by Jeff

APR161829 ComicList Preview: FRESH ROMANCE VOLUME 1 GNMedia Release — The critically-acclaimed anthology Fresh Romance is finally available in print! Have you been wondering what the fuss is all about? Fresh Romance is an exciting collection of romance comics from some of comics’ most talented creators, including Kate Leth, Arielle Jovellanos, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Winifred Searle, Sarah Kuhn, Marguerite Bennett, and Trungles. From unhappy historical marriages to covert teenage romances, there’s something for everyone in Fresh Romance.

(W) Kate Leth, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Kuhn, Marguerite Bennett, Kieron Gillen
(A/C) Arielle Jovellanos with Amanda Scurti, Sarah Winifred Searle, Sally Jane Thompson with Savanna Ganucheau, Trungles, Christine Norrie
(CA) Marguerite Sauvage (Retail cover), Babs Tarr (Oni Press Exclusive variant)
AGE RANGE: 18 and up
GENRE: Romance
PRICE: $24.99

Why We Love It:

It breathes new life into the long-neglected genre of romance comics, featuring love stories that range from sweet to sexy.
It’s a critically acclaimed, Harvey, Eisner, and Dwayne McDuffie Award nominated anthology!
It features stories by top talents in the comics industry, including Kate Leth (Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat, Vampirella), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics Bombshells, Josie and the Pussycats), Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Star Wars: Darth Vader), Christine Norrie (Hopeless Savages), and more!
Collects the complete stories of School Spirit, The Ruby Equation, and Beauties, as well as the first installment of Ruined.
Includes a brand-new story, First, Last, Always, by Kieron Gillen and Christine Norrie!
Includes interviews with the creators as well as previews for upcoming Fresh Romance stories!


“Romance comics are coming back—and the world has Janelle Asselin to thank.” Entertainment Weekly

“There’s a delightful variety in story tone and illustration […] the overall anthology is a great update to one of comics’ longest-running genres.” Publishers Weekly

“The writing is uniformly first-rate in plotting and pacing, while the art keeps momentum in quality and appeal via styles ranging from baroque to curvy-yet-spare plus vibrant-through-chaste coloring. […] This enjoyable collection for ages 18 and up will draw fans of romance manga and romance novels who are willing to try another format.” Library Journal

“I applaud Asselin for reintroducing romance comics in the U.S. market, especially given the obvious popularity of Shōjo and Josei manga here. Fresh Romance is a great addition to the shelves and a solid debut overall […]” Comic Book Resources

“[…] a unique take on love and romance in different eras and scenarios, but also a variety in characters across the board in race and sexual orientation. Readers have been wanting diversity in both of those, so combining them in Fresh Romance does just that and then some by making a romance comic feel contemporary and gives fans and readers something that feels familiar, but feels so groundbreaking at the same time.” Newsarama

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