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Fiction and Excerpts [2]

Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity

, || Hakata Soy's past life as the leader of a futuristic super team won't stay in the past! The former space hero is doing his best to keep his head down at Astronaut Academy. Things aren't going so great, though. The most popular girl in school has it in for him. His best friend won't return his calls. And his new roommate is a complete jock who only cares about Fireball. Hakata just wants to make a fresh start. But how will he find time to study Anti-Gravity Gymnastics and Tactical Randomness when he's got a robot doppelganger on its way to kill him?

Astronaut Academy: Re-Entry (Excerpt)

Take a look at the sequel to Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman—Astronaut Academy: Re-Entry, out on May 14:

The wild and wacky world of Astronaut Academy is back! It’s spring semester at this futuristic institution of learning, and Hakata Soy has lost his heart. Literally. And he’s not the only one . . . something  is stalking the halls of Astronaut Academy, impersonating the crush-objects of students and making off with their extra hearts!  With a sprawling cast of unforgettable characters, Astronaut Academy Re-Entry is a high-octane, hilarious follow-up to Dave Roman’s quirky Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity.

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Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity

Please enjoy this excerpt from the forthcoming graphic novel Astronaut Academy: Zero Academy, a collection of his online Astronaut Elementary comic strip, coming June 7th from First Second Books.

For a good idea of the tone, check out this short list from Dave Roman, “14 Reasons Why School in Outer Space is the Best Kind of School.”

  1. In space, no one can hear you scream. Which is good if you are prone to getting reprimanded for loud outbursts.   
  2. Underwater School is all wet. Yes, they have similar pressures, but being surrounded by a field of stars is much more inspiring than a bunch of fish.
  3. What happens in the airlock, STAYS in the airlock.  
  4. Interdimensional School gets confusing, with so many overlapping classes and students.
  5. Anti-gravity gymnastics are great for tightening the abs and glutes.
  6. The further away from giraffes, the better! Those things are freaky.  
  7. In space, “Astronaut Ice Cream” is just called “ice cream!”
  8. To compensate for the time difference from Earth, all holidays are celebrated in a single festival called the Universal Holiday. You can trick-or-treat, swap valentines, get presents, and paint eggs at the same time!
  9. Rocket science isn’t as hard as it sounds.
  10. No snow days, but classes may be canceled due to asteroid showers.
  11. Space is, like, the biggest playground EVER for recess.
  12. Guaranteed to always get great satellite reception.
  13. Taking finals while in space (the final frontier) gives a sense of permanence to your tests. Once complete, you know there’s nothing left to conquer.
  14. Space suits are way cooler than gym shorts.

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