April 5th, 2015
Here at Tugboat Press, we take pride in our history of working with so many great comic book artists before they exploded in to world wide fame and fortune. This year's issue feature two such artists and the return of three of our all time favorite contributors.
Sam Sharpe is a writer, illustrator, and filmmaker from Chicago. He's done a few small one pagers for us before, but this year we've turned the cover story over to him to showcase his stunning talent. We've been aware of his minicomics and off-color gag strips (collected in this book from Yeti Press) for a while now, but it was his absolutely heartbreaking story "Mother" that has labeled him as one of the best new storytellers in comics. See an excerpt from it in last year's Best American Comics.
Evan Palmer is a "digital media producer" from Minneapolis who is the author of the wonderful fantasy series THE GODINS. Besides the skilled and stylish art, The Godins stands out for it unique and humorous take on the world of sword and sorcery epics. Though the world building is rich with depth and intrigue, Palmer pushed the Thunder Kings and unbeatable warriors to the side and focuses on a small group of minions who scoot around the edges and slip through the cracks of most stories. It's a real charmer and is worth seeking out. For RR4, he has created a new side story featuring these characters as they hide in the woods and reminisce about their lives before adventure came a calling.
This issue also gives us the chance to work with some of our favorite regular contributors. Andrice Arp, Joey Sayers, and Farel Dalrymple all turn in fantastic short stories. So be sure to look for it on Free Comic Book Day and beyond.