Pullbox Previews Navigating With You, a slice-of-life story about friendship, romance, & a love for manga

MIAMI, FL – Mad Cave’s YA Imprint MAVERICK is pleased to announce NAVIGATING WITH YOU, out August 6, 2024. Navigating with You is a charming POC-led WLW romance where two new friends hit the road in search of the missing volumes of their favorite manga.

Neesha Sparks is a disabled, vocal community activist with a passion for costume design. Gabby Graciana is an optimistic surfer – and, like Neesha, a new kid at school. When the two girls discover that they like the same manga series, Super Navigator Nozomi, they become more than just fellow new kids. But it was more than just having read the same book series–neither of them had finished it! Soon, they become new friends on a mission – to track down the remaining Super Navigator Nozomi books. This slice-of-life romance follows the two girls as they adventure across North Carolina to find each book, with their story intercut with the tales of Super Navigator Nozomi. Neesha and Gabby find more than just the books though—they find acceptance, friendship, understanding, and love.

Writer Jeremy Whitley said, “Navigating with You has been a passion project for me. It’s the kind of book I’ve always wanted to write and Maverick gave me the chance to do it. My goal was to create a beautiful story of friendship and romance with a side of fandom and how our loves – both romantic and fandom – help us find ourselves and work through trauma. Navigating with You is a story inspired by and dedicated to all of the amazing people who have come to my table at comic conventions over the last twelve years.”

Artist Cassio Ribeiro said, “As a fan of slice-of-life stories and manga, it was amazing to draw these two things together. I hope this book can connect people, just like the characters in this story.”

NAVIGATING WITH YOU (9781952303609; Trade Paperback; $14.99); is available for preorder now, and on-sale wherever books are sold on August 6, 2024. 

About the Creators:

Writer, Jeremy Whitley

Jeremy Whitley lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife Alicia and their two daughters. He is the writer and creator of Princeless, The Dog Knight, School for Extraterrestrial Girls, and The Cold Ever After. He is also the writer for acclaimed comics runs on Marvel’s Unstoppable Wasp, Sea of Thieves, My Little Pony, and many many more. He is a low-level bard who has somehow learned “Indomitable Might”.

Artist, Cassio Ribeiro

Cassio Ribeiro is a brazilian cartoonist and illustrator, who has worked on the comics “Iris Complex ” and “Sara Animals” as well as other independent titles.

About Mad Cave Studios: Driven by madness and committed to quality. Mad Cave Studios provides quality entertainment with a fresh take on an array of genres. From fantasy and action to sci-fi and horror, Mad Cave publishes stories that resonate with unapologetic and authentic audiences.

About Maverick: Maverick, Mad Cave Studios’ young adult imprint, offers engaging and authentic stories for those who think differently, are not afraid to be independent, and fight for who they truly are. With titles that range from slice-of-life stories to urban fantasy and horror, each Maverick graphic novel will be an authentic and inspiring universal story of personal struggle where anyone can find themselves within the pages.

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