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grand slam romance

GRAND SLAM ROMANCE is a queer magical girl softball romance series for adults! It's written by myself and drawn by my wife, Emma Oosterhous! The three book series is published by Mariko Tamaki's Surely Books (an imprint of Abrams Comics Arts). The first book is out May 2023! 

A queer graphic novel where the balls are fast, the smooches are spicy, and the girls . . . magical

In this queer graphic novel that’s equal parts romance, softball, and magical girl drama, Mickey Monsoon is the hotshot pitcher for the Belle City Broads, and their team is poised to sweep the league this season. But Micky is thrown off their game when Astra Maxima shows up to catch for the Gaiety Gals, the Broads’ fiercest rival. Years ago Mickey and Astra were best friends . . . and maybe more. That was, until Astra unceremoniously dumped Mickey to become a softball wunderkind at a private girl's school in Switzerland. Now, Astra is flirty, arrogant, and reckless on the field—everything the rule-abiding Mickey hates.

Astra thinks Mickey’s cute and wants to fool around, despite their rocky history and the trail of jilted softballers that Astra leaves in her wake. Too bad the only thing Mickey wants is vengeance for their broken heart and wounded pride! But even they have to admit—Astra is a certified babe. And that's not all: Astra isn’t just a softball superstar, she’s a full-fledged magical girl.

The only way for Mickey to defeat Astra is to betray the Broads and join the Danger Dames, a secret elite team, and start dating Astra’s ex! OK, that last bit wasn’t part of the plan . . . Mickey’s rapidly getting in too deep, but are they just in trouble or are they actually in love? Full of wet mitts, hard hits, and a bevy of softball-playing babes, Grand Slam Romance: Book 1 is a flawless home run that is sure to knock readers out of the park.


"Queer love radiates through this hilarious, colorful, and fiery graphic novel." - Booklist

"Fans of A League of Their Own should slide head-first into this series." - Publishers Weekly

"Dyke drama, magic, and a heavy dose of queer horniness? Put me in, coach! Grand Slam Romance is full of loveable characters with cool undercuts and laugh-out-loud jokes that'll make anyone - even the least sporty among us - think about picking up a bat." - Archie Bongiovanni

"Funny, tender, and magical, Grand Slam Romance captures the complicated messiness of an old romance reignited by a new rivalry. A comical and endearingly relatable story!" - Sloane Leong

"Grand Slam Romance is hilarious, sexy, and joyful! Featuring a group of queer friends so funny and cool, you'll wish you were on the team." - Britta Lundin

"Funny, flirtatious, and fantastical, Grand Slam Romance combines all the best parts of sports manga, magical girls, and romance for a satisfying home run of a story." - Nicole Goux

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