Coming out of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this weekend, Koyama Press has announced their lineup of titles for this coming fall and winter, including new books by Michael DeForge, Ben Passmore, Keiler Roberts and more.
“Fall 2019 / Winter 2020 is a mixture of humor and horror, love and pain. The realities of being a part of society, and wanting not to be a part of that society, or being incapable, are explored by a collection of incredibly talented cartoonists of varying style and authorial voices in a season we can’t wait for you to see,” the publisher posted on their website.
More details on each book can be found below …
Constantly by GG
6 x 8”, 48 pages, full colour, trade paper
The author of I’m Not Here turns their lens inward on anxiety and the inescapable ghosts within.
A poetic meditation rendered in beautiful pastels and black line on
managing and struggling to get through the small tasks of every day. The
claustrophobia of thought and the crippling of anxiety make any house
haunted, any body possessed.
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. She made her major publishing debut in 2017 with I’m Not Here.
THE DEATH OF THE MASTER by Patrick Kyle
6.75 x 8.5”, 224 pages, b&w, trade paper
An absurdist, art brut rumination on society’s structures presented in Patrick Kyle’s singular style.
After the sudden death of a beloved patriarch who promised eternal
life to his followers, a topsy-turvy society attempts to reconcile the
deluded teachings of their late leader with the harsh reality he left
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), Everywhere Disappeared (2017), and Roaming Foliage (2018). At the 2016 Doug Wright Awards, he won the Pigskin Peters Award for New Comics #6 and 7.
BRADLEY OF HIM by Connor Willumsen
8.5 x 11”, 80 pages, spot colour, trade paper
Bradley’s gone running for a role, but his life is as hazy as a hot- road mirage.
A method actor prepares for a role as long-runner under the heat and
bright lights of a near future Las Vegas. The lines between character
and actor are blurring under the verisimilitude of the Vegas strip, the
desert sun and the impossibly shiny surface of Bradley’s shades.
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. His Koyama Press debut Anti-Gone was nominated for the 2018 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel.
SPORTS IS HELL By Ben Passmore
8.5 x 11”, 60 pages, two-colour, trade paper
Some wars are for religion and some are for political belief, but this one is for football.
After her city wins the Super Bowl for the first time, Tea is
separated from her friend during a riot and joins a small clique
fighting its way through armed groups of football fanatics to meet a
star receiver that just might end the civil war or become the city’s new
BEN PASSMORE is a Philadelphia, PA based cartoonist and illustrator best known for his award-winning comic Your Black Friend, which deftly tackles issues of racism, identity and alienation, and was adapted into a short animated film. His political cartooning appears in The Nib, and he self-publishes the post-apocalyptic Daygloahole. He will be partnering with Ezra Claytan Daniels (Upgrade Soul) to bring the body horrific BTTM FDRS (Fantagraphics).
RAT TIME by Keiler Roberts
7 x 9”, 124 pages, b&w, trade paper
Keiler Roberts is a droll documentarian, unfaltering in her ability to find humour and levity in her life’s unflattering moments.
Pet deaths and parenting, embarrassing childhood memories and mental
illness, Roberts documents her daily life’s minutiae, its up and downs,
with the deftness of an observational comedian. Her comics demonstrate
that sometimes life can deal you a punch to the gut, but it doesn’t have
to be devoid of a punch line.
KEILER ROBERTS is a Chicago-based artist whose autobiographical comic series Powdered Milk has received an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Series, and her work has been included in The Best American Comics. Her first book with Koyama Press, Sunburning, was published in 2017, followed by Chlorine Gardens in 2018.
STUNT by Michael DeForge
8 x 3.25”, 72 pages, two-colour, trade paper
A stunt double is hired by an actor to serve as his doppelgänger in order to sabotage his career.
Seeing your double is often viewed as an ill omen, a portent of bad
luck, and an omen of death. Hiring a professional double, an actor spurs
on his own demise as he and his double explore the depths of
degradation and self-destruction.
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.