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Forest Hills Bootleg Society

Illustrated by Dave Baker and Nicole Goux
LIST PRICE $9.99

About The Book

Set in 2005, this gorgeously illustrated, funny, and honest graphic novel follows four teens who stumble into an illicit anime DVD-burning business that shakes up their conservative small town…and their friendship.

When Brooke, Kelly, Maggie, and Melissa buy a bootleg anime DVD at a gas station, they get much more than they bargained for with Super Love XL, a risqué move featuring—among other things—a giant mecha who shoots lasers out of her chest. The four girls are horrified (and maybe a little fascinated). It’s so unlike anything they’ve seen, would probably shock everyone else in their town, and definitely would take over their extremely conservative Christian school. That’s when they have the idea to sell copies to local boys…for twenty dollars a pop.

At first, everything goes perfectly, with the friends raking in cash—pretty soon they’ll even have enough money to buy the matching jackets they’ve always dreamed of! But as the market for mildly titillating anime DVDs grows, the girls realize they’ll need new material. On top of figuring out how to replicate their first success, there’s growing tension within the group. Brooke and Kelly’s romance is on its last legs, and hurt feelings are guaranteed when Melissa starts falling for one of them.

Will the four girls’ shared history be strong enough to see them through this upheaval? Or will they learn that some things can only end in heartbreak?

About The Authors

Photograph (c) Dave Baker

Dave Baker (he/him) is an Eisner Award–nominated writer and illustrator. His works include F*ck Off Squad (Silver Sprocket), Star Trek Voyager: Seven’s Reckoning (IDW), Night Hunters (Floating World), and Everyone Is Tulip (Dark Horse), which was named on numerous “Ten Best Comics of 2021” Lists. Find more of his work at HeyDaveBaker.com or @xDaveBakerx. 

Photograph (c) Nicole Goux

Nicole Goux (she/her) is an Eisner nominated illustrator and cartoonist from Los Angeles. She’s the artist of DC’s Shadow of the Batgirl and cocreator of Everyone Is Tulip at Dark Horse Comics and F*ck Off Squad at Silver Sprocket. She has been published by DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, and Boom! Studios. Her work often explores the themes of coming of age, interpersonal drama, and learning how to be a human. Visit her at NicoleGoux.com, on Twitter @NicoleGoux, or on Instagram @NGoux.

About The Illustrators

Photograph (c) Dave Baker

Dave Baker (he/him) is an Eisner Award–nominated writer and illustrator. His works include F*ck Off Squad (Silver Sprocket), Star Trek Voyager: Seven’s Reckoning (IDW), Night Hunters (Floating World), and Everyone Is Tulip (Dark Horse), which was named on numerous “Ten Best Comics of 2021” Lists. Find more of his work at HeyDaveBaker.com or @xDaveBakerx. 

Photograph (c) Nicole Goux

Nicole Goux (she/her) is an Eisner nominated illustrator and cartoonist from Los Angeles. She’s the artist of DC’s Shadow of the Batgirl and cocreator of Everyone Is Tulip at Dark Horse Comics and F*ck Off Squad at Silver Sprocket. She has been published by DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, and Boom! Studios. Her work often explores the themes of coming of age, interpersonal drama, and learning how to be a human. Visit her at NicoleGoux.com, on Twitter @NicoleGoux, or on Instagram @NGoux.

Why We Love It

“Even though it’s set in 2005, this story is fresh and honest about its teenage relationships. It’s as humorous as it is heartbreaking, and everything is underscored by the gorgeousness of Nicole Goux’s illustrations. This beautiful graphic novel really packs an emotional punch!”

—Julia M., Associate Editor, on Forest Hills Bootleg Society

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 27, 2022)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534469501
  • Grades: 9 and up
  • Ages: 14 - 99

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Raves and Reviews

* "Paired with Baker and Goux’s snappy dialogue and expressive, visually varied characters, the group’s interpersonal challenges—including Brooke, Kelly, and Melissa’s love triangle, and Maggie’s struggles navigating loneliness—are deeply relatable and fully realized. While the creators delicately navigate heavy topics such as homophobia, mental health, and racism, this sincere graphic novel, set in 2005, is not without humor and hope."

– Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Skillful, detailed art reminiscent of the girls’ beloved genre brings the cast to life through expressive body language as well as paneling that changes in scale and perspective. . . . This is a witty and absorbing examination of a community’s painful experiences with loneliness, queer romance, and strangely bewitching anime. An evocative, tender, character-driven coming-of-age story."

– Kirkus Reviews

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