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After Nothing Comes

By Aidan Koch, Bill Kartalopoulos (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 112 pages
Published In: Canada, 01 May 2016
Aidan Koch makes comics about moods and moments, marks and symbols. They are drawn in a diaphanous, haptic style that suggests dreams and memories. In washes of ink, pencil smudges, white paint, and traces of drawings removed, Koch creates resonate tone poems on paper. Aidan Koch was born in Seattle, Washington and currently lives and works in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. She works in a variety of mediums, often blurring their conventions. Her work has appeared in a variety of exhibitions, as well as the Paris Review.

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Budget: A portion of $4,300.00 marketing and publicity budget. Galleys: PDF galleys are available. National Advertising: Prominent, year-round advertising in The Comics Reporter, one of the most visited comics-focused websites. National Print/Online Media Campaign: We work tirelessly to market and promote our titles; we have a large media and opinion maker contact list, to which we send our press releases and select review copies. We also have a smaller selection of reviewers who receive hard copies of our titles. This has resulted in reviews, interviews and coverage in a variety of media outlets including�Avoid the Future,�Boing Boing, The Chicago Tribune,�Comic Book Resources,�The Comics Beat,�The Comics Journal,�The Comics Reporter,�The Globe and Mail,�Newsarama,�Paste Magazine,�Publishers Weekly,�Quill and Quire,�The National Post,�The New York Times,�TIME Magazine,�VICE Magazine,�The Washington Post and many more. Online/Social Media Campaign:�We have a strong presence on the Internet with our recently redesigned website (koyamapress.com with over 4,000 unique visits per month), Facebook (facebook.com/KoyamaPress with over 4,500 likes), Twitter (@AnnieKoyama with over 8,700 followers), Flickr (flickr.com/photos/koyamapress), and Tumblr (koyamapress.tumblr.com with over 11,000 followers) pages. Promotion on the Author's Website:�Aidan Koch has established a strong following online. This is demonstrated by her website (aidankoch.com), her Twitter (@aidanalexiskoch), and her Tumblr (aidankoch.tumblr.com). General Tour Info:�Koyama Press and Aidan Koch will be launching�After Nothing Comes at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) a week long celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. This year's festival takes place May 14-15. Publicity and Promotion in Conjunction with the Author's Speaking Engagements: Koyama Press has a number of branded items including tote bags, notebooks, buttons, postcards, stickers, and activity books that accompany artists at shows and events. These include items utilizing the art from the book itself.

About the Author

Aidan Koch was born in Seattle, WA and currently lives and works in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA in Illustration at the Pacific NW College of Art in Portland, OR, and works in a variety of mediums, often blurring their conventions. Her work has appeared in a variety of group exhibitions, as well as The Paris Review. Past books include the Xeric Award winning The Whale (Gaze Books, 2014), Field Studies (Floating World Comics, 2012) and the anthology Astral Talk (Publication Studio, 2011), which she edited.

Reviews

One of The Globe & Mail's 100 Best Books of 2016 Listed as one of the best graphic novels of all time by Thrillist "The pieces contained are image-word play, briefer and longer poems and narrative bursts examining the nature of disconnectedness and loneliness." -- Tahneer Oksman, The Comics Journal "Aidan Koch's collection of out-of-print mini-comics, After Nothing Comes, reads more like poetry or non-narrative art than a conventional comic." -- Shea Hennum, Paste "Comics as poetry, comics as painting, comics as dance--Koch's diaphanous, impressionistic work opens up vast and unexplored possibilities for the medium, all while attuned to minuscule details." -- Sean Rogers, The Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of the Year "Koch's figures at times recall Edgar Degas's elegant pencil studies, at others Henry Darger's strange pinup children." -- Danica Novgorodoff, Artforum "[T]he sheer minimalist restraint and stunning draftsmanship of polymath artist Aidan Koch's comics, many of which are contained in this collection, mark her as the medium's poet laureate." -- Sean T. Collins "[After Nothing Comes is] best approached as a poetry chapbook, offering nothing but sections of Koch's soul in an attempt to make contact with parts of her reader's." -- John Seven, The Comics Beat "After Nothing Comes is the perfect title for this collection because it is where the stories happen, when one is left to contemplate and make sense of the blank space." -- Rachel Davies, The Comics Journal "This is the artist transforming the idea of comic books." -- Rebecca Bates, Nylon "Koch forces readers to construct their own meanings, creating worlds on the page that remain radically, invitingly open." -- Sean Rogers, The Globe and Mail "At its simplest, [Koch's] use of synecdoche acts as a visual shorthand, where the part acts as a symbol pointing to a single meaning, but much of what makes Koch's comics so compelling is the way they lean on the fragment's aleph-like openness to infinite possibilities and perspectives." -- Chantal McStay, BOMB Magazine "With her rich, evocative artwork and compelling, poetic storytelling, Aidan Koch is one of the most fascinating cartoonists working today, and the new Koyama Press graphic novel After Nothing Comes traces her evolution by collecting six of Koch's out-of-print zines from the last eight years." -- Oliver Sava, A.V. Club "Aidan Koch rearranges the horizon." -- Scott McCloud (The Sculptor,Understanding Comics) "Aidan uses few words to convey great feeling, and she often leaves blank spaces in panels. The reader is able to fill in the blanks, and to make the story their own." -- Rachel Davies, Rookie "Aidan Koch's work is profound and unique. Few cartoonists have such equalized sensitivity to visual detail, social detail, symbol, sound, and story as she does. She will be remembered for creating a new form of attention. The art form itself is suffering shock waves from this earliest work. It fires my body and brain with alertness." -- Tom Hart (founder of Sequential Artist Workshop, author of Hutch Owen, Rosalie Lightning) "Gossamer pencil rendering, conspicuous gaps in both image and text, a tendency to put just enough on a page and no more--these techniques give Koch's comics a sense of whispered mystery and melancholy." -- Sean T. Collins, The Comics Journal "Aidan Koch asks us to consider the ways in which comic art and "Art World" art exist separately and how they unite." -- Monica Johnson, The Rumpus

EAN: 9781927668320
ISBN: 1927668328
Publisher: Koyama Press
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 1.02 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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