Friday, 25 July 2014

Retrofit announce 2015 line-up: Sophie Franz, Laura Knetzger, Yumi Sakugawa, Maré Odomo, more

Sophie Franz
Yumi Sakugawa

Tom Spurgeon broke the news of Retrofit Comics's 2015 line-up and it's one that's got me really, really excited, as it features a number of exiting and excellent comic creators whose work I'm a fan of, as well as few I haven't heard of. The four comics I'm most looking forward to here are those by Laura Knetzger, Maré Odomo, Sophie Franz, and Yumi Sakugawa. Kntezger and Odomo are both beasts at this comics thing, having published comics online and in print for a few years; Odomo's focusing more on the visually poetic, although he's probably best known for the Pokemon comics Letters to an Absent Father, while Knetzger also works in a variety of styles- amazing work like this, and her most notable comics work the 10-issue long Bug Boys. Sakugawa is probably best-know for her acclaimed and hugely popular I Think I Am In Friend Love With You, which began life as an online comic and was later published as a hardback book by Adams Media. If you read this blog regularly, you know I'm a huge admirer of Sohpie Franz's work (her recent gouache paintings have been superb), having discussed it previously here and here, and am delighted that we'll be able to get out hands on a print comic to drool over. Below is the full line-up of artists making up Retrofit's 2015 schedule:

But... that's not all! Box Brown has been a whirlwind of activity, it would seem, as he;s also announced the impending publication of a few other, more specialist projects, which aren't a part of the 'regular' mini-comic line. The first is an art book from the award-winning cartoonist Steven Weissman, who has a distinctive and attractive style, which I think will be showcased perfectly for this sort of set-up; that's one I'm definitely keeping an eye out for. If you haven't already, go check out his frankly hilarious and brilliant  Barack Hussein Obama strips. The second project involves a special edition of Future Shock, edited by Josh Burggraf, with James Kochalka's Fungus: The Unbearable Rot Of Being bringing up the rear. Kochalka's book will be a 108 page, perfect-bound book (the first for the publisher, I believe), '"surreal and funny outsider look at the elements of our own reality,' and is set for release at SPX later this year. In addition, Brown will be continuing his Number 1 anthology comic series with 2 more installments, as well as looking to fit in any further initiatives, should the schedule permits. I don't know how he does it, but I'm very glad he does, and it's great to see Retrofit expanding and pushing from strength to strength in this manner. Lots to be excited for here.