General Imprint Newsletter: 9/28/23

Happy September Release Day!

This Thursday, we’ve got three new short stories for your reading enjoyment.

Title: A Ghost for Halloween
Author: K. B. Vimes

General/No Relationship, Family and Siblings, Ghosts, Mourning and Grief, Child Point of View

In the spirit of Color by Owl Outerbridge, The Offered Ones by A. L. Heard, and The Fairy Garden by Rhosyn Goodfellow, K. B. Vimes continues our authors’ tradition of writing compelling stories that explore the fears and hopes attendant with raising children in the modern world.

Halloween is Maggie’s favorite day of the year; she just wishes she knew why her parents hate it so much, why they always refuse to go trick-or-treating with her, why her mother spends the night drunk. At least this year, she’s found another kid to go with her. He’s strange, but Maggie will overlook a lot if it means she gets to have a friend.

Title: Be Not Afraid
Author: Nicola Kapron

M/M, Angels and Demons and the Apocalypse Oh My!, the Hardest Part of the Post-Apocalypse is Finding a Job, There’s Only One Bed (but the Roommate Doesn’t Sleep)

Nicola Kapron returns with her seventh story published with Duck Prints Press, this time exploring how “the end of the world” can mean very different things depending on one’s circumstances.

Tora survives the end of the world, and so does his sister, even though he can’t escape the niggling feeling that one or both of them shouldn’t have. Still, that’s not his immediately problem. No, he’s more concerned about his demon roommate and his odd-job daily gig.

Title: Commute
Author: Eliot Lovell

F/F, the Inherent Awkwardness of Sitting Together on the Train, WLW Disaster Flirting

Fluffy f/f is one of our most popular short story genres. Eliot Lovell’s debut story with Duck Prints Press joins our extensive catalog of works by such authors as A. L. Heard, Violet J. Hayes, Annabeth Lynch, and D. V. Morse. You can check out all of our f/f general imprint titles here.

Eloise intensely dislikes when she has to work in the city, not least because of the commute by train. But the longer the beautiful woman sits across from her in the facing row of seats, the more she starts to think maybe commuting isn’t so bad…

Less Than 72 Hours Left to Pre-Order Many Drops Make a Stream

With time running out on the crowdfunding campaign to publish Adrian Harley’s debut sapphic fantasy novel Many Drops Make a Stream, we’re really thrilled with how things have gone: we’ve reached our goal and crossed the line for our first stretch goal, and we’ll be printing over 100 copies of the Press’s first published novel.

But – we’re not done yet! Can we hit our second stretch goal at $5,000? I sure think so! If you haven’t backed yet, now’s your moment – don’t forget to place your order before the end of September 30th, 2023. And if you have backed already, THANK YOU! We couldn’t have done this without you.

And don’t forget to check out the Many Drops Make a Stream tag on our blog to read excerpts, learn more about the author, and more!


Download the Duck Prints Press Zine, Get Free Excerpts!

Curious about what we have to offer? Want to know what all the fuss is about but don’t want to shell out money? Now, we’ve got you covered! The Duck Prints Press Zine is a 20-page safe-for-work PDF with information about the Press and four samples. The October edition includes:

  • The first pages of Many Drops Make a Stream by Adrian Harley (Pre-orders open through September 30th)
  • The first two scenes of Theirs All Along by boneturtle (Available now!)
  • The first two scenes of Be Not Afraid by Nicola Kapron (Released today!)
  • The first chapter of To Drive the Hundred Miles by Alec J. Marsh (Pre-orders for the print version of the novella open October 5th, 2023)!


Our Favorite Queer Graphic Stories for National Comic Books Day

Contributors to Duck Prints Press love queer comics, graphic novels, manga, manhua, web serials, and other graphic storytelling formats so much that, when we asked for suggestions for a post, we got forty-two recommendations! If you also love graphic stories, have we got a rec list for you!

  1. Shubeik Lubeik by Deena Mohamed
  2. My Master is a Naga by darkchibishadow
  3. Nimona by ND Stevenson
  4. Always Human by Ari North
  5. On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
  6. The Tea Dragon Society by K. O’Neill
  7. Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  8. Fake by Sanami Matoh
  9. Only the Ring Finger Knows by Satoru Kannagi; art by Hotaru Odagiri
  10. Heaven Official’s Blessing by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu; art by Starember
  11. Global University Entrance Examination by Mu Su Li; art by E Zi
  12. Antidote by Wu Zhe; art by Cha Cha
  13. Fall in Mistaken Love by Hao Le Shen Wen Hua; art by Ba Keng
  14. A Moonlit Spring River by Bai Chuan Studio; art by Zhao Puling
  15. Wandering Son by Takako Shimura
  16. Life with an Ordinary Guy who Reincarnated into a Total Fantasy Knockout by Yu Tsurusaki; art by Shin Ikezawa
  17. Moriarty the Patriot by Ryosuke Takeuchi; art by Hikaru Miyoshi
  18. Love Me for Who I Am by Kata Konayama
  19. I Want to Be a Wall by Shirono Honami
  20. Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Gus Allen, and ND Stevenson
  21. Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu
  22. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
  23. Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
  24. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  25. My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Kabi Nagata
  26. Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnic; art by Taki Soma, Valentine De Landro, and Robert Wilson IV
  27. Fine: A Comic about Gender by Rhea Ewing
  28. Fence by C. S. Pacat; art by Johanna the Mad
  29. Patience and Esther: An Edwardian Romance by Sarah Winifred Searle
  30. My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame
  31. Given by Natsuki Kizu
  32. 10 Dance by Inoue Satoh
  33. Our Dreams at Dusk by Yuhki Kamatani
  34. Boys Run the Riot by Keito Gaku
  35. Bloom Into You by Nakatani Nio
  36. The Crimson Spell by Ayano Yamane
  37. Black Wade: The Wild Side of Love by Franze; art by Andärle
  38. The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen; art by Jamie McKelvie
  39. Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen; art by Jamie McKelvie
  40. Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins by Matthew Mercer, Matthew Colville, and Jody Houser; art by Olivia Samson
  41. The Adventure Zone by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, and Travis McElroy; art by Carey Pietsch
  42. The Old Guard by Greg Rucka; art by Leandro Fernández

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