Beetle & the Hollowbones is a graphic novel by Aliza Layne (Demon Street) published in August 2020.
Beetle is a young goblin witch living in the town of 'Allows. She hangs out with her best friend, Blob Ghost, who is cursed to haunt the local mall.
A preview of the first twelve pages can be read here.
Two sequels have been confirmed for 2024 and 2025.
Contains examples of:
- Dem Bones: The Hollowbones are skeleton animal people.
- Expressive Ears: When Blob Ghost speaks an image of Beetle as a magnificent magician, the real Beetle's ears droop as she blushes and says "Aw, c'mon."
- Flying Broomstick: Beetle's grandma is teaching her to fly a broom, though Beetle isn't very good at it.
- Frog Men: A curious frog child tries to check out the séance, but is carried away by their frog mother.
- Ghost Amnesia: Blob Ghost can't remember any of their life before the mall.
- Gigantic Moon: The moon appears huge on the cover of the book.
- Halloweentown: 'Allows is a Halloween-themed town filled with all kinds of spooky residents.
- Pictorial Speech-Bubble: Blob Ghost speaks solely in speech bubbles containing pictures.
- Pumpkin Person: The bookstore employee who chases out Beetle and Blob Ghost is an orange person with a jack-o'-lantern for a head.
- Serious Business: Beetle's declaration to the bookstore employee who chases after her and Blob Ghost for tracking slime on the floor: "Once we leave this store, we will be BEYOND your power! You'll NEVER capture us!"
- Sophisticated as Hell: Beetle's summoning of Blob Ghost: "Blob Ghost of this mall, hear my darque message across the veil… Hey what's up I'm here!"
- Spooky Séance: Beetle does a séance to summon Blob Ghost. She lights a skull candle, sprinkles something over it, and speaks a summoning phrase.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Blob Ghost can change their shape, such as becoming more oozy, or giving themself the appearance of wearing an aviator cap and goggles.