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Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman
There Are No Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Winnebago Graveyard #1 by Steve Niles
Winnebago Graveyard #2 by Steve Niles
Woof by Spencer Quinn
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Crossing the Cornfield and Saving the World: The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 04)
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 18)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 25)
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Winnebago Graveyard #1: 09/02/17

Winnebago Graveyard #1 by Steve Niles

Winnebago Graveyard #1 by Steve Niles is the start of a new comic that combines the road narrative with horror. It's set firmly in the road not travelled and crossing the cornfield categories, with the cornfield here being a very creepy carnival.

The set up is this: family on a road trip in a Winnebago pulls into the dirt parking lot of a carnival. This stop isn't on the itinerary but they've decided they need a break from all their electronics. To further the family bonding, they leave all their phones and other devices locked up in the RV while they go spend an afternoon in the carnival.

When they leave the Winnebago is gone and they are stranded. The once inviting rural town in the middle of nowhere now looks ominous, uninviting, and quite possibly dangerous. Their only hope is to follow to road into said town and hope they can find someone who can help.

Winnebago Graveyard sits at the intersection (or crossroads, if you will) of the road not taken and crossing the cornfields categories. At this early stage we don't know the town's relationship to the carnival. If the townsfolk are also under the spell of the carnival, it would be a road not taken story, like Kate Milford's Boneshaker or Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. If however, the town is in on it, then the carnival becomes more of a cornfield, or a barrier to keep people in. If that's the case, then the family will find themselves in an escape the cornfield road narrative.

Chart showing where this comic might be aligned in the road trip subgenres.

At this point in the four issue arc, there's not enough information to say. Issue two, was released July 19th.

Four stars

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