Uncivilized Press has announced its spring 2015 lineup of graphic novels, and it's well worth a look. There are just three books: Borb, by Jason Little, whose previous works chronicled the adventures of Bee in Shutterbug Follies and Motel Improvement Service (you can read an excerpt of the latter here); Vincent Stall's Robot Investigator, a story about a robot wandering through a planet that's like Earth but with only feral humans; and True Swamp: Book 2, by John Lewis.
Full descriptions and additional covers can be found below.
Borb, by Jason Little
Borb, by Jason Little (Shutterbug Follies, Motel Art Improvement Service) is the story of a severely alcoholic homeless man, a downtrodden urban Candide whose misfortunes pile up at an alarming rate. The narrative is presented as a series of daily newspaper strips as the author pays homage to the depression-era imagery of Harold Gray (Little Orphan Annie) and Frank King (Gasoline Alley) and the long and complex tradition of the comic strip slapstick vagabond archetype. At once hilarious, horrifying, and full of heart, Borb depicts the real horrors specific to present-day urban homelessness. Borb is Jason Little’s most complex and challenging work.
Jason Little is the author of the Bee books: Shutterbug Follies (winner of two Ignatz awards) and Motel Art Improvement Service. His Jack’s Luck Runs Out comic book was the first Xeric winner to be printed in full color. He also teaches in the cartooning program at the School of Visual Arts. Jason lives in Brooklyn with writer Myla Goldberg and their two daughters.
ISBN 978-1-941250-02-0Hardcover, b&w, 96 Pages, $19.95April, 2015
Robot Investigator, by Vincent Stall
Robot Investigator by Vincent Stall (Things You Carry) follows a lonely robot on an expedition to a mysterious planet that looks a lot like Earth. The story unfolds like a parallel universe Wall-E as the robot explores what appears to be a pristine landscape. He meets curious gerbil-like animals and stumbles on… a band of feral humans. Who were they? Why did they turn into wild men? Robot Investigator is both sweet and melancholy, cute and grisly. Stall’s silent sequences are drawn with an inky, lush, and elegant line filled with expressionistic colors. Robot Investigator is Stall’s masterpiece. The book also includes a brand new story and sixteen-page robot parts catalog.
Vincent Stall is an artist, cartoonist, and designer. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and daughter.
ISBN 978-1-941250-04-4Hardcover, color, 100 Pages, $19.95Jul, 2015
True Swamp: Book 2, by Jon Lewis
True Swamp: Book 2 continues the misadventures of Lenny the Frog. The world of True Swamp grows to include inventor marmots, a living book, the cave-dwelling custodian of the swamp’s one true religion, and most fatefully of all, the walking fungus known as Nikolas Underwoods. The stories collected are the very best of True Swamp and were placed on the Time magazine’s “Top Ten Comics of 2000″ list.
Jon Lewis began True Swamp in 1992. It continues today. Other comics include Ghost Ship, Spectacles, and scripts for DC, Dark Horse and Kodansha Publishing. Lewis came to prominence as one of a tight-knit wave of early 90s Seattle cartoonists who brought new narrative ambition to alternative comics. He lives in Brooklyn.
ISBN 978-0-9889014-9-0Hardcover, b&w, 140 pages, $19.95Jun, 2015