Patrick Kyle Interviewed

Posted on Oct 19, 2018 in Blog

The Comics Journal is hosting a series of interviews conducted by comics critic Kim Jooha in which they want to “explore the question: What makes Toronto [our hometown!] a great comics city?” The most recent interviewee is Patrick Kyle who recently released Roaming Foliage.

“Kyle’s new book, Roaming Foliage, is his most innovative work yet in page design, style, and structure. He is already significantly influential among young cartoonists.” — Kim Jooha, The Comics Journal

Read the whole interview here!

Roaming Foliage Reviewed

Posted on Oct 16, 2018 in Blog


The New York Journal of Books reviews Patrick Kyle’s “Brechtian” Roaming Foliage.

“Kyle’s visual style is as resistant to the mainstream as his publishing approach. While many artists produce anime-influenced, color-saturated worlds with stable rules and characters, Kyle pushes at the boundaries of acceptability.” — Annette Lapointe, New York Journal of Books

Read the entire review here!

Chlorine Gardens Reviewed

Posted on Oct 15, 2018 in Blog

Your Chicken Enemy reviews Keiler Roberts’ latest “brutally honest,” but equally funny Chlorine Gardens.

“The key to understanding [Roberts’] work is that though she talks about subjects that are sometimes quotidian and sometimes deeply personal and serious, Roberts always thinks like a performer. However deadpan she might be on a page, she tends to think of whether or not an audience might find this interesting or funny.” — Rob Clough, Your Chicken Enemy

Check out the whole review here!

Somnambulance Reviewed

Posted on Oct 15, 2018 in Blog

Broken Frontier reviews the “timeless” and “vital” Somnambulance by Fiona Smyth.

Somnambulance rightfully restores Smyth’s place within the collective history of indie comics.  What is also striking how much her comics are a window into the time in which they were made, but also how they presage ideas that would take another two decades to fully take hold.” — Robin Enrico, Broken Frontier

Read the whole review here!

Jesse Jacobs and Keiler Roberts in Best American

Posted on Oct 4, 2018 in Blog


We are thrilled to have Jesse Jacobs for Crawlspace and Keiler Roberts for Sunburning, represented in the Best American Comics 2018. Phoebe Gloeckner was the editor this time. Also in the notables section, Eleanor Davis for You & A Bike & A Road, Walter Scott for Wendy’s Revenge, Eric Kostiuk Williams for Condo Heartbreak Disco as well as self-published work by Noel Freibert, Sophia Foster-Dimino for Sex Fantasy 8, which can be found in Sex Fantasy, and Patrick Kyle. Congrats also to Michael DeForge and GG for the inclusion of their work.

Announcing Spring 2019

Posted on Oct 2, 2018 in Blog

Castles, quests, demons, and ghosts fill the pages of our Spring 2019 season.

First up, we are incredibly excited to bring Emily Carroll’s When I Arrived at the Castle from out of the long shadows and perilous corridors. Drawing on Romanticism, Gothicism, videogames, myth, horror, feminism, furries, and fan culture Carroll’s comics are a melange of Atwood and anime, Blake and body horror. With her web comics and short story collection Through the Woods, Carroll has established herself as this generation’s preeminent horror cartoonist and here presents a truly modern horror feast preying on the psyche of today’s youth.

Next we have Wowee Zonk alum Chris Kuzma making his solo debut with Lunch Quest. Richard Scarry meets Regular Show in this surrealist slacker series of stories. Akin to Pee Wee poking around the Playhouse and finding the frozen vegetables up to no good, and the dinosaurs in the wall dealing with a familial dispute, Bunny has found that his house holds much more crazy than clutter, as he quests for his lunch.

With A Children’s Book of Demons, Aaron Leighton has filled a book with demons, but they certainly aren’t diabolical, rather these spirits are adorable and iconic—Leighton is the designer behind Koyama Press’ very own icon: Kickass Annie—each one so well crafted, from their description to their illustration, that you expect them to walk off the page and star in their own Saturday morning cartoon.

For the past four years, Ben 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. House of the Black Spot is no exception!

An exciting and decidedly supernatural Spring awaits!

WHEN I ARRIVED AT THE CASTLE
ISBN: 978-1-927668-68-9
$15.00
8 x 10.5”, 72 pages, full colour, trade paper
June 2019

A castle, a killer, and prey all bound and blurred by lust and blood.

Like many before her that have never come back, she’s made it to the Countess’ castle determined to snuff out the horror, but she could never be prepared for what hides within its turrets; what unfurls under its fluttering flags. Emily Carroll has fashioned a rich gothic horror charged with eroticism that doesn’t just make your skin crawl, it crawls into it.

