This March sees three new titles from Breakdown Press, those fine purveyors of cutting edge and boundary-smashing sequential art whose back catalogue has long been admired here at Broken Frontier. We have details of their Spring 2021 line-up along with preview pages below. Breakdown’s alt and art comics line-up is always worth your time consideration so do check out those pre-order links below. Our favourite indie comics publishers need our support now more than ever!
Free Fall by Alexis Beauclair
240 x 300 mm, 128 pages, offset printed, paperback
Free Fall collects nine stories, originally published in various anthologies over the last decade. Beauclair’s comics are wordless thrill-rides where form and landscape shift perception from image to image. The reader is propelled from one beautiful image to the next at breakneck speed, a rollercoaster ride across the landscape of one of the most singular and important comics artists working today, at the forefront of the French Abstract Formalist Comic Movement.
Free Fall is available to pre-order HERE from the Breakdown Press store
Tummy Bugs by Leomi Sadler
190 x 260mm, 96 pages, offset printed, paperback
The stories inside Tummy Bugs are by turn absurd, surreal and funny. Short luridly coloured vignettes transport the reader into a deeply individual landscape, populated by strange creatures, where the line between fantasy, reality and science fiction is constantly shifting.
Leomi Sadler has been a cult figure in the alternative comics scene for over a decade, running the critically acclaimed publisher Famicon Express. Sadler’s commercial illustration work has seen them collaborate with Givenchy, Nike and Vice Magazine as their artistic tendrils continues to extend beyond comics and into the worlds of fashion and contemporary art.
Tummy Bugs is available to pre-order HERE from the Breakdown Press store.
Haway Man, Klaus! by Richard Short
175 x 155 mm, 232 pages, offset printed, paperback
Haway Man, Klaus! is the first full-length collection of comic strips charting the un-adventures of Klaus, Richard Short’s pensive, anthropomorphic cat.
Reinvigorating the classic comic strip, Short salutes Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, Tove Jansson’s Moomins and Japanese cartooning masters, before veering quickly into an original, strange and utterly unique world of screwball comedy and poetic rumination.
Short’s wit, at times gentle, at times acerbic, is expressed through his mastery of clear-line cartooning, revealing a tapestry of relatable human emotion through a cast of offbeat characters. Occupying a wholly original space in the current landscape of cartooning, Haway Man, Klaus! breathes new life into the comic strip format.
“If I had my way, Richard Short’s comic Klaus, would be syndicated in the daily papers for everyone to enjoy. Funny and poetic trials and tribulations of a feckless anthropomorphic cat, just what you need with your morning coffee ” The Comics Journal
Haway Man, Klaus! is available to pre-order HERE from the Breakdown Press site.