Sequential State – the comics criticism archive of Alex Hoffman

Tag: Koyama Press

  • Comics That Challenged Me in 2017: Part 4

    Today is the final installment of a four part list of comics that challenged me in 2017. Here are links to the first part of the list, the second, and the third. The full list will be published shortly after this post goes live. Links to the rest of the list: | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Full List | I’m […]

  • Review: I’m Not Here by GG

    Review: I’m Not Here by GG

    I’ve been following GG’s work since her minicomic Semi-Vivi appeared in the 2014 Comics Workbook Composition Competition, taking second place in that year. GG’s work has continued to bloom over the past few years, but I’m Not Here, a new 104-page graphic novel from Koyama Press, is her longest published work to date.   In […]

  • Review: What Is Obscenity? The Story of a Good for Nothing Artist and Her Pussy by Rokudenashiko

    Review: What Is Obscenity? The Story of a Good for Nothing Artist and Her Pussy by Rokudenashiko

    One of the big announcements leading up to TCAF 2016 was that Rokudenashiko would be in attendance to support the release of a new graphic novel memoir from Koyama Press in coordination with Massive Goods. Rokudenashiko is the artist world-famous for her manko art (manko is a slang word for vagina in Japan, like a […]

  • Review: Be Good by John Martz

    I reviewed Be Good for last year’s Selections #2, a zine of comics criticism I passed out at SPX 2015. Since then, Be Good has been nominated for an Ignatz award at SPX 2016. I also realized I never posted this original review to the website. The review as originally printed has been reformatted to meet […]

  • Comics That Challenged Me in 2015: Part 4

    Happy Wednesday. Hope you’re having a wonderful new year. I don’t generally make too much fuss about a new year, but this year I wanted to try to resolve to write a little bit more frequently. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Complete […]

  • Review: Mighty Star and the Castle of the Cancatervater by A. Degen Previous work by A. Degen has shown up on my 2014 “Comics that Challenged Me” list, and so when Koyama Press announced it would publish Mighty Star and the Castle of the Cancatervater as part of its Spring 2015 lineup, I was immediately […]

  • Looking Forward: April Releases, Yeti Press and Sparkplug Books Announce 2015 Publishing Slates

    MoCCA Comics Fest is just around the corner, and some small presses have begun to send out their plans for this year’s publishing slate.  Two books I’m excited about from two different Canadian presses – Koyama Press’ koyamapress​ Mighty Star and the Castle of the Cancatervater from A Degen adactivity​ and Towerkind from Kat Verhoeven […]

  • Review: Baby Bjornstrand, by Renee French I’ve been slowly catching up with books published in 2014,and while I’m not in ‘the struggle is real’ kind of territory, it does mean it’s taken a while to get around to books I’ve been meaning to read for months, including the enigmatic Baby Bjornstrand from Renee French and […]

  • Review: Cat Dad, King of the Goblins by Britt Wilson Koyama Press has recently entered into the world of kid’s comics with two spectacularly different books – the hardcover A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories by John Martz is described as a picture book for younger readers, while the softcover Cat Dad, King of […]

  • It’s hard to believe that SPX is only three weeks away! There are a lot of interesting books that are going to be debuting this Fall, and although I’m not going to be able to go to spx this year, here’s what I think you should look for (and what I’ll be looking to grab […]

  • Fun Comix #1

    I’ve spent some time the past week reading “serious” comics, books like Asterios Polyp, that while beautiful, are also a bit emotionally challenging. Comics as a medium has a great range in tone, and this week I wanted to highlight some books that were just plain fun to read. Mini reviews, covers, and links to […]