Tugboat Press


Run For Your Life

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.

Keep On Running

April 30th, 2014

It's always a thrill to get to work with one of your heroes, and Megan Kelso is one of our all time favorites. We've had her on our dream list from the beginning of Tugboat Press. After a few false starts and missed opportunities, we've finally made it happen with the new issue of Runner Runner. She drew us a sublime little story called The Good Witch, 1947. It's about a single mother who's life is slowly slipping away from her. It's a beautiful piece and we feel fortunate to be able to publish it. Working with your heroes is sometimes just as good as you'd hoped!

If you can't pick up a copy of Runner Runner at one of the select stores carrying it for Free Comic Book Day, be sure to seek us out at comic shows throughout the year to get one from us directly. They're free!

The Cute Girl Teamwork

November 9th, 2013

Behind the scenes, Tugboat Press will often work intensely with writers and artists on creating their new new books and comics with the vague idea that we'll eventually publish them and share them with the world. But that's not always the case. Sometimes we hand off the actual publishing to another company. We've done this with many of our recent projects, like this one and this one and several others. It's a fun way to work. We get to help craft and shape the stories and art, and then we can leave the boring business and sales part of the process to someone else. Usually someone who is really good at that part of book publishing.

Well, we did it again. This time it's a big beautiful graphic novel by Tugboat regular MK Reed and amazing NY artist Joe Flood. The book isThe Cute Girl Network and it's a hilarious romantic comedy set in the world of skater punks and indie rock kids. It turned out awesome and we couldn't be prouder of it. It was great working with publisher First Second Books. They specialize in graphic novels like this and we're sure they're going to do a great job of getting it out to the people. We hope you pick it. It's sometime special.

We also have a new issue of our annual Invincible Summer/Clutch split zine out now. This year it's printed in a lovely brown colored ink and features some very emotional moments from artist Nicole Georges. Things start off dark for her, but build to a lovely turning point in her life. Don't miss it!

Birth of a New Project

June 6th, 2013

Sometimes a new project will just sneak up on you. We're a comic book publisher, and a tiny one at that. We never had any ambition to branch out into the world of fine art prints, but over the years we've learned that the best projects are the ones created just because you wanted to see them exist. And that's what happened with our new venture PANGS.

Over the last few year, writer and artist MK Reed has been putting together her version of the Irish legend Tain Bo Cuailnge, a sprawling epic of an ancient civil war brought on by a fight over a single stolen cow. Full of Game of Thrones style intrigue and backstabbing, it also features Reed's unique sense of humor and love for the absurd in human nature. She's been writing and drawing most of it herself and serializing it online at AboutABull.com. Sometimes to tell some of the side stories and fill in world building gaps, she brings in guest artists like Hilary Florido, Matt Wiegle, and Farel Dalrymple to draw from her exhaustively researched scripts. It was Farel's story that caught our eye when he showed us his amazing watercolored originals. They looked more like something that should be framed on a museum wall than quickly read on someone's smart phone. So we thought, "why not?"

Now PANGS is a set of seven fine art prints (six story pages and an oversized insert) sold in comic book style poly bag. They look NICE! This is definitely one of the more handsome projects we've ever put together. Clear off some space on your living room wall, you're going to want this!

And if you like the sound of MK Reed and Farel Dalrymple collaborating, stay tuned, we're working on an even more ambitious project with them for near future. It's a secret for now, but trust us, it's pretty cool.

Also we'll be working with big NYC publishers First Second Books this fall for the release of a 192 page graphic novel called THE CUTE GIRL NETWORK. It's a book that's close to our hearts, so keep an eye out of it. More on that soon. 

Runner Runner Runner

March 13th, 2013

This is actually our sixth year year doing a comic for Free Comic Book Day, but this is the first time we've tried to turn it in to an actual series. Really, we just liked the title Runner Runner (a poker term for needing two lucky cards in a row) and we decided to reuse it. That was before we heard about this movie. Dang it! Oh well, maybe it'll flop.

This year's RR features a cover story by MK Reed, GMeans, Joe Flood that is a preview for their new graphic novel THE CUTE GIRL NETWORK, that is a coming out this Fall. It's a charming romantic comedy about being true to yourself and not letting other tell you what to do or who to love. The main character is a female skateboarder named Jane and you'll be hearing more about her in coming months. She's pretty cool.

