Fall 2014 titles announced!
Although we are gearing up for the huge spring season, with 5 books being debuted at TCAF in May, we are always looking ahead to the future. So with this in mind we thought we’d share today what the world will come to know (and love) tomorrow. Here are the titles we are planning for the fall in no particular order:
One Year in America by Elisabeth Belliveau
The first graphic novel from this popular zinester and artist. We have previously published a book of her zines, the great hopeful someday, and a book of art and writing called don’t get lonely don’t get lost. Belliveau’s first graphic novel begins with a loss of innocence over ice skater Katarina Witt’s fall from grace by posing in Playboy. It is told through both drawings and email text between friends. The story jumps between Canada and the United States and travels abroad navigating life after art school, marriage and divorce. It is a year in a life, but one that is pregnant with memory, meaning and desire. It is a post-modern coming of age story which quite literally crosses boundaries.
Loiterers by Simon Bossé
At long last comes the first book in English from the legendary Montreal cartoonist, screenprinter, editor, and publisher! Bossé was part of the new wave of underground comics in Canada in the 1990s that included such artists as Julie Doucet and Henriette Valium. Loiterers collects three of Bossé’s novellas (originally published by L’Oie de Cravan) into one volume. Demon Sweat is a dark fable of a boy navigating a Montreal-like dreamscape, fighting off his demons. The Wild Ones is Bossé’s collection of energetic, complex, and visually stunning wordless comic strips. His style is informed by both Fritz the Cat and Eraserhead – technically astute, absolutely dense, and worth every inch of texture Bossé fills with his pen. It was nominated for a Doug Wright Award in 2010. The title story follows two anthropomorphized teens through playgrounds and suburban backyards looking for that perfect discarded cigarette butt. Together these stories display the dazzling abilities of a mature artist at the height of his talent.
Happy Stories About Well-Adjusted People: An Ollmann Omnibus by Joe Ollmann
Ollmann has been called the best writer of short stories working in comics today. Featuring a lengthy introduction by comics historian Jeet Heer this is the definitive collection of those stories. Although the term “graphic novel” has become widely accepted in the publishing industry and the culture at large, it describes long form works. This omnibus makes obvious that there is a need for a term to describe the short story version of the graphic novel. In the same way the short story has recently had a resurgence, winning many literary awards, so too the graphica version. Ollmann won the Doug Wright Award in 2007 for This Will All End in Tears, most of which is contained in this omnibus. The best stories from Chewing on Tinfoil are included, as well as two new stories, written just for this book.
“Joe Ollmann is criminally under-appreciated. He’s one of our mediums’ great writers. A man with an understanding of heartbreak and a talent for comic timing. The work is deceptive — reading as smoothly as a page-turner but remaining in the mind and soul long after the covers are closed.”
— Seth, author of Palookaville
Milo & Sam by Joe Ollmann and Andy Brown
This is a small book following the exploits of two stay at home dads and their 2-year-old sons done in a style reminiscent of Gasoline Alley. This episode finds the gang in a pastoral return. The first in the new Distroboto imprint, to be sold in the converted cigarette machines around Montreal.
The Train by Chihoi and Hung Hung
Already published in Chinese, French, and Italian, The Train is the follow up to Chihoi’s successful book of stories The Library. Hong Kong artist Chihoi adapts a short story by Taiwanese writer Hung Hung about a surreal train ride. The protagonist waits for someone, a woman perhaps, and observes with trepidation each time a new car is coupled to the train and the occupants spill out.
“Chihoi’s stories seamlessly bounce between crisp, arresting images and bleary, pulsing dream states. They perfectly replicate the feeling of being alive on a planet, inside of a head. His work is patient, precise and constantly surprising.” — Michael Deforge (author of Lose and Ant Colony)