EMILY CARROLL is a writer and artist of numerous award-winning comics, including the horror collection Through the Woods, which won both an Eisner and the British Fantasy Award for 2014. Her online comics work include numerous short stories, with subject matter ranging from haunted rivers to ravenous hand lotions. Her most recent work is a graphic novel adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson’s 1999 novel Speak. She lives in Stratford, ON with two dogs, one cat, and her wonderful and talented wife, Kate.

KIDS COMICS

LUNCH QUEST
ISBN: 978-1-927668-65-8
$15.00
6.5 x 10”, 80 pages, full colour, trade paper
June 2019

Sometimes you are so hungry that the only thing you can find in your house is rip-roaring, candy-coloured, side-busting adventure!

Have you ever been looking for your lettuce, but instead you find skate kids shredding the moon, bunny gladiators astride bumpy frogs, and dance party dance-offs so twisty they put a bag of pretzels to shame? No? Then dig into this collection of comic vignettes to find what you’ve been missing.

CHRIS KUZMA is an artist living in Toronto, ON with his wife, two children and their cat. He divides his time between drawing comics, doing freelance illustration and teaching at OCAD University. He is one-third of the Wowee Zonk comics collective. This is his first all-ages graphic novel.

A CHILDREN’S BOOK OF DEMONS
ISBN: 978-1-927668-66-5
$12.00
6.5 x 8”, 48 pages, full colour, paper over board
June 2019

With this handy Necronomicon for kids, and its easy to follow how-to steps, summoning demons has never been so much fun!

Don’t want to take out the trash tonight? Maybe you’re swimming in homework? Perhaps that big bully is being a real drag? Well grab your coloured pencils and sigil drawing skills and dial up some demons! But be careful, even if these spirits are more silly than scary they are still demons.

AARON LEIGHTON is an award-winning illustrator and art director, as well as a fan of all things occult. His first book with Koyama Press, Spirit City Toronto, was published in 2010. Aaron lives in Toronto, ON and spends his free time wrestling with a black cat.

HOUSE OF THE BLACK SPOT
ISBN: 978-1-927668-67-2
$12.00
6.5 x 9”, 80 pages, full colour, trade paper
May 2019

Plus Man and Hank are in it now! They’ve riled up a ghost, and a ghost with a knack for real estate no less!

The Double+ gang discover that sometimes greed can extend beyond the grave, as they are thrust into a battle between revolting real estate developers and their ghoulish goon bent on destroying the idyllic Gear Town with ghastly gentrification and the most frightful sight of all…condos!

BEN SEARS is a Louisville, KY based cartoonist, illustrator and musician. His characters Plus Man and Hank have appeared in a number of zines, online anthologies and in the all-ages adventure series Double+ where they have been perpetually in over their heads.

Keiler Roberts in Columbus Alive

Posted on Sep 27, 2018 in Blog

Koyama Press will be in Columbus this weekend for Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) and so will Keiler Roberts with her new book Chlorine Gardens. Keiler is highlighted by Columbus Alive as a cartoonist to see this weekend!

“In her autobiographical work, Keiler Roberts provides readers with an intimate, unvarnished peek into the life of a bipolar artist and mother. The pencil-drawn stories are sometimes funny, sometimes melancholy and often both.” — Joel Oliphint, Columbus Alive, 26 September 2018

Check out the whole list here!

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC Table 2)
27-30 September 2018 | Ohio State University and Downtown Columbus
Visit the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus website for further details

Koyama Press’ attendance at CXC is gratefully supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).

Emily Carroll’s Kickass Annie

Posted on Sep 26, 2018 in Blog

Emily Carroll did her version of Kickass Annie!!! Stay tuned for exciting news about Emily this weekend at CXC!

Ghost Queen Previewed

Posted on Sep 26, 2018 in Blog

The Comics Journal has an exclusive preview of Britt Wilson’s latest adventure from Elsewhere Ghost Queen. Check it out here!

KP @ CXC

Posted on Sep 24, 2018 in Blog

Koyama Press will be at the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) show this coming weekend. Come and check out the new books. Jessica Campbell is a guest of the show. And Dustin Harbin, Michael DeForge, and Keiler Roberts will all be making brief appearances as well. If you are coming to Columbus, be sure to check out the Koyama Press show at The Billy Ireland Cartoon & Library Museum (there’s a Mad Magazine exhibition on too!). Caitlin McGurk has done a great job in curating an eclectic collection into an amazing exhibition of work. See you there!

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC Table 2)
27-30 September 2018 | Ohio State University and Downtown Columbus
Visit the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus website for further details

Koyama Press’ attendance at CXC is gratefully supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).