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Spring 2015 + Uncivilized Books

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.

ISBN 978-1-941250-02-0
Hardcover, b&w, 96 Pages, $19.95
April, 2015

Pre-order here.

 

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.

ISBN 978-1-941250-04-4
Hardcover, color, 100 Pages, $19.95
Jul, 2015

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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 ShipSpectacles, 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.

ISBN 978-0-9889014-9-0
Hardcover, b&w, 140 pages, $19.95
Jun, 2015

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Publishers Weekly reviews An Iranian Metamorphosis

Mana Neyestani’s gripping memoir received a starred review at Publishers Weekly.

From the opening panel, Neyestani’s account of his personal ordeal masterfully conveys tension with a dense, cross-hatched style that powerfully evokes the claustrophobia of his imprisonment, and the lasting mental effects of his senseless persecution.

Read the entire piece here, and order An Iranian Metamorphosis from our website.

This is Infamous reviews Dragon’s Breath

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.

Read the full review here. Order Dragon’s Breath from our webstore.

Dragon’s Breath reviewed at The Comics Journal

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.

Read the full review here. Order Dragon’s Breath from our website.

Recidivist Vol. 4 is now on sale!

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).

Comics Bulletin ‘brings it all back home’ with Eel Mansions #6

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.

You can read the entire piece here. Parts 1 – 5 are found here. Pre-order Derek Van Gieson’s collected Eel Mansions from our website!

MariNaomi shares playlist for Dragon’s Breath

Continuing her streak of exceptional press coverage, MariNaomi has shared a playlist for her latest book Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories at Largehearted Boy. This appears as part of the site’s ‘Book Notes’ feature, in which authors offer up playlists connected to recent works.

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” – Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra(Appears in the story “He Sees You When You’re Sleeping”)

In “He Sees You When You’re Sleeping,” I (as a little girl) watch my parents fussing under the tree late Xmas eve, after I’d supposedly gone to bed. I was livid, watching them move around the presents, certain they were delaying Santa’s visit. Because he sees us when we’re sleeping, he knows when we’re awake. Geez, how creepy is that song?

You can read the entire piece here. Also, order Mari’s wonderful book from our website!

Comic Book Resources interviews MariNaomi

MariNaomi keeps at it! At CBR, Alex Dueben spoke with her about Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories.

Your cartooning style depicts essentials and suggests other elements, focusing on the key emotional details and allowing the reader to fill in the rest. How much is this something you’re conscious of while creating each story?

I think about this a lot for every drawing I do. Like, deciding on whether or not to include a panel border, a narrative, a background, or descriptive text can drastically change the take-away from a story. It changes the pacing, the atmosphere, everything. I often experiment with multiple ways to draw a panel before I settle on the final image. I want to get it just right.

Order the book from our website while you can!

Dragon’s Breath reviewed in Comics Workbook Magazine #6

MariNaomi’s Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories will be reviewed in the new issue of Comics Workbook Magazine. The issue will debut at this year’s Comics Art Brooklyn Festival. The details are here.

Order Mari’s book from our website!

Columbia Journalism Review features Mana Neyestani

Over at the Columbia Journalism Review, writer Chris Ip features Mana Neyestani and An Iranian Metamorphosis. A portion of his piece appears online (which you can view here), but the full article will appear in the new issue of the Columbia Journalism Review.

Order An Iranian Metamorphosis from our website, where you can still receive the special pre-order discount!