As Brigid mentioned earlier today, Annie Koyama’s Koyama Press is celebrating its 10th year at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. As part of that celebration, the publisher announced its Fall 2017 line of graphic novels.
The announced titles include Connor Willumsen’s Anti-Gone, Patrick Kyle’s Everywhere Disappeared, Hannah K. Lee’s comics and zines collection Language Barrier, Sophia Foster-Dimino’s Sex Fantasy, Old Ground by Noel Freibert and I’m Not Here by GG.
Take a closer look at each of them below:
8.5 x 11”, 120 pages, b&w, trade paper
Join an oneiric odyssey through a slacker second life.
Reality’s grip is loosened as Spyda and Lynxa explore a potentially constructed environment that shifts between dystopic future and constructed virtual present. Like a form of multistable perceptual phenomena, Anti-Gone exists in ambiguity.
6.5 x 9”, 208 pages, b&w, trade paper
Collecting a cornucopia of short comics by one of the medium’s most inventive artists.
A keen observer of the absurd, Patrick Kyle’s stories defamiliarize the machinations of life, work and art with droll dialogue and his angular, humanely geometric drawing and sci-fi settings that recall set design more than satellite images. Kyle’s figures may be foreign, his settings strange, but his stories resonate deeply.
5 x 7”, 128 pages, colour, trade paper
Collecting zines and comics filled with gorgeous illustration and artful design that attempt to translate modern life.
The real meaning behind emojis, the subtext of sexts, the financial cryptography of flats and pumps, and more are revealed in this witty and wonderfully drawn collection. Hannah K. Lee melds elegant typography, beautiful illustration and trenchant text to make an acerbic art book.
6 x 6”, 440 pages, b&w, trade paper
A salacious title belies a moving look at intimacy and all its delicacies and absurdities.
Begun as a loose, ephemeral zine that was produced in limited editions, these small comics in both size and length are esoteric and immensely personal. Covering a span of four years, the comics collected here build a relationship that is deeper than their elegantly drawn surfaces.
I’M NOT HERE
6 x 8”, 104 pages, b&w, trade paper
A woman torn between her family and her independence, unmoored between what is and what could be.
A young, second-generation woman wanders through her city and memories encountering the world through a camera’s lens; her independence pulled by the gravity of familial responsibility. She drifts until she encounters what could possibly be her potential self.
7 x 10”, 224 pages, b&w, trade paper
Sam Beckett and Sam Raimi intersect in an outsider art graveyard.
A cemetery so old that the names on the graves have eroded into nothing and no one remembers the dead is razed to make room for a retirement home for folks who’ve also been forgotten. Ambience and slapstick combine as an absurd cast of characters inhabit and haunt the once hallowed ground.
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