We are so super proud of Patrick Kyle and Rokudenashiko whose books Don’t Come in Here and What Is Obscenity? are nominated for L.A. Times Book Prize for best graphic novel/comics, which will be announced at a ceremony tomorrow hosted by Tig Notaro (!!!). Moreover, Patrick will be participating in a discussion this Saturday at 12:30pm with cartoonists Graham Chaffee and Anna Haifisch moderated by Benjamin Schwartz. More details on the awards ceremony here and Patrick’s talk here!
AIGA Eye on Design features an interview with Eleanor Davis ahead of the release of her new “gorgeously raw chronicle” You & A Bike & A Road.
“Like many great road narratives, geography in You & A Bike & A Road reveals larger issues: as Davis makes her way along the southern border of America, she meets a constant barrage of patrol cars and helicopters which always come close to check the color of her skin.” — Madeleine Morley, AIGA Eye on Design
Check out the whole interview here!
Rokudenashiko, whose book What Is Obscenity? is nominated for an L.A. Times Book Prize, continues her struggle with the Tokyo courts losing an appeal and being ordered to pay a ¥400,000 fine. The Japan Times has an excellent rundown of her case and the recent developments here.
Comic Bastards gives a five star review to Eleanor Davis’ You & A Bike & A Road, which recounts her bike trip from Tucson, AZ to Athens, GA and the experiences and encounters she has along the way.
“Davis’s work—intentionally or unintentionally—comes together to form an overarching narrative that raises questions about identity as much as it comforts through its depiction of overcoming challenges.” — Sarah Miller, Comic Bastards
Check out the whole review here!
Jane Mai and An Nguyen are hitting the road in support of their new book So Pretty / Very Rotten, which celebrates the world of Lolita fashion in comics, essays and an interview with the Lolitas’ Bard Novala Takemoto. The book is debuting at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival in May with an accompanying art show at the Japan Foundation and Jane and An will also be presenting the book at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly in Montreal and appearing at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo!
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is a month away and that means it is time for the Doug Wright Awards nominees to be announced! Congratulations goes out to consummate Koyama Press cartoonists John Martz, whose book Burt’s Way Home is nominated for Best Book, Jessica Campbell, whose book Hot or Not: 20th-Century Male Artists netted her a Spotlight Award (aka The Nipper) nomination, Nathan Jurevicius’ Birthmark is also highlighted in the Spotlight category, as is Steve Wolfhard’s collection Cat Rackham. Congrats to all of the nominees all of whom can be found right here!
PEN America features an excerpt from Eleanor Davis’ forthcoming You & A Bike & A Road as a part of their Illustrated PEN series guest edited by cartoonist MariNaomi.
“Using minimal lines and words, Eleanor conveys so much about the spectrum of emotions involved with being human.” MariNaomi, PEN America
Check out the whole excerpt here!
April has been soggy and dark, but there are some bulbs struggling to bloom in Koyama Press West’s garden, and on 13 April we are going to get some guaranteed sunshine at the opening of Ginette Lapalme’s gallery show Sweet April Showers Do Spring May Flowers at the Weird Things gallery! Take a peek at Lapalme’s wonderful world in her book Confetti!