Koyama Press Announces Spring 2018 Season!

Posted on Sep 17, 2017 in Blog

Coming off our 10th anniversary we are excited to start our next chapter in comics with our Spring 2018 comics season!

We start off like nature does with a burst of colour in the form of A. Degen’s Soft X-Ray / Mindhunters, an incredible mixture of manga and metaphysical art, which Degen has constructed into a wholly unique universe that feels mythic and modern. Next up is Fiona Smyth’s Somnambulance, which collects over thirty years of comics that traffic in dream logic, sex positivity and wondrous drawings that are horror vacui less the horror, are collected for the first time. Smyth’s comics are a vital, and criminally overlooked, part of comics’ literary canon. Jessica Campbell focuses her razor sharp wit on the sci fi world with XTC69; remember, in space, no one wants to hear your defence of MRAs. Michael DeForge returns with a collection of short stories titled A Western World. These often rare and hard to find comics are some of DeForge’s best comics and no longer his best-kept secrets. Michael Comeau, you might know him, but you definitely do not know his sci fi slice of punk rock pulp for those who dig gig posters as much as Neil deGrasse Tyson, Winter’s Cosmos. Rounding out the season is another exciting, all-ages Double+ Adventure The Ideal Copy. For the past three years, Sears has been building an incredible world of quirky characters and rip-roaring adventures under the Double+ banner.  In this short time, over three standalone volumes, he has created so much awesome he has likely raised worldwide levels.

This is our biggest season, in terms of page count, ever! We are immensely excited to bring such a spectacular selection of comics to you this Spring!

SOFT X-RAY / MINDHUNTERS
ISBN: 978-1-927668-53-5
$29.95
8 x 10”, 392 pages, full colour, trade paper
May 2018

The Mindhunters release prisoners from the shackles of others’ dreams.

The servants confined to the virtual mind palaces of despotic dreamers have found their furies in the form of the Mindhunters: masked vigilantes who burgle brainpower. Pop and ancient culture collide in searing colour in this melange of Astro Boy and Attic tragedy.

A. DEGEN was born in Brooklyn, NY. After a time in Tokyo, he now lives and works in Connecticut. He made his Koyama Press debut with Mighty Star and the Castle of the Cancatervater (2015), and he’s appeared in various anthologies including The Best American Comics edited by Jonathan Lethem.

SOMNAMBULANCE
ISBN: 978-1-927668-54-2
$29.95
7 x 10”, 368 pages, full colour and b&w, trade paper
May 2018

Collecting a career in comics from 1983-2017 by a joyous, feminist contemporary of Julie Doucet, Seth and Chester Brown.  

A comics collection by Canadian cartoonist, painter, and illustrator Fiona Smyth. Over thirty years of comics that feature Fiona’s world of sexy ladies, precocious girls, and vindictive goddesses is revealed in all its feminist glory. This is recommended reading for sleepwalkers on a female planet.

FIONA SMYTH is a Toronto based painter, educator, illustrator, and cartoonist. Her feminist artwork has exhibited internationally. Fiona collaborated with writer and sex educator Cory Silverberg on the kids’ series What Makes A Baby in 2013, and Sex Is A Funny Word in 2015, published by Seven Stories Press.

XTC69
ISBN: 978-1-927668-57-3
$12.00
5.25 x 7”, 120 pages, b&w, trade paper
May 2018

Explorers from an all-women planet have found men to breed with, but have they found studs or duds? 

Commander Jessica Campbell of the planet L8DZ N1T3 and her crew are searching for men to breed with when they discover the last human on Earth, the cryogenically frozen Jessica Campbell. With a new, but familiar crewmember, the search for men continues, but will it be worth it?

JESSICA CAMPBELL is from Victoria, BC and is an enthusiast of jokes, painting and comics. She completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she is a comics instructor. In 2016, she unleashed the art world and chauvinist skewering: Hot or Not: 20th-Century Male Artists.

A WESTERN WORLD
ISBN: 978-1-927668-48-1
$22.95
7.25 x 10”, 152 pages, full colour, trade paper
May 2018

A collection of short comics by the prolific and vital author behind Dressing and the Lose series.

Short, succinct and, more often than not, strange stories have always been a central part of Michael DeForge’s oeuvre. In a career that’s volume outweighs its years, DeForge’s most powerful work has often been his most pithy.

MICHAEL DEFORGE currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator and designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time. His one-person anthology series Lose has received great critical and commercial success, having been nominated for every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner Awards.

WINTER’S COSMOS
ISBN: 978-1-927668-55-9
$20.00
6.5 x 9”, 304 pages, b&w, trade paper
May 2018

Collage and comics combine in this fotonovela about the psychology of space travel and the limits of exploration.

In the tradition of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Silent Running, this genre-bending photo and comics hybrid presents the final years of a mission to seed a planet in a distant constellation and the failings of both human and artificial psyches in the face of the vastness of space.

MICHAEL COMEAU works on the wall, the print sheet and the page. Creating window displays and paste-up murals utilizing generations of street posters he created for parties, gigs, etc. His comic trilogy Hellberta won the Doug Wright award for experimental comics in 2012.

THE IDEAL COPY 
ISBN: 978-1-927668-56-6
$12.00
6.5 x 9”, 88 pages, full colour, trade paper
May 2018

The fix is in as the Double+ gang try to counter crooked counterfeiters from the inside!

Plus Man and Hank have been blacklisted and have replaced treasure hunting with job-hunting, before landing a catering job at a swank hotel. But trouble doesn’t wait for hors d’oeuvres as the boys find themselves with a main course of counterfeiting crooks to crack!

BEN SEARS is a Louisville, KY based cartoonist, illustrator and musician. His Double+ character has appeared in a number of zines, online anthologies and in the all-ages adventure comics Night Air and Volcano Trash where he has been perpetually in over his head.

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