Koyama Press, the vital hometown publishing house, turns 10 this year! And so they’re making this TCAF a big one! With 6 essential debuts from 7 of the freshest voices in the medium, Koyama Press and crew are reminding us that comics (especially Canadian comics) wouldn’t be the same without them. Heck, it’s even hard just to remember a TCAF with out them! Helping KP ring in entering the double-digits are:
Eleanor Davis is a cartoonist and illustrator. She lives in Athens, GA. She was born in Tucson, Arizona. In 2009, Davis won the Eisner’s Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award and was named one of Print magazine’s New Visual Artists. In 2013, her short story In Our Eden received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. In 2015, her book How To Be Happy won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Anthology or Collection.
Eleanor is debuting her new book, You & A Bike & A Road, at TCAF 2017. She is also a TCAF 2017 Poster Artist!
An Nguyen is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Ottawa, ON best known for her romantic comic series Open Spaces and Closed Places. She has drawn comics for Spera: Ascension of the Starless, Electric Ant zine, and various Love Love Hill anthologies. She and Jane Mai have previously released a zine titled Don’t Talk to Me or I’ll Set Myself on Fire.
Jane Mai is a freelance illustrator and comic artist from Brooklyn, NY. Her work has appeared in several anthologies and self-published zines. Koyama Press published her first book, Sunday in the Park with Boys, which was followed by the zine Sorry I Can’t Come in on Monday I’m Really Really Sick, and See You Next Tuesday.
An and Jane are debuting So Pretty / Very Rotten, a collection of short story and essay collection exploring the Japanese fashion subculture, Lolita. Their debut will be accompanied by a Lolita fashion exhibition at the Japan Foundation. Stay tuned for more details!
Eric Kostiuk Williams is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Toronto, ON. His debut autobiographical work Hungry Bottom Comics was nominated for the 2013 Doug Wright Spotlight Award, and each issue of the series was selected for The Best American Comics’ Notable Books of 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively. Recent commercial clients include Joe Fresh, the Drake Hotel, Xtra!, and the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention.
Eric is debuting his first major graphic novel, Condo Heartbreak Disco, as well as a new issue in the Ley Lines series from Czap Books/Grindstone Comics.
Jesse Jacobs was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, and now draws comics and things from his home in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2009, his books Small Victories and Blue Winter were short listed at the Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning. He received the Gene Day Award for Canadian Comic Book Self-Publisher of 2008. Even the Giants (AdHouse, 2011) marked his major publishing debut. His work has appeared in the acclaimed Latvian comics anthology š!, as well as the 2012 edition The Best American Comics. He made his debut with Koyama Press in 2012 with the psychedelic creation myth By This Shall You Know Him, which was followed by the trippy take on nature versus nurture Safari Honeymoon in 2014.
Jesse is debuting his latest graphic novel this Spring, the kaleidoscopic CRAWL SPACE.
Keiler Roberts’ autobiographical comic series, Powdered Milk, has received an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Series and was included in The Best American Comics 2016. Her work has been published in The Chicago ReaderMutha Magazine, Nat. Brut, Darling Sleeper,Newcity, and several anthologies. She was a Special Guest at CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Festival) in 2015 and Chicago Zine Fest in 2013. Miseryland, Roberts’ third book, has been reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly, The Comics Journal, Broken Frontier, Sequential State, and more. Newcity named Roberts one of the Top Five Comics Artists in Chicago in 2015.
Keiler is debuting Sunburning, which collects the fun, messy, and real moments that make up the days of a bipolar artist and mother.
Ben Sears is a cartoonist, illustrator and musician born and raised in Louisville, KY where he continues to live and work. His Double+ character has appeared in a number of zines, online anthologies and the all-ages adventure comic Night Air, where he has been perpetually in over his head.
Ben is debuting his latest Double+ instalment, Volcano Trash, which is bursting with adventure and intrigue.
For more information on these and all TCAF Guests and Exhibitors, check out our Creators tab in the Who’s Coming section [Link]
HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY, KOYAMA PRESS!