Smash Pages Q&A: Ben Sears

The creator of Plus Man and Hank discusses his latest book, ‘House of the Black Spot,’ working with Annie Koyama, designing covers and more.

Comics creator Ben Sears is known for his brilliant use of design, color and composition. His Double+ series of graphic novels feature all-ages adventures about two characters, Plus Man and Hank, and their various escapades as treasure hunters, breaking into haunted houses and old tombs.

His new book House of the Black Spot from Koyama Press is something of a departure for Sears. The wild adventures take a backseat as Hank’s uncle, who raised him, has died under mysterious circumstances, and the two go back to Hank’s hometown to try and solve the mystery. The art in this book manages to be as exciting and dynamic as anything Sears has made.

While the story is a lot quieter than his previous books, Sears makes it as engaging and intense an experience as his previous narratives. It’s his best work to date, and I was thrilled to talk with Sears about how his work has changed, Patreon and working with Annie Koyama.

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Koyama Press announces new titles by Sears, Carroll, Leighton, Kuzma

Three new kids titles and “rich gothic horror” highlight the publisher’s spring 2019 season.

Koyama Press has announced their line-up for spring 2019, which includes three graphic novels aimed at kids and a new Emily Carroll project.

Chris Kuzma, Aaron Leighton and Ben Sears each have a kids-oriented project in the line-up, while Carroll’s book is described as “a truly modern horror feast preying on the psyche of today’s youth.”

Earlier this year publisher Annie Koyama announced she planned to close Koyama Press in 2021, to focus on providing “direct financial support” to artists. So this will be one of the final seasons of books coming from the publisher.

You can find more details on the four projects below.

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Koyama Press announces new titles from DeForge, Degen and more

Koyama’s spring 2018 line-up includes new graphic novels from Jessica Campbell, Michael Comeau, A. Degen, Michael DeForge, Ben Sears and Fiona Smyth.

Koyama Press announced their Spring 2018 releases over the weekend in conjunction with the Small Press Expo, including new books from Jessica Campbell, Michael DeForge and Ben Sears, among others.

According to the publisher, it’s “our biggest season, in terms of page count, ever! We are immensely excited to bring such a spectacular selection of comics to you this Spring!”

Here’s a rundown of what to expect …

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