While We Were Sleeping

Posted on Jan 2, 2018 in Blog


Here’s what happened while we were hibernating!

The Verge selects the 10 best comics of 2017 and Eleanor Davis’ You & A Bike & A Road makes the list!

“It is, from its thrilling high points to its devastating observations of border-town racism, an exhilarating chronicle of achievement, solitude, and sacrifice.” — Juliet Kahn, The Verge

Check out the rest of the list here!

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Smash Pages Alex Dueben interviews Annie Koyama at the end of our 10th year!

“Koyama is always looking ahead, working with new talent, interested in different voices and has been key in this past decade in helping to build a comics community that encourages these individuals and build a new industry.” — Alex Dueben, Smash Pages

Read the whole interview here!

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The Comics Beat’s Heidi MacDonald selects Sophia Foster-Dimino’s Sex Fantasy and Connor Willumsen’s Anti-Gone as two of the best comics of 2017!

On Sex Fantasy

“Published over a period of years as online comics then mini comics, Foster-Dimino grows exponentially through these ten stories.” — Heidi MacDonald, The Comics Beat

On Anti-Gone

“Willumsen’s fantasy involves two tourists, Spyda and Lynxa, who explore an island that turns into a futuristic city or an apocalyptic nightmare depending on what drugs they’re taking.” — Heidi MacDonald, The Comics Beat

Read the whole list here!

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The Hollywood Reporter selects the best comics of 2017 and Eleanor Davis’ You & A Bike & A Road is praised as the best nonfiction comic of the year.

“Sometimes, it’s the small things that count, and Davis’ travelogue of a cycle trip between states — from her parents house back home, off-road and by bicycle — is a celebration of that impulse, focusing on the tiny triumphs (The kindness of strangers, the surprise of riding further than expected on a given day) and the frailties of us all in such a way as to turn a specific experience into something universal, and charmingly heartwarming.” — Graeme McMillan, The Hollywood Reporter

Check out their whole list here!

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The Smart Set selects their 10 favourite comics of 2017 and Eleanor Davis’ You & A Bike & A Road makes the list!

“This book sneaks up on you.” — Chris Mautner, The Smart Set

Check out all of the books here!

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Daily Grindhouse selects their top 10 graphics of 2017 and Noel Freibert’s Old Ground, Connor Willumsen’s Anti-Gone and Jesse Jacobs’ Crawl Space make the list.

On Old Ground

“Amorphous, inky black shapes that coagulate, coalesce, dissemble, and reconstitute themselves at both will and random are the primary visual motifs Freibert employs in this bizarre, humorous, at times even touching tale of gentrification looming down upon a haunted graveyard.” — Ryan Carey, Daily Grindhouse

On Anti-Gone

“Willumsen’s book demands that you spend time looking at it from multiple angles, then trusts you to make up your own mind.” — Ryan Carey, Daily Grindhouse

On Crawl Space

“This tale of a washing machine that serves as a gateway for children to a Narnia-esque fantasyland may have universal cautionary themes at its core, but the manner in which they’re conveyed is absolutely singular in nature.” — Ryan Carey, Daily Grindhouse

Check out the rest of the list here!

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Sequential State’s Alex Hoffman selects comics that challenged him in 2017 and Connor Willumsen’s Anti-Gone makes the list!

Anti-Gone is likely one of the strongest long-form formalist comics published this year. Willumsen’s pages made me gasp, and flinch, and read and re-read, and re-read.” — Alex Hoffman, Sequential State

Check out the rest of challenging comics here!

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ComicBook selects the 10 best indie comics of 2017 and Sophia Foster-Dimino’s Sex Fantasy makes the list.

Sex Fantasy is composed of alluringly sparse lines and gentle curves that pulls readers into the complex set of emotions that belie sex and relationships.” — Chase Magnett, ComicBook

Check out the rest of the picks here!

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