The Effects of Pickled Herring Graphic Novel

“A heart-warming hoot that is full of laughs, heart and not the least bit fishy.”—Judd Winick (Hilo)

FEB. 16, 2024, (PITTSBURGH, PA) — Growing Up Can Be Stinky…

From the amazing indie comics writer and illustrator Alex Schumacher (The Unemployment Adventures of Aqualung, The World’s Crummiest Umbrella), comes a book that was 30 years in the making—the forthcoming YA graphic novel from Mango Press, THE EFFECTS OF PICKLED HERRING!

With engaging illustrations that vividly bring the narrative to life, this poignant coming-of-age graphic novel about sibling dynamics and the enduring bonds of family.



As he and his sister Alana prepare for their B’nai Mitzvah, twelve-year-old Micah Gadsky and his whole family feel the world shifting beneath their feet when they learn a heartbreaking truth about his grandmother. The stress of the season leads Micah’s introspective nature and Alana’s outgoing disposition to collide, creating division and discord at a time when the family needs each other most. Before Micah can become a man, he must brave the storms of grief, confront the complexities of growing up, and ultimately, learn to lean on love when life trips him up.


“While it’s ultimately a love letter to my grandparents and my faith, the story became a personal reflection on the loss of innocence, the discovery and celebration of self, and the first bittersweet steps towards adulthood,” said Alex Schumacher. “My fondest hope is that any young reader who picks up The Effects of Pickled Herring will be inspired to dream and possibly find a friend in its insecure, confused, exuberant, hopeful young protagonist(s), Micah (or Alana!).”

A perfect blend of humor and heart, this book explores self-worth, identity, and the challenges of supporting someone living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Geared towards readers who enjoyed Liara Tamani’s Calling My Name or A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat, The Effects of Pickled Herring drops in bookstores March 26, and is now available for preorder. 

Mango Publishing™ is an innovative independent publisher based in beautiful and sunny Miami, Florida. Our goal is to create high-quality books that explore new ideas and start conversations with our readers, on a global scale. Our books seek to stretch the boundaries of our culture and get social waves flowing in new directions. We focus on building a strong relationship with our authors, who are some of the freshest, most distinctive voices of our time.

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