Koyama Press Announces Fall 2017 and Japan Trip

Posted on May 13, 2017 in Blog

Our celebration of a decade in comics continues with a dynamite selection of Fall releases!

Spring has seen us debut six wonderful books and series of swag including an enamel pin, a pennant, sticker sheets, and coin. Moreover, we’ve just had a tremendous celebration in our hometown at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival with all of our Spring artists present. Thanks to the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s Book Fund, Fall sees us return to the site of the debut of TRIO MAGNUS: Equally Superior (our first ever book): Japan! There’ll be more on this trip in the future.

Leading off the season is Connor Willumsen’s Anti-Gone, a quixotic and trippy trip through a dreamscape, or altered state, where animals can talk and be pets, where drugs can give you deep emotional reactions to any stimuli, can make you remember or forget, or replicate a near death experience. Patrick Kyle returns with his third book with us, Everywhere Disappeared, which finds familiar icons like Dracula and Archie are put through the prismatic mind of Kyle. They are turned inside out and used to great effect to skewer conventions and wrench humour out of the familiar. We are pumped to present the book debut of Hannah K. Lee’s comics and zines in the collection Language Barrier, which drolly dissects the life of a twenty-something woman with wonderful wit and incredible skill. Lee’s graphic design, illustration and typographical background makes each page of this book feel monumental, poster-like paeans to dating, spending above your means and texting. Former Google doodler, Sophia Foster-Dimino was inspired by Koyama Press artists Eleanor Davis and Julie Delporte, to make Sex Fantasy, a look at life’s intimate moments, sometimes directly with autobio, and sometimes indirectly through wonderfully poetic comics that can be heartwarming or a chuckle-inducing gag depending on the page. Next up is the singular Noel Freibert whose images linger, their deceptive simplicity, like all outsider art, seems to tap directly into the collective unconscious, drawing on pop culture and fine art, low and high brow, Old Ground is where the denizens of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse would bury bodies. Finally we have the debut of Alberta-based artist GG with I’m Not Here, a subtle, beautifully drawn work that recalls the cerebral, humanist science fiction of filmmakers such as Chris Marker and Miranda July mixed with the generational themes and unwavering hand of Yasujiro Ozu. GG’s comics recall films in more than theme alone: her drawings, with their deep chiaroscuro and subtitle-like use of text, appear to be stills pulled from an enchanting and mysterious foreign film.

Our Fall season has five artists that are making their debut with us and one who has been with us since very near the beginning. It is emblematic of our press and a wonderful way to round out our 10th anniversary.

ISBN: 978-1-927668-51-1
8.5 x 11”, 120 pages, b&w, trade paper
September 2017

Join an oneiric odyssey through a slacker second life.

Reality’s grip is loosened as Spyda and Lynxa explore a potentially constructed environment that shifts between dystopic future and constructed virtual present. Like a form of multistable perceptual phenomena, Anti-Gone exists in ambiguity.

CONNOR WILLUMSEN is a Montreal-based artist originally from Calgary, AB, where he received a design degree at The Alberta College of Art. He began making comics while attending the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Since then, he has drawn stories for Marvel, DC and Dynamite and illustrated the covers for Criterion editions of David Cronenberg’s Scanners and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing. He has self-published a number of zines and comics and Breakdown Press published volumes one and two of his book Treasure Island in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

ISBN: 978-1-927668-52-8
6.5 x 9”, 208 pages, b&w, trade paper
September 2017

Collecting a cornucopia of short comics by one of the medium’s most inventive artists.

A keen observer of the absurd, Patrick Kyle’s stories defamiliarize the machinations of life, work and art with droll dialogue and his angular, humanely geometric drawing and sci-fi settings that recall set design more than satellite images. Kyle’s figures may be foreign, his settings strange, but his stories resonate deeply.

PATRICK KYLE lives and works in Toronto, ON. He is the author of the graphic novels Black Mass (2012), Distance Mover (2014) and Don’t Come In Here (2016). At the 2016 Doug Wright Awards, he won the Pigskin Peters Award for New Comics #6 and 7.

ISBN: 978-1-927668-47-4
5 x 7”, 128 pages, colour, trade paper
September 2017

Collecting zines and comics filled with gorgeous illustration and artful design that attempt to translate modern life.

The real meaning behind emojis, the subtext of sexts, the financial cryptography of flats and pumps, and more are revealed in this witty and wonderfully drawn collection. Hannah K. Lee melds elegant typography, beautiful illustration and trenchant text to make an acerbic art book.

HANNAH K. LEE was born to Korean immigrants and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, CA. She received a BFA in illustration at Parsons School of Design. Now in Brooklyn, she works as a commercial illustrator, letterer, and designer and is a regular self-publisher of zines and art books, which contain personal work and experiments in letterforms and production.

ISBN: 978-1-927668-46-7
6 x 6”, 440 pages, b&w, trade paper
September 2017

A salacious title belies a moving look at intimacy and all its delicacies and absurdities.

Begun as a loose, ephemeral zine that was produced in limited editions, these small comics in both size and length are esoteric and immensely personal. Covering a span of four years, the comics collected here build a relationship that is deeper than their elegantly drawn surfaces.

SOPHIA FOSTER-DIMINO is a cartoonist and illustrator living and working in San Francisco, CA. Foster-Dimino graduated the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010 and has since produced illustrations for a variety of outlets and worked as a Google Doodler. She has self-published a number of zines and contributed to several anthologies.

ISBN: 978-1-927668-50-4
7 x 10”, 224 pages, b&w, trade paper
September 2017

Sam Beckett and Sam Raimi intersect in an outsider art graveyard.

A cemetery so old that the names on the graves have eroded into nothing and no one remembers the dead is razed to make room for a retirement home for folks who’ve also been forgotten. Ambience and slapstick combine as an absurd cast of characters inhabit and haunt the once hallowed ground.

NOEL FREIBERT currently resides in Baltimore, MD. He is the editor of WEIRD Magazine and was a member of the influential comics group Closed Caption Comics. His work has been shown internationally and is featured in the book collections of the Museum of Modern Art and The Baltimore Museum of Art.

ISBN: 978-1-927668-49-8
6 x 8”, 104 pages, b&w, trade paper
September 2017

A woman torn between her family and her independence, unmoored between what is and what could be.

A young, second-generation woman wanders through her city and memories encountering the world through a camera’s lens; her independence pulled by the gravity of familial responsibility. She drifts until she encounters what could possibly be her potential self.

GG lives and works in the small Canadian prairie city where she grew up during the 1980s. In this pre-Internet era, isolated geographically and culturally, drawing and making up stories was the means to connect to something more. It was romantic and lonely. In 2016 she was included in The Best American Comics edited by Roz Chast.