagraphics will publish book two of the critically acclaimed, award-winning graphic novel series.

Good news for Monsters fans — Emil Ferris’ award-winning, much beloved graphic novel My Favorite Thing is Monsters is getting a sequel next year. Fantagraphics will publish the second book next April, continuing and concluding the tale of Karen Reyes.

“I am as thrilled today with the completion of My Favorite Thing is Monsters Book Two as I was in 2015 when I read this uniquely executed and groundbreaking work for the first time,” said Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth. “Emil has spent years honing this concluding volume to her exacting standards and those of you who have been excitedly anticipating it will not be disappointed. The full range of Emil’s skills that made the first volume such an aesthetic triumph —the dense, multi-layered story, the dazzling draftsmanship, the seamless combination of text and drawings— is on full display on every page of this book.”

Here are the details from Fantagraphics:

Building upon the unique and spellbinding narrative that riveted readers worldwide, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Book Two delves deeper into the mesmerizing world of Karen Reyes, a tenacious young girl navigating the complexities of her own existence amidst the backdrop of 1960s Chicago. Karen seeks to solve the murder of her beloved and enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while an array of interconnected stories of those around her unfolds. Meanwhile, she grieves the death of her mother, comes to terms with her own sexual identity, and suspects her brother Deez of hiding dark secrets. Ferris’s masterful storytelling weaves together themes of love, loss, Queer identity, and the power of imagination, making for a truly unforgettable reading experience.

The first volume was published back in 2017, and pretty much dominated the awards circuit over the next year. The new volume arrives April 9.

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