Friday, 18 January 2013

Spring releases from Koyama Press

Koyama Press have released details of the books they’ll be offering in Spring, and as one has come to expect from them, all are high quality publications. Most notably there’s a double dose from comics man-of-the moment, Michael DeForge, in the form of a new issue of Lose and a collection of some of his earlier work, both of which I think will be much anticipated. Rounding out the batch are Victor Kerlow’s surreal watercolour comics and a first English translation of Julia Deloprte’s auto-bio work, Journal. It makes for a varied and interesting mix of books. Here’s a quick glance at the covers and synopsis for each title:

'Lose #5 is the latest issue in Michael DeForge’s one-man anthology series. This issue houses three self-contained stories: “Living Outdoors” tracks two high school students as they explore a zoo and experiment with hallucinogens. “Muskoka” is the story of a cowboy on the road home to see his family. “Recent Hires” follows a young author’s descent into the criminal underworld in order to win the affections of a girl.’

‘Culled from mini comics, online comics and anthology contributions, Very Casual collects notable short stories from DeForge’s prolific oeuvre. Included are stories about litter gangs, meat-filled snowmen, righteous cops, beagle/human hybrids, and forest-bound drag queens. Very Casual also collects Spotting Deer, which won the Pigskin Peters Award for best non-traditional, non-narrative or avant-garde work at the 2011 Doug Wright Awards.'

‘Victor Kerlow’s Everything Takes Forever: a collection of the cartoonist and illustrator’s ink-and-wash comics that blur the quotidian with the absurd. In Kerlow’s world tacos and toast have bodies and smoke, tiny men who can no longer copulate or consume sandwiches deal with existential angst, and dream logic pervades. Kerlow draws weekly illustrations for The Metro Diary in The New York Times.’

The final book will be a ‘translation of Montreal-based artist Julie Delporte’s autobiographical comics called Journal. Delporte is a fellow of the renowned Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) in White River Junction, Vermont. Journal displays Delporte’s organic and immediate drawings that utilize an uncanny sense of colour and composition to illustrate their intimate, diarist narratives. Cataloguing an emotional breakup, an artist’s residency at CCS and the anxieties and joys of everyday life between February 2011 and October 2012, Delporte’s elegant illuminated diary is a private life made public and poetic.’

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