Peter Wartman’s Over the Wall was selected by The Onion AV Club as one of the 10 best GNs of the year!
Debut graphic novels don’t come much more assured and mature than Peter Wartman’s Over The Wall—which is ironic, considering the book is ostensibly for kids. But like Jeff Smith’s Bone before it, Over The Wall speaks to archetypal tropes and universal themes, even as it cuts right to the emotional heart of a tale of friendship, adventure, mystery, and the elusive interplay between memory and love. On the surface, it’s a pretty basic hero’s journey to the heart of an abandoned city populated by demons, one in which a young girl must find her abducted brother. Beneath that, it’s deceptively resonant—due in no small part to Wartman’s elegantly simple dialogue and immaculate, eye-dazzling, yet achingly subtle draftsmanship.
Check out the whole list here.
If you haven’t gotten a copy yet, you can get a signed one direct from us! While supplies last! Get yours here.
We have a few specials running on the Uncivilized Books site:
- Because Zak Sally is having a sale over at the La Mano site, we can have a special price on Sammy the Mouse 1 + 2. you now get them both for $20! That’s almost ten bucks off!
- Tom Kaczynski released a new mini-comic: Skyway Sleepless. It’s $3. BUT, if you order $15 or more of our books, you can have it for free!
- Last but not least, there’s still time to get our Fall 2013 Subscription! 5 Books + 20% off + 4 free minis! What a deal!
What are you waiting for?
Incidents in the Night Book 1 by David B. was selected as one of the Top 10 Graphic Novels of the Year by Time Magazine! This is what they said about the book:
An ouroboric mystery in the mode of Jorge Luis Borges, Incidents in the Night shares its title with the (nonexistent) magazine French cartoonist David B. discovers in an old bookstore at its outset. The dreams-within-dreams that proceed from his investigation lead him — literally — into the pages of books, one of which is supposedly a sanctuary from the Angel of Death. As with any dream, it only tracks logically from one moment to the next, but B.’s marvelous conflations of symbol and image make his artwork linger.
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Stop by to see us at Autoptic’s mini-event Santopticlaus! It’s on Saturday (tomorrow), Dec. 7th 10 am – 6 pm at the CO Exhibitions Gallery. We’ll have our full assortment of books and minis! A bunch of our artists will be joining the fun:
- Derek Van Gieson will be on hand debuting the 4th issue of Eel Mansions!
- Peter Wartman will be signing his acclaimed hit Over The Wall! A perfect holiday gift!
- Coryn LaNasa will help run our table and have copies of her mini-comic Horns!
- Tom Kaczynski will sign copies of Beta Testing the Apocalypse and… maybe have a surprise brand new mini comic!
Stop by and say hello! Details here.
Derek Van Gieson has been busy! He recently delivered the fourth issue of his well regarded series Eel Mansions! This issue gives us a bit of Armistead Fowler’s murky past, Lizard Lord Wilma is on the run from the Zapf, the proper mix of Iggy & The Stooges “Raw Power” is given its due, and more of Janet Planet, Doomin, Milk City, and Tales of Abstraction House. It’s another 40+ page monster! Is anybody else producing 40 page mini-comics on a such a regular basis? Available now for pre-order! Copies will start shipping at the beginning of December. Oh and don’t forget that Eel Mansions subscriptions are also available, don’t miss an issue!
Rob Clough reviewed Zak Sally’s Sammy the Mouse Book 2 on The Comics Journal taking note of the book’s personal, nostalgic, and timeless qualities:
Taking his cues from an earlier generation of artists gives the book to date a timeless look for a timeless dilemma, making a personal story that much more accessible.
And ending on what’s to come:
Though the story’s only half done as of this volume, reading it feels like Sally is snapping a rubber at the reader, a clever little shock that reminds us that he’s “going somewhere, I promise” with all this, as “sincerely, no one” assures us on the book’s French flaps.
Read the rest of this great review here!
The North Adams Transcript recently reviewed Dan Zettwoch and Kevin Huizenga’s Amazing Facts and Beyond, calling the book a “a great intro to the inventive dynamism of Zettwoch’s presentations.”
The strip ran in the Riverfront Times in St. Louis, Mo., for about four years and features fictional expert-in-odd-facts Leon Beyond as host, taking readers on a topical and dense journey through the detritus of actual facts that really aren’t, but you wish were.
Read the rest of the review here!
Uncivilized Books will be exhibiting at CAB (Comic Arts Brooklyn) on Saturday, Nov. 9th from 11-7 pm. We’ll have all of our recent books. We’ll be at table U7 with:
- Gabrielle Bell
- Jon Lewis
- James Romberger
- and Tom Kaczynski
We’re looking forward to it! Stop by and see us!
Derek Royal of Comics Alternative Podcast takes a look at Derek Van Gieson’s Eel Mansion #2, calling the book’s narrative shifts ‘perceptual and highly psychological‘:
It’s as if Van Gieson is asking us to let go of narrative sense-making, to temporarily suspend those cognitive devices that puts things together, and just enjoy the ride. The connections will come later — maybe — after we’ve had time to take in the strangeness of the images… and at times, they are like something out of a nightmare. In the meantime, we are supposed to have fun with the various story lines, interspersed with musically inspired interludes (monsters dancing to Jan and Lorraine’s “Number 33″), scenes from Janet’s Doomin comics, and the cubist-inspired story, “Dr. Tong’s Cabinet of Souls,” from Frank’s Tales of Abstraction House.
You can read the rest of the review here!
Robot 6 (Chris Mautner) on Comic Book Resources reviews Peter Wartman’s Over The Wall.
You can’t map out Wartman’s city in your head, but the seemingly endless panels of well-detailed corridors, stairs, gardens and passageways give a sense of scale to the story. The city seems so foreboding and ancient, you worry the characters really will lose their way.
Read all of the article here!