For this installment of New Project Preview, we are highlighting Mad Cave Studios The Last Session by writer Jasmine Walls and artist Dozerdraws. Coming in December, this charming five issue series explores a group of friends coming to the end of their school lives and moving on. But during that time, Jay, Lana, Drew, Walter, and Shen, have been playing Dice & Deathtraps together. Completing numerous challenges and campaigns. All except their very first one.  Now, on the verge of graduating and moving on to whatever life has in store, they’ve decided to finally complete their unfinished first campaign. But when Jay’s partner Cassandra joins as a new player, some of the group has a reluctance to accept her. In fact, Lana’s afraid the party won’t ever finish their quest.”

With art that screams animation, Dozerdraws brings writer Jasmine Walls story to the page with charm and whimsy. Between that and Walls skill of capturing the fear and uncertainty of them moving on with their lives, the story is extremely relatable and well told.  Many players of such games will understand the problems of a close knit group that is reluctant to let a new player into their inner circle. Especially when they are in the midst what will likely be, the end of their RPG adventures and possibly, what seemed to be their forever friendships.

Jasmine Walls

As someone who made a tight-knit group of friends playing D&D in high school, this book was an absolute joy to write. Combined with Dozer’s stunning artwork, we’ve created the kind of characters I’d have loved to read about, especially as a teen struggling with what being aro/ace meant to me. We’re exploring the often scary transition from teenage years to adulthood in a way that’s fun, a little messy, and with plenty of monster fighting. One thing I’ve realized as an adult is that friendship really can save the day, and more often than you might think.

DozerDraws

“As a nonbinary asexual artist, I was thrilled to find parts of myself in the characters from ‘The Last Session.’ We have such a big and wonderful cast and Jamine managed to give everyone their time to shine. I’m hoping for readers to fall in love with the story and characters, to laugh and cry with them and to generally find as much joy in this series as I did while working on it.”

The Last Session premiers December 22 on Mad Cave Studios.

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