Intro to Alien Invasion
(Scribner, 2015)

In this wildly entertaining collaboration, novelists Owen King (Double Feature) and Mark Jude Poirier (Goats, Modern Ranch Living) team up with illustrator Nancy Ahn to present a wickedly funny graphic novel about an alien invasion on a college campus.

Stacey, a brilliant, overachieving astrobiology major at Fenton College, had planned on just another lonely Spring Break on campus. But when a hurricane batters the small college town, downing power lines and knocking out cell phone reception, Stacey and her friends are stranded with no way to communicate with the outside world at the worst possible moment: in the midst of an alien invasion.

As space insects begin to burrow into students and staff, transforming them into slobbering, babbling monsters, a conglomeration of misfits must band together to prevent the infestation from spreading. Meanwhile, Stacey’s long-stifled romantic feelings for her friend Charlotte begin to surface, while the professor she had admired and respected becomes the students’ worst enemy.

Illustrated with enormous wit and dynamism—mixing classic tropes from science fiction, indie comics, B-movies, and campus culture—this graphic novel is something different, a large-scale action/adventure story as seen from the point-of-view of a contemporary, realistic heroine. The result is a funny and singular work unlike anything else you’ve ever read.

Intro to Alien Invasion – Praise

Intro to Alien Invasion smuggles a sly, affectionate portrait of today’s train wreck college campus culture inside a fast-paced alien invasion saga. I couldn’t stop reading it!”—Patton Oswalt, New York Times bestselling author of Silver Screen Fiend

“Fun, fresh, and witty, Intro to Alien Invasion is somehow both a hilarious send-up and a heartfelt, unfettered celebration of the genre.” Jonathan Tropper, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You

“A highly successful spoof of B-list monster movies, this story ticks all the boxes: horny college students, damsels in distress, megalomaniac evildoers, and aliens that are simultaneously cheesy and convincing… Campy sci-fi fun.” Booklist

“[A] hilarious send-up of college life.” The New York Post

“A rollicking read.” NPR.org

“…the story is told with energy and a subversive charm somewhere between Edgar Wright and Eli Roth… An enjoyably irreverent diversion.Kirkus

“Anchored by a courageous heroine, and bursting with student drama, heart-popping action and gestating monsters, Intro to Alien Invasion is a non-stop thrill. I loved it and devoured it in one sitting.” Stacey Richter, award-winning author of Twin Study and My Date with Satan

“How exactly do you write a hilarious B-movie alien invasion comic that somehow still contains a genuine love story? Put it in the hands of Owen King, Mark Jude Poirier, and Nancy Ahn, that’s how. Intro to Alien Invasion is a hell of a lot of fun, plus it’s kind of disgusting. Talk about a damn good time.” — Victor Lavalle, author of Big Machine and The Devil in Silver

“Full of fun, scares and the perfect amount of exploding alien goop.” Matthew Diffee, New Yorker cartoonist and author of Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People

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