Spring 2024


Luxury-Class Defense and Hospitality Unit

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

Take a trip aboard Hotelitor: the finest hospitality craft in its colony, equipped with jet feet, a hyperspace engine, and single, double, and adjoining rooms.

When a giant alien attacks the ship, Hotelitor’s surviving guests and staff find themselves stranded in deep space. There, 18-year-old intern Anna Greene must take charge. Alongside her fellow entry-level service workers, she’ll try to control the chaos while rival factions emerge, wealthy VIPs seize hotel resources, and the musician-in-residence develops a literal cult following. As Anna and her friends search for a way home, shocking discoveries about Hotelitor’s owners await them—if another giant alien doesn’t smash the crew first.

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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Graphic Novels, Young Adult
Category SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 144
Publication Date 2024-05-07
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS YAF010030, YAF008000, YAF010050
Dewey 741.5/9429
Dimensions 6 x 9
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author, Illustrator: Josh Hicks

Josh Hicks is a cartoonist from Wales, UK. Born in 1991, he was raised in a small ex-coal-mining village and has since moved to a city that is twenty minutes away by train. He has been making comics since 2015, working with anthologies and independent publishers in the UK and self-publishing his own minicomics. His work includes Glorious Wrestling Alliance and Hotelitor. When not making comics, Josh is usually thinking about them. He also works in animation as an art director, animator and storyboard artist.

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Shelf Awareness

“Hicks blends humor and culture with his art to create a thought-provoking, zany escapade through the outer reaches of space.”—Shelf Awareness

Toons Mag

“A journey into the absurd and hilarious… Hicks, a Welsh cartoonist celebrated for his wit and storytelling prowess, invites readers on a sci-fi adventure like no other… An intergalactic romp…where laughter meets social commentary.”—TOONS MAG


“Sharp and full of heart and fun.”—Booklist

Mat Groom

“Hotelitor arrives with genuine heart, widescreen action, an ax to grind with capitalism and the finest in trans-galactic accommodation.”—Mat Groom, writer of Inferno Girl Red

School Library Journal

“Relying on often hilarious situations and dialogue, Hicks delivers a sharp story about the service industry, social classes, and corporate greed . . . Hotelitor blends sci-fi and class comedy with entertaining results. A good choice for YA graphic novel collections.”—School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“A clever, high-octane graphic novel satire of the bourgeois and proletariat.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Using cinematic action scenes rendered in a dazzlingly hued palette, Hicks blends space opera with clever commentary on wealth and social inequality. Despite its slim page count, this work is jam-packed with big robot fights, an alien cult, an evil corporation, and the trials and tribulations of working in the hospitality industry, making for an utterly intriguing genre mashup that’s sure to stay with readers. . . A razor-sharp and action-packed science fiction romp that tackles social issues with aplomb.”—Kirkus Reviews

Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins

Hotelitor is one of the funniest sci-fi comics we’ve ever read, and Josh’s cartooning is a delight for the eyes.”—Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins, authors of Our Super Adventure

Hamish Steele

“A hilarious, fist-pumping, heartwarming genre mashup across the universe, with bright and beautiful artwork and characters. Pacific Rim meets Fawlty Towers… only good.” —Hamish Steele, creator of Netflix’s Dead End: Paranormal Park