It's your funeral

Emily Riesbeck

Book - 2020

"A recently deceased girl and her helpful afterlife caseworker embark on a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures throughout the space-time continuum as they try to close her file so she can move on. A paranormal fantasy about healing, learning to love yourself, and being okay with being not okay, It's Your Funeral is the cosmic office comedy you've been dying to read!"--Publisher's website.

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2nd Floor Comics GRAPHIC NOVEL/Riesbeck Due Oct 9, 2022
Paranormal comics
Humorous comics
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels
Chicago, IL Iron Circus Comics 2020.
First edition
Physical Description
208 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
Ages 12 and up.
Main Author
Emily Riesbeck (author)
Other Authors
Ellen (Illustrator) Kramer (illustrator), Matt Krotzer (letterer)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Marnie Winters is dead, and needs help moving on. Enter X'lakthul, a case worker for the Department of Spectral Affairs who is determined to close the file on Marnie's afterlife. When X'lakthul can't figure out what on Earth is keeping Marnie around, she lands her a job as an intern, leading to fun and light-hearted office comedy and more than a few Lovecraftian characters. This richly colored comic prevents the reader from being overwhelmed by keeping things consistent, assigning each character a color for both their look and their speech bubbles, keeping panels tidy, and focusing on the story and personalities. Marnie is sarcastic, ornery, and full of a fear of abandonment, which is foiled by the nurturing and sympathetic natures of the folks she meets at the DSA, which turns out to be a place for rejects, with Earthlings as their punishment. It isn't all laughs, either—there's a great lesson by the end about striving to have more good days than bad, a gentle reminder to take things one day at a time. Come for the fun, stay for the heart. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 7 Up—Marnie Winters is dead, but that's just the beginning of this next chapter in her life. See, she's not all the way dead; there's something holding her back from moving on to the next realm. But luckily she's not totally stuck as a ghost; there is a secret organization that helps humans navigate their unfinished business. Unfortunately for the antisocial Marnie, her assigned caseworker X'lakthul is overeager, buoyant, and paperwork-obsessed. When X'lakthul can't seem to identify what's keeping Marnie from moving on, she hires Marnie as an intern in the Department of Spectral Affairs. Marnie helps X'lakthul and the other caseworkers find what's holding deceased humans back, and in turn she learns a lot about herself. Riesbeck, Kramer, and Krotzer have created a zany, compelling world of charming otherworldly characters. Prickly Marnie is a darkly comedic foil for the exuberant members of the Department of Spectral Affairs. The bright colors and dynamic physical comedy evoke kid's cartoon shows, yet this tale takes on tough subjects such as grief and depression. VERDICT A cheerful yet existentially complex series of stories for fans of The Good Place.—Anna Murphy, Berkeley Carroll Sch., Brooklyn Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

“A pleasant visual experience.” — KIRKUS“A heartwarming story of healing and acceptance.” — BOOK RIOT“A cheerful series of stories for fans of The Good Place.” — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL"Come for the fun, stay for the heart." — BOOKLISTMarnie Winters was going to turn her life around; get out of the house, make friends, no more “Miserable Old Marnie!” Everything was going to plan, but then, of course, she died. Now, Marnie’s a ghost trapped on Earth, and the only one who can help her is the overenthusiastic, alien social worker, Xel, whose job is to help ghosts “close their file” and pass on. Are you ready for a sweetly nostalgic trip through Marnie’s life, correcting mistakes and righting what once went wrong? Well sorry, this isn’t that story! Xel has a much better idea to soothe Marnie’s troubled spirit: an internship in the hopeless bureaucracy of the trans-dimensional Department of Spectral Affairs!This new do-gooder duo has their work cut out for them in a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures throughout the space-time continuum (but mostly in and around the office) as Marnie finds pathways through her feelings of worthlessness by helping others. A paranormal fantasy about healing, learning to love yourself, and being OK with being not OK, It’s Your Funeral is the cosmic office comedy you’ve been dying to read!