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Exclusive: Final Book in the ‘Tea Dragon Society’ Trilogy

Katie O’Neill’s graphic novel The Tea Dragon Society, published by Oni Press in 2017, was a beautiful book about tea, tea dragons, and family. It won two Eisner Awards (for best middle-grade graphic novel and best webcomic, which is how it started out), and O’Neill followed it up with a second book, The Tea Dragon Festival, last year. Now we have the exclusive announcement of the third and final Tea Dragon book, The Tea Dragon Tapestry, along with a preview of the art.

Here’s what to expect in The Tea Dragon Tapestry:

It’s been over a year since she was entrusted with Ginseng’s care and Greta still can’t chase away the cloud of mourning that hangs over the timid Tea Dragon. As she struggles to create something spectacular enough to impress a master blacksmith in search of an apprentice, she questions the true meaning of crafting, and the true meaning of caring for someone in grief.

Meanwhile, Minette receives a surprise package from the monastery where she was once training to be a prophetess. Thrown into confusion about her path in life, the shy and reserved Minette finds that the more she opens her heart to others, the more clearly she can see what was always inside.

The Tea Dragon Tapestry is scheduled for September 1, 2020. The full press release follows the preview. Enjoy!

ONI PRESS RETURNS TO THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY IN FINAL INSTALLMENT

The Award-Winning Series Will Come to an End in 2020

PORTLAND, OR: Best-selling writer and illustrator Katie O’Neill and Oni Press are pleased to announce the culmination of The Tea Dragon Society series, The Tea Dragon Tapestry, coming in fall 2020.

According to creator Katie O’Neill, “It brings me great joy to be returning to the stories of Greta, Minette and many other friends readers have met through the world of Tea Dragons. When I started writing Society, I absolutely could not have imagined the warmth and enthusiasm that would meet these characters and creatures.”

It’s been over a year since she was entrusted with Ginseng’s care and Greta still can’t chase away the cloud of mourning that hangs over the timid Tea Dragon. As she struggles to create something spectacular enough to impress a master blacksmith in search of an apprentice, she questions the true meaning of crafting, and the true meaning of caring for someone in grief.

Meanwhile, Minette receives a surprise package from the monastery where she was once training to be a prophetess. Thrown into confusion about her path in life, the shy and reserved Minette finds that the more she opens her heart to others, the more clearly she can see what was always inside.

Told with the same care and charm as the previous installments of The Tea Dragon series, The Tea Dragon Tapestry welcomes old friends and new into a heartfelt story of purpose, love, and growth.

From long-standing series editor Ari Yarwood, “It’s been an absolute joy working on The Tea Dragon series with Katie O’Neill, and I’m so proud of the kind and beautiful world she’s created. I hope that readers find something they need in these books.”

About the impact of The Tea Dragon series, Katie had this to say, “One thing I’ve discovered while making these books is that the world of Tea Dragons is much bigger than what I alone can create; it has been incredible to see both children and adults invent their own Tea Dragon lore and fantasies, myths and rituals, and include them in spending quality time with friends and family. I cherish that beyond words, and I hope the last installment will be satisfying and enjoyable to readers new and old.”

The Tea Dragon Tapestry will be available in stores and online September 1, 2020.

Katie O’Neill is an Eisner and Harvey Award-winning illustrator and graphic novelist from New Zealand. She is the author of Princess Princess Ever AfterAquicorn CoveThe Tea Dragon SocietyThe Tea Dragon Festival, and Dewdrop, all from Oni Press. She mostly makes gentle fantasy stories for younger readers, and is very interested in tea, creatures, things that grow, and the magic of everyday life.

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Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good E-Reader.com. Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

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