Koyama Press Spring 2016 Season

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 in Blog

Koyama Press is thrilled to announce another diverse collection of comics!

We at Koyama Press are proud of our inability to be easily pinned down. We have broad aesthetic and storytelling interests and those interests are reflected in our Spring 2016 list.

Leading off our season is our first ever work in translation, What is Obscenity? The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and her Pussy, the story of Japanese artist Rokudenashiko (“good-for-nothing girl” or “bad girl”) and the punitive results of her pussy-based art. Don’t Come in Here sees Patrick Kyle revel in the absurdity of apartment living in his singular style. Cathy G. Johnson’s Gorgeous delineates the complexity of adolescence in crushed metal and starry nights. After Nothing Comes collects a number of early comics by Aidan Koch filled with her diaphanous drawings and lyrical storytelling. In the “comics for kids that aren’t just for kids” section of our catalogue, we have Ben Sears’ Night Air, a comic that puts the Saturday morning cartoon into adventure serial.

Get ready folks, we’ve got a bower of books ready to bloom and kick ass this Spring! Find out more about them and take a peek at their covers below.

WHAT IS OBSCENITY? THE STORY OF A GOOD FOR NOTHING ARTIST AND HER PUSSY
ISBN: 978-1-927668-31-3
$20.00
6 x 8.25, 168 pages, b&w with colour, trade paper
May 2016

Rokudenashiko’s mission is to demystify female genitalia, a mission that has led to a vulva-shaped kayak and her arrest.

A graphic memoir of a good-for-nothing Japanese artist who has been jailed twice for so-called acts of obscenity and the distribution of pornographic materials yet continues to champion the art of pussy. In a society where one can be censored, pixelated and punished, Rokudenashiko asks what makes pussy so problematic?

Edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins and translated by Ishii, a writer, translator and proprietor of the gay manga paraphernalia brand MASSIVE, and with a cover by Chip Kidd, arguably the most well-known and influential designer of the past two decades. This is an incredible package for an incredible story.

ROKUDENASHIKO (“good-for-nothing girl” or “bad girl”) is a Japanese sculptor and mangaka. She is known for her series of decorated vulva moulds, or Deco-Man, a portmanteau of “decorated” and “manko,” which is Japanese slang for vagina. The moulds have taken the shape of dioramas, kawaii characters and a kayak based on a 3D scan of her genitalia, which she dubbed the “pussy boat.” The scan led to her arrest in 2014 for alleged violation of Japanese obscenity laws.

“This is actually a feel-good memoir. It’s also crucial reading for understanding the problems with the obscure methods of the Japanese police’s handling of suspects, and while that makes the book sound plenty stiff, the author’s sense of humour make this an outrageously fun read.” — MUSIC MAGAZINE

 

DON’T COME IN HERE
ISBN: 978-1-927668-28-3
$15.00
5.5 x 7, 264 pages, b&w, trade paper
May 2016

A nameless protagonist takes up residence in a Kafkaesque apartment where the rules of space and time do not apply.

Looking for an inexpensive live/work space, an anonymous character settles on a supernatural apartment that has a seemingly unlimited number of identical rooms and manifests distracting illusions and other psychological hurdles. The story unfolds in vignettes that voyeuristically document the character’s domestic activities in an increasingly disorienting environment.

PATRICK KYLE lives and works in Toronto, ON. He is the co-founder and editor of Wowee Zonk, a contemporary comic book anthology featuring up-and-coming international artists. He has been previously nominated for Doug Wright and Ignatz awards for his comic book series Black Mass and Distance Mover respectively.

PRAISE FOR DISTANCE MOVER

“Distance Mover is a terrific book, marking Patrick Kyle as a standout among up-and-coming cartoonists.” — Nick Francis Potter, Heavy Feather Review

GORGEOUS
ISBN: 978-1-927668-27-6
$12.00
6 x 9, 64 pages, b&w, trade paper
May 2016

Ideologies and cars collide when a minor accident brings a pair of punks and a college student tumultuously together.

Sophie has tried to stay out of trouble, but tonight trouble has found her. On a lonely stretch of highway under a star-studded sky, she meets anarchist punks in a crack-up of metal and emotion that proves sometimes the freedom of youth causes damage along the way.

CATHY G. JOHNSON is an artist in Providence, RI. She grew up in Minnesota and graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. She was awarded the Small Press Expo 2014 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. Her inspiration is drawn from community and critical theory.

“Johnson has consistently been making some of the most beautiful and affecting comics, especially when it comes to comics that explore identity, gender and sexuality.” — Mey, Autostraddle

AFTER NOTHING COMES
ISBN: 978-1-927668-32-0
$20.00
6 x 9, 112 pages, b&w with spot colour, trade paper
May 2016

A collection of early zines edited by Bill Kartalopoulos that present comics at their most painterly and poetic.

Aidan Koch makes comics about moods and moments, marks and symbols. They are drawn in a diaphanous, haptic style that suggests dreams and memories. In washes of ink, pencil smudges, white paint, and traces of drawings removed, Koch creates resonate tone poems on paper.

AIDAN KOCH was born in Seattle, WA and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA in Illustration at the Pacific NW College of Art in Portland, OR, and works in a variety of mediums, often blurring their conventions. Her work has appeared in a variety of group exhibitions, as well as The Paris Review. Past books include the Xeric Award winning The Whale (Gaze Books, 2014), Field Studies (Floating World Comics, 2012) and the anthology Astral Talk (Publication Studio, 2011), which she edited.

“Aidan Koch asks us to consider the ways in which comic art and “Art World” art exist separately and how they unite.” — Monica Johnson, The Rumpus

KOYAMA PRESS COMICS FOR KIDS!

NIGHT AIR
ISBN: 978-1-927668-29-0
$12.00
6.5 x 9, 64 pages, colour, trade paper
May 2016

The boundless adventures of an unruly boy, his rational robot and their great gadgets filled with fantastic science stuff!

Plus Man is a roguish knave without equal, an antihero in his own mind. His coolheaded robot, however, knows better. This odd couple has just been given a break: a tip on a score of valuable alloy. The catch? The alloy is in a haunted castle. One really haunted castle.

BEN SEARS is a cartoonist, illustrator and musician born and raised in Louisville, KY where he continues to live and work. His Double+ characters have appeared in a number of zines and online anthologies, where the protagonist is usually in over his head.

“Ben Sears has created the perfect futuristic fantasy world, packed with robots, alien creatures, magic, humour, and adventure. I want more.” — John Martz (A Cat Named Tim and Other StoriesGold Star)

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