Hic and Hoc is a micro publisher out of New Jersey with a steady output of smart comics by indie cartoonists, some known some up and coming. They’ve just announced their 2014 line-up and it’s very promising.
Mimi and the Wolves Act I by Alabaster
First up is Alabaster’s self-published and much-loved Mimi and the Wolves, reprinted in a spanking new paperback edition, exclusively distributed by Hic & Hoc. As Alabaster’s followup to her awesome debut The Complete Talamaroo, the first Mimi book begins an epic tale of affairs, alliances, and friendships in a quest for power and self-discovery. Paperback, 64pp. Due this spring.
Irene Volume 4 edited by Dakota McFadzean, Andy Warner, and d w
Each of the first three issues of the Irene anthology, co-edited by Dakota McFadzean (Other Stories and the Horse You Rode in On), Andy Warner (the Stumptown-nominated Complete Brief Histories of Everyday Objects), and d w (Abzernad), offered a sampling of the highest quality work being produced by emerging cartoonists, including some of their buds from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Hic & Hoc is psyched to be distributing the fourth volume, which promises to be their best issue to date. Just have a looksee at this lineup: Amy Lockhart, Emi Gennis, Jackie Roche, James Hindle, Georgia Webber, and many others (including the three fine editors). Softcover, 168pp. Due this spring.
Scaffold: The Collected Edition by V A Graham & J A Eisenhower
V A Graham & J A Eisenhower create the kind of comics that grab you by the eye, and then the brain — beautiful, sprawling spaces dotted with detail and motion that suck you right in to the weird and marvelous universe they’ve created. The first collection of their Scaffold series tells the story of a migratory people living on a world-sized structure, which is itself constantly on the move. Graham and Eisenhower draw at a fixed, ant farm-like scale, creating layouts that form one big, continuous space, along with maps that allow the reader to follow the mazy narrative in its entirety from a birds eye view. Softcover, 64pp. Due this summer.
Cheer Up by Noah Van Sciver
Hic & Hoc continues to push itself into the funnybook ghetto with Mad Magazine contributor Noah Van Sciver’s all-jokes comic book Cheer Up. When a master artist, known for his long-running Blammo series and the fantastically nuanced Abraham Lincon bio The Hypo, offers up a comedy gold cover with an old timey gent getting a swift kick to the family jewels, how can you say no? Comic book, 24pp. Due this fall.
Infinite Bowman by Pat Aulisio
Yup, it’s all of ink maven Pat Aulisio’s Bowman stories collected in one handsome volume, with a bunch of new material to boot. Aulisio’s manic spattery squiggly style pairs magnificently with his unique breed of inter-galactic toilet humor. Softcover, 144pp. Due this fall.
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.