Founded in 2007, Koyama Press is a Toronto-based small press. Our mandate is to promote and support a wide range of emerging and established artists. Projects include comics, graphic novels, art books, and zines. We are known for our alternative edge and diverse range of titles that include a myriad of genres from autobiography to photography, from horror to humour, and more.
This year TCAF is shining a spotlight on Canadian cartooning, and it just so happens that all of our debuting books are by Canadian artists, and all of them will be in attendance! This includes featured guest Michael DeForge, who is debuting A Body Beneath, which is the first collection of his one-person anthology series Lose. Also in attendance will be Seo Kim who is taking a break from working on Adventure Time in LA to release her hilarious comics collection Cat Person, and Jesse Jacobs who follows up his mind-bending By This Shall You Know Him with the mind-blowing Safari Honeymoon. We will also have a limited number of 100 Crushes from international queer vanguard Elisha Lim. Find out more about our slate of new releases and their artists below!
Cat Person is a collection of comics by cartoonist Seo Kim. Begun as a personal challenge to create daily, the comics feature a variety of themes from the silly to the serious. Characterized by a charming drawing style and frequently featuring the cartoonist and her farcical feline Jimmy, these are the best Sunday comics you’ve never seen.
A Body Beneath collects issues 2-5 of Michael DeForge’s multi-award winning, anthology Lose. DeForge’s singular vision reveals the menace in the mundane, the humor in the horrific. He has crafted a phantasmagoria of stories that feature a spider-infested pet horse head, post-apocalyptic dogs dealing with existential angst, the romantic undertones of a hired hit, and more.
Safari Honeymoon is a tale of jungle love and jungle madness. Join a pair of young newlyweds as they descend deep into a mysterious forest, encountering unknown creatures and unimaginable landscapes. Amongst the unusual flora and fauna, they discover within themselves something more strange and terrible than any sight their safari has to offer.
100 Crushes compiles five years of queer comics by Elisha Lim, including excerpts from Sissy, The Illustrated Gentleman, Queer Child in the Eighties, and their cult series 100 Butches, as well as new work. It’s an absorbing documentary that travels through Toronto, Berlin, Singapore, and beyond in the form of interviews, memoirs, and gossip from an international queer vanguard.
Seo Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and then immigrated to Toronto, Ontario just a few months later. Kim currently lives in Los Angeles and works as a storyboard artist for the massively successful Cartoon Network show, Adventure Time.
Michael DeForge was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator, and as an effects, props, and character designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time.
Jesse Jacobs was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, and now draws comics and things from his home in London, Ontario. He has worked on the Cartoon Network show Adventure Time, and has appeared in the 2012 and 2013 editions of Best American Comics.
Toronto-based artist Elisha Lim’s work celebrates the dignity and power of being neither straight, nor white, nor cis-gendered. In 2011 they also successfully advocated for Canadian gay media to adopt the gender neutral pronoun “they.”