Kids Comics Reviewed!

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 in News

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Rob Clough has reviewed our kid-and-kitten-friendly comics A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories by John Martz and Cat Dad, King of the Goblins by Britt Wilson.

ON A CAT NAMED TIM AND OTHER STORIES

“I tested the book on my five-year-old daughter to see if she could follow it (she’s just learning to read), and the way that Martz continually subverted audiences expectations led to laugh after laugh … Martz’s cartooning rhythm is so steady that even an inexperienced reader could pick up on how to follow it.” — Rob Clough, High-Low


ON CAT DAD, KING OF THE GOBLINS

“Once the adventure starts, the book’s pacing is breathless. That said, the brightness of the colors and Wilson’s rendering skills give the book a flamboyant decorative quality that nonetheless doesn’t interfere with the book’s pacing. The reader is encouraged to stop and take a look around, but not for too long.”  — Rob Clough, High-Low

Check out the full reviews here!

Lose #6 Reviewed on the A.V. Club

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 in News

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Oliver Sava of the A.V. Club reviews Michael DeForge’s latest, Lose #6, which he sees as signalling a new direction in the artist’s approach to comics making.

“Heartwarming” isn’t a word typically associated with DeForge’s often unsettling work, but the main story in Lose #6, “Me As A Baby,” is a surprisingly sweet tale about how far a “cool aunt” will go to make her niece happy … It’s really quite touching, as long as you’re willing to forgive the string of dead bodies left by Cherelle [the cool aunt] on her path to triumph.” — Oliver Sava, A.V. Club

Check out the whole review right here!

Broken Pencil, Jesse Jacobs and SPX

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 in News

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Jonathan Rotsztain provides Can-Con con coverage of this year’s SPX for Broken Pencil. Included is a brief chat with Jesse Jacobs who was in Bethesda supporting his latest book Safari Honeymoon. Check out Jonathan’s whole article right here!

Wendy Reviewed on Panel Patter

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 in News

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Rob Kirby of Panel Patter thinks highly of the occasionally lowlife antics of Walter Scott’s Wendy, which is set to make its debut at CAB in November!

“Scott is a wonderfully expressive cartoonist, specializing in laugh-out-loud, operatic reaction shots. His characters are deeply flawed, hilariously funny, and always recognizably human. Another triumph from Koyama Press.” — Rob Kirby, Panel Patter

Check out the whole review here along with a number of other small press comics being highlighted from Small Press Previews.

 

Koyama Press Spring 2015 Season

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 in News

Spring 2015 at Koyama Press brings metaphysical men in tights, the return of bad-boy blobs, the weaponization of cute through art, and fun and philosophizing diary comics. It is a diverse and variegated variety of comics and art—just the way we like it!

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MIGHTY STAR AND THE CASTLE OF THE CANCATERVATER
ISBN: 978-1-927668-16-0
$15.00
6 ½ x 10, 172 pages, b&w, trade paper
April 2015

Sci-fi superheroes eschew Gotham and Metropolis in favor of nightmarish neoclassical ruins in this surreal strip.

A. Degen has taken the superhero myth and put it in a baroque blender; the result is the cerebral, sensuous and uncanny Mighty Star and the Castle of the Cancatervater. Equal parts Dalí and Astro Boy, Degen’s mostly silent narrative is both metaphysical and mighty.

A. DEGEN was born in Brooklyn, New York. After a time in Tokyo, he now lives and works in Connecticut. He is the author of the books Area CC (Snakebomb, 2011) and Soft X- Ray/Mindhunters (Astroplus/Futureshock, 2013), and his work has appeared in a number of anthologies.

PRAISE FOR MIGHTY STAR AND THE CASTLE OF THE CANCATERVATER
“A. Degen is one of the smartest and funniest cartoonists in the game. Every page in the book is filled with about two dozen triumphs and upsets in humor, design, pacing … A real pleasure to pore over.” — Michael DeForge, author of A Body Beneath (Koyama Press, 2014), Ant Colony (Drawn and Quarterly, 2013), and many more

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BLOBBY BOYS 2
ISBN: 978-1-927668-20-7
$10.00
5 ½ x 8 ½, 52 pages, color, trade paper
May 2015

Imagine The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as pot-smoking punks.

The Blobby Boys are back and they’ve got acid tongues and acid on their tongues. The salacious and slimy Saturday Morning cast-offs haven’t lost an iota of edge. In fact, the only thing sharper than the comedy in this book just might be the boys’ switchblades.

