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Saturday, January 21, 2023

Blog Tour- BONDING by @MatthewErman, @emilypearsonart With An Interview & A #Giveaway! @thevaultcomics

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the BONDING by Matthew Erman & Emily Pearson Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


About The Book:

Title: BONDING: A Love Story About People and Their Parasites

Author: Matthew Erman, Emily Pearson (Illustrations)

Pub. Date: January 31, 2023

Publisher: Vault Comics

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 208

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/BONDING

“Wear your heart on your sleeve.”  That’s the saying. But in BONDING, people wear their anxiety on their chests – in the form of a  parasite that shows everyone just what you’re feeling on the inside …


A man, a woman—and their parasites. Marcus has been alone since the loss of his closest friend and has just recently entered into the dating scene, while Laura has drifted in and out of relationships since high school. They meet, they have a great first date, and Marcus almost dies—because the slug-like parasite that everybody carries in this world nearly rejects him, its host. BONDING is a funny, quirky, and honest look at love, in a world where everyone wears their anxiety, not on their sleeves, but on their chest like big ol' leeches.

Fans of Matthew Erman's work on Vault Comics' WITCHBLOOD and Archaia's JIM HENSON'S THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE will find lots to love in BONDING. Fans of Image Comics' ICE CREAM MAN VOL. 1, DC Comics' COLLAPSER and even books like THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer and THE PARASITOLOGY TRILOGY by Mira Grant will enjoy this foray into all the stressors of dating...where a parasite is the least of your worries (unless it kills you, that is.)



“Erman and Pearson skewer genre norms in this sweet and casually unsettling comics romance-dramedy…”- Publishers Weekly


Interview With Matthew:

BONDING: A Love Story About People and Their Parasites QUESTIONS

Why do you think BONDING is so important and relevant to the times in which we live?

MATTHEW: Important is a big word, and I don’t know if I’m going to use it to describe my own book but sure, if you say so, haha.

If I’m being honest, it’s relevance to the times was entirely accidental — I wrote a story that happened to deal with a parasitic invasion that requires people to wear a thing for the rest of their lives, lest they die and then we had COVID happen and all that was reality.

List your favorite graphic novels or comics from when you were a child and talk about how you see them as an adult.

MATTHEW: I wasn’t a big reader when I was a kid, you know — growing up lower middle-class meant that my time and my hobbies weren’t necessarily mine to dictate but more up to what my parents had the ability to give me, so I spent 95% of my time playing video games in my room and playing video games with friends down the block.

List your favorite graphic novels from last year and why you like them.

MATTHEW: It Took Look by Mark Bouchard and Bayleigh Underwood, TRVE KVLT by Liana Kangas and Scott Brian Wilson, It’s Lonely at the Center of the Earth by Zoe Thorogood, SQUIRE by Nadia Shammas and Sara Alfaghee, there was a ton of great books in 2022.

List the graphic novels and/or prose books that you’re looking forward to this year.

MATTHEW: Sounding a bit self-centered but I have a great many things coming out this year that are mostly all unannounced right now and I’m just so excited for people to get to look at them, and read them this year. So, all my upcoming things that no one knows about, haha.

Does BONDING have a playlist? If so, can you share?

Sure does!



About Matthew Erman:

Matthew Erman is a comics writer from Columbus, Ohio. Alongside Lisa Sterle, he co-created the critically acclaimed comic horror series, Long Lost, which was optioned for Film/TV by Producer Jenny Klein (The Witcher, Daisy Jones and The Six). Erman has since worked on the comic book series Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and graphic novel Power Rangers: Sins of the Future with BOOM! Studios, series Care Bears: Unlock the Magic with IDW, the upcoming  science fiction/ horror / humorous romance original graphic novel BONDING, with artist and co-creator Emily Pearson for Vault Comics, and the smash supernatural action adventure comics series (with artist/co-creator Lisa Sterle) from Vault Comics, WITCHBLOOD. His short work can be found in anthologies such  as Corpus (2018), Dead Beats (2019) and Everything is Going Wrong (2019).

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon


About Emily Pearson:

Emily Pearson is a freelance comic book artist from Davis, California.
She has previously worked for Black Mask Studios; “The Wilds”(2018) and “Snap Flash Hustle”(2018-19), Oni Press’s “The Vain”(2020), and the upcoming “Bonding” coming to Vault Comics in 2022.

In addition to comics series, she drew a short story for the Ringo Award Winning “Mine!” an anthology for Planned Parenthood, Vault Comic’s “Cult Classic Zero Short”“CORPUS” curated by Nadia Shammas, and “Everything is Going Wrong: Comics on Punk & Mental Illness”.
She has illustrated various covers for comic books including: “Stranger Things: SIX” from Dark Horse Comics, “Calexit: Emmie X”“The Devil Within”“Sweet/Vicious”“The Wilds”“Snap Flash Hustle” from Black Mask Studios, “Going to the Chapel” from Action Lab, “Atlantis Wasn’t Built For Tourists” from Scout Comics and many more.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a finished copy of BONDING, US Only.

Ends February 18th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:


Sadie's Spotlight

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Bookish Trisha

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Writer of Wrongs



The Clever Reader

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A Dream Within A Dream



Two Chicks on Books

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Week Two:


Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

IG Review



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IG Review/TikTok Post



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Eli to the nth

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Week Three:



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Brandi Danielle Davis

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Rajiv's Reviews

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A Blue Box Full of Books

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Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

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Week Four:


See Sadie Read

Review/IG Post


Mallory Books

Review/IG Post



IG Review


Nonbinary Knight Reads

Review/IG Post


Novel Novice

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Two Points of Interest



The Momma Spot

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Week Five:



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