Today, we’re offering a short preview of Derek Van Gieson’s Eel Mansions. The book will ship in December. There’s still a chance for you to pre-order the book and receive a special early-bird discount. You can do so at our website.
Here it is! Today, we officially announce Uncivilized Books’ Spring 2015 line-up. This season sees us returning to work with some of Uncivilized’s staple artists as well as stretch our legs with someone new.
Our subscription deal is available on our website. We are also offering pre-orders for individual books. The plan is:
Borb by Jason Little
Borb by Jason Little (Shutterbug Follies, Motel Art Improvement Service) is the story of a severely alcoholic homeless man, a downtrodden urban Candide whose misfortunes pile up at an alarming rate. The narrative is presented as a series of daily newspaper strips as the author pays homage to the depression-era imagery of Harold Gray (Little Orphan Annie) and Frank King (Gasoline Alley) and the long and complex tradition of the comic strip slapstick vagabond archetype. At once hilarious, horrifying, and full of heart, Borb depicts the real horrors specific to present-day urban homelessness. Borb is Jason Little’s most complex and challenging work.
Jason Little is the author of the Bee books: Shutterbug Follies (winner of two Ignatz awards) and Motel Art Improvement Service. His Jack’s Luck Runs Out comic book was the first Xeric winner to be printed in full color. He also teaches in the cartooning program at the School of Visual Arts. Jason lives in Brooklyn with writer Myla Goldberg and their two daughters.
Hardcover, b&w, 96 Pages, $19.95
Robot Investigator by Vincent Stall
Robot Investigator by Vincent Stall (Things You Carry) follows a lonely robot on an expedition to a mysterious planet that looks a lot like Earth. The story unfolds like a parallel universe Wall-E as the robot explores what appears to be a pristine landscape. He meets curious gerbil-like animals and stumbles on… a band of feral humans. Who were they? Why did they turn into wild men? Robot Investigator is both sweet and melancholy, cute and grisly. Stall’s silent sequences are drawn with an inky, lush, and elegant line filled with expressionistic colors. Robot Investigator is Stall’s masterpiece. The book also includes a brand new story and sixteen-page robot parts catalog.
Vincent Stall is an artist, cartoonist, and designer. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and daughter.
Hardcover, color, 100 Pages, $19.95
True Swamp: Book 2 by Jon Lewis
True Swamp: Book 2 continues the misadventures of Lenny the Frog. The world of True Swamp grows to include inventor marmots, a living book, the cave-dwelling custodian of the swamp’s one true religion, and most fatefully of all, the walking fungus known as Nikolas Underwoods. The stories collected are the very best of True Swamp and were placed on the Time magazine’s “Top Ten Comics of 2000″ list.
Jon Lewis began True Swamp in 1992. It continues today. Other comics include Ghost Ship, Spectacles, and scripts for DC, Dark Horse and Kodansha Publishing. Lewis came to prominence as one of a tight-knit wave of early 90s Seattle cartoonists who brought new narrative ambition to alternative comics. He lives in Brooklyn.
Hardcover, b&w, 140 pages, $19.95
Our distributor, Consortium Books, has picked up two fellow comics publishers – Secret Acres and Alternative Comics – and will distribute their catalogs going forward. It’s exciting news, as it suggests a growing interest in our medium from eyes embedded in the literary scene.
You can read more about the development at Publishers Weekly.
The amazing Autoptic Festival is raising funds for it’s biannual event next year (2015). Our first year was great, help make the next year even better!
Please share! Thank you!
Shea Hennum wrote about MariNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories for This is Infamous.
The stories in DRAGON’S BREATH vary in content, though the range with which the vary isn’t that vast, but their quality—even if it’s merely quality that I’m projecting on to it—is wildly impressive and present throughout.
Greg Hunter wrote about MariNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories for The Comics Journal.
“What’s New Pussycat?”, an elliptical piece about the suicide of an acquaintance, delivers information sparingly. As a bridge between a scene dramatizing her last interaction with the acquaintance and the scene in which she learns of his death, MariNaomi provides the spread above: a handful of lines at resembling a splash, then the image of her likeness leaving a bar. These pages and others like them offer a complex yet sparse (and easily navigable) read—“What’s New Pussycat?” holds together tonally when read straight through and becomes even more cohesive when recalled or paged back through.
As we previously reported, Zak Sally has completed the latest of his Recidivist series, and you can now purchase a copy online. Visit La Mano, and order one (as well read the excellent catalog copy associated).
Concluding a very extensive conversation series, Daniel Elkin and Keith Silva wrote about Eel Mansions #6 over at Comics Bulletin.
You say Eel Mansions #6 “brings it all back home.” While, it could be easy to see this as some sort of Outlaw Blues, I’ll inherently choose track 11, Baby Blue. While Van Gieson is drawing crazy patterns on our sheets, he’s no empty handed painter. A matter of fact, he’s going big, and remember what Janet teaches us in her final Milk City, “If something is big, then it’s art, and if it’s small, it’s not art.” After all, it’s good to keep things simple.
This kind of thinking is inevitable when dealing with something like Eel Mansions, issue six in particular. This train of thought cuts through the snowy mountain passes of traditional narrative and ends up making stops along the way questioning the nature of storytelling and fueling up at the depot concerning what makes comics, comics.
Comic Arts Brooklyn! If in Brooklyn, or anywhere surrounding, come to CAB – arguably one of the best North American comic shows – and check us out.
Publisher Tom K. will be behind the table, shaking hands and selling books. In tow, you’ll find the likes of Derek Van Gieson, Sophie Yanow, Sam Alden, James Romberger and Gabrielle Bell.
The show is free. You’ll find it at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Brooklyn. Hours are 11 am to 7 pm.
See you there!