Catching up a bit here on the news, and Koyama Press announced their fall line-up filled with work by some of today’s most exciting cartoonists including Connor Willumsen, Patrick Kyle, Hannah K. Lee, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Noel Freibert and GG. I’m excited for all these books, as Koyama’s output is never less than stellar, but I can’t help but point out the print collection of Foster-Dimino’s Sex Fantasy, which has already gotten a lot of attention and won three Ignatz Awards. I love anything Conor Willumsen does as well…well heck, the whole slate looks great.
And here it is:
8.5 x 11”, 120 pages, b&w, trade paper
Join an oneiric odyssey through a slacker second life.
Reality’s grip is loosened as Spyda and Lynxa explore a potentially constructed environment that shifts between dystopic future and constructed virtual present. Like a form of multistable perceptual phenomena, Anti-Gone exists in ambiguity.
Connor Willumsen is a Montreal-based artist originally from Calgary, AB, where he received a design degree at The Alberta College of Art. He began making comics while attending the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Since then, he has drawn stories for Marvel, DC and Dynamite and illustrated the covers for Criterion editions of David Cronenberg’s Scanners and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing. He has self-published a number of zines and comics and Breakdown Press published volumes one and two of his book Treasure Island in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
6.5 x 9”, 208 pages, b&w, trade paper
Collecting a cornucopia of short comics by one of the medium’s most inventive artists.
A keen observer of the absurd, Patrick Kyle’s stories defamiliarize the machinations of life, work and art with droll dialogue and his angular, humanely geometric drawing and sci-fi settings that recall set design more than satellite images. Kyle’s figures may be foreign, his settings strange, but his stories resonate deeply.
Patrick Kyle lives and works in Toronto, ON. He is the author of the graphic novels Black Mass (2012), Distance Mover (2014) and Don’t Come In Here (2016). At the 2016 Doug Wright Awards, he won the Pigskin Peters Award for New Comics #6 and 7.
Hannah K. Lee
5 x 7”, 128 pages, colour, trade paper
Collecting zines and comics filled with gorgeous illustration and artful design that attempt to translate modern life.
The real meaning behind emojis, the subtext of sexts, the financial cryptography of flats and pumps, and more are revealed in this witty and wonderfully drawn collection. Hannah K. Lee melds elegant typography, beautiful illustration and trenchant text to make an acerbic art book.
Hannah K. Lee was born to Korean immigrants and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, CA. She received a BFA in illustration at Parsons School of Design. Now in Brooklyn, she works as a commercial illustrator, letterer, and designer and is a regular self-publisher of zines and art books, which contain personal work and experiments in letterforms and production.
6 x 6”, 440 pages, b&w, trade paper
A salacious title belies a moving look at intimacy and all its delicacies and absurdities.
Begun as a loose, ephemeral zine that was produced in limited editions, these small comics in both size and length are esoteric and immensely personal. Covering a span of four years, the comics collected here build a relationship that is deeper than their elegantly drawn surfaces.
Sophia Foster-Dimino is a cartoonist and illustrator living and working in San Francisco, CA. Foster-Dimino graduated the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010 and has since produced illustrations for a variety of outlets and worked as a Google Doodler. She has self-published a number of zines and contributed to several anthologies.
7 x 10”, 224 pages, b&w, trade paper
Sam Beckett and Sam Raimi intersect in an outsider art graveyard.
A cemetery so old that the names on the graves have eroded into nothing and no one remembers the dead is razed to make room for a retirement home for folks who’ve also been forgotten. Ambience and slapstick combine as an absurd cast of characters inhabit and haunt the once hallowed ground.
Noel Freibert currently resides in Baltimore, MD. He is the editor of WEIRD Magazine and was a member of the influential comics group Closed Caption Comics. His work has been shown internationally and is featured in the book collections of the Museum of Modern Art and The Baltimore Museum of Art.
I’M NOT HERE
6 x 8”, 104 pages, b&w, trade paper
A woman torn between her family and her independence, unmoored between what is and what could be.
A young, second-generation woman wanders through her city and memories encountering the world through a camera’s lens; her independence pulled by the gravity of familial responsibility. She drifts until she encounters what could possibly be her potential self.
GG lives and works in the small Canadian prairie city where she grew up during the 1980s. In this pre-Internet era, isolated geographically and culturally, drawing and making up stories was the means to connect to something more. It was romantic and lonely. In 2016 she was included in The Best American Comics edited by Roz Chast.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.