Silver Sprocket is an SF-based indie comics publisher with a growing presence. In addition to putting out comics–most notably the Ignatz winning Eisner Nominated Your Black FRiend by Ben Passmore – they also put out records, put out webcomics and run a storefront on Haight Street “until their they find a real tenant.” They’re self described as “an art crew, comic and zine publisher, record label, and collection of budz making things while being self-sustained disasters out of a bedroom and basement in San Francisco.”
Functioning as a very up-to-date arts collective, they’ve just announced their 2018 Spring/Summer line-up and it includes 12 projects from some notable creators, including Carolyn Nowack (Lumberjanes), Tom Neely (Image Comics’ The Humans), Ben Passmore (Your Black Friend), Rachel Dukes (Steven Universe) and more.
It’s a fresh line-up of work with an emphasis on humor and social commentary – Jen Woodall’s Girls is a timely look at harassment – including an expanded hardcover version of Your Black Friend and Passmore’s new book.
Read on for descriptions and covers!
SIREN SCHOOL by Isabella Rotman
Isabella Rotman’s Siren School is a funny cathartic lesson in the murdering of mansplainers. A full-color mini-comic course in Sirening 101. Do it right and men will throw themselves into the sea. Siren School hits store shelves January 2018.
PLEASE DESTROY THE INTERNET by Michael Sweater
The stand-alone follow up to Michael Sweater’s cult hit Please Destroy My Enemies that BoingBoing called “darlingly ironic and awful”! Featuring such new characters as Karate Dad, man who hates computers, and the feral girl. This book is sure to please anyone who hates Twitter, the government, or just themselves.
In stores February 2018.
YOUR BLACK FRIEND & OTHER STRANGERS by Ben Passmore
Ben Passmore masterfully constructs comics about race, gentrification, the prison system, online dating, gross punks, bad street art, kung fu movie references, beating up God, and lots of other grown-up stuff with refreshing doses of humor and lived relatability, earning an Eisner nomination, Ignatz Award for “Outstanding Comic”, and a coveted spot on NPR’s 100 Favorite Graphic Novels list.
This hardcover 112 page volume also collects Ben Passmore’s political comics from VICE and THE NIB. Your Black Friend & Other Strangers hits store shelves February 2018.
NO GODS. NO DUNGEON MASTERS. by Rachel Dukes, Io, Andy Warner, & Hannah Fisher
A superb analysis of multi-classing between anarchist and nerd identities. Tag along for an adventurous peek into the world of one “un-elected bastard ambassador” for two cultures that rarely overlap. This comic gorgeously reflects how radical leftist values and geek predilections can inform one another, the struggle to feel comfortable in either community, and how sorcery is real and you can use it to fight cops. NO GODS. NO DUNGEON MASTERS. hits store shelves February 2018.
NO BETTER WORDS by Carolyn Nowak (18+)
Lumberjanes superstar Carolyn Nowak uses magical realism and poetry to navigate lust, insecurity, and connection in this contemporary and classy smut adventure. No Better Words hits store shelves in March 2018.
“No Better Words perfectly captures that painful and addictive state of desire. I love it very much.” – Jess Fink
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE: A PLEASE KEEP WARM COLLECTION by Michael Sweater
Please Keep Warm is a comic about friendship, overcoming depression, finding your place in the world, and also sometimes black metal. Collecting the hit webcomic (40,000+ daily views), this printed volume has the complete story arch taking readers a full year ahead of the strips now syndicating on Instagram and VICE. This Must Be The Place: A Please Keep Warm Collection hits store shelves in March 2018.
DAYGLOAYHOLE #1 (of 4) by Ben Passmore
The first serialised comic book miniseries from Silver Sprocket, written and illustrated by Ignatz Award winning and Eisner Award nominated Ben Passmore!
How’s your post apocalypse going? Enjoying the irradiated deserts, menacing clouds of sentient porn magazines, mutant police, and hipsters on some street art kick? No?!
This is the best the end of the world gets.
Social and political commentary mixed with punk nonsense and gore drawn in vibrant fluorescent color. Daygloayhole #1 hits stores in April 2018!
PLEASE DESTROY MY ENEMIES by Michael Sweater
Michael Sweater’s Silver Sprocket debut is back in print in dazzling full-color, with hints of Gary Larson’s subversive cute animal absurdism, Matt Groening’s bone-dry deadpan, and Bill Watterson’s pre-adult philosophical inquiry. Boing Boing raves “I love Michael Sweater’s collection of 60 darlingly ironic and awful comics.” Please Destroy My Enemies hits store shelves April 2018.
PINKY AND PEPPER FOREVER by Ivy Atoms
After Pinky’s lethal performance art piece, her devoted girlfriend Pepper follows her into death, only to find that in Hell, Pinky is… thriving?!
Pinky & Pepper Forever is a dark comedy full of furry fun and a hint of Catholic guilt. Follow these two puppygirls’ relationship and artwork on Earth and in their new life along the River Styx. Pinky & Pepper Forever will hit store shelves in May 2018.
GIRLS by Jenn Woodall
“The bold, colorful ways in which Woodall explores domestic violence, street harassment, and gender expression are wonderful, if at times painful. This book hits home because it doesn’t shy away from any of the most dangerous aspects of being a woman. Nor does it shy away from the righteous fury with which most women have to live their daily lives, even when doing something as simple as going for a bike ride or taking a photo against the backdrop of a colorful brick wall.” -Rogue’s Portal
GIRLS hits store shelves in May 2018.
UNFINISHED by Tom Neely
A book of experimental “poetry as comics” by Los Angeles based artist Tom Neely. Best known for the cult-hit slash-fiction comics Henry & Glenn Forever (Microcosm Publishing) and the riotous ape-biker-gang comic book series The Humans (Image Comics), Neely began these small drawings and paintings in 2010 as an experiment in creating abstract one panel gag comic strips. The ideas of these poems sprang out of conversations about Art with Neely’s best friend and fellow cartoonist Dylan Williams (Sparkplug Comic Books) who passed away in 2011. Unfinished will hit store shelves in May 2018.
EXXXS by Tom Neely (18+)
A collection of erotic and pornographic sketchbook drawings by Los Angeles based artist Tom Neely. Best known for the cult-hit slash-fiction comics Henry & Glenn Forever (Microcosm) and the riotous ape-biker-gang comic book series The Humans (Image Comics), Neely has been secretly filling his sketchbooks with all kinds of pervy smut!
Drawn from consenting models, memories, “selfies” and fantasies, this book gives a glimpse into the slippery, kink-positive, mind of an artist who loves to draw women and sex. 112 black and white pages of raw ink, graphite, flesh and cum ripped directly from the pages of the artist’s most private sketchbooks. Full color cover with transparent dust jacket so you can “undress” the book. It is XXX… SEXXX… EXXXS… Indulge in the exxxcess. EXXXS hits store shelves June 2018
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.