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Vice profiles Mana Neyestani

Writer Deji Bryce Olukoton published a nice profile of Mana Neyestani at Vice. The piece comes just after the release of An Iranian Metamorphosis.

Read the piece here. Order An Iranian Metamorphosis from our website.

Preview: Eel Mansions

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.

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

Pre-order here.

 

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

Pre-order here.

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!

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!

MariNaomi at IE Zine Fest!

Continuing her lengthy book tour, MariNaomi will attend the IE Zine Fest in Redlands, CA this Sunday. Check out the show’s blog for more info on the event, and head out and support Mari as well as many more zine makers.

Order Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories from our website!

Jason Little in 3D!

So Jason Little now has an online portfolio completely dedicated to 3D comics, all of which he’s done the actual 3D conversion for. It’s quite impressive – a process undoubtedly meticulous. You can follow this interesting project here. Though, you must provide your own 3D specs.

Cute Boys Alert: Sophie Yanow interviews Simon Hanselmann

We forgot to mention this near its original point of publication, but Sophie Yanow spoke to Simon Hanselmann way back in early September, grabbing the scoop on the then forthcoming United States tour with fellow Cute Boys Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle. Their conversation was posted at The Comics Journal, and it can be read here.

If you’ve followed any comics people on Twitter in the last month, then you know the tour was a success. Yet, read this interview anyway, and act like it’s still September 8th. When all was good.

Recidivist Volume 4

Zak Sally’s ongoing project Recidivist is now another volume heavier. He completed it just in time for last weekend’s Rain Taxi Festival, and it should soon be on sale online.

For now, check out Zak’s site, and hype yourself up. Also, order Sammy the Mouse. It’s too damn good!