Aliza Layne with Kristen Acampora

Debut graphic novelist Aliza Layne joins us virtually to introduce BEETLE & THE HOLLOWBONES, an enchanting, riotous, and playfully illustrated graphic novel following a young goblin trying to save her best friend from the haunted mall. Joining Aliza is Kristen Acampora, a colorist who worked with Aliza on BEETLE & THE HOLLOWBONES. Aliza and Kristen will talk all about creating graphix novels, and answer questions from viewers. 

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"This splashy fantasy graphic novel blends rollicking adventure with inclusive teen themes. Though bustling with goblins, witches, ghosts, and skeletons, this beautifully drawn graphic novel addresses important questions facing even mortal kids. . . . Diversity is a strength in this female-driven text, which features a tenderly portrayed LGBTQ love story between Kat and Beetle. Wise older women act as mentors, body diversity is casually positive, and Blob Ghost uses they/them pronouns throughout. . . . This inclusive fantasy adventure passes the Bechdel test with flying colors."
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

In the eerie town of ‘Allows, some people get to be magical sorceresses, while other people have their spirits trapped in the mall for all ghastly eternity.

Then there’s twelve-year-old goblin-witch Beetle, who’s caught in between. She’d rather skip being homeschooled completely and spend time with her best friend, Blob Glost. But the mall is getting boring, and B.G. is cursed to haunt it, tethered there by some unseen force. And now Beetle’s old best friend, Kat, is back in town for a sorcery apprenticeship with her Aunt Hollowbone. Kat is everything Beetle wants to be: beautiful, cool, great at magic, and kind of famous online. Beetle’s quickly being left in the dust.

But Kat’s mentor has set her own vile scheme in motion. If Blob Ghost doesn’t escape the mall soon, their afterlife might be coming to a very sticky end. Now, Beetle has less than a week to rescue her best ghost, encourage Kat to stand up for herself, and confront the magic she’s been avoiding for far too long. And hopefully ride a broom without crashing.

Aliza Layne is a cartoonist, illustrator, and storyteller. She is the creator of Demon Street, a long-form fantasy webcomic for all ages. Her Halloween costumes have elicited the phrases “theatrical,” “don’t you think you’re going a little overboard,” and “oh, we remember you from last year.” Beetle and the Hollowbones is her first graphic novel. Visit Aliza at


Event date: 
Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Beetle & the Hollowbones Cover Image
By Aliza Layne, Aliza Layne (Illustrator), Natalie Riess (Colorist), Kristen Acampora (Colorist)
ISBN: 9781534441538
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

Beetle & the Hollowbones Cover Image
By Aliza Layne, Aliza Layne (Illustrator), Kristen Acampora (Colorist), Natalie Riess (Colorist)
ISBN: 9781534441545
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

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