The rest of the issue is rather good too.

Also thanks to everyone who passed along their congratulations and condolences on the closing of Papercutter. It was really nice to hear that people got a lot of enjoyment out of that series. Hopefully, the new Runner Runner will help ease the loss. Check back here for a list of participating store that will be carrying it for FCBD.

Current Releases

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Runner Runner #4

A Comic Book Anthology for Free Comic Book Day

Free ~ Free

Tugboat Press returns for another year of celebrating our favorite holiday, Free Comic Book Day (May 2, 2015)! This year's issue of Runner Runner features a cover story by Sam Sharpe about a young man making his way through the big city dating scene with the help of his favorite comic book hero, Cognito: The Super Spy. Evan Palmer tells the tale of a goblin feast that takes a unfortunate turn, and Joey Alison Sayers draws about the most popular musical act in our coming post-apocalyptic, dystopian future. Also comics by Andrice Arp and Farel Dalrymple.

Cover by Sam Sharpe.

Thanks to everyone who made FCBD such a success! We will be giving out the remaining copies of RR4 at comic & zine shows throughout the rest of the year. Hope to see you there.

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The Cute Girl Network

By MK Reed, G.Means, and Joe Flood

192 pages ~ $17.99

A rollicking romantic comedy from MK Reed (author of Americus), G.Means, and Joe Flood (artist on Orcs andHellcity), the book tells the story of Jack and Jane, two punk kids living in the big city. Jane is the best skateboarder in town and Jack sells soup on the street for minimum wage. After a few dates, things are look pretty good for our young couple until The Cute Girl Network (an information clearinghouse for ex-girlfriends) gets involved and proceeds to tell Jane all about Jack's embarrassing dating history. Their message is clear: DUMP HIM!

Published with our friends at First Second Books.

Order online from Powells or Amazon or MacMillan.

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by MK Reed and Farel Dalrymple

Seven Fine Art Prints ~ $12.00

PANGS in a unique new collaboration from writer MK Reed and acclaimed comic book artist Farel Dalrymple. Based on the Irish legend Tain Bo Cuailnge, PANGS is a collected set of seven fine art prints that, when put together, tell the haunting and bizarre story of how an ancient land became cursed for generations. Showcasing Dalyrymple's beautiful lush watercolors and Reed's sharp wit and timing, PANGS is part frameable art piece, part readable comic book.

Printed in Portland, Oregon on 100% post-consumer recycled 110# premium matte stock and collected in a protective polyester sleeve. 10" x 7.6" with a 4" x 7.6" insert.

Order online from Buy Olympia.

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Invincible Summer #21 ~ Clutch #24

by Nicole Georges and Clutch McBastard

32 pages ~ $2.00

Every year old friends Nicole and Clutch team up to produce an autobiographical split zine that traces their overlapping lives as they deal with the trials and tribulations of the modern world. This year Nicole focuses on the ups and downs of her job teaching children and the struggles of caring for her two aging dogs. Clutch travels to Toronto, works on his upcoming graphic novel and sings a song about glucose meters. A sublime look at life, friendship and taking one day at time.

Order online from Parcell Press.

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Papercutter #17

A Comic Book Anthology

32 pages ~ $4.00

Papercutter is Tugboat Press's award winning anthology series dedicated to showcasing the best young, underexposed and emerging comic book artists. This issue marks a departure for Papercutter as we turn the whole issue over to acclaimed zinester Jason Martin (Laterborn) who fills the issue with seven autobiographical stories illustrated by seven of today's best cartoonists. Jesse Reklaw (Slowwave) draws a story from Jason's youth as he creates the greatest unknown supervillain of all time, "The Weeper". Calvin Wong (Ramble On) provides the art for one the most harrowing moments in Jason's life as his house nearly burns to the ground. Corinne Mucha, Francois Vigneault, Sarah Oleksyk, Hellen Jo, and Vanessa Davis round out this special issue with funny, compelling, and heartfelt stories. Additional art by Nate Beaty.

