Spring 2018!

Nov 8, 2017 by

Conundrum Press is absolutely thrilled to announce our Spring 2018 lineup! As usual we believe these graphic novels are stunning, literary, and a fantastic step forward for the art form.

One of the most exciting deals to come out of our Angouleme 2017 experience was to team up with Scratches Books in Amsterdam to bring out the North American edition of their new annual anthology Scratches. And the best part is the co-editor is one of our all time favourite artists Joost Swarte. Another great deal that came out of our trip to France was the buying of English rights to Weegee: Serial Photographer. We have already worked with Max de Radiguès on his best-selling and acclaimed Moose so we know this book will be a success. We are also planning books by repeat artists Alison McCreesh, Sean Karemaker, and the final, collected trilogy of Zach Worton’s Charley Butters series. We love these artists! Living in Belgium, silkscreen artist Rebecca Rosen is working on her first book Flem. All the details are below or on the forthcoming page. Or check out the catalogue. Of course we plan TCAF debuts for all these books and so much more!

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Scratches #2
Edited by Joost Swarte and Hansje Joustra

ISBN: 978-1-77262-020-7
120 pages, 9×13 inches, full colour paperback, $25
Anthology

April 2018

On the Paper Highway Between Artist and Reader

A new international anthology in the tradition of RAW

In the 1980s, Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly had a dream to bring the North American and European avant garde of comics together. The result was the highly influential RAW “graphix magazine”. Now one of the regular contributors to RAW, internationally acclaimed Dutch artist Joost Swarte, has launched his own anthology with a similar mandate.

‘It’s been a dream of mine,’ says Swarte, ‘to show work by unconventional comics artists from the Netherlands and Flanders, as well as big names from the international world of graphic novels.’ Much of this work has never been available in North America to an English audience. Contributors to the first issue included Robert Crumb, Chris Ware, and Art Spiegelman himself. Contributors to this second issue include Swarte, R. Crumb, Typex, Erik Kriek (In the Pines), Wagenbreth and more.

 

Weegee: Serial Photographer
by Max de Radigues and Wauter Mannaert

978-1-77262-023-8
140 pages, 7×10 inches, b/w, paperback, $18
Translation by Aleshia Jensen

May 2018

The graphic biography of an alternative American photographer

The New York photographer Weegee often appeared on the scene immediately after accidents and crimes, sometimes even before the police got there. He photographed what he saw, and did not hesitate to stage his images. The position of a body would be altered slightly if that resulted in a better picture. His street photographs made him world famous.

Wauter Mannaert and Max de Radiguès have succeeded beautifully in capturing the contrasts in Weegee’s life in pictures: the eternal doubt over whether to choose his violin or his photography; the streets and neighbourhoods of New York that he loves but also wants to escape; his photographs, which are printed in the popular press but should be on the walls of galleries. Their approach turns the photographer into a man of flesh and blood and makes you identify with him, so his rather tragic fate hits all the harder. The style in which Mannaert has drawn Weegee’s hectic life is a perfect fit. His distinctive black-and-white drawings create the impression that you’re walking with Weegee through New York’s iconic Lower East Side of eighty years ago.

 

Norths
by Alison McCreesh

ISBN: 978-1-77262-021-4
400 pages, 7×5 inches, b/w, paperback, $20

April 2018

Parenting Adventures in the Extreme North

For six long winter months, Alison McCreesh, her partner Pat and their two year old son Riel, traveled north of the 60th parallel. Through a combination of prolonged stays at artist residencies and short side-trips, they experienced six circumpolar countries: Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.

This book contains Alison’s original postcards, which she created daily, exploring not only the “Idea of North”, but also illustrating, both through sketches and words, how her family dealt with the uniquely northern issues that they encountered in their circumpolar adventure. Alison’s astute and often hilarious insights and observations give an intimate glance into the trials and tribulations of travelling, parenting, working and living in the North.

 

The Curse of Charley Butters
by Zach Worton

978-1-77262-022-1
340 pages, 6×8 inches, b/w, paperback, $20

April 2018

The collected trilogy of one man’s attempt at redemption through art

While filming a death metal music video sensitive soul Travis and his gang of misfits stumble upon an old cabin in the woods containing the archives of a disappeared artist named Charley Butters. As Travis learns more about the artist’s withdrawal, he also distances himself from the insular, macho world of the band.

The discovery sets in motion a chain of events which leads to a documentary, a girlfriend, then the loss of everything he has known. Depressed and alone will Travis be pulled back into reality by a tragedy in the life of his old band mate or will his salvation come from leaving the life he knows to solve the mystery of what happened to Charley Butters.

 

Feast of Fields
by Sean Karemaker

978-1-77262-025-2
140 pages, 7×10.5 inches, b/w, paperback, $18

June 2018

A touching mother / son immigrant story

‘Feast of Fields’ is a reference to the picnics Karemaker took with his mother in the upper fields of his elementary school. It is a graphic biography of the artist’s mother who grew up in Denmark in an orphanage because her mother suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, and her father had left her and her siblings behind. She went on to raise her brothers from the age of seven. The story weaves between her story in the past and the present of the 1990s in British Columbia.

Using the objects from her youth as anchors to another time, Karemaker inherits and tries to understand these memories as her son. The book is a tribute to the qualities of selflessness, sacrifice and love associated with motherhood. The story will resonate with anyone familiar with immigration to Canada, poverty, or mental illness. Karemaker constructs the graphic novel through a series of scrolls, densely illustrated, then cut up to make the pages of the book, creating a truly unique visual and narrative experience.

 

FLEM
by Rebecca Rosen

978-1-77262-024-5
80 pages, 6×9 inches, full colour, $20

May 2018

Fictional biography of a disturbed performance artist

Julia Marten’s a mess: she’s running out of inheritance money, failing out of art school, and haunted by the ghost of her depressed mother. And then there’s the compulsive nose-picking thing… When Julia meets a group of radical feminist performance artists in a Brussels squat, she is convinced by their political perspective and enchanted by their counter-cultural lifestyle. But has she found her tribe… or lost her mind? Flem, by newcomer Rebecca Rosen, takes the reader on a colour-coded journey into the dark heart of the “other” Brussels by way of a damaged young woman’s inflamed nasal canal.

 

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