If I can turn one person on to the inde comic scene, or introduce one person to the awesome art of a struggling comic book artist, than I did not live in vain.
Top Shelf is at the top of my list when it comes to inde publishing and The Underwater Welder is at the top of my list of inde books for the month of July, so this is a win-win.
IN STORES JULY 4TH:
Wizzywig: Portrait of a Serial Hacker
by Ed Piskor
Inspired by the incredible stories of real-life computer hackers, Wizzywig is the thrilling tale of a master manipulator, Kevin “Boingthump” Phenicle — his journey from precocious child scammer to federally-wanted fugitive, and beyond. In a world transformed by social networks, data leaks, and digital uprisings, Ed Piskor’s debut graphic novel reminds us how much power can rest in the hands of an audacious kid with a keyboard. Named “the next big thing in graphic novels” by Rolling Stone magazine! — a 288-page deluxe hardcover, $19.95 (US).
IN STORES JULY 25TH:
The Underwater Welder
by Jeff Lemire
From the award-winning writer/artist of Essex County and Sweet Tooth! As a deep-sea welder on a Canadian oilrig and a soon-to-be father, Jack Joseph’s life is full of pressure… But he’s about to discover something deep on the ocean floor that will change the course of his life forever. Equal parts blue-collar character study and mind-bending mystery, The Underwater Welder is a graphic novel about fathers and sons, birth and death, memory and reality, and the treasures we all bury deep below the surface. — a 224-page deluxe softcover with French flaps, $19.95 (US).
IN STORES JULY 25TH:
American Elf Book 4: The Collected Sketchbook Diaries 2008-2011
by James Kochalka
It’s the long-awaited return of James Kochalka’s massively influential and deceptively ambitious autobiography, American Elf! Every day of his life is captured in a single comic strip, sometimes profound and sometimes silly, but always full of the earnest Kochalka passion that led Hi-Fructose to call him “an unrelenting force, sure to solve the oncoming energy crisis,” and earned him the title of Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont. This volume collects four years, from 2008-2011. — a 384-page softcover, $24.95 (US).