Velveteen vs. the Seasons by Seanan McGuire

Velveteen vs. the Seasons

Velveteen vs. the Seasons
By Seanan McGuire
Cover by Dylan Meconis


A doorway opens in mid-air. The body of a woman falls to the ground and lies there unmoving as the door slams shut behind her, dissolving like confetti into the wind.

As the grass beneath her slowly dies, Velma Martinez–Velveteen–once architect of the downfall of The Super Patriots, Inc., most recently the servant of the Seasons, has come home.

But ah; we are getting ahead of ourselves. That is the difficulty, once holidays become involved. They want everything to be a fairy tale, and nothing to be true. Perhaps this would not hurt so much, except that they remember the meaning of fairy tales, before we sanded off their edges and called them suitable for children.

The holidays remember how to bleed.

So much as it hurts, we must leave the body in the grass, alone and untended, with no one to confirm whether she will live or whether she has already died. For all things must begin at their beginnings, and the beginning of this tale is far, far behind us…

Join us as award-winning author Seanan McGuire returns to the story of Velveteen, where the choices that a superheroine makes always have consequences.

Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire began reading comic books at the age of seven, when Flying Colors Comics and Other Cool Stuff opened a block from her aunt’s house. Her first love was the X-Men; it was all downhill from there. Now, Seanan is the New York Times Bestselling author of two ongoing urban fantasy series, and won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2010. She also writes as Mira Grant, and doesn’t sleep much (or at all).

Seanan lives on the West Coast, in a crumbling farmhouse filled with books, enormous blue cats, more books, creepy dolls, and complete runs of Creepy and Eerie magazines. She still loves the X-Men beyond all reason. Some things don’t change.

Dylan Meconis

Dylan Meconis is a cartoonist and writer living in Portland, Oregon. She is the creator of critically acclaimed graphic novels Family Man, Bite Me!, and Outfoxed, and has provided illustrations and design work for evil geniuses like Seanan McGuire, Jasper Fforde, Ryan North, Steven Brust, and more. Find her work online at or at your local comic book store.