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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.

The Papercutter Years

January 1st, 2013

For the last seven years, Papercutter has been our flagship title here at Tugboat Press. It's been a joy to work on and we're proud of every issue. But like all good things, it couldn't last forever and now it's time to move onto new projects. So issue seventeen will be the last issue of Papercutter. Thanks to all the artists who lent their talents to the anthology. We had some amazing people do amazing work for us, and it was honor to publish it. Extra big thanks to Nate Beaty who drew the endpages for every issue, put together this website, and provided much needed advice and friendship. I can't even imagine Papercutter without him.

Thanks also to all the readers who bought issues or borrowed them from a friend or got them from the library. Hearing readers tell us that they discovered a new favorite cartoonist from Papercutter is the best feeling in world.

The back issues that are still in print will remain for sale on the site through our retail partners and at show from us in person. As issues fall out of print, we will remove them our list of titles. This will hopefully keep this site clean and easy to use.

Tugboat Press will soldier on. We have a new issue of Runner Runner in the works for Free Comic Book Day and several books and zine coming soon as well. We hope to be a part of this crazy comic book world for quite a while to come. We look forward to seeing you around. Happy 2013!

Quiet Before the Storm

September 27th, 2012

The new issue of the Invincible Summer/Clutch split zine is here! This year we went with an orange colored ink that was quickly dubbed "cremesicle" by our friend Drew. We love it! This year's zine was interesting because both Clutch and Nicole discuss working on their upcoming graphic novels. Nicole's book is called CALLING DR LAURA and is due out in January 2013. It looks incredible. Keep up on all the news at Nicole's blog here or go ahead and pre-order the book from Amazon. You won't regret it.

Our book YES, LET'S has gone out of print but luckily it's coming back next year as a hardcover from Tanglewood Books! Congratulations to Galen Longstreth and Maris Wicks for their continued success with this wonderful little project. If you haven't picked it up already, be sure to order the new edition. It's a charmer.

We're working on a new free comic for next year's Free Comic Book Day and have a couple of graphic novels in the works for 2013 and beyond. It's might seem slower here on the Tugboat Press website, but behind the scenes it's as busy as ever.

Current Releases

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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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Invincible Summer #22 ~ Clutch #25

by Nicole Georges and Clutch McBastard

32 pages ~ $2.00

Nicole and Clutch's annual split zine returns! Follow the autobiographical adventures of two wayward friends as they tackle the ups and downs of day to day life. In this issue, Nicole's world is reeling from a recent break-up and both her dogs passing away (if you're familiar with Nicole's work over the years, you know what a big deal that is). She copes by getting a new tattoo, teaching little kid's art classes, and preparing for a cross country move. Clutch mostly justly sits around and stresses about his upcoming graphic novel. A fun look at friendship and the struggles of modern life.

Order now from our friends at Quimbys!

 
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PANGS

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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Runner Runner #2

A New Anthology for Free Comic Book Day

Free ~ Free

Tugboat Press returns for another year of celebrating our favorite holiday, Free Comic Book Day (May 4, 2013). This year's issue of Runner Runner features a cover story by MK Reed, G. Means, and Joe Flood following the exploits Jack and Jane, a badass skater girl and her accident pron boyfriend. Also award winning cartoonist Nate Powell teams up with legendary zinester Al Burian for a comic about two old friends discussing the merits of Van Halen and the ravages of getting older. Rounding out the issue is a day in the life of artist Carrie McNinch, "Terrible Sex Advice from the 1940s" by Sarah Mirk and Corinne Mucha, and a bunch of awesome one page comics from Liz Prince, Claire Sanders, Alexis Frederick-Frost, Jason Viola, Sean Christensen, Sam Sharpe, Drew Weing, Sam Alden, Julia Gfrorer, and Andrice Arp.

Cover by Joe Flood.

Available on Free Comic Book Day at select stores across America (May 4, 2013) including:

Cosmic Monkey (Portland, OR)

Danger Room (Olympia, WA)

Floating World (Portland, OR)

more soon...

 
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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 Quimbys and Parcell Press.

 
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Runner Runner

32 pages. 26 artists.

Free ~ Free

How much story can you fit into one page of comics? That is the question we posed to 26 of our favorite comic book artists for the first issue of Runner Runner, a new anthology for Free Comic Book Day 2012. Using inventive storytelling and unique approaches to page design, this issue overflows with some of the cleverest, funniest, and strangest comics we've ever published. While some stories grew into multi-page epics, Runner Runner is sure to compete for the championship for most comics per square inch.

Cover by Kalah Allen.

Free Comic Book Day was a great success. Be sure to pick up Runner Runner from us at comic and zine shows throughout the year. Thanks!

 
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Invincible Summer #20 ~ Clutch #23

by Nicole Georges and Clutch McBastard

32 pages ~ $2.00

Over the last decade, Nicole and Clutch have been teaming up annually for this split zine that traces the daily adventures of two cartoonists as they make their way through the ups and downs of modern life. This year's issue finds Nicole dealing with a pet emergency, a brief trip to Canada, Zumba lesson and the pre-empting of the Amazing Race. Meanwhile, Clutch battles the neighborhood raccoons, struggles with his drawing, discusses procreation, and takes several naps. Filled with humorous conversations and heartfelt reflections, this split zine is a fun look at friendship.

