In 2006, Night Fisher by R. Kikuo Johnson was initially released to great acclaim, garnering a Harvey Award for Best New Talent and taking home the Russ Manning Newcomer Award at the 2006 Eisners.

Now, the graphic novel’s fifteenth anniversary is being commemorated with a hardcover release from Fantagraphics, and The Beat is pleased to exclusively debut the trailer for the release:

The comic will be one of two graphic novels from Johnson that will be arriving from Fantagraphics this autumn, with the other being No One Else, to be published on November 9th, 2021.

Night Fisher

Night Fisher follows two high school students, Loren and Shane, who live on the island of Maui. When the pair gets involved in a petty crime, their friendship may not survive the ordeal. Here’s the official synopsis:

First-rate prep school, SUV, and a dream house in the heights — an island paradise was handed to Loren Foster when he moved to Hawaii with his father six years ago. Now, with the end of high school just around the corner, his best friend, Shane, has grown distant. Rumors abound. Loren suspects that Shane has left him behind for a new group of friends. Their friendship is put to the test when they get mixed up in a petty crime. Johnson has a naturalistic ease in exploring these relationships, which sets this drama apart. This graphic novel debut is at once an unsentimental portrait of that most awkward period between adolescence and young adulthood and that rarest of things — a mature depiction of immature lives. His lush-yet-unsentimental-depiction of Maui creates an immersive, visceral sense of place.

Arriving in October 2021

If you’re interested in the hardcover release of Night Fisher, note that the first 100 preorders through the official Fantagraphics webstore will include a signed bookplate (PROTIP: it’s always a good idea to check out the Fanta webstore; they frequently include limited-edition freebies with direct orders).

Did you read Night Fisher when it was originally released in 2006? Will you be picking up the hardcover edition of Night Fisher when it arrives at your local bookstore on October 5th, 2021?

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