Nothing Special, Volume One
Through the Elder Woods (A Graphic Novel)
by Katie Cook
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Pub Date 05 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2024
Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed Press, Ten Speed Graphic
“Smart, sweet, and totally original, Nothing Special is sure to captivate.”—Sarah Andersen, New York Times bestselling author of Fangs, Sarah Scribbles, and Cryptid Club
In the grand scheme of the worlds at large, Callie thinks she’s nothing special. Sure, she’s friends with the ghost of a radish and her dad owns a magical antique shop—but she’s spent her life in the human world. Her dad won’t let her join him on his collection trips in the magical realm “for her own protection,” so she’s only caught glimpses of that world through the gates of the town where her father’s store is.
On her seventeenth birthday, Callie goes home with her friend Declan to find her home in disarray and her dad missing. Signs of a struggle point to the portal to the magical realm and when there are signs, you follow them. Now it’s up to Callie, Declan, and Radish to band together and bring him home. As they face creatures good and bad, and all sorts of adventure, Callie and Declan may just find out that they are both special in their own ways after all.
The first season of mayhem, magic, vegetables, and adventure from Katie Cook’s beloved Webtoon, Nothing Special, is collected in this gorgeous graphic novel, which also features exclusive behind-the-scenes content.
"Smart, sweet, and totally original, Nothing Special is sure to captivate." —Sarah Andersen, New York Times bestselling author of Fangs, Sarah Scribbles and Cryptid Club
"Inventive, funny, adventurous, action-packed, and romantic? It's not fair that Nothing Special somehow does it all. Katie Cook is making the rest of us look bad."—Ryan North, New York Times bestselling author of Danger and Other Unknown Risks
"Katie Cook gets it. She blends humor, charm, action, romance, and fantasy so masterfully that I sometimes hate her....I knew from the moment I read her original outline that, contrary to the title she chose, Katie had created something incredibly special that will charm and delight generations of readers. She just gets it." —Jarrett Melendez, Eisner- and GLAAD-nominated author of Chef’s Kiss
"Such a funny, sweet and charming book! I want to live in this world!" —Christopher Eliopoulos, author and illustrator of Cosmic Commandos
“What a sweet, cute, escape of a fantasy yarn.” —Zach Weinersmith, New York Times bestselling co-author of Soonish, creator of the hit webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, and writer of Bea Wolf
"As a fellow cartoonist I am qualified to say that Katie Cook's charming adventure is better than anything I have ever made. It's a fantastic and wonderfully-rendered story that makes me question my own artistic ability every step of the way!" —Zach M. Stafford, creator of Extra Fabulous Comics
“Bursting with sweetness and adventure! Nothing Special will easily capture your heart.” —Tillie Walden, Eisner-winning author of On A Sunbeam
“Have you never felt like a normal kid, or any known otherworldly creature? Nothing Special will speak to you. Rambling, charming and boldly inventive, Katie Cook's Nothing Special is pure brilliance.” —Gene Ha
“Katie Cook’s Nothing Special is, in fact, ridiculously special, as I’ve been saying since Day One. Full of humor, heart, magic, adventure and ghost radishes, the storytelling is spellbinding and the art is joyous. That this wonderful comic is collected in this gorgeous volume is to be celebrated!”—John Kovalic, creator of Dork Tower
“With Katie Cook's vibrant illustrations and an unpredictable plot, this middle-grade graphic fiction is a delightful tale of self-discovery, magic, and the complexities of young hearts, making it a must-read for adventure-seeking young readers!” — Kelly Sue DeConnick