Order online from: Atomic Books and 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, Atomic Books, Parcell Press, and Quimbys.

 
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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, Atomic Books, Parcell Press, and Sparkplug.

 
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Papercutter #15

A Comic Book Anthology

32 pages ~ $4.00

Papercutter #15 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 gripping cover story by Jonas Madden-Connor (Ochre Ellipse). It tells the parallel stories of a young boy who realizes his world is not what it seems and a retelling of the Hercules myth as he tricks a cowardly king. Melinda Boyce (AOA, Batcave Beach) recounts her harrowing childhood memories of ill advised candy consumption and dental mishaps. MK Reed (Cross Country, Americus) and Drew Weing (Set to Sea) wrap up the issue with a cautionary tale titled "My Boyfriend... Or My Kitty?" Additional art by Nate Beaty.

Order online from our friends at: buyOlympia, Atomic Books, Copacetic and Sparkplug.

 
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Invincible Summer #19 ~ Clutch #22

by Nicole Georges and Clutch McBastard

32 pages ~ $2.00

For the past nine years, Nicole and Clutch have teamed up for an annual split zine that traces the daily adventures of the two cartoonists as they make their way through the ups and downs of modern life. This year's issue finds Nicole on a reading tour as she catches food poisoning in Brooklyn and then returns home to teach little kids how to make zines. Clutch rides his bike, eats burritos, takes naps, and spends way too much time on the computer writing pointless emails. Filled with humorous conversations and heartfelt reflections, this split zine is a fun look at friendship.

Order online from our friends at: Parcell Press.

 
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Papercutter #14

A Comic Book Anthology

32 pages ~ $4.00

Papercutter #14 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 fantastic cover story written by Dave Roche (On Subbing) and illustrated by Nate Beaty (BFF, PieceMeal). It follows a group of family members on a cross country train trip as they discover more of America than they expected. Brian Maruca and Jim Rugg (Street Angel, Afrodisiac) present a manic one-pager about a soapbox race against the world's rudest kids. And Farel Dalrymple (Pop Gun War, Omega the Unknown) tells the tale of a band of young girls who combine music, magic, and friendship to survive life in the big city. Additional art by Nate Beaty.

Order online from our friends at: Atomic Books, buyOlympia, Copacetic, Parcell Press, and Quimbys.

 
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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: Atomic Books, buyOlympia, Copacetic, Parcell Press and Quimbys.

 
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Clutch #19

The Lost Years

320 pages ~ $8.00

For over five years, Clutch McBastard kept a daily diary comic about his life, his adventures, his job, and the funny things his friends would say. Now, for the first time, Clutch opens up his vault of unpublished comics and seldom seen rarities from his annual split zine with Nicole Georges of Invincible Summer zine for this giant 320 page book to complete the last full sized issue of this cult favorite. 

Order online from our friends at Atomic Books.

 
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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, Parcell Press, Powells, and Quimbys.

 
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Neptune

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, Parcell Press, and Quimbys.

 
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Papercutter #10

A Comic Book Anthology

32 pages ~ $4.00

Papercutter #10 is the latest installment in Tugboat Press's Ignatz-winning anthology series dedicated to showcasing the best young, underexposed and emerging comic book artists. This issue features a haunting story by Damien Jay (The Natural World) about a small village taken over by strange events and the one woman who can stop them. Jesse Reklaw (Couch Tag) tells the epic tale of a man lost at sea and the many dangers he encounters. Also, Minty Lewis (PS Comics) presents a story of an office drone who longs for something more than the lonely life he leads. Additional art by Nate Beaty.

Order online from our friends at: Atomic Books, Quimbys, Parcell Press, and Copacetic.

 
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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 Atomic Books, Copacetic Comics Company, Parcell Press, and Quimbys.

 
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Papercutter #3

A Comic Book Anthology

36 pages ~ $3.00

The exciting third issue of the acclaimed new anthology series dedicated to showcasing the best young, underexposed and emerging comic book artists working today is here. This issue features a brilliant story from Elijah J. Brubaker (Reich) about a pair of artists who wander a rainy city looking for beauty, inspiration and doughnuts. Also Lilli Carre (Tales of Woodsman Pete) presents a short piece about a man born with a mandolin for a head. And Graham Annable (Grickle, Hickee) tells the tender and powerful tale of one brother trying to clean up the mess of broken-hearts and unpaid rent after the other brother skips town. With additional art by Nate Beaty. Cover by Graham Annable.

Order online from our friends at the Quimbys.

 
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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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Papercutter #1

A Comic Book Anthology

32 pages ~ $3.00

The premiere issue of our new flagship title. Papercutter will be a quarterly comic book anthology featuring new original stories from emerging and underexposed comic