ALEX SCHUBERT was born in Mascoutah, IL and is based In Los Angeles, CA where he works in illustration and animation. In 2014, the first collection of Blobby Boys was awarded a Silver Medal in the Long Form and Comic Strip category of The Society of Illustrators first Comic and Cartoon Art Annual.

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“Alex Schubert’s collection of bold, bizarre comics is short, sharp and shocking — not unlike a quick stabbing.” — Jake Austen, Chicago Tribune

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ISBN: 978-1-927668-15-3
$20.00
6 x 7 ½, 200 pages, color, trade paper
May 2015

A colorful celebration of cartoons, creativity and the culture of cute.

Confetti, like its namesake, is a fun and explosive mix of color from the fertile mind of multidisciplinary artist Ginette Lapalme. In comics, paintings, prints, sculpture, and jewelry, Lapalme uses cartoons and junk culture as raw material to make “cute” subversive and “pretty” punk.

GINETTE LAPALME is a Toronto-based illustrator and artist. Lapalme is a graduate of the storied OCADU Illustration program, and is one third of Wowee Zonk, a Toronto-based illustrator collective and contemporary comic book anthology.

PRAISE FOR CONFETTI
“It is a goal of mine to live alone in a big house surrounded by the work of Ginette Lapalme, kind of like a cat lady, but with drawings of cats instead of real cats … Utterly delightful but never too cute, the world Lapalme has created leaves me more attuned to the perverse beauty of the one around us.” — Tavi Gevinson, founder and editor of Rookie

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DIARY COMICS
ISBN: 978-1-927668-17-7
$15.00
5 x 6 ½, 236 pages, b&w, trade paper
May 2015

Comic and tragicomic, heartfelt and heartbreaking; these are the panels that make up a life.

Since 2010, Dustin Harbin has been sporadically documenting the ups and downs and sideways of his life in comic form. From their humble beginnings as a sketchbook exercise documenting the quotidian, oftentimes with hilarious results, Harbin’s Diary Comics have grown into quirky existential examinations of life and living.

DUSTIN HARBIN is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives and works in North Carolina. He’s best known for his autobiographical comics, as well as many, many illustrations of people and animals, often mixed and matched.

PRAISE FOR DIARY COMICS
“Dustin’s willingness to push himself in these comics makes them special, opening his mind and life to the audience he’s meant to connect to, taking what is at times the character of himself and revealing the man. That’s always the best part of autobio comics, an ability to confront something true.” — Kate Beaton, author of Hark! A Vagrant

Little Tommy Lost Reviewed by James Romberger

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 in News

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Cartoonist, critic and fine artist James Romberger has an SPX roundup that includes a number of capsule reviews, including one of Cole Closser’s Little Tommy Lost: Book One.

Little Tommy Lost replicates the look and tone of clippings of an daily/Sunday strip from the late 1930s quite beautifully. The story of abused urchins does seems as if it might well have been someone’s grampa’s favorite serial strip, lovingly preserved for posterity.” — James Romberger, The Hooded Utilitarian

Read James’ complete roundup here!

John Martz Interview!

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 in News

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has been interviewed by award-winning children’s book author/illustrator Elizabeth O. Dulemba (A Bird on Water Street, Little Pickle Press, 2014). They talk about John’s brand new book A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories; its origins, its influences, its process, and more!

Check out the whole interview here!

 

Koyama Press and Yam Books at APE!

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 in News

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Koyama Press will be tabling at APE—the Alternative Press Expo not the primate, natch—the first weekend of October. Come by and check out our latest books, including Baby Bjornstrand by Renee French who will be attending the show and signing her menacingly cute comic. Moreover, we will be sharing table 808 with our most excellent friends Yam Books who will also have stellar comics, so no excuses comics folks!

Alternative Press Expo (APE) Table 808
4–5 October 2014 | At the Festival Pavilion Fort Mason Center
Visit the APE website for further details

Delporte, French and Wertz are Best American Comics 2014 Notables

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 in News
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The Best American Comics 2014 Notables list has been released and Koyama Press artists Julie Delporte, Renee French and Julia Wertz have made the cut! Julie’s Journal, the serialization of Renee’s newly released Baby Bjornstrand, and Julia’s The Infinite Wait and Other Stories have been selected as notable by this year’s series editor Bill Kartalopoulos.

Check out the whole list here!

Annie Koyama Interviewed by Off Life

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 in News

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Koyama Press publisher Annie Koyama is interviewed in the most recent issue of the UK’s only street press comic magazine Off Life. Annie discusses that amorphous appellation “indie comics” and more. Check out the whole interview, with art by Michael DeForge, here!

Kickass Annie by Daryl Seitchik!