FIRST WATCH: Former Librarians and Members of The Valkyries Join Forces to Create Their Debut Oni Press Graphic Novel, Archival Quality.

Philadelphia-based writer Ivy Noelle Weir and St. Louis-based illustrator Christina “Steenz” Stewart band together to create Archival Quality, which was recently named a Junior Library Guild Selection. These two talented artists have collaborated on numerous comics projects together including a short for the series Princeiess. Steenz’s artwork has been featured in the critically acclaimed award-winning anthology Elements: Fire, While Weir has written numerous articles for Women Write About Comics, American Libraries magazine, and Novel List. Which is why fans are thrilled to hear that Archival Quality will be available this March.

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After being let go from her job at the library, Celeste Walden starts working at the haunting Logan Museum as an archivist. But the job may not be the second chance she needed, as she encounters struggles with her mental health, her relationships, and before long, her grasp on reality as she begins to dream of a young woman she’s never met, but feels startlingly drawn to. As Cel attempts to learn more about the mysterious woman, she begins losing time, misplacing things, passing out—the job is becoming treacherous, but she can’t let go of this enigmatic woman. Who is she? Why is she so fixated on Cel? And does Cel have the strength to save her when she’s still trying to redeem her own life?

“We’re giving you ghosts, shoujo romance, humor, and morose atmosphere,” said Steenz. “I also think Archival Quality is going to be a welcome read for those who believe that not only white people have adventures. What more could you really want?”

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With Cel on the brink of reality, Archival Quality challenges the reader to join her on an adventure only Ivy Noelle Weir and Christina Stewart could construct.

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“The author and illustrator bring a warm honesty, visually and narrative-wise, to the characters, who are mostly people of color, as they navigate the complexities of mental illness, sexuality, love, and social responsibility. In their appealing protagonist, Weir and Steenz return both librarians and people with mental and emotional distress to their original, esteemed roles as keepers of truthful history.” – Kirkus, Starred Review

 

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Archival Quality will be available this coming March!

 


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