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The Backups

The Backups

A Summer of Stardom

Alex de Campi, Lara Kane, Dee Cunniffe, and Ted Brandt

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Step into the spotlight with The Backups, a graphic novel from writer Alex de Campi and artist Lara Kane about crushes, confidence, and catchy choruses!

Spending an entire summer on tour as a backup singer for pop star Nika Nitro? What?! That’s the DREAM, right? Especially for Jenni, Lauren, and Maggie, three misfit performing arts students with hopes of making it in the music world.

But being twenty feet from fame isn’t easy. Between crushes, constant rehearsals, Nika’s sky-high expectations, and their own insecurities, this dream is starting to feel more like a nightmare. And that’s before they accidentally start a beef with a rival band threatening to reveal a secret that could end Nika’s career.

Can this trio of new friends come together to save the tour, or will the Backups be kept out of the spotlight forever?

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"A fun tale of fierce friendship and daring musical feats elevated by fantastic artwork."—Kirkus -

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Alex de Campi, Lara Kane, Dee Cunniffe, and Ted Brandt

Alex de Campi is a New York-based writer with an extensive backlist of critically-acclaimed graphic novels including Eisner-nominated heist noir Bad Girls (Simon & Schuster) and Twisted Romance (Image Comics) and her debut prose novel The Scottish Boy (Unbound). She lives with her daughter, their cat, and a Deafblind pit bull named Tango.

Lara Kane is a freelance artist for animation and comics. She has worked as a storyboard artist for animation studios such as Tandem Films, HIT Entertainment and Brown Bag Films. Her previous comics work includes Flash Gordon and Semiautomagic.

Ted Brandt has worked as an inker on Raven: The Pirate Princess, Mighty Captain Marvel, Steve Rogers: Captain America, and the Eisner- and GLAAD-nominated series CROWDED.

Dee Cunniffe has colored The Dregs, Eternal, The Paybacks, Interceptor, Her Infernal Descent, The Replacer, Stronghold, Redneck, Marvel's Runaways, and DC's Lucifer.

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Lara Kane

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