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.

LUNCH QUEST
ISBN: 978-1-927668-65-8
$15.00
6.5 x 10”, 80 pages, full colour, trade paper
June 2019

Sometimes you are so hungry that the only thing you can find in your house is rip-roaring, candy-coloured, side-busting adventure!

Have you ever been looking for your lettuce, but instead you find skate kids shredding the moon, bunny gladiators astride bumpy frogs, and dance party dance-offs so twisty they put a bag of pretzels to shame? No? Then dig into this collection of comic vignettes to find what you’ve been missing.

CHRIS KUZMA is an artist living in Toronto, ON with his wife, two children and their cat. He divides his time between drawing comics, doing freelance illustration and teaching at OCAD University. He is one-third of the Wowee Zonk comics collective. This is his first all-ages graphic novel.

A CHILDREN’S BOOK OF DEMONS
ISBN: 978-1-927668-66-5
$12.00
6.5 x 8”, 48 pages, full colour, paper over board
June 2019

With this handy Necronomicon for kids, and its easy to follow how-to steps, summoning demons has never been so much fun!

Don’t want to take out the trash tonight? Maybe you’re swimming in homework? Perhaps that big bully is being a real drag? Well grab your coloured pencils and sigil drawing skills and dial up some demons! But be careful, even if these spirits are more silly than scary they are still demons.

AARON LEIGHTON is an award-winning illustrator and art director, as well as a fan of all things occult. His first book with Koyama Press, Spirit City Toronto, was published in 2010. Aaron lives in Toronto, ON and spends his free time wrestling with a black cat.

HOUSE OF THE BLACK SPOT
ISBN: 978-1-927668-67-2
$12.00
6.5 x 9”, 80 pages, full colour, trade paper
May 2019

Plus Man and Hank are in it now! They’ve riled up a ghost, and a ghost with a knack for real estate no less!

The Double+ gang discover that sometimes greed can extend beyond the grave, as they are thrust into a battle between revolting real estate developers and their ghoulish goon bent on destroying the idyllic Gear Town with ghastly gentrification and the most frightful sight of all…condos!

BEN SEARS is a Louisville, KY based cartoonist, illustrator and musician. His characters Plus Man and Hank have appeared in a number of zines, online anthologies and in the all-ages adventure series Double+ where they have been perpetually in over their heads.

WHEN I ARRIVED AT THE CASTLE
ISBN: 978-1-927668-68-9
$15.00
8 x 10.5”, 72 pages, full colour, trade paper
June 2019

A castle, a killer, and prey all bound and blurred by lust and blood.

Like many before her that have never come back, she’s made it to the Countess’ castle determined to snuff out the horror, but she could never be prepared for what hides within its turrets; what unfurls under its fluttering flags. Emily Carroll has fashioned a rich gothic horror charged with eroticism that doesn’t just make your skin crawl, it crawls into it.

EMILY CARROLL is a writer and artist of numerous award-winning comics, including the horror collection Through the Woods, which won both an Eisner and the British Fantasy Award for 2014. Her online comics work include numerous short stories, with subject matter ranging from haunted rivers to ravenous hand lotions. Her most recent work is a graphic novel adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson’s 1999 novel Speak. She lives in Stratford, ON with two dogs, one cat, and her wonderful and talented wife, Kate.

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