Coming out of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this past weekend, Koyama Press has announced seven new projects that will see publication in the fall. The line-up includes graphic novels from Michael DeForge, Keiler Roberts, Mickey Zacchilli, Patrick Kyle and Nathan Gelgud, as well as two all-ages titles by Britt Wilson and John Martz.
“Familiar and fresh faces fill out our Fall season, which is chockfull of the diverse selection of artists and stories you’ve come to expect from Koyama Press,” the publisher writes on their blog.
Here’s a rundown of what to expect …
HOUSE IN THE JUNGLE
6.5 x 9”, 288 pages, full colour, trade paper
A potent pineapple dealing hermit’s transcendental quest is disrupted by the encroaching townspeople he supplies. Then things get weird.
They had an agreement: He would provide them with his strange fruit and they would leave him to his jungle home. But the townsfolk are welching on their deal and their expanding border is infringing his mind expansion making things come to a head in this magical realist noir.
NATHAN GELGUD is a cartoonist and illustrator based in South Pasadena, CA whose clients include: The Paris Review, Nike, Penguin Random House, ESPN, New York Review of Books (NYRB Classics), BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Ford Foundation, and The Believer.
7.25 x 10”, 144 pages, b&w, trade paper
The inhabitants of a garden grown from a robot’s imagination are thrust into turmoil due to its creator’s crisis.
Flora, fauna, fantasy, and fine art combine in Patrick Kyle’s ramble through a bramble that is as art brut as it is Tolkien. Mythopoetic and punk, Kyle builds worlds, and in this case gardens, that are uniquely his own.
PATRICK KYLE lives and works in Toronto, ON. He is the author of the graphic novels Black Mass (2012), Distance Mover (2014), Don’t Come In Here (2016), and Everywhere Disappeared (2017). At the 2016 Doug Wright Awards, he won the Pigskin Peters Award for New Comics #6 and 7.
6.5 x 9”, 112 pages, full colour, trade paper
The good news: the house is parent free. The bad news: it’s lousy with ghosts.
Luey, Miri and Phil don’t need a babysitter, but they might need an exorcist. With dad out of town and mom hosting an emergency yoga retreat everything was junk food and scary movies until the ghosts popped up. Now it’s up to the kids to banish the banshees. Britt Wilson presents another rollicking romp in this fun-filled phantasmagorical fantasy.
BRITT WILSON is an illustrator, cartoonist and letterer, living in Toronto, ON with her husband, toddler and two cats. Her lettering on the miniseries Fionna and Cake (Boom! Studios) was nominated for a Harvey and Eisner award. Her first book from Elsewhere, Cat Dad, King of the Goblins was published in 2014.
EVIE AND THE TRUTH ABOUT WITCHES
5.5 x 7.5”, 56 pages, full colour, paper over board
Witches have a bad rap, and Evie’s ready to learn the truth, but remember some spells are better left unsaid!
We’ve all read about witches, those pointy hat wearin’, broom ridin’, spell castin’, superlative olfactory organ sportin’, child nappin’ creepies. But Evie wants to be scared, and Evie has found out the truth about witches, and she didn’t find it in a book.
JOHN MARTZ is a cartoonist and illustrator in Toronto, ON. His book, A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories, was shortlisted for The Governor General’s Literary Awards, and it and his book Burt’s Way Home were nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Early Readers.
7 x 9”, 128 pages, b&w, trade paper
Keiler Roberts doesn’t do slice of life; she gives you the whole pie.
Dealing with pregnancy, child-rearing, art-making, mental illness, and an MS diagnosis, the parts of Chlorine Gardens’ sum sound heavy, but Keiler Roberts’ gift is the deft drollness in which she presents life’s darker moments. She doesn’t whistle past graveyards, but rather finds the punch line in the pitiful.
KEILER ROBERTS is a Chicago-based artist whose autobiographical comic series Powdered Milk has received an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Series and was included in The Best American Comics 2016. Her first book with Koyama Press, Sunburning, was published in 2017.
SPACE ACADEMY 123
6.5 x 9”, 216 pages, b&w, trade paper
Classroom crushes, school plays, gym class, all-knowing Grandfather Computer, maintenance guy scouring planets for resources, you know, typical school stuff.
Surviving school is tough; now imagine peer pressure and midterms while hurtling through the vacuum of space. Mickey Zacchilli blends Starfleet with Degrassi to make a classroom saga that recalls manga, Sunday funnies and composition book epics scrawled while ignoring the periodic table.
MICKEY ZACCHILLI was born in 1983 and lives in Providence, RI. She is a massage therapist and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Zacchilli’s sprawling, wild and woolly, romance, adventure epic RAV was published in two collections by Youth in Decline.
6.5 x 9”, 160 pages, full colour, paper over board
Ms. D. is THE JD, but she’s losing her edge. Will her next act of delinquency restore her legacy?
A major star of minor crime struggles for delinquency relevancy as she ages out of the delinquent scene she pioneered. Michael DeForge presents the mid-career crisis of a merry prankster in his singular style that blurs the banal with the absurd.
MICHAEL DEFORGE lives and works in Toronto, ON as a cartoonist and commercial illustrator. His one-person anthology series Lose has received great critical and commercial success, having been nominated for every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner Awards.