Safari Honeymoon by Jesse Jacobs
PN6733.J33 S24 2014
Join a pair of young newlyweds as they descend deep into a mysterious forest, encountering unknown creatures and unimaginable landscapes. Amongst the unusual flora and fauna, they discover within themselves something more strange and terrible than any sight their safari has to offer.
“What at first seems like a familiar story trope — an older, rich lout and nubile, young wife go on safari led by a macho, knowledgeable guide — becomes under Jacobs’ hands something altogether strange, haunting, unexpected and altogether extraordinary.” — Chris Mautner, Comic Book Resources
“Presenting nature as a pitiless arena for survival of the fittest isn’t the most original of scenarios, but Jacobs’ presentation is wonderfully fresh and drolly humorous – a genuinely personal vision … [he] is a cartoonist gifted with tremendous imagination and one-of-a-kind visual acumen.” — Rob Kirby, The Comics Journal
“Safari Honeymoon, as an exemplar of the next generation of comics storytelling, takes the medium to a different place, a place that may be best analogous to poetry.” — Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin
Jesse Jacobs was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, and now draws comics and things from his home in London, 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 best Canadian Comic Book Self-Publisher of 2008. Even the Giants (AdHouse, 2011) marked his major publishing debut after several award-winning, self-published titles. He has worked on the Cartoon Network show Adventure Time, and his work has appeared in the acclaimed Latvian comics anthology š!, as well as the 2012 and 2013 editions of Best American Comics published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Only Skin by Sean Ford
PN6727.F63 O55 2012
This is the debut graphic novel from Sean Ford, published by the ever-exciting Secret Acres. It follows the lives of two orphans in what could easily be a post-apocalyptic world, but is actually modern rural America. The same desperation and unease that marks Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is also present here, with some unexpected and surreal interjections of the supernatural that make for an unpredictable and thoroughly engaging narrative. It’s all rendered in a style that recalls Dylan Horrocks and Craig Thompson, establishing Ford as a strong contender for the best new artist to emerge this year. — Gavin Lees, Bleeding Cool
Sean Ford s Only Skin is just the sort of comic book I like reading. Not only a tale of quirky surreal horror, intrigue, adventure and exquisite humor, this book has a great amount of heart. — Farel Dalrymple, of Omega the Unknown and Pop Gun War
Sean Ford creates a world that s both eerie and warmly mundane. Not an easy feat. — Alison Bechdel, author of the best-selling graphic memoir
Here is a 2012 Comics Reporter interview with Ford.
Last Days of the Immortal by Gwen De Bonneval & Fabien Vehlmann
PN6747.V44 D4713 2012
Gwen De Bonneval’s beautiful illustrations and stunning vision of the future had me studying every page for minutes on end. — Rich Johnton, Bleeding Cool
Subtle, mature, and inventive, French team De Bonneval and Vehlmann deliver deliberate science fiction that evokes the classic books of the 1950s and 1960s, with a particular kinship to Michael Moorcock’s Dancers at the End of Time. — Publishers Weekly
In the distant future, Elijah is a member of the “Philosophical Police,” who must solve conflicts that arise out of ignorance of the Other. Two species are fighting a war with roots in a crime committed centuries ago, and Elijah must solve the crime and bring peace between their species, while also confronting his own immortality in a world where science provides access to eternal life. In a world where death no longer exists, why do so many want to give up on life? Serious, heavy-duty science fiction, with shades of JG Ballard, Gattaca, Solaris and THX 1138. Translated from the award-winning French graphic novel.
Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu. Volume 2 by Junko Mizuno
PN6727.M59 L58 2013
Adventures of a space alien in search of love in an off-kilter Tokyo, Pelu, the cute and fluffy gigolo from outer space, is back, determined to find himself true happiness in the form of a human bride.
Pelu’s quest to have a child continues to unfold across a surreal Tokyo cityscape populated by mythological creatures, loveable losers, living puppets, nymphomaniacs, and a visitor from Pelu’s own home world. Will Pelu finally gain the confidence to woo a bride? Can Pelu finally find a girl willing to stick around long enough to have his baby?
Artist Junko Mizuno unleashes her unique graphic storytelling sensibilities on a tale that’s frequently adorable, sometimes grotesque, and surprisingly moving.
Junko Mizuno is a Japanese artist known for mixing the adorable with the abhorrent. Born in Tokyo, she rose to acclaim with the publication of her original manga, Pure Trance. Mizuno has written and illustrated several subsequent books, and she regularly creates rock posters for cult bands like The Melvins and The Swans.
Mizuno’s style has been called “gothic kawaii,” because her dark themes are often cloaked within cute visuals. In addition to books and posters, her art has been made into clothing, housewares, designer toys and Swarovski crystal figurines. Mizuno exhibits her work internationally, and she is a frequent guest at comic conventions worldwide. Junko Mizuno currently lives and works in San Francisco.
Find out more at www.mizuno-junko.com