Koyama Press’ decade of excellence continues with 6 outstanding new titles

Every two weeks, Big Issues focuses on newly released comic books of significance. This week, it’s the spring catalog of Koyama Press: Crawl Space by Jesse Jacobs, Condo Heartbreak Disco by Eric Kostiuk Williams, So Pretty/Very Rotten by Jane Mai and An Nguyen, Sunburning by Keiler Roberts, Volcano Trash by Ben Sears,…

Achewood returns neurotic as ever after all these years

Achewood was dead. With years between updates, prospective TV deals that came to naught, and the general air of exhaustion that hovered around the most recent installments of the once-venerable webcomic, it was natural—inevitable—to assume that one of the great comics achievements of the young century had breathed its…

Koyama exclusive: Don’t Come In Here imagines a surreal alternate Springfield

The title of Patrick Kyle’s new Koyama graphic novel Don’t Come In Here is a warning, and some readers may feel alienated once they enter the abstract world Kyle creates on the page. Following a nameless tenant over the course of their lease in a new apartment, the book offers a bold perspective on the domestic…

NSFW Koyama exclusive: What Is Obscenity? tells the true story of a renegade artist

The life of Japanese artist Rokudenashiko is one in which reality has become stranger than fiction. Known for her manko (vagina) art that includes manko-shaped dioramas (dioramanko), manko iPhone cases, and the world’s first manko­-shaped kayak, Rokudenashiko was arrested by the police in July 2014 for “distribution…

Koyama exclusive: Ben Sears’ Night Air offers a rich, all-ages fantasy

Koyama Press’ spring lineup of titles features a huge variety of different genres and styles, but Ben Sears’ Night Air is the only book aimed at an all-ages audience. Starring a young boy and his robot on a mission to find the treasure hidden deep within a haunted house, the new graphic novel showcases the craft and…

Koyama exclusive: After Nothing Comes spotlights a bold cartoonist’s evolution

With her rich, evocative artwork and compelling, poetic storytelling, Aidan Koch is one of the most fascinating cartoonists working today, and the new Koyama Press graphic novel After Nothing Comes traces her evolution by collecting six of Koch’s out-of-print zines from the last eight years. While all of the comics…

Amazing Fantastic Incredible highlights Stan Lee’s notoriously selective memory

No one is as beloved by the world at large, yet so polarizing within the field of comics, as Stan Lee. At once the avuncular face of the Marvel age of comics, recognizable across the world for his cameos in every Marvel movie ever made, and the Mephistophelian company man who has hogged a disproportionate share of…

Yumi Sakugawa’s sublime Ikebana takes full advantage of the comics medium

Your Illustrated Guide To Becoming One With The Universe cartoonist Yumi Sakugawa writes primarily with metaphors. There is an ambiguity and a complexity to everything she does. Ikebana (Retrofit)—a story about Cassie Hamasaki and her art school senior thesis, and the cartoonist’s most recent release—is no different.

Lose #6 finds a sweet spot, new works from Fawkes and Perez stumble

Any long relationship reduced to a few dozen panels will necessarily resemble a highlights reel: Here’s the first date, here’s the sex, here’s the heart attack. For most people, life is a long line of routine punctuated by moments of sharp melodrama. Cutting out the long and boring stretches—driving to the…