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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!
MIGHTY STAR AND THE CASTLE OF THE CANCATERVATER
6 ½ x 10, 172 pages, b&w, trade paper
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 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
BLOBBY BOYS 2
5 ½ x 8 ½, 52 pages, color, trade paper
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.
PRAISE FOR BLOBBY BOYS 2
“Alex Schubert’s collection of bold, bizarre comics is short, sharp and shocking — not unlike a quick stabbing.” — Jake Austen, Chicago Tribune
6 x 7 ½, 200 pages, color, trade paper
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
5 x 6 ½, 236 pages, b&w, trade paper
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
yup yup yup
Nuthin’ but good stuff. Ow, my wallet…
J U P I T E R A N D B E Y O N D T H E I N F I N I T E
(Fantasy World Jun, Shōtarō Ishinomori c. 1977)
Yas is the dude.
Patrick Alexander’s 22 Panels That Always Work!!
Useful resource for pros.
It has been a long time coming, but it is our deep pleasure to be able to reveal to you the cover art for Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Vol. 3: “Evidence to the Contrary”. While there are often delays that push back release dates, our production on this book was slowed by the sudden and unexpected passing of our co-editor and co-publisher, Kim Thompson, in June 2013.
There is a sense of bittersweet closure as we finalize this book and ready it for publication. The book should hit bookshelves in mid-December and is available for pre-order now. As ever, collections of these strips would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of devoted Pogo fans. Thank you.
Comics Workbook Composition Competition 2014 Winners
Congratulations to all who created and submitted work for this contest. We really enjoyed reading each and every work.
FIRST PLACE - $500 cash prize
SECOND PLACE - $250 gift certificate at Copacetic Comics
THIRD PLACE - $100 gift certificate at Copacetic Comics
HONORABLE MENTIONS - $50 gift (each) at Big Planet Comics
——————————————————It is our hope that all of the makers who participated in this contest have been TRANSFORMED in some way – artistically, personally, spiritually, and/or physically (improved eye-hand coordination? yes!) – by the time and energy dedicated to the creation of their submissions.Everyone who took part in this exercise has completed a hero’s journey. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJwPIiUPfK4———————————————————-———————————————————-
The restrictions placed upon the contest entries were derived from The Santoro Correspondence Course for Comic Book Makers. It is my firmly held belief that restrictions such as the grid are ultimately freeing. I also believe that timing is the essential ingredient to making great comics. How do you study and practice timing in comics? You use the grid.
The judging panel consisted of three men and three women from diverse backgrounds. Some were comics makers, some were comics readers and one was a “non-comics reader” - meaning this particular judge was not a comics initiate.
I will be writing more of my thoughts about this contest soon at The Comics Journal. I will also archiving all of the entries on a new tumblr in the near future. Stay tuned.
Please see this post for information regarding this fall’s correspondence course. Thanks. - Frank Santoro
P.S. Please reblog. Thank you.
(extra special thanks to Derik Badman, Bill Boichel and RM Rhodes)
And of course THANK YOU to everyone who participated. Please check out all of the entries below.
COMPLETE LIST OF ENTRIES to the 2014 COMPETITION
73 Objects by E Taylor
Afterlife by Louise Marie Elsa
Ancora Imparo by Jared Cullum
Captain Kaplan by Haan Lee
Come With Me by Karolina Chyzewska
Core by Jordan Witter
Disc Jockey by Alexey Sokolin
Don’t Eat It by Jack Reese
Don’t Leave Me Alone by GG
Dreaming by Labrynia Alamonde
Dreams Have no Script by Mickken
Fool’s Folly by Baerrus
Four Color Poetics by Paul Anidian
Freedom by Guilherme Figueiredo
Goatherded by Charlo M. Frade
Guardians by Lucas Garcia
Jokes on you by Jacqueline Huskisson
Lover’s Suite by Caleb Orecchio
Moon by Ward Zwart
Mosquito Creek by Panic Volkushka
Pennies For Dad by D.Wing
Phil by Cameron Arthur
Random Associations by Edward W Randell Jr
RULES by Kalen Knowles
Semi-Vivi by GG
Spectrum Jogger by Rowan Tedge
Tabor by spencer sturdevant
Take by Sam Bourman-Karns
The Ballad of Bloody Babs by Dave Hotstream and Candy Sue Ellison
The Gooliggoo by Alice Blank
The Real (and Exciting) Life of Will Wilson, New Brunswick’s Greatest Rock Star by Patrick Allaby
The River Guardian by Gabriella Tito
The unfortunate consequences of nature by Alison Crofts
The Waking by BJ DuVall
To Know The Land by Graeme Shorten Adams
Torrents by RM Rhodes
Transmute by Lydia Henderson
Uglyfat by Cathy Hannah
Ultimate Bad Thoughtz by Jillian Fleck
Unfolding by Kimball Anderson
Venezia by RM Rhodes
Weeping Veins by Will Tempest
White Hot by Gloria Rivera
Congratulations to the three winners and all the other participants for completing a comic.
Shuji Imai illustrations that accompanied the Final Fantasy articles in volumes 12, 14, and 16 of Nintendo Power. Imai (who is often confused with Katsuya Terada) was also the original illustrator of the Howard & Nester comics.
S.F. LIQUID PLANET “BETA-14”, 44 pages, 4-color risograph, 7cmx9cm, available for purchase HERE
I can’t believe I made this amazing weird thing. If you preordered it, it’s already in the mail to you. Can’t wait for you to see it! I don’t think I did a great job scanning the colors here…!
some killer color here. Can’t wait for my copy to arrive!