Boys Weekend

Category: Book
By (author): Lubchansky, Mattie
Series: Pantheon Graphic Library
Subject:  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror
  FICTION / LGBTQ+ / Transgender
  QUEER & TRANS / Fiction
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Published: June 2023
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 232
Size: 9.27in x 6.80in x 0.88in
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From The Publisher*From the award-winning cartoonist and editor at The Nib, a hilarious trans-"final girl" horror graphic novel about a bachelor party gone very, very wrong.

"A witty, tender romp through the cosmic horror of being alive." -Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

Newly-out trans artist's assistant Sammie is invited to an old friend's bachelor weekend in El Campo, a hedonistic wonderland of a city floating in the Atlantic Ocean's international waters-think Las Vegas with even fewer rules. Though they have not identified as a man for over a year, Sammie's college buddies haven't quite gotten the message-as evidenced by their formerly closest friend Adam asking them to be his "best man."

Arriving at the swanky hotel, Sammie immediately questions their decision to come. Bad enough that they have to suffer through a torrent of passive-aggressive comments from the groom's pals-all met with zero pushback from supposed "nice guy" Adam. But also, they seem to be the only one who's noticed the mysterious cult that's also staying at the hotel, and is ritually dismembering guests and demanding fealty to their bloodthirsty god.

Part satire, part horror, Boys Weekend explores what it's like to exist as a transfemme person in a man's world, the difficulty of maintaining friendships through transition, and the more cult-like effects of masculinity, "hustle" culture, and capitalism-all through the vibrant lens of a surreal, scary, and immensely imaginative romp.
Review Quote*"A brilliant saga and 'how to' of trans survival in the nightmarish crypto-cis-bro-cult underworld of bachelor party indoctrination. I giggled so hard I blew snot bubbles!"
-Lilly Wachowski, Director, Writer, Producer

"Boys Weekend is a joy to read, filled with fun, inventive, and seemingly effortless cartooning even it leads you through bachelor parties, a hyperlibertarian nightmare island, and a killer cult.  With the skills and tight pacing honed from short-form cartooning, Mattie makes every panel of this debut graphic novel sing."
-Ryan North, author of How to Take Over the World

"A witty, tender romp through the cosmic horror of being alive."
-Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

"A hilarious satire about capitalism, gender, sea monsters, the slow dissolution of old friendships, the difficulty of being truly seen by those closest to you, the nearly impossible task of forgiving the people who have hurt you (especially when one of those people is yourself), and most importantly how much bachelor parties suck."
-Joseph Fink, co-creator of
Welcome to Night Vale

"Nervy, fluid, punchy, like a cup of skeletons. Sensitive and fraught without sacrificing fun or black magic, with a winsome heroine one wants to root for and wipe blood off of in equal parts. I want more!" 
-Daniel M. Lavery, author of Something That May Shock and Discredit You

"With their deftly-sketched characters, biting social satire, and endearingly expressive cartooning, Lubchansky has created a story that hides its fangs until it's close enough to strike."
Gretchen Felker-Martin, author of Manhunt

"Mattie Lubchansky is one of cartooning's best satirists and their debut novel is a confident, clever, and poignant commentary on the many-tentacled monster of gender and capitalism."
-Matt Bors, founder of The Nib and author of Justice Warriors

"Boys Weekend has it all: sharp satire, inventive science fiction, eye-popping illustrations, and a great big heart at its core. It's a wild and hilarious romp with something smart and moving on every page. I tore through it and think you will too."
Lincoln Michel, author
of The Body Scout

"What a petrifying, hysterical, devastating, and adroit story of friendship, grief, and identity. The dread and comedy in Boys Weekend is familiar, funny, and painful, but you can't look away because you know it's true. Gender is terror, and never before has it been so expertly deployed in a graphic novel. Mattie Lubchansky's work always makes me laugh and always makes me feel afraid; it feels like I should be." 
-Scaachi Koul, author of One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter

"I didn't realize how badly I wanted Boys Weekend to exist until I read it. Finally, it's here. Mattie Lubchansky has pulled off two incredibly tricky feats. The first: rendering a near-future vision of Turbo Las Vegas that's both absurd and alarmingly plausible. The second: capturing a very specific moment in a trans person's social transition and all the interpersonal dissonance, joy, and occasional clone-murder that goes along with it. Lubchansky has produced a deeply moving, deeply funny work about the people we used to be and the people we're becoming-one where the real horror is the friends we've lost along the way. Just kidding. The real horror is the ancient evil lurking at the bottom of the ocean. And capitalism. And the gender binary. But the friendship thing is important, too."
-Calvin Kalsulke, author of Several People Are Typing

"Yes, Boys Weekend is a deeply affecting story about personal identity, social pressure, and coming to terms with your past, but don't worry-it also has biting social satire, scary monsters, and a good old-fashioned mysterious cult. A wildly good time that just happens to also be kinda profound."
-Jess Zimmerman, author of Women and Other Monsters
Biographical NoteMATTIE LUBCHANSKY is a cartoonist and illustrator and the Associate Editor of Ignatz award-winning magazine and website The Nib ( They are also an Ignatz winner, a Herblock Prize finalist, and the author of The Antifa Super-Soldier Cookbook. They live in beautiful Queens, NY, with their spouse.