Delinquents, Star Schools, Confessionals & More: Koyama Press’ Complete Fall 2018 Line-Up

by Hannah Means Shannon

Publisher Koyama Press have released a listing for their complete Fall 2018 line-up and it’s rather expansive and superb.

A new work by Michael DeForge will chronicle the world’s greatest JD in Brat. Mickey Zacchilli explores the “galactic melodramas of middle schoolers” in Space Academy 123. Nathan Gelgud makes his debut with House in the Jungle. Keiler Roberts’ follow up to Sunburning, Chlorine Gardens portrays her life in a “brutally honest and relatable way”.

We’ll find a new all-ages title in comics-inspired picture book Evie and the Truth About Witches and Britt Wilson brings us Ghost Queen as the follow up to Cat Dad, King of the Goblins.

All this and more is included in Koyama’s Fall 2018 catalog, which you’ll find in full below:


BRAT
ISBN: 978-1-927668-60-3
$19.95
6.5 x 9”, 160 pages, full colour, paper over board
September 2018

Ms. D. is THE JD, but she’s losing her edge. Will her next act of delinquency restore her legacy?

A major star of minor crime struggles for delinquency relevancy as she ages out of the delinquent scene she pioneered. Michael DeForge presents the mid-career crisis of a merry prankster in his singular style that blurs the banal with the absurd.
 
MICHAEL DEFORGE lives and works in Toronto, ON as a cartoonist and commercial illustrator. 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.

SPACE ACADEMY 123
ISBN: 978-1-927668-63-4
$18.00
6.5 x 9”, 216 pages, b&w, trade paper
September 2018

Classroom crushes, school plays, gym class, all-knowing Grandfather Computer, maintenance guy scouring planets for resources, you know, typical school stuff.
 
Surviving school is tough; now imagine peer pressure and midterms while hurtling through the vacuum of space. Mickey Zacchilli blends Starfleet with Degrassi to make a classroom saga that recalls manga, Sunday funnies and composition book epics scrawled while ignoring the periodic table.
 
MICKEY ZACCHILLI was born in 1983 and lives in Providence, RI. She is a massage therapist and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Zacchilli’s sprawling, wild and woolly, romance, adventure epic RAV was published in two collections by Youth in Decline.

HOUSE IN THE JUNGLE
ISBN: 978-1-927668-62-7
$24.95
6.5 x 9”, 288 pages, full colour, trade paper
September 2018

A potent pineapple dealing hermit’s transcendental quest is disrupted by the encroaching townspeople he supplies. Then things get weird.

They had an agreement: He would provide them with his strange fruit and they would leave him to his jungle home. But the townsfolk are welching on their deal and their expanding border is infringing his mind expansion making things come to a head in this magical realist noir.
 
NATHAN GELGUD is a cartoonist and illustrator based in South Pasadena, CA whose clients include: The Paris Review, Nike, Penguin Random House, ESPN, New York Review of Books (NYRB Classics), BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Ford Foundation, and The Believer.

ROAMING FOLIAGE
ISBN: 978-1-927668-64-1
$15.00
7.25 x 10”, 144 pages, b&w, trade paper
September 2018

The inhabitants of a garden grown from a robot’s imagination are thrust into turmoil due to its creator’s crisis.

Flora, fauna, fantasy, and fine art combine in Patrick Kyle’s ramble through a bramble that is as art brut as it is Tolkien. Mythopoetic and punk, Kyle builds worlds, and in this case gardens, that are uniquely his own.
 
PATRICK KYLE lives and works in Toronto, ON. He is the author of the graphic novels Black Mass (2012), Distance Mover (2014), Don’t Come In Here (2016), and Everywhere Disappeared (2017). At the 2016 Doug Wright Awards, he won the Pigskin Peters Award for New Comics #6 and 7.

CHLORINE GARDENS
ISBN: 978-1-927668-58-0
$12.00
7 x 9”, 128 pages, b&w, trade paper
September 2018

Keiler Roberts doesn’t do slice of life; she gives you the whole pie.
 
Dealing with pregnancy, child-rearing, art-making, mental illness, and an MS diagnosis, the parts of Chlorine Gardens’ sum sound heavy, but Keiler Roberts’ gift is the deft drollness in which she presents life’s darker moments. She doesn’t whistle past graveyards, but rather finds the punch line in the pitiful.
 
KEILER ROBERTS is a Chicago-based artist whose autobiographical comic series Powdered Milk has received an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Series and was included in The Best American Comics 2016. Her first book with Koyama Press, Sunburning, was published in 2017.

ALL AGES TITLES

EVIE AND THE TRUTH ABOUT WITCHES
ISBN: 978-1-927668-59-7
$19.95
5.5 x 7.5”, 56 pages, full colour, paper over board
September 2018

Witches have a bad rap, and Evie’s ready to learn the truth, but remember some spells are better left unsaid!
 
We’ve all read about witches, those pointy hat wearin’, broom ridin’, spell castin’, superlative olfactory organ sportin’, child nappin’ creepies. But Evie wants to be scared, and Evie has found out the truth about witches, and she didn’t find it in a book.
 
JOHN MARTZ is a cartoonist and illustrator in Toronto, ON. His book, A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories, was shortlisted for The Governor General’s Literary Awards, and it and his book Burt’s Way Home were nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Early Readers.

GHOST QUEEN
ISBN: 978-1-927668-61-0
$15.00
6.5 x 9”, 112 pages, full colour, trade paper
September 2018

The good news: the house is parent free. The bad news: it’s lousy with ghosts.
 
Luey, Miri and Phil don’t need a babysitter, but they might need an exorcist. With dad out of town and mom hosting an emergency yoga retreat everything was junk food and scary movies until the ghosts popped up. Now it’s up to the kids to banish the banshees. Britt Wilson presents another rollicking romp in this fun-filled phantasmagorical fantasy.
 
BRITT WILSON is an illustrator, cartoonist and letterer, living in Toronto, ON with her husband, toddler and two cats. Her lettering on the miniseries Fionna and Cake (Boom! Studios) was nominated for a Harvey and Eisner award. Her first book from Elsewhere, Cat Dad, King of the Goblins was published in 2014.

Start looking out for these new titles in September 2018!