Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2022) Featured Review of That Full Moon Feeling by Ashley Robin Franklin

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That Full Moon Feeling by Ashley Robin Franklin
Silver Sprocket
Publication Date: February 2, 2021
ISBN: 9781945509562

A witch and a werewolf meet on a dating app in this short, magical, queer romance graphic novel. Suzy and Jada attempt three dates with varying degrees of success. Each date sees something go horribly wrong, whether it’s fantastical villains—such as attacking skeletons and monsters—or more relatably, exes who haven’t gotten over them. The story ends openly, allowing readers to imagine a possible future (or not) for Suzy and Jada.

Like most of Silver Sprocket’s publications, That Full Moon Feeling evokes an indie sensibility in the art style and narrative, which makes it a quick and original read for teens looking for a short and straightforward story. Told in three short vignettes, Suzy and Jada’s dates capture the chaotic reality that is dating while young and queer. Although there isn’t much time to get acquainted with the characters, their fashion and bedroom decor indicates the brand of queer they are, making it easy to relate to the characters. Teens, queer teens especially, will quickly relate to Suzy and/or Jada.

Fans of Moonstruck by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle, Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker, and the Tea Dragon series by Kay O’Neill will also love the cute supernatural characters and sweet romance of That Full Moon Feeling.

—Dakota Hall

Other Nominated Titles

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer, v.5: The Biggest Bad by Jordie Bellaire and Ramon Bachs (April 27, 2021)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer, v.6: Secrets of the Slayer by Jordie Bellaire, Jeremy Lambert, Andres Genolet, Ramon Bachs, and Eleonora Carlini (August 3, 2021)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow by Mariko Tamaki and Natacha Bustos (May 11, 2021)
  • Mashle: Magic and Muscles, v.1 by Hajime Komoto (July 20, 2021)
  • Devil’s Candy, v.1 by Rem and Bikkuri (July 13, 2021)
  • Elle(s), v.1: The New Girl by Kid Toussaint and Aveline Stokart (March 24, 2021)
  • Four Faces of the Moon by Amanda Strong (September 7, 2021)

The Selected Lists teams read throughout the year in search of the best titles published in their respective categories. Once a book is suggested (either internally or through the title suggestion form), it must pass through a review process to be designated an official nomination. 

Each week, the teams will feature a review of one of the officially nominated titles. Additional titles to receive this designation will be listed as well. At year’s end, the team will use that list of nominated titles to select a final list and Top Ten. The previous years’ lists are also made available on The Hub.

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