Order online from: BuyOlympia and Radiator.

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Papercutter #16

A Comic Book Anthology

32 pages ~ $4.00

Papercutter #16 is the latest issue in Tugboat Press's long running anthology series dedicated to showcasing the best young, underexposed and emerging comic book artists. This issue features a darkly compelling cover story by Joey Alison Sayers (Just So You Know), that follows the life of a middle school science teacher as his noble ideals about his profession start to crumble around him. Liz Prince (I Swallowed the Key To My Heart) returns with a brief look at the inner workings of her mind and finds it all to be pretty cool actually. Alexis Frederick-Frost (The Courtship of Miss Smith) wraps up the issue with a lush tale of a hunter who finds some of her prey to be adorable. Additional art by Nate Beaty.

Order online from BuyOlympia, Sparkplug, and Radiator.

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Papercutter #13

A Comic Book Anthology

32 Pages ~ $4.00

Papercutter #13 is the latest issue in Tugboat Press's long running anthology series dedicated to showcasing the best young, underexposed and emerging comic book artists. This issue features a brilliant cover story by Matt Wiegle (Seven More Days of Not Being Eaten) about a bitter son trying to get revenge on his father by creating a controversial sideshow act. Tim Root (Crappy Comics) provides the second story about a fateful morning at a convenience store, and Jonas Madden-Connor (Ochre Ellipse) tells the tale of a boxer trying to hang on for one more fight. Additional art by Nate Beaty.

Available online from our friends at: buyOlympia, Quimbys, and Radiator.

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Whirlwind Wonderland

Comics and Stories by Rina Ayuyang

128 pages ~ $15.00

Rina Ayuyang was born in Pittsburgh to a large Filipino-American family and though she's moved cross country to San Francisco, she often feels the pull of her family obligations both in Pittsburgh, the Bay Area and the Philippines. Using heart, humor and beautifully illustrated comics, Rina tells the loving (and sometimes aggravating) story of how her relationship with her family has grown and changed as she's become an adult. Beyond family life, Rina must also deal with a long commute to her office job which provides her with ample time to daydream about celebrities, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Murder, She Wrote. In color and black & white.

Now available from Sparkplug.

Also available from our friends at BuyOlympia and Quimbys.

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An All-Ages Graphic Novel by Aron Nels Steinke

160 pages ~ $14.00

Neptune is the story of an adventurous and clever fifth grader named Erika, her restless little brother Patrick and their loyal dog Neptune. When Erika and Patrick miss the bus to school, they have little idea of the amazing events that lay before them. Between a long walk to school, pop quizzes and lost homework, Erika must keep her wits about her as she tries to protect her brother, her dog and maybe the whole world. Using beautiful black and white artwork, Aron Nels Steinke (Super Crazy Cat Dance) weaves a joyous and energetic story full of unexpected twists and turns, hilarious moments, thrilling escapes and even a sing-a-long.

Available now from Sparkplug.

Also available from our friends at Atomic Books, BuyOlympia, Powells, and Quimbys.

Papercutter #8 cover

Papercutter #8

A Comic Book Anthology

32 pages ~ $4.00

The exciting eighth issue of the acclaimed anthology series dedicated to showcasing the best young, underexposed and emerging comic book artists has arrived. Corinne Mucha (My Alaskan Summer) tells the featured story about a time in her life when she was haunted by a coven of traveling witches. Elijah Brubaker (Reich) returns to Papercutter to share a glimpse at the coolest kids in high school. And Jeremy Tinder (Black Apple Ghost Factory) tells the unexpected tale of a man embarking on the craziest night of his life. Additional art by Nate Beaty.

Order online from our friends at Copacetic Comics Company, Parcell Press, and Radiator.

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I Want Everything to be Okay

by Carrie McNinch

98 pages ~ $10.00

Carrie McNinch, author of the long-running zine The Assassin and the Whiner and a pioneer of the autobiographic comics movement, returns to the genre she helped create. Tracing a year in her life, I Want Everything to be Okay is a funny, tender, honest and ultimately, hopeful story of a woman haunted by depression and alcoholism as she rebuilds her life from the inside out.

Order online from our friends at Sparkplug.


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