Kafe Kerouac hosts three emerging Koyama Press artists

Comic, graphic novel and zine publisher Koyama Press will have three of its artists in Columbus for a reading and meet-and-greet at Kafe Kerouac on Friday, Sept. 22.

The Toronto-based press marked its 10th anniversary earlier this year and “remain(s) dedicated to publishing a lot of emerging artists,” founder Annie Koyama said.

“My hopes for the press evolved organically over the years,” Koyama said. “It's heartening to see the growth and increased general interest in comics and graphic novels, and we are certainly happy to see our books sold into the book market as well as in comic stores.”

Patrick Kyle, Noel Freibert and Connor Willumsen will read and share art from their latest offerings. Koyama called Willumsen's “Anti-Gone,” “a quixotic and trippy trip through a dreamscape,” and said that Freibert's “Old Ground,” “is where the denizens of‘Pee-Wee's Playhouse'would bury bodies.” Kyle's third Koyama work, “Everywhere Disappeared,” “finds familiar icons like Dracula and Archie put through [his] prismatic mind,” Koyama said.