Uncivilized Books recently announced their new Fall catalog and for a limited time are offering all 5 of these soon-to-be-released books for a discounted price of $65 (US) with free shipping. The highlight of the collection is a new graphic novel from renowned French cartoonist Joann Sfar called Pascin, about the life of the Jewish modernist painter of the same name. In addition there is Sophie Yanow’s War of Streets and Houses, a reflection on the military origins of urban planning that she wrote during her participation in the Montreal student strikes in 2012, and That Night, A Monster… by Marzena Sowa and Berenika Kołomycka which is an all-ages children’s comic about a boy whose mom gets turned into a fern.
The most interesting parts of the Fall catalog however are two books in Uncivilized’s new “Critical Cartoons” series that seek to give a platform to new critical voices and let them explore a particular comics subject in thoughtful, provocative, long-form essays. The first is Ed vs. Yummy Fur by Brian Evenson which takes a look at Chester Brown’s highly influential one-man anthology comic from the ’90s Yummy Fur (which contained the original serialization of his now classic Ed The Happy Clown) and includes a new interview with the cartoonist. The second is Carl Barks’ Duck: Your Average American by Peter Schilling Jr, examining Barks’ classic 20-year run writing and drawing Donald Duck comics for Disney which, to this day, are considered some of the finest comics ever produced.
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Sam Alden (& The Beat) already let the cat out of the bag. We’re very excited to publish It Never Happened Again by Sam Alden in Spring next year. A full and proper announcement is forthcoming, but since Sam already posted the cover, we thought we’d publish a nicer higher resolution version (Sam’s pencils get a little chewed up by resizing). Click on the image to see it bigger & clearer.
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!
See you all there!
Sammy Book 2 is a continuation of a meandering dream-narrative populated by distorted cartoon archetypes and id-wallowing personifications of Sally’s manifold demons. Carl Urbanski—a disturbingly abused and hapless ringer for Charlie Brown—still crawls along the margins, while a host of anthropomorphic characters, including Sammy himself, writhe under the thumbs of metaphysical forces they can’t evade, control, or understand. Alcohol included. Shakily rendered in sickly browns and greens, the book swims in Schultzian ennui, Seussian grotesquery, and Sisyphian futility. But, you know, in a good way. For those who found out about Sally’s graphic-novel work after being aware of his long tenure in the veteran indie-rock band Low, it makes Sammy The Mouse that much more haunting and perverse. That said, the series stands on its own as a monument-in-progress to the chronic disease that is existence…
Right!? The rest of the review is here.
I can barely believe this is Peter’s first graphic novel. He’s arrived on the published page fully formed with exceedingly attractive cartooning skills and the most extraordinary ability to propel his protagonists through a completely credible, solid labyrinthine environment shown from multiple and thrilling camera angles.
Why has the city been abandoned? Who used to live there? What used to live there? And how did they comport themselves?
Depicted in black, white and a luminous purple, this is thrilling. The masonry adorned with semi-relief statues, stories and vistas is rendered in all its weight with cracks and chinks, while Anya herself veers from wide-eyed terror to steely resolve for she will not be dissuaded. She is not leaving without her brother.
Never underestimate a young lady!
We couldn’t agree more! Read the rest here.
I really enjoyed his first graphic novel Over the Wall and would recommend you give it a try. […] This is Peter Wartman’s first book and it’s a pretty damn good outing. He has a great art style and has some very expressive line work, plus his layouts are tight and the sequential flow is incredibly sharp.
We couldn’t agree more!
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.”
Only 3 days left to get in on the Sammy the Mouse Book 2 Deal from Zak Sally. All pre-orders get the book signed + a print (see above)!
The first review is in for Over the Wall by Peter Wartman and it’s in Publishers Weekly! Here’s a taste:
[The unnamed protagonists] venture into the abandoned, taboo city to find him takes on aspects of a hero’s journey from multicultural mythology, presented by Wartman in lavish inks and detailed haunting, labyrinthine architecture. Wartman’s use of silent panels, distance, and scale suggest the overwhelming revelations facing his youthful challenger, and his visual focus on the role of storytelling is often ingeniously presented through stone inscriptions and statuary that expand upon the story. Although the story resonates with mythic allusions, Wartman’s art is closer to an animated style, with cartoony characters and sometimes exaggerated emotions. This makes the story a highly approachable adventure tale that explores the nature of quests and the motivations behind them.