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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Drama & Slice of Life

Here's a few drama and slice-of-life titles that caught my eye in the order forms!

You'll see that I'll try to include a little order code with most items (ex:JUL200019). Show some love to your retailer and use those codes when you can, it saves a lot of time on the data entry end of things.



(W) Katriona Chapman (A) Katriona Chapman

A loner and an introvert, Chris has worked in Breakwater Picture House for many years. It's the kind of job that people drift through; friendships flourish for a time, contained within their allotted hours and place...and then fade when people move on. But when Dan joins, Chris finds someone who breaks out of these designated boundaries and gradually becomes a part of her life. Initially the relationship helps her out of a rut and she finds her world starting to open up. But as she learns more about her new friend, she must decide if the solitary life she's built is the one she's actually most suited to after all.


Why this caught my eye:

I'm really liking Chapman's artwork in the samples I've seen, and hey any story featuring a loner and introvert sounds like my kind of jam.



(W) Cyprien Mathieu (A) Olivier Perret

A seemingly relaxing family vacation morphs into a season of unrelenting psychological torment in this slow-burning dramedy. In the heat of the summer, François and his angsty children travel to a remote village in the South of France. But after one false move, François finds himself caught up in a small town mystery of deceit, infidelity, and murder.


Why this caught my eye:

The solicit sounded interesting, but I couldn't find any sample pages of Perret's artwork until I was able to pull these untranslated previews on Google Books. I like his style so I'm drawn in by that, but what's left out of the solicit info is the entire subplot of a missing dog which is a little weird since it's in the title. Also the original French title translates to Red Days and Blue Dumplings, I really wanna know what's up.



(W) Zidrou (A/CA) Arno Monin

A young couple's lives are changed when they adopt an orphaned 4-year old girl, but no one is more inconvenienced by the addition than Gabriel, who has to put his retirement aside to become a grandfather. Easier said than done, considering he never took much time to be a father in the first place.


Why this caught my eye:

I think I may have already featured this one, but it's been resolicited and I think it's worth another heads up. It sounds like a really touching story and I really like Monin's artwork.



(W) Jiro Taniguchi (A/CA) Jiro Taniguchi

Yoichi Yamashita, spurred by a call informing him of his father's death, thinks of childhood. He returns to his hometown after a lengthy absence during which time he has not seen his father. As the relatives gather for the funeral and the stories start to flow, Yoichi's childhood starts to resurface. The Spring afternoons playing on the floor of his father's barber shop, the fire that ravaged the city and his family home, his parents' divorce and a new "mother." Through confidences and memories shared with those who knew him best, Yoichi rediscovers the man he had long considered an absent and rather cold father.


Why this caught my eye:

I fell in love with Taniguchi's work ever since I read The Walking Man (which I did not realize is now like 20 years old, yaaaay), so getting a new English translation of one of his works is always a treat. He did this one in 1995 and it was only ever translated in French, and you can find a nice review here.



(W) Abby Howard (A) Abby Howard

A masterful collection of tales from the faded border between our day-to-day world and the horrifying unknown on the other side of midnight. An old woman living alone on the edge of a bog gets an unexpected - and unsettling - visitor, throwing her quiet life into a long-buried mystery. A misfit little girl, struggling to make friends, meets an understanding soul one day at the beach: but why will he only play with her alone at night? In this collection of evocative, unnerving slice-of-life horror, five stories explore what happens when one is desperate enough to seek solace in the unnatural, and what might be waiting for us at the Crossroads at Midnight.


Why this caught my eye:

This probably should go in horror but I have a mountain of horror to recommend soon and I don't want this to get lost in that chunk. This also self-categorized itself as slice-of-life horror which I don't think I've ever seen as a category before. I love Abby Howard's work, and I'm glad to see this will get some broader distribution in comic stores as I noticed it go up as a Kickstarter not too long ago.


That's it for this batch! We'll get some horror in on the next one!

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