The 2014 Ignatz nominees were announced yesterday, and we’re ecstatic both Sophie Yanow’s War of Streets and Houses and Kevin Huizenga and Dan Zettwoch’s Amazing Facts and Beyond were recognized! It’s such a great list of books this year, so we’re kind of blown away to be among them.
Sophie’s been on a streak of late. Along with releasing such a great book this year, she did an excellent interview for The Atlantic (read here) and received a wonderful review from Rob Clough at The Comics Journal.
Indeed, the abstractness of her line combined with the artificial solidity of the zip-a-tone gives the protest scenes a strange quality that would be difficult to capture in a more naturalistic style. It’s as though the adrenaline and fear she experienced rendered the experience no more than a set of rushing lines. It’s sort of a flip-side to Joe Sacco’s slightly cartoony naturalism in capturing an environment; indeed, with her pupils blotted out by the white circles of her glasses much like Sacco, they are not dissimilar both in terms of intent and execution. The difference is that Yanow is not a temporary visitor, but someone who chose to live and work in Montreal.
War of Streets and Houses is nominated for Outstanding Graphic Novel.
Kevin and Dan’s Amazing Facts and Beyond was well reviewed by Publishers Weekly, which is cool. But Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings is a fan, so that’s obviously super, super cool.
I feel like a pretty well-informed guy, but the great Leon Beyond taught me something new on virtually every page of this beautiful collection. Indispensable!”
Amazing Facts and Beyond is nominated for Outstanding Anthology or Collection.
Order the books here and here.
Congrats to all the nominees. See you at SPX!
It’s our first-ever proper sale! Books by Gabrielle Bell, James Romberger, Crosby, Kevin Huizenga & Dan Zettwoch, Zak Sally, Jon Lewis, Derek Van Gieson & Tom Kaczynski. 20-50% OFF! Check it out!
Looks like we failed to post this when it ran a little while back. Comic Book Resources did a great interview with Kevin Huizenga and Dan Zettwoch about Amazing Facts and Beyond. They talk about Leon Beyond’s surprising origins, the collaborative dynamic of two artist/writers, and real reason the project landed at Uncivilized Book:
“How did you connect with Tom Kaczynski and publishing the book through Uncivilized?
Huizenga: Tom was looking for a big hit book that really flew off the shelves, and so it was a natural fit.
Zettwoch: It was also a natural fit to combine three of the most mis-pronounced last names in comics all in one project.
Huizenga: I don’t think that many mis-pronounce your name. You’re nowhere near me and Tom’s level. Though it’s getting better with mine. I’m optimistic.”
Nothing but the facts! Read the entire interview here!
P.S. Check out some of our specials running until the end of the year.
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!
Dan Zettwoch & Kevin Huizenga’s Amazing Facts & Beyond was reviewed in the Onion AV Club Comics Panel column:
Amazing Facts is a smorgasbord of social satire and gonzo surrealism masquerading as silly, fact-mangling mayhem. [The] sketchy, up-against-deadline artwork teems with itchy energy, and the jokes land solidly—but it really takes off when it enters the meta-zone and incorporates an ongoing storyline about how the strip itself is in danger of being axed by the Times.
Read the rest here.
Uncivilized Books will at SPX in full force this weekend! Well be set up on table i8 and our table will be run by Tom Kaczynski (ask him about the French version of Beta Testing the Apocalypse). Here’s who will be around our table this weekend:
Superstars Kevin Huizenga, Dan Zettwoch and Leon Beyond will be camping on our table all Saturday before moving to their own table on Sunday. We’ll have their new book Amazing Facts & Beyond all weekend!
Did you know Peter Wartman’s Over the Wall is our bestseller for the season? Stop by our table to see why this book has been generating so much interest.
We just found out that Zak Sally is coming too! He’ll be at our table showing off the new Sammy The Mouse book (it’s a beaut!) and being his awesome self!
We’ll be debuting Derek Van Gieson’s Eel Mansions #3! Shit gets crazy! We’ll also have numbers 1 & 2 for those who haven’t discovered the series yet. We’ll also have a few copies of Laura Park’s newest mini comic Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream that was created for the Autoptic festival. We don’t have many copies left so don’t leave SPX without it!
Last but absolutely not least, check out our books from David B., James Romberger, Jon Lewis and 2013 Ignatz Award nominated Gabrielle Bell!
See you all there!
We missed this a little while ago because we were distracted organizing the first Autoptic Festival! Rob Clough reviewed Amazing Fact & Beyond on his HighLow Comics site:
What makes the strip work so well is that it’s mostly played with a straight face, as Huizenga and Zettwoch (abbreviated Wu-Tang Clan style as HZA and DZA at one point) never come out and say that these “facts” are false. They also add enough true tidbits here and there to make readers think twice about some of Leon’s claims. Indeed, I really wanted Zettwoch’s strip about certain abandoned water towers in St Louis being used to store alcohol during prohibition to be true, especially the detail about hobos huffing alcohol fumes from them to this day.
The whole review is here.
Amazing Facts & Beyond by Kevin Huizenga & Dan Zettwoch is now in stores! The Comics Reporter and The Comics Journal have the book on their picks for the week. Get your copy from you local book/comic-book store! I’ll let Joe McCulloch have the last word:
“I’m glad to see a proper Best Of [Amazing Facts & Beyond] arriving from Uncivilized Books in the form of a 9″ x 8.5″ landscape-format hardcover, packing in 240 pages of extremely useful tidbits. Everybody involved in this is crazy-talented.”
Tonight, 7-9 pm at Star Clipper in St. Louis: Dan Zettwoch, Kevin Huizenga & Leon Beyond will be launching Amazing Fact & Beyond at the Star Clipper! See you there!