Spring 2017

Oct 20, 2016 by

Never let it be said that Conundrum Press rests on its laurels. We are forward thinking. We believe these 6 fresh Spring titles will be some of our best. It’s all good!

Note these are Spring titles in Canada and the UK only. They will be released in the US in the Fall. Details to come!

dreamscoverwebDreams in Thin Air
Michael Nybrandt
illustrated by Thomas Mikkelsen

with a preface by
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

ISBN 978-1-77262-010-8
full colour, hardcover with jacket
9.5×6.75 inches, 180 pages, $25

Young Adult
International Imprint

March 2017: Canada / UK
Sept 2017: US

Twenty years ago, Danish journalist Michael Nybrandt was cycling across Tibet. An unexpected storm forced him to seek shelter in a monastery, where he discovered the Tibetan people’s unique passion for soccer. During that trip, he also learned about the heartbreaking treatment the Tibetan people received at the hands of the Chinese government. He envisioned the creation of a Tibetan national soccer team as a way to create awareness about the Tibetan cause and to offer the Tibetan people a way to showcase their national pride, apart from geopolitical schemes. Together with fellow Tibetan soccer enthusiasts it took years of preparation, overcoming bureaucratic problems and political turmoil, before Tibet could play their first international match against Greenland in front of more than 5,000 spectators in Copenhagen.

9781772620115

Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me
Lorina Mapa

ISBN 978-177262-011-5
140 pages, b/w, softcover
6.5×9 inches, $18

Young Adult / Memoir
March 2017: Canada / UK
Sept 2017: US

A graphic memoir about growing up in the Philippines in the 1980s with Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos and the EDSA Revolution.When she learns of her beloved father’s fatal car accident, Mapa flies to Manila to attend his funeral. His sudden death sparks childhood memories. Weaving the past with the present, Mapa entertains with stories about religion, pop culture, adolescence, social class and politics, including her experiences of the 1986 People Power Revolution which made headlines around the world. It is a love letter to her parents, family, friends, country of birth, and in the end, perhaps even to herself.

“A wonderful graphic memoir, tinged with humour and tenderness. Lorina Mapa offers up an intimate look at Philippine society and culture, but above all, a deeply endearing father-daughter love story.”
Michel Rabagliati

9781772620139

Mister Morgen
Igor Hofbauer

Translated with an introduction by Nina Bunjevac

ISBN 978-177262-013-9
7.5×10.25 inches, duotone,
softcover, 224 pages, $25

Mature Content
International Imprint

May 2017: Canada / UK
Sept 2017: US

Legendary Croatian poster artist Igor Hofbauer has created a book of graphic stories which are dark and visionary, based on a combination of classic American underground comics and  film noir, pop art, German Expressionism, and Russian Constructivism. Hofbauer’s comics are often surreal and nightmarish stories in strange cityscapes that will be recognized by anyone who has spent time in the concrete housing and brutish planned neighborhoods of the former Eastern Bloc.

“Igor Hofbauer is the Charles Burns of the Balkans.” — Nina Bunjevac

 

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MORTON: A Cross-Canada Rail Journey
David Collier

ISBN 978-177262-012-2
7×10 inches, b/w, 160 pages
softcover, $20

May 2017: Canada / UK
Sept 2017: US

A graphic memoir lamenting the loss of train travel, the grip of family, mortality, art, and the human condition, with many other digressions thrown in for good measure. The book opens in media res as Collier finds out about his grandmother’s death. While trying to publish his next book another close death shocks him into action. His dream is to travel with his wife and son across the country by rail, before it is too late. Through the passing landscape he introduces his family (and the reader) to his old way of life and tries to track down the many characters with whom he has lost touch. Collier, who has been called “a national treasure,” has produced his most ambitious work to date.

Chimo is an idiosyncratic, compelling and hilarious musing-in-comics that I couldn’t put down… It’s unlike anything I’ve read before. I loved it.” — Chris Ware

 

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The Collected Neil the Horse
Katherine Collins

ISBN 978-1-77262-015-3
8×10 inches, 328 pages, b/w, softcover, $25

Introduction by Trina Robbins

LGBTQ

May 2017: Canada / UK
Sept 2017: US

Neil the Horse ran 15 issues in the 1980s. With its tagline, “Making the World Safe for Musical Comedy” it is the world’s only musical comic book. It is a totally original hybrid influenced more by Carl Barks and Fred Astaire than by the underground comics of the time. Originally produced under the name Arn Saba, Neil’s creator transitioned to Katherine Collins after the last issue.  Neil and his friends Soapy and Mam’selle Poupée are a struggling song-and-dance act. Neil is a happy-go-lucky horse with a mania for bananas. Mam’selle Poupée is a romantic and lovelorn living doll from France, whose wooden body is jointed with hinges. With red circles on her cheeks, curly blonde hair, and large bust, Poupée appears to be a cross between Raggedy Ann and Dolly Parton. Soapy is a street-wise and cynical (with a heart of gold) orange alley cat, a cigar smoker and a drinker, who serves as the brains of the operation. Their magical and absurd adventures take them to outer space, the past, and the future in a mix of slapstick, romance and show business. The book includes brand-new commentary by Collins, rare art, sheet music to accompany the stories, and reprints of early syndicated newspaper strips.

“Delighted at your continuing Neil the Horse efforts… and I’m particularly enthusiastic about your continuing probe of the medium. I welcome you as a fellow explorer.” — Will Eisner
“Neil has a sense of magic to it that is in no way syrupy or cutesy. It should be read by every man, woman, and child in the English-speaking world.” — Jackie Estrada

“…Influenced by classic funny animal cartoons and covers resembling 1930s art deco designs, the series appears an anomaly. Saba’s premise was something both old and new: the musical comedy. Saba had a vaudevillian approach, changing the format of his comics several times within each issue. This variety act included the comic strip, comic book stories, illustrated stories, originally composed sheet music, crossword puzzles, and more. It appeared like a modern version of early twentieth-century hardbound children’s annuals that employed such a variety of techniques rarely seen in comics.” — Dave Kiersh, Indy Magazine

 

9781772620146

Getting Out of Hope
James Cadelli

ISBN 978-177262-014-6
6×8 inches, 208 pages, b/w, softcover, $18

May 2017: Canada / UK
Sept 2017: US

Short Cuts meets Rear Window in this hilarious but poignant debut from James Cadelli. It follows six characters in parallel and loosely-connected situations. Three travelling dudes are stranded in Hope, a small, desolate town in the mountains of British Columbia. They find shelter in the basement of an apartment building after their RV breaks down. In this building also lives Jojo, an old woman in mourning. In the apartment above is Tom, an obnoxious drug dealer who plays the piano beautifully. Managing the whole place is Marie, the superintendent (and owner of three pugs) who is all work and no play. Although they all occupy the same building, share a common resentment of their living situation, and annoy each other in the hallways, none of them realize the extent to which their lives are intertwined. Yet they all hope for a better life. And that just might mean getting out of town… by any means necessary.

“With its likeable cast of weirdos, non-judgemental attitude toward recreational drugs, multi-dimensional characters who eventually reveal more than they choose to present, and dialogue that shows good observation skills, Getting Out of Hope is just such an enjoyable book to read. Plus, the RV looks like Reid Fleming’s milk truck!” — Joe Ollmann

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