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29 Oct. 2015

Koyama Press 4-book Launch

New books by Phil Woollam, Robin Nishio and 2 by Michael DeForge
Artists
Michael DeForge, Phil Woollam, and Robin Nishio
Time
6-8pm

Join Koyama Press artists at Art Metropole for the launch of four new books:

Phil Woollam’s Crossways presents the ever-changing grids that make up the modern urban center, be they intersecting streets, crisscrossing wires or the ladder that climbs up the side of a building, as pure abstraction. For Woollam, landscape is liquid and the city is a medium as fluid as ink.

Robin Nishio’s Wailed is an intimate chronicle of a group of friends who also happen to be the vanguard of alternative comics making. In stark black and white, the lives of these young artists are illuminated. Comics are often associated with the past, but this is a document of their future.

Michael DeForge’s Lose #7 is the latest edition of his multi-award winning Lose series which serves as the artist’s comics laboratory. The art form is pushed to its limits in these first-time-in-full-color pages. Revel in a cartoonist at the height of their powers exploring the eccentricities of a woman who befriends her dad’s doppelgänger, and the realities of a flightless bird/boy hybrid. DeForge will also be launching Dressing, a collection of the cartoonist’s mini-comics, zines, anthology work, and more. It is a follow up to the award-winning Very Casual, and shows the artist at the height of his occasionally fever-induced powers.


Michael DeForge currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator, and designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time. His one-person anthology series Lose has received great critical and commercial success, having been nominated for every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner Awards.

Phil Woollam is an artist living in Toronto whose drawing based practice often focuses on multiples that recall the colorful geometry of the Memphis movement and De Stijl. Trained as a sculptor, Woollam has also created three-dimensional works including mascots based on the characters and designs of cartoonist Michael DeForge.

Robin Nishio was born in Toronto, ON where he currently lives and works. Nishio works across a wide range of mediums including illustration, photography, and film. He is a member of the Canadian director collective Common Good where he has directed a number of prominent commercials.


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  1. Koyama Press Kickass Annie
  2. Crossways cover
  3. Wailed cover
  4. Lose #7 cover
  5. Dressing cover
  6. Crossways interior 2
  7. Wailed interior
  8. Loose #7 interior
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