Uncivilized Books will publish Ozge Samanci’s ‘Evil Eyes Sea’ + more next year

The publisher’s spring line also includes ‘Maple Terrace’ by Noah Van Sciver and Jenna Cha and Lonnie Nadler’s ‘The Sickness.’

Uncivilized Books has announced plans to publish a new graphic novel and two collections of their single-issue series next spring.

“Uncivilized has championed innovative comics, graphic novels, and criticism for over a decade, and our spring publications embody all our obsessions,” Uncivilized Books Publisher and CEO Tom Kaczynski said, “from Ozge Samanci’s treasure hunt and political thriller to Noah Van Sciver’s nostalgic memories of the comic book collectors craze to Jenna Cha and Lonnie Nadler’s unsettling historical horror epic.” 

Evil Eyes Sea by Ozge Samanci is a “feminist political mystery” set in Turkey in 1995.

“The autobiographically-inspired story I tell in Evil Eyes Sea emerged from my college years in Istanbul, my quirky friends, and my struggles with being a young woman in Turkey’s male-centric culture,” Samanci said. “In this book, I share a window into a country where narrow political views limit personal power — a place that can be beautiful, but also cruel.”

You can read more about Evil Eyes Sea, as well as the collections of Maple Terrace and The Sickness, below.

Evil Eyes Sea by Ozge Samanci

On sale March 26

A feminist, political mystery set in Istanbul during the 1995 elections tells the story of two women who witness a death — or possibly a murder — on a scuba diving expedition. They try to return to their everyday, but their lives are increasingly entangled with the political corruption, religious pressure, and economic instability that results from their experience.

Maple Terrace by Noah Van Sciver

On sale May 21

In a time when superheroes were oversized, adorned with massive guns and muscles, comic books were currency! This autobiographical graphic novel highlights that era when young investors struggled to acquire every embossed, metallic ink, holographic foil-enhanced cover under the sun, hoping to pay for their college educations. This brutally hilarious book highlights the strange intersection between poverty and the speculative comic book-collecting craze of the 90s.

The Sickness by Jenna Cha and Lonnie Nadler

On sale June 18

An enigmatic figure known as The Man and a rare, horrifying disease entwine the lives of a teenager suffocating in 1945’s post-WWII nationalism atmosphere and a doctor struggling desperately to find the origins of a new illness in 1955. This sprawling, ambitious, genre-bending work explores the socio-political strife that shaped the nation, spanning four decades of American history.

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