Shoppe ~ Comics & Graphic Novels

A selection of hand-picked gems from our downtown Portland store. Minimum order of $8.

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Dockwood

By Jon McNaught

64 pp., 7.7"x10.4", hardcover

Dockwood is a small town in South East England, population 26,000. It is home to a bowling alley, a boating lake and Willowbrook Outlet Village.

It's a cloudy Tuesday in October and the residents of the town are going about their business as usual. In Elmsview Nursing Home, a kitchen porter dutifully prepares lunch for residents. Elsewhere, a council worker sweeps the fallen leaves from the pavements. Along Nettlefield Road, a paperboy is delivering his daily round. And in the trees, swallows gather noisily in preparation for their annual migration.

In this new work, Jon McNaught weaves together the everyday lives of three locals against an evocative backdrop of autumnal transitions. Bittersweet and contemplative, Dockwood is for anyone who believes the stories that take place within life's small moments can often be the most meaningful of all.

Jon McNaught is a Ignatz-nominated cartoonist and printmaker living in Bristol. He also works as a printmaking instructor at the University of the West of England. He has produced comic strips for Nobrow, Art Review and Stripburger, among others. His first book Birchfield Close was published in 2010 by Nobrow Press, followed shortly by Pebble Island, both received wide critical acclaim and have earned him plaudits from some of the world's foremost cartoonists.

$19.95

 
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Dragon's Breath

By Mari Naomi

382 pp., 6"x9", perfect binding

In this collection of raw, emotionally honest stories, MariNaomi explores a wide range of topics including youthful rebellion, mortality, disillusionment, and compassion. Many of these stories were first serialized on the popular site the Rumpus. These poignant stories, some filled with hope, others tinged with remorse, are sure to appeal to even the most discerning reader.

$24.95

 
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Gay Genius

By Annie Murphy

144 pp., 9.5"x7", perfect bound, full color

 Gay Genius is a showcase of contemporary radical queer visionaries: Kubb E. Bear, Harmony Bianca, Sarah Sass Biscarra-Dilley, Pam Cameron-Snyder,Jackie Davis, Mat Defiler, Samantha Jane Dorsett, Eddie Fake, Sailor Holloday, Elisha Lim, Annie Murphy, Leroi Newbold, Lee Relvas, Adee Roberson,Matt Runkle, Ellery Russian,Clio Reese Sady, and Silky Shoemaker. Using comics as a narrative to articulate the queer experience, Gay Genius breaks through the limitations put on gay culture throughout history. The wide range of art, stories, and style come together under the passions and otherness of the writers and editor Annie Murphy.  

$20.00

 
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King Cat Classix

By John Porcellino

382 pp., 6.5"x9.5", perfect bound

John Porcellino has long been considered the greatest of all cartoonists coming from the self-publishing and zine movement of the early 1990s. His spare approach with words and pictures focuses on the smallest of details, revealing a wealth of meaning and emotion in everyday events that most of us overlook in our daily hustle and bustle. Since 1989, he has released over sixty-five issues of his self-published comic King-Cat Comics and Stories.

This large collection focuses on the first fifty issues with extensive endnotes and an index along with selections of all the extra ephemera that makes an individual issue of King-Cat its own unique experience: essays, articles, stories, and letters from friends. Included are over 250 pages of comics ranging from John's earliest scrawls to his later perfectly minimalist delineations. The comics range through all of Porcellino's concerns--family, family pets, the natural world, work, music, romance.

This book presents an artist who always knew what he wanted to do. King-Cat Classix shows Porcellino's confidence and skill as it grows steadily over the course of fifteen years.

$29.95

 
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Map of My Heart

By John Porcellino

359 pp., 6"x9", perfect bound

Map of My Heart celebrates the twentieth anniversary of John Porcellino's seminal and influential comics zine, King-Cat Comics, which he started self publishing in 1989 and which has been his predominant means of expression. In this collection, while Porcellino is living in isolation and experiencing the pain of divorce he crafts a melancholic, tender graphic ballad of heartbreak and reflection.

Known for his sad, quiet honesty rendered in his signature deceptively minimalist style, Porcellino has a command of graphic storytelling as sophisticated as the medium's more visually intricate masters. Few other artists are able to so expertly contemplate the sadness, beauty, and wonder of life in so few lines.

$24.95

 
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My Dirty Dumb Eyes

By Lisa Hanawalt

120 pp., 7"x9", paperback

My Dirty Dumb Eyes is the highly anticipated debut collection from award-winning cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt. In a few short years, Hanawalt has made a name for herself: her intricately detailed, absurdly funny comics have appeared in venues as wide and varied as The Hairpin, VanityFair.com, Lucky Peach, Saveur, The New York Times, and The Believer.

My Dirty Dumb Eyes intermingles drawings, paintings, single-panel gag jokes, funny lists, and anthropomorphized animals, all in the service of satirical, startlingly observant commentary on pop culture, contemporary society, and human idiosyncrasies. Her wild sense of humor contrasts strikingly with the carefully rendered lines and flawless draftsmanship that are Hanawalt trademarks. Whether she's revealing the secret lives of celebrity chefs or explaining that what dogs really want is a tennis-ball bride, My Dirty Dumb Eyes will have readers rolling in the aisles, as Hanawalt's insights into human (and animal) behavior startle and delight time and again.

$22.95

 
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Symbology: an A to Z of Archetypes & Epiphanies

By Annie Murphy

28 pp., 8.5"x10.5", stitched binding

Annie Murphy breaks down ancient symbols and their meaning in this beautifully illustrated reflection on visual language.  Along with explanations of visual symbols she also tracks the fascinating history of how some of these things are formed and how they change over time.

$10.00

 
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Womanimalistic #3

By Caroline Paquita

24 pp., 7"x4.25", saddle stitched, Riso printed

Collected works from sketchbooks and performances inspired by traveling through 10 countries, mourning loss and "crystal woo woo."

$5.00