Kilgore Comics & Books have launched their complete indie publishing line for Spring 2017 on Kickstarter, as in past years, and are rolling out a fine line up of titles by great cartoonists of varying lengths and styles, as well as presenting their Kilgore Quarterly which collects stories that need a home.
Kilgore, in their own words, have been “publishing quality independent comics since 2009”, and in that time they’ve “produced 26 comics, three prints, and a feature-length documentary”. Their specific goal is to help cartoonists reach a wider audience, keep things in print, get royalties in advance to creators, and find new distribution paths for creators, too.
If you back the finding campaign for the Spring 2017 slate, you’ll get the following:
Reign of Crumbs – Glynnis Fawkes, 76 pages, perfect bound b/w w/color covers.
Glynnis’ comics have been some of our favorites for many years now. Whether she’s detailing the joys and hardships of parenting in Vermont or the Middle East, adventuring in Greece, or re-telling ancient myths, she is a joy to read, with strong and clear line. She has a unique and uncanny ability to pull the critical thread out of a story and show it to the world.
Unicorns of Planet Earth – Lauren Barnett, 28 pages, saddle stitched, full color throughout.
Donning her unicorn-expert cap, Lauren takes you on a hilarious trip through the lives of the common unicorn. Their dating rituals, their food, and some of the lies people would have you believe about them.
Kilgore Quarterly #7 – various, 64 pages, perfect bound, b/w with color covers
We’re insanely proud of this issue, which focuses on longer short works from artists who have orphaned stories. Some of these appeared elsewhere, have gone out of print, and need to be read by more people, some are from forthcoming works, and some just needed a home. Included are:
Dappled Light by Summer Pierre – In this story, Summer delivers five pages of nostalgia that is touching and sad without getting overly sweet. If you are unfamiliar with her, please check her out. She makes autobiographical comics that are actually interesting, and her artwork will pull you in.
Steve McQueen has Vanished by Tim Lane. In this 18-page excerpt from his forthcoming book on McQueen, Tim shows that his book will not simply be an autobiography. Instead, he takes facts and fiction and melds them all with his own psyche, making this a semi-fictional, autobiographical, biography.
I Told You So by Joseph Remnant. This 16-page story originally appeared in a 2D Cloud collection, and is worth repeating. It’s a story of obsession, of art, and of love, and not at all in the hackneyed way we’re used to seeing those three elements woven together. As always, Joseph’s drawing is warm and inviting and we’re excited to put out another fine Remnant piece.
The Desk by Leslie Stein – This twelve pager originally appeared as an Oily $1 minicomic. It’s a delightful story of a young girl playing, and the tension that comes about. It’s not sappy, it’s really funny, and we love it.
K. Trout Makes a Move – Ending this issue is this great four-pager from Sam Spina. We’ve worked with Sam a lot, and we’ve always said he’s one of the nicest guys in comics. Well, he’s also one of the funniest, and his time at the Cartoon Networks, ‘The Regular Show’ has really helped him fine-tune his gag writing ability.
Also included in this issue are two hand-written interviews conducted with the Norwegian cartoonist Jason, and the American rock star Grace Slick, who used to front Jefferson Airplane. Jason did the covers, which are based on a classic Margritte painting, and the incredible Herb Greene let us use one of his 1967 pictures of Grace for the interview, which we really appreciate.
Three books from Noah Van Sciver – one new comic, and two reprints.
Slow Graffiti #3 is a 20 page sketchbook diary comic Noah is putting out solely for his Patreon supporters, and backers of this Kickstarter. You will not be able to get this comic elsewhere. It’s b/w throughout and is classic Noah. It is funny, sad, introspective, confident, under-confident and everything else you can fit into a 20-page mini comic.
We are reprinting Blammo #9 which won a DINKY Award, has been nominated for an Eisner Award, and which has been getting rave reviews since we released it in September of 2016. If you missed out, here’s your chance to pick up what is one of the best comics of the last year. Everyone who reads this is blown away, and Noah has referred to as one of the best things he’s ever made. It contains a number of short stand-alone stories, so if you haven’t read Blammo 1-8.5, you’re fine.
Lastly, we are reprinting the Ignatz-winning My Hot Date. This story recounts Noah’s first date in the late 90’s, which was set up in an AOL chat room. This book brilliantly shows that time in adolescence when the way you see yourself in the world, and the way the world sees you, crash head-on into each other.
Kilgore Books & Comics also have t-shirts and posters as Kickstarter rewards for this campaign.
The campaign for the Spring 2017 catalog is live now and will run until Friday, June 9th, so get on board while you can for an excellent line of books.
Here’s the trailer for the campaign:
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