All of the Things Astronaut Academy
I so liked what The Hieroglyphic Streets did for Koko Be Good that I'm going to attempt to do the same thing for Astronaut Academy here, except with a less verbose review at the beginning because I want to save things to talk about for this book when it comes out (in just a month!).
The summary: Hakata Soy needs a place to hide while his supervillain nemesis is after him. He just never thought it'd be middle school! But with classes like Wearing Cute Hats and Fire-Throwing, and classmates who share their talents at space-walks and dinosaur racing, Hakata soon decides that this place oculd be sort of okay after all. If only his evil robot double hadn't sneaked by the admissions board, bent on death and explosions for everyone!
This book was written by Dave Roman; his website is here. You can follow him on twitter here; he's also got a tumblr specificially for this book with lots of neat art and process stuff. Because we are his publisher, there is a page for his book on our website; you can read an excerpt there. If you are interest in a three-minute intro, there's a video trailer. Fleen calls this book "a delight from start to finish." GoodReads reviews are positive; my favorite starts out, "You ain't never seen anything quite like this before." The Graphic Novel Reporter calls it "wildly funny and inventive;" The Examiner calls it "kind of odd" and then proceeds to give it five stars. ICv2 thinks it is full of "oddness and sincerity;" whilst The Comics Waiting Room boldly declares, "there will not be a better all-ages graphic novel published this year." "This book definitely has a lot of laughs," says ComixTalk. PW features in their Call-Out 2011 Graphic Novels piece, then later reviews; and if you'd like to watch the author himself talk about this book, you can do that at Stumptown Trade Review. And: still my favorite piece about this book, from CBR.
(Also, there's a launch party! That's what the flyer on top is for. You should come!)