This Dungeon Critters exclusive puts an adorable spin on dungeon crawling

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With the resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons over the last few years, comics has seen a rise in dungeon-crawling fantasy stories that offer fresh takes on the conventions of role-playing games. First Second has already seen huge success with its graphic novel adaptations of the RPG podcast, The Adventure Zone, and on…

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Trent the Treant Loses His Butt: Preview 4 Pages from The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal

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For a long time, The Adventure Zone felt like my little secret: this podcast that I adored, in which three brothers play a rowdy, hilarious, and ultimately kind of heartwarming game of Dungeons & Dragons with their dad. Loving it came easy to me; trying to explain to others why it was so important to me in the face of their skeptical looks was harder.

Five years after the show began, I’m forced to admit that I’m far from alone—and I probably don’t need to do quite as much explaining: Having completed a three-year run and amassed a download count in the millions, the little family podcast that could (make you care passionately about a character named “Barry Bluejeans”) is now a two-time number one New York Times’ bestselling graphic novel.

In 2020, the McElroy family—Griffin, Justin, Travis, and dad Clint—and co-writer and artist Carey Pietsch aim to go three-for-three with the release of The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal, based on the show’s most ambitious chapter yet. In it, our three heroes—former celebrity chef and current sticky-fingered elf Taako; Pan-loving dwarf Merle, and hard-charging axeman Magnus—carry out their latest mission for the Bureau of Balance, attempting to reclaim a dangerous magical artifact from the Raven, a thief in a creepy bird mask. Loosely inspired by a certain fast and furious film franchise, the arc culminates in a desert drag race (um, as in cars) that’s part Mad Max and part Wacky Races.

It rules.

The book arrives July 14, 2020 in hardcover and paperback editions. We know that’s a long time to wait, so in the meantime (and assuming you’ve already picked up the Barnes & Noble exclusive editions of Here There Be Gerblins and Murder on the Rockport Limited!), we’re happy to share with you these four preview pages—featuring an appearance by fan-favorite sentient tree Trent and his butt (RIP)—courtesy of publisher First Second Books.

Preorder The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal, available July 14, 2020.

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Five boys bike into the mystical unknown in this This Was Our Pact exclusive

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Learning how to ride a bike is one of the earliest opportunities young people get to explore their independence, gaining the ability to move farther away from the parents and home than is possible on just two legs. The young characters of Ryan Andrews’ new First Second graphic novel, This Was Our Pact, use their bikes…

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A New Graphic Novel Explores How Racism Made Weed Illegal

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For the last few years, a wave of legislation has been decriminalizing the recreational use of marijuana all across the United States. Cannabis advocates have long said that it should never have been illegal. The story of how the substance became outlawed in the first place combines willful ignorance, petty careerism,…

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Get a Big Look Inside the Next Adventure Zone Graphic Novel

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Last year, the first graphic novel adaptation of the McElroy brothers’ wildly successful RPG podcast The Adventure Zone rocked the comics world, soaring to the top of the New York Times’ trade-fiction bestseller list as the first graphic novel to do so. Now, the gang’s back for a second round—and io9 has a look inside!

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