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September 17, 2017


Koyama Press Announces Spring 2018 Line-Up

imageAnne Koyama and Ed Kanerva of Koyama Press announced the publishing house's Spring 2018 season in the midst or SPX 2018. This will be Koyama's first season since its 10th-year anniversary celebration.

Focusing on six books, a mixture of Koyama regulars and new artists, this is the publisher's biggest seasons in terms of overall page count.

Included are a first longer work from the very funny Jessica Campbell (XTC69), the latest short-story collection from Michael DeForge (A Western World and a giant retrospective featuring the work of long-time, much-loved illustrator and cartoonist Fiona Smyth (Somnambulance).

Details, solicitation copy and cover images for each book below.

You can read a full report from the publisher here.

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* Soft X-Ray/Mindhunters, A. Degen, softcover, 392 pages, 9781927668535, May, $29.95.

The Mindhunters release prisoners from the shackles of others' dreams.

The servants confined to the virtual mind palaces of despotic dreamers have found their furies in the form of the Mindhunters: masked vigilantes who burgle brainpower. Pop and ancient culture collide in searing colour in this melange of Astro Boy and Attic tragedy.

A. Degen was born in Brooklyn, NY. After a time in Tokyo, he now lives and works in Connecticut. He made his Koyama Press debut with Mighty Star and the Castle of the Cancatervater (2015), and he's appeared in various anthologies including The Best American Comics edited by Jonathan Lethem.

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* Somnambulance, Fiona Smyth, softcover, 368 pages, 9781927668542, May 2018, $29.95.

Collecting a career in comics from 1983-2017 by a joyous, feminist contemporary of Julie Doucet, Seth and Chester Brown.

A comics collection by Canadian cartoonist, painter, and illustrator Fiona Smyth. Over thirty years of comics that feature Fiona's world of sexy ladies, precocious girls, and vindictive goddesses is revealed in all its feminist glory. This is recommended reading for sleepwalkers on a female planet.

Fiona Smyth is a Toronto based painter, educator, illustrator, and cartoonist. Her feminist artwork has exhibited internationally. Fiona collaborated with writer and sex educator Cory Silverberg on the kids' series What Makes A Baby in 2013, and Sex Is A Funny Word in 2015, published by Seven Stories Press.

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* XTC69, Jessica Campbell, softcover, 120 pages, 9781927668573, May 2018, $12.

Explorers from an all-women planet have found men to breed with, but have they found studs or duds?

Commander Jessica Campbell of the planet L8DZ N1T3 and her crew are searching for men to breed with when they discover the last human on Earth, the cryogenically frozen Jessica Campbell. With a new, but familiar crewmember, the search for men continues, but will it be worth it?

Jessica Campbell is from Victoria, BC and is an enthusiast of jokes, painting and comics. She completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she is a comics instructor. In 2016, she unleashed the art world and chauvinist skewering: Hot or Not: 20th-Century Male Artists.

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* A Western World, Michael DeForge, softcover, 152 pages, 9781927668481, May 2018, $22.95.

A collection of short comics by the prolific and vital author behind Dressing and the Lose series.

Short, succinct and, more often than not, strange stories have always been a central part of the Michael DeForge's oeuvre. In a career that's volume outweighs its years, DeForge's most powerful work has often been his most pithy.

Michael DeForge currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator and designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time. His one-person anthology series Lose has received great critical and commercial success, having been nominated for every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner Awards.

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* Winter's Cosmos, Michael Comeau, softcover, 304 pages, 9781927668559, May 2018, $20.

Collage and comics combine in this fotonovela about the psychology of space travel and the limits of exploration.

In the tradition of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Silent Running, this genre-bending photo and comics hybrid presents the final years of a mission to seed a planet in a distant constellation and the failings of both human and artificial psyches in the face of the vastness of space.

Michael Comeau works on the wall, the print sheet and the page. Creating window displays and paste-up murals utilizing generations of street posters he created for parties, gigs, etc. His comic trilogy Hellberta won the Doug Wright award for experimental comics in 2012.

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* The Ideal Copy, Ben Sears, softcover, 88 pages, 9781927668566, May 2018, $12.

The fix is in as the Double+ gang try to counter crooked counterfeiters from the inside!

Plus Man and Hank have been blacklisted and have replaced treasure hunting with job-hunting, before landing a catering job at a swank hotel. But trouble doesn't wait for hors d'oeuvres as the boys find themselves with a main course of counterfeiting crooks to crack!

Ben Sears is a Louisville, KY based cartoonist, illustrator and musician. His Double+ character has appeared in a number of zines, online anthologies and in the all-ages adventure comics Night Air and Volcano Trash where he has been perpetually in over his head

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