Announcing… Conundrum’s Fall Line-up!

We’re super excited that the sunny days of summer are finally here (in Nova Scotia, anyway). But have you seen our fall catalogue? In just a couple of months, we’ll be publishing another incredible line-up of graphic novels. The list includes the much-anticipated sequel to Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes’ Case of the Missing Men, an ode to taxis by Aimée de Jongh, a truly unique language revitalization project by Cole Pauls (and we don’t use “unique” lightly), and that’s just for starters. Check it out:


44491675_548062938997696_7171821448393129984_oTaxi: Stories from the Back Seat
Aimee de Jongh
September 2019

An homage to the taxi driver in the age of Uber

Aimée de Jongh, one of the brightest new talents in Europe, creates her first autobiographical work, focusing on taxi rides from four cities: Los Angeles, Paris, Jakarta, and Washington, DC.

Despite the stunning and detailed streetscapes she passes, de Jongh discovers she’s more interested in the cab drivers than the view from the backseat. As the drivers slowly open up about their personal lives, de Jongh does too — even when it means challenging her own ideas and prejudices.

Through these vulnerable — and often humorous — moments, de Jongh finds common ground with the people driving her. TAXI is an ode to taxi drivers everywhere.


9781772620382_FCMartin Peters
Patrick Allaby
September 2019

Everyone has a story to tell. Not all of them are true.

Set in a generic Fredericton suburb called Skyline Acres, this is the fictional biography of Martin Peters, a teenager with type 1 diabetes. The story revolves around Martin’s relationship with his on-again off-again high school girlfriend, and how, desperate to fit in, he begins neglecting his health. His condition deteriorates until, eventually, he finds himself fighting for his life in the hospital. But is that the whole story?






9781772620412_FCDakwäkãda Warriors
Cole Pauls
October 2019

Saving the earth from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches

As a young person growing up in Haines Junction YT, artist Cole Pauls performed in a traditional song and dance group called the Dakwäkãda Dancers. During that time, Pauls encountered the ancestral language of Southern Tutchone. Driven by a desire to help revitalize the language, he created Dakwäkãda Warriors, a bilingual comic about two Earth Protectors saving the world from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches.

Pauls’ Elders supported him throughout the creation process by offering consultation and translation. The resulting work is a whimsical young adult graphic novel that offers an accessible allegory of colonialism. Dakwäkãda Warriors also includes a behind-the-scenes view into the making of the comic and a full-colour insert featuring character illustrations by guest Indigenous artists.


Sherwin Tjia
October 2019

Take the plunge into a high-flying and hypnotic blend of heaven, hell, and high water

When Amelia “Mel” Eichenwald wakes up one morning, she finds herself in endless freefall towards an Earth that is no longer there, surrounded by the junk of human existence. From high heels to houses, billions of random items drop alongside her like fallout from an exploded mall.

She soon discovers she’s not alone. Others have been similarly plucked out of their lives and dropped off in mid-air. But why? For what purpose? And more importantly—and urgently—what is she going to eat? Where can she safely sleep?

Plummet follows Mel as she attempts to survive, find allies, and negotiating the balance between becoming prey or predator. What makes us human — and what keeps us human —when gravity is all there is? How do you take a stand when there is literally no place to sit? Plummet will propel readers into a new dimension that’s part fable, part post-apocalyptic nightmare.


hermitcoveraug2The Cursed Hermit
Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes
October 2019

Will our Teen Detectives untangle the mystery of Knotty Pines — before it’s too late?

Reeling from the strange and confusing discoveries of their last adventure, the Hobtown Junior Detective Club is looking forward to Christmas break when two of its Teen Detectives—Brennan and Pauline—are made to attend an extra-credit boarding school called Knotty Pines. After attending their first classes, however, they realize they may have stumbled on their weirdest case yet!

It’s not just that the Headmaster and the Headmistress are unusually strict, it’s that they seem to be controlling the students, transforming them into boneheads and bullies. On the final night of their stay, the boys and girls are paired up to pledge eternal allegiance to the long-dead Lord Hobb—and to each other—in unholy matrimony!

Isolated from their fellow sleuths, our intrepid young investigators need to rely on a cast of colourful characters to lift a curse that has plagued the good people of Hobtown for centuries!

Bizarre, funny, frightening, and heartwarming, this latest instalment of the Hobtown Mystery Stories brings our teens one step closer to uncovering the haunting truth of their funny little east-coast village.


This is Serious: Canadian Indie Comics
Co-edited by Alana Traficante and Joe Ollmann
With an introduction by Jeet Heer and afterword by Peggy Burns
November 2019

Co-published by the Art Gallery of Hamilton

This is Serious reveals the considerable contributions being made by artists from across the country to the greater field of global comics—of which Toronto, Montreal, and Hamilton are significant creative centres. Surveying the work of forty contemporary Canadian artists, This is Serious showcases the energy of underground artistic production and indie publishing as expressed through a diverse range of artists. Co-edited by contemporary curator Alana Traficante and award-winning cartoonist Joe Ollmann,This is Serious presents the recent arc of production that has helped shaped the current state of graphic storytelling, here and now on home soil.

Featuring the work of contemporary and historical Hamilton artists such as: Blaine, David Collier, Jesse Jacobs, Graeme MacKay, Gord Pullar, Sylvia Nickerson, Doug Wright, James Simpkins, Simon Orpana, and Meredith Park. Also featuring four of the most well- respected Canadian artists: Seth, Julie Doucet, Fiona Smyth, and Chester Brown.


Nothing to See Here
Howard Chackowicz
November 2019

Like New Yorker gags gone terribly wrong

Nothing to See Here is the highly-anticipated continuation of Chackowicz’s Howie Action Comix series. In the spirit of Ivan Brunetti, his one-page gags convey narrative devices that take fans to strange and dark places that exist well beyond joke territory.


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