Official Press Release
Scott Mills knows that readers have come to expect a certain kind of comic from him. The Eisner-nominated creator of acclaimed graphic novels like Trenches, Big Clay Pot and My Own Little Empire is known for his loose, tone-screen-shaded drawing style and for quietly poignant stories, sincerely and earnestly told. But for a long time, Mills has just wanted to let it all out and have fun. And so, inspired by artists like Evan Dorkin, Dan Clowes, Chris Ware and Sam Henderson, Mills created his own comic anthology, Seamonsters and Superheroes, a three-issue mini-series from SLG Publishing that will premier in October.
Aside from Mill's characteristic art style, Seamonsters and Superheroes is a far-flung, free-wheeling departure from his graphic novels. Angst-filled leviathans, sex-obsessed crime-fighters, long-winded evil geniuses and a giant monstrosity named Anusor all inhabit the bizarre-but at times oddly familiar-world presented Mill's comic oeuvre, where readers will get to explore an entirely new frontier in Mill's cerebral space.
"People expect a certain kind of seriousness from my work, but I have all kinds of stories to tell," Mills said. "While the jumping point for Seamonsters and Superheroes is a 'comedic anthology,' it's really much more than that. There are all sorts of stories-surreal, science fiction, drama, even a dash of prose. These three issues, however, are still very much about insane, foul, satiric, nonsensical humor."
SLG Publishing's editor-in-chief Jennifer de Guzman was among those readers who wouldn't have associated Scott Mills with any of the adjectives the artist uses to describe his newest work. "I love Scott's graphic novels, so when our head honcho here, Dan Vado, told me we'd gotten a project proposal from him, I was of course very excited," she said. "At first, I was shocked by how different Seamonsters and Superheroes is. Scott completely confounded all of my expectations. The versatility that Scott shows off in this new work is astounding, and I'm so pleased that SLG gets to present Seamonsters to the world."
Seamonsters and Superheroes is a three-issue, bi-monthly mini-series. Each 24-page, black-and-white issue will retail for $2.95. Due to explicit language and adult themes, it is recommended for mature readers. A preview of the first issue is available at SLG Publishing's website, www.slavelabor.com.