Spotlight & Interview: Quests Aside + Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the QUESTS ASIDE Vol. 1 by Brian Schirmer & Elena Gogou Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


Title: QUESTS ASIDE Vol. 1

Authors: Brian Schirmer & Elena Gogou (Illustrator)

Pub. Date: March 21, 2023

Publisher: Vault Comics

Formats:  Paperback, eBook

Pages: 160

Find it: Goodreads, books2read

WELCOME to QUESTS ASIDE Known to all, both far and wide!

A skeleton, an apprentice mage, and an exiled princess walk into a bar… for another shift at Quests Aside, the local watering hole run by once legendary, now retired, adventurer Barrow.

When the King privately explains that he plans to shut the place down, Barrow must find a way to hold onto his business, the friendships, and the family he’s built around it.

It’s always sunny in the realms!

Collects the entire, best-selling 5-issue series!

For fans of Giant Days, Rolled & Told, Rat Queens, Nimona, and Adventure Zone


“…it’s like Cheers set in the world of Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 Lord of the Rings adaptation.” — Publishers Weekly

“Quests Aside … has a made-for-TV vibe.” — AIPT

“A fine mix of humor and drama.” — Major Spoilers

“Magic, situational comedy, and camaraderie blend into a whimsical fantasy…” — Publishers Weekly

“Beautiful looking, voiced with riotous confidence, Quests Aside boasts one of the best core concepts I’ve seen in recent high fantasy. I’m furious that I didn’t think of it.” — Si Spurrier (The RUSHHellblazerThe DreamingX-Men)

Mini Interviews:

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

2022 was a weird year for me and I, unfortunately, didn’t read many comics. Two of the few ones I did read that I want to mention are CHRONOPHAGE by Tim Seeley and Ilias Kyriazis, because the world needs more sexy horror books, and WILDCAT UNDER GLASS by Stella Stergiou and Georgia Zachari, which is an adaptation of a famous Greek novel with the same title written by Alki Zei.


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

What am I looking forward to reading this year? Well… Off the top of my head…

NIGHT FEVER by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Jacob Phillips. They put a book out, I buy it. Simple as that. Previews look dynamite, as I’d expect. Been a while since they’ve played in a wholly new universe. Curious if the Bee Gees play a part. 😉

ULTIMATE INVASION by Jonathan Hickman and Bryan Hitch. Hitch was an architect of the original Ultimates line, and Hickman seemingly buried the universe during Secret Wars. To say I’m curious would be an understatement. Bring it on. FALL OF X by various. Will this be the end of Mutant life as they know it? Is this the end of Krakoa? Who lives, dies, etc.? At this point, we don’t know. Count me amongst those interested in seeing what Gerry Duggan, Kieron Gillen, and all the others in The X Office have been planning for a long time.

FORGED by Greg Rucka, Eric Trautmann, and Mike Henderson. A new Rucka book is always an event, and since he’s been away being a wildly successful screenwriter the past few years, this is doubly so. Seeing him team up with old friends Trautmann and Henderson explains the extra amount of FUN that bleeds off the page. I’ve read the first three issues, and it’s the real deal. Rabidly awaiting the rest.


About Brian Schirmer:

BRIAN SCHIRMER is a California-based screenwriter and critically acclaimed comic book creator, known for the Vault Comics series QUESTS ASIDE, the Image Comics series FAIRLADY and BLACK JACK KETCHUM, and the self-published ULTRASYLVANIA series of graphic novels.


Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


About Elena Gogou:

Elena Gogou is actually three gnomes in a trench-coat. When they aren’t on an epic quest, they draw comics for work and for fun. They are known for the Vault Comics series QUESTS ASIDE, the Greek graphic novel SPAZORAHOULA and the self-published erotic comics anthology SMUTCOMIC.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads


Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a finished copy of QUESTS ASIDE Vol. 1, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ends April 7th, midnight EST.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:


A Dream Within A Dream



Mythical Books

Interview/IG Post


#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt/IG Post


Sadie’s Spotlight

Interview/IG Post

Week Two:


Two Chicks on Books

Interview/IG Post


Kait Plus Books

Interview/IG Post


Jazzy Book Reviews

Excerpt/IG Post


Lifestyle of Me



Brandi Danielle Davis

IG Review/TikTok Post



IG Review/TikTok Post



IG Review

Week Three:


Country Mamas With Kids

Review/IG Post


Cara North

Review/IG Post



IG Review



IG Review


The Real World According To Sam

Review/IG Post


The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post


Review Thick And Thin

Review/IG Post

Week Four:



IG Review


See Sadie Read

Review/IG Post





the book near me

Review/IG Post


Read Dog Reviews

IG Spotlight



IG Review



IG Review

Week Five:



Review/IG Post


Emily Ashlyn

IG Review/FB Post



Review/IG Post


A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic



IG Review


Two Points of Interest



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