Nightmare in Savannah and Needle & Thread are Sold Out!

Happy New Year from all of us at Maverick! We are thrilled to announce that our first two Maverick titles, Nightmare in Savannah and Needle & Thread, have officially sold out! We’re overwhelmed by the positive response, and we’re so excited to continue bringing you more empowering stories that celebrate individuality and self-expression.

“Our goal when developing Maverick was to create relatable stories for readers looking for their own ‘tribe.’ And, judging from the reception, it’s safe to say we’ve accomplished our goal. Thank you to everyone who started this journey with us, and stay tuned for more exciting announcements from Maverick soon!”
Chris Fernandez, Publisher

In the meantime, we’re hard at work to bring you the second printing of our two evergreen titles, which you can expect this spring!

Here at Maverick, we believe in creating genuine stories that young adult readers can connect with. Through these tales, we hope our readers will find themselves in the pages. From slice-of-life, to horror, to sci-fi, we’re proud to present titles that cover a wide range of genres and spotlight work from a diverse array of creators.

“When Mad Cave came to me with the idea of two characters that meet and express themselves through cosplay, I initially wasn’t sure how we’d be able to pull out a compelling story that would last the course of a graphic novel. But after really diving into the characters and pulling back the curtain on all their wants and needs, it was clear just how deep and rich this story was going to be. There was a ton of ideas and concepts to play with and build upon to make the story as compelling and relatable as we wanted.”- Writer, David Pinckney

“Needle & Thread has been my introduction into the world of professionally published comics. It's the first time I am working together with others on comics and it made me both nervous and incredibly excited. It's been an amazing experience, especially as I relate and empathize a lot with the main characters' struggles. I wouldn't trade the last few months for the world!” - Artist, Ennun Ana Iurov

“I’m so excited to get Nightmare in Savannah out in the world! Mad Cave was so supportive of this weird queer bent on the girl power anti-hero story. I hope people will connect to our story of the horror of being a weird teen and how love and friendship can save us.” - Writer, Lela Gwenn

“Nightmare in Savannah is one of the biggest challenges of my career yet. Trying to balance bringing to life Lela Gwenn’s story with pushing myself as an artist has led to me drawing a comic that I’m proud of. It’s a strange, beautiful, and unique story, both scary and heartening. I hope the readers will have as much fun reading about these intensely flawed teenage girls with terrible powers as much as I did drawing them.” - Artist, Rowan MacColl

Critic Reviews

Comics Beat
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“Needle & Thread is a graphic novel that boasts an engaging aesthetic and a sensitive slice-of-life style story (that nevertheless has a surprising number of superhero references).” - Avery Kaplan
School Library Journal
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“Combining humor and teenage drama, Pinckney’s (Fight Like a Girl) latest is among the first in Mad Cave Studios’ new Maverick imprint. Romanian artist Iurov’s heavy lines and muted pastels add a unique flair to this relatable story of finding one’s path despite parental expectations. The beautiful, wordless sequences depicting Noah and Azarie as they create are mesmerizingly meditative.”
KIirkus Reviews
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“The illustrations bring life to the graphic novel, particularly when it comes to the characters’ sartorial creativity, demonstrating the range of Noah’s talent. Needle & Thread is a positive message about being true to oneself.”
Comic Watch
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“Nightmare in Savannah feels at the same time like a dream comic and a nightmare one, and it’s deliciously terrifying at both.” -Duna Haller
Pop Culture Squad
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“...The story takes on an urgency and passion that enthralls the audience and carries through to the finish. MacColl’s use of color to highlight emotion and Micah Myers’ excellent lettering round out a compelling script from Gwenn. This book should immediately go on a short list for all comic shops when someone comes in looking for spooky teenage drama. It is just a lovely book in all ways.” - Bob Harrison

What lies ahead for Maverick?

2022 is shaping up to be a big year for us here at Maverick. With the success of our first two titles, we’re excited to be bringing you fresh new stories keeping in our tradition of staying true to one’s self and overcoming all odds. Here’s a peek at some of our new titles, coming soon!

World Class, by Jay Sandlin and Patrick Mulholland, follows the story of Adrian “Colombian Cannon” Molina as he navigates soccer, girls, and the daily struggles of high school. Adrian’s been offered his biggest shot yet, but with his rival Titan Evans in the way, can he rise to the challenge? World Class will be available in stores on February 22, 2022.

Synopsis: Life’s a pitch for teen football star, Adrian “Colombian Cannon” Molina. With his powerful shot, Adrian looks like a shoo-in for the European junior league. When a Regents United elite prep school scout offers him a full scholarship, the news seems too good to be true. Adrian’s celebration is short-lived thanks to his meeting with the team’s star, Titan Evans. Titan is everything Adrian is not; rich, powerful, and connected. Despite that, Titan sees the Colombian Cannon as a threat to his domination on the pitch. Hallway brawls and constant bullying from Titan and his cronies consume Adrian’s new life… along with crippling anxiety thanks to the fear of losing his spot on the team.

Good Game, Well Played, by Rachael Smith and Katherine Lobo, is a slice-of-life tale following Sienna and her friends, who reunite years after trying to have the summer of a lifetime. When things take a turn for the worst, can Sienna learn to accept change? Good Game, Well Played will be available in stores on May 1, 2022.

Synopsis: It’s 2009, and Sienna is really not looking forward to flying back into her hometown to say goodbye to one of the people she called family. Though that feels like a lifetime ago.
It’s 1999, and Sienna is looking forward to what is shaping up to be the Perfect Summer in her Perfect Life. She has a job working in the local video game store, Game Champ, with her four best friends, and that was how it was going to be forever…

We dedicate these tales to those who think differently. To those who find freedom in the unexpected. To those fighting for who they truly are. To those who are not afraid to be independent. The future’s looking bright.


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