The holidays are rapidly approaching and whether you are searching for that certain something for someone special, or just want to treat yourself, it is a great time for shopping and sales! Koyama Press artists are no exception and they are offering some excellent deals on original art, prints, and more.
For the first time ever, Julia Wertz, whose The Infinite Wait and Other Stories was nominated for an Eisner earlier this year, is selling original art. Julia also has some incredible photography prints from her adventures in urban exploration, as well as exclusive book packages. The sale ends on December 10th so head on over to Julia’s Etsy store here!
Ryan Cecil Smith, the artist behind the recently released S.F. #3, has also begun selling some of his original art. Head over to Ryan’s site here, and be one of the first people to own pages from Ryan’s ever-growing sci-fi fantasy worlds!
If you are looking for some incredibly beautiful prints, tanks, tees, totes, throw pillows, or onesies head over to Sunday in the Park with Boys artist Jane Mai’s society6 page here to save $5 and free shipping. But better hurray, as the sale ends December 8th!
Also taking part in the society6 sale, is the super talented and super hilarious Seo Kim who will release Cat Person with us in Spring 2014. This is the closest you’ll get to taking home Seo’s loveable feline Jimmy, so be sure to check out all of the deals here before December 8th!
BONUS SALE! The most excellent cartoonist, publisher and educator Zak Sally is having a sale to celebrate 21 (!!!) years of La Mano. That means 50-75% off some incredible work.Check out the sale here, which runs until December 25th.
The most recent issue of the UK-based independent graphic fiction magazine Your Days Are Numbered includes an interview with Alex Schubert as well as reviews of his Blobby Boys and Michael DeForge’s Very Casual.
On Blobby Boys:
“Alex Schubert’s blend of flat colour and surrealism has a familiar look at first glance, and the subjects that crop up in Blobby Boys — the exploits across the music scene of the eponymous band of slime-based rockers, targeting wannabe hipster and sci-fi body horror — have all cropped in comics before, but what sets Schubert’s work apart is his distinct tone and styling.” — Steven Walsh, Your Days Are Numbered 7
On Very Casual:
“DeForge specialises in short pieces in which he creates a vivid world or scenario in a remarkably short space of time, and then proceeds to disconcert the reader with dizzying forms and concepts.” — Steven Walsh, Your Days Are Numbered 7
Read the whole issue here!
“DeForge is the current darling of the art-comics scene, and these body-horror-as-black-comedy short stories demonstrate why.” — Douglas Wolk, TIME
Read the rest of Wolk’s picks and the Top 10 Everything of 2013 here!
On December 12, Julia Wertz, the artist behind the Eisner-nominated The Infinite Wait and Other Stories, will be reading before a presentation of John Mejias’ I’M WURRIED. Mejias’ shadow puppet play is based on recordings of children describing what they are afraid of.
I’M WURRIED by John Mejias w/ Jeffrey Lewis and Julia Wertz
Presented by Art International Radio and The Silent Barn
12 December 2013 | 8–11PM at The Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY | $7
Be sure to check out the event page here for further details!
Ryan Cecil Smith is an American currently living in Japan and his comics reflect this geography. They are a masterful melange of cross-cultural influences, but Smith’s world building and storytelling amount to more than homage. His comics, including the recently released S.F. #3, are daring, humorous, fun, and charming—much like the cartoonist himself.
Ryan was kind enough to sit down and discuss his newest book, his influences and what it takes to cut it in the S.F.S.F.S.F.
For another Q&A with a Koyama Press artist check out Cole Closser’s here!
Although our mayor may be imploding, Toronto is a wonderful place filled with wonderful people. We Are Toronto is a blog dedicated to showcasing the best of what this city has to offer, and that includes Koyama Press founder Annie Koyama.
Check out Annie’s, and many other great Torontonians, profile at the We Are Toronto Tumblr.
Cartoonist and critic Rob Kirby has rounded up his favourite comics of 2013. He has selected Young Safari Guide — the prequel to Jesse Jacobs’ upcoming Safari Honeymoon — as one of his favourite mini comics of 2013. Kirby has also singled out Julie Delporte’s Journal as the prettiest graphic novel of the year.
Check out the rest of Kirby’s year-end list here!
“[Lose #5] is for my money the strongest of DeForge’s artistic output in 2013 and deserves a spot on any best-of-the-year list. The story “Living Outdoors,” about two kids and their adventures with hallucinogens, is worth the price of admission alone, but the rest of the book is equally excellent.” — Jeppe Mulich, Filth and Fabulations
Check out the rest of Mulich’s list here!