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Exclusive: New Preview of ‘Jo & Rus’

Cover of Jo & Rus

Today we have a new look at Audra Winslow’s debut graphic novel Jo & Rus, which will be published by BOOM! Studios under their KaBOOM! imprint. Back when we did our first preview of Jo & Rus, it was scheduled to come out this month, but the new release date is February 2021. Here’s a quick summary:

At first, Jo and Rus don’t realize how much they have in common – she’s a middle schooler who’s constantly bullied and he’s a high schooler in a rock band. But when a mysterious one-eyed cat brings the two of them together, they quickly learn they’re both outcasts trying to figure out what they really want from life in a world where the odds are stacked against them. It’s only by becoming friends they discover who they are, who they want to be and what it takes for every one of us to find our own happiness!

JO & RUS is a story for anyone that is seeking a friend. I wrote this story loosely based on personal experiences and feelings, that I not only had as a preteen, but as an adult too,” said cartoonist Audra Winslow. “This story is for the lonely doing their best.”


Brigid Alverson About Brigid Alverson

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 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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