Cow House Press announces Lemonade Summer by Gabi Mendez, an all-ages graphic novel about friendship, acceptance and growing up. Kickstarter launches March 1.
"Circling back to the Ladydrawers, my top selection from CAKE is a comic by Finnish creator Hanna-Pirita Lehkonen, translated into English as Short Gay Stories. It's an essential queer comic that traces their journey of being nonbinary and demisexual. With grace and humor, Lehkonen's story is told through seemingly unrelated superhero, fantasy, and genre vignettes. One after another, they lovingly illustrate (and color) some of the finest comics work I've seen in a long time."
"Cow House Press’ first book is full of stories and individual illustrations that cover a variety of tones – Rivven Prink contributed well-inked, ominous moths, whereas A. Cris Valles and Daimon Hampton contributed pieces that are respectively joyful and delightfully angsty – that show off their horror chops, but also hint at the range of which they are capable."
"The stories mostly defy conventional narrative, making it less a comic to read, and more a comic to feel, not unlike the comics equivalent of a mix tape. It follows the "show more, tell less" school of comics that calls to mind the best of wordless underground comics. There are elements of absurdist humor to offset the anxiety, which give the read a unique gothic charm."