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Cool Book Alert: Jeffrey Brown’s Goodnight Darth Vader

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If you’re a longtime Topless Robot reader, you’ll probably well aware that I am a huge fan of the work of Jeffrey Brown. From his painfully honest autobiographical works like Clumsy and Every Girl Is the End of the World for Me through to the bitingly accurate Transformers parody The Incredible Change Bots, Brown established himself as a true comic original over the course of the past decade. Then something unexpected happened. In 2012, Jeffrey Brown released Darth Vader and Son, an officially sanctioned Lucasfilm release that was the perfect forum for Brown to hone the fusion of pathos, humor and an affinity for pop culture that has become his trademark. The book was a huge success, and was swiftly followed by last year’s Leia-centric follow-up Vader’s Little Princess. July 22nd sees the arrival of Goodnight Darth Vader, Brown’s Star Wars-ified take on the kid lit classic Goodnight Moon on Chronicle Books. Judging by the above teaser, it appears to be shaping up to be another absurdly cute effort that will warm the heart of even the most jaded Star Wars fan (i.e. me). I look forward to checking it out and seeing what nighty night rituals are like in a galaxy far, far away.

About Author

Chris Cummins is a pop culture writer and Archie comics historian who has contributed to The Robot's Voice, Den of Geek US, Philebrity, Geekadelphia, Uproxx, and Unicorn Booty. He is the co-producer and co-host of Nerd Nite Philadelphia, and is regularly involved in producing and hosting New York Super Week events. In 2014, Chris began Sci-Fi Explosion, a mix of live performance, trivia and funny clips celebrating the weirdest in science fiction that regularly travels around the United States. He wrote the introductions to the compilations Archie's Favorite Comics From The Vault and (with Paul Castiglia) Archie's Favorite High School Stories. You can find Chris on Twitter at @bionicbigfoot and @scifiexplosion.