New cover by Colleen Coover!
Paul Tobin and I are super excited to announce that Banana Sunday will be available again from its original publisher, Oni Press, on October 24, 2018! Originally released in 2006, the new edition has been remastered with spectacular colors by Rian Sygh, and it has been revised and edited for today’s readers! Also, we’ve changed the writer’s credit to Paul Tobin‘s name, rather than the pseudonym Root Nibot.
Banana Sunday is a comedy for readers of all ages that explores the themes of alienation, self-doubt, and the power of friendship. You know, high school. Banana Sunday was listed as one of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Great Graphic Novels for Teens for 2007.
We welcome this opportunity to share our early all-ages work with a new audience of readers, young and old!
“Kirby Steinberg is having a bit of trouble fitting into her new school. Sure, there’s the usual problems associated with being from “somewhere else,” but this time the new kid also happens to be the guardian for three talking primates. Chuck, the professorial orangutan. Knobby, the love-stricken spider monkey. Go-Go, the befuddled golden gorilla. These primates have learned to speak, thanks to the scientific processes of Kirby’s father. Or have they? What’s their real story? That’s what Nickels—Kirby’s new best friend and unfortunately dedicated school reporter—would like to discover. Can Kirby find time to develop a relationship with Martin, the dashing nerd? Steer clear of Skye, the high school’s #1 pillar of arrogance? Keep Knobby, Chuck and Go-Go from causing untold catastrophes? And, above all, will Kirby be able to hide the real origin of these three simians from Nickels? Oh, probably not.”
New colors by Rian Sygh
The files for Bandette digital episode 16 have been uploaded and are being processed for release by ComiXology! Tentative release date is October 18!
My 2012 homage to the horror tales of the comics of the 1970’s, “Rose’s Heart”, is back online! I’ve reformatted the 8-page comic into 3 parts and uploaded it to the comics app Webtoons.
Webtoons Scrolling Format
The scrolling format of Webtoons was totally new to me, so the reformatting process was a challenge I really dug! The app is free to all readers, so don’t hesitate to download it to your phone or mobile device (and then search for “Colleen Coover” to find my story). There’s some really good stuff on there!
But that’s not all the news for “Rose’s Heart”! It has just been added to the freshly Kickstarter funded anthology Gothic Tales Of Haunted Love from Bedside Press!
Gothic Tales Of Haunted Love from Bedside Press. Cover art by Leslie Doyle
A modern re-imagining of this genre, the stories feature a diverse range of heroes and villains from some of comics finest talent, and will likely feature a few stories of a woman in a white dress running away from a scary house.
Gothic Tales Of Haunted Love is expected out in 2018!
It is our profound pleasure to announce that Bandette has been chosen Best Digital Comic in the 2017 Eisner Awards!
This is the third time Bandette has been so honored (previous years: 2013, 2016) and we could not be more proud. We thank our digital publishing company, Monkeybrain Comics, and our digital distributor, Comixology, for providing us with the platform to create the best comic we can make. We also thank Dark Horse Comics for producing beautiful hardcover print editions of Bandette.
Finally, we thank the brilliant artists who have contributed their work to the Urchin Stories series of 2-3 page backup comics, featuring the many secondary characters who populate Bandette’s world! These stories help flesh out Bandette’s friends, rivals, and enemies, and they are being posted on a weekly basis (until we run out) at Bandette.Net. Anyone wanting a taste of Bandette should navigate there immediately!
Digital issues of Bandette are available through the cross-platform Comixology app for 99¢ each!
The Dark Horse print editions are available from comic shops everywhere in the United States and Canada, as well as from your favorite online book vendors.
Bandette is available in Spanish from Aleta, and in French from Groupe Paquet.
We’re honored to announce that Bandette has been nominated for a 2017 Eisner Award in the category Best Digital Comic Book!
Here’s the full list of nominations in the category. Congratulations to all the nominees!
Be sure to check out Bandette on the Comixology app, the hardcover reprints from Dark Horse Comics, or see free previews of Bandette’s Urchin Stories at Bandette.Net!
Enjoy these free previews from the larger universe of Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover’s BANDETTE! Now being posted at their new internet home, www.Bandette.Net.
Bandette is the star of the show, but her world is populated by an abundance of other amusing characters. Who are they? Get to know all the supporting characters from Bandette in these short Urchin Stories: written by Paul Tobin, with art by a wealth of brilliant guest artists. Posting each Wednesday until we run out of strips.
We’re kicking off with “Theft At The Theatre!”: which is not technically an Urchin Story. The 8-page excerpt by Paul and me from Bandette #10 appeared first in Dark Horse Comic’s All Ages 2015 Free Comic Book Day offering. While the excerpt stands alone, it also serves as the first 8 pages of the Bandette story arc “The House Of The Green Mask”, reprinted in the hardcover Bandette Volume 3.
I was so busy on the day of release, I forgot to announce it on my blog!
Small Favors is once again in print, now in its entirety, as a beautiful hard bound edition from Limerence Press! If you’re in Portland, Oregon on Thursday May 4, we’re going to hold a book release party and art show at Floating World Comics starting at 6pm.
A new interview is up on CBR.com about the fast approaching release of the Small Favors Definitive Collection from Limerence Press!
Small Favors will arrive in comic shops on April 26, 2017!
Pre-order from Amazon for delivery May 9, 2017. (But don’t–get it thorough your local shop, if you can.)
Goofing around with a new software application. This drawing was created with Rebelle, which simulates wet and dry media,particularly watercolor, to astonishingly lifelike effect. It’s not perfect; I haven’t found if there’s a pressure sensitive brush stroke yet, and the dry media lines have a little more jitter than I’d like. But BOY, it’s cool, and I could see using it to color something in the future.
I had a delightful chat with my old friend Chris Sims of Comics Alliance about the history of Small Favors, soon to be reprinted in its entirety by Limerence Press!
In other news, I got my first advance copies of the new hardcover and it is very classy.
A new Small Favors interview with the good people at Book Threat (“Unusually good reads for self-aware weirdos“) is now live and ready for you to read! Go do that!
Small Favors will arrive in shops on April 26, 2017. It is listed in Previews now, with the order code DEC161824.
Pre-order from Amazon for delivery May 9, 2017. (No seriously, order it thorough your local shop, if you can.)
We’re very proud to announce that Bandette Volume Three: The House Of The Green Mask has been listed by the Young Adult Library Services Association for their 2017 list of Great Graphic Novels For Teens!
“The list of 104 titles, drawn from 145 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens.”
Libraries and librarians are essential partners in bring books to new readers, so we couldn’t be more pleased to make their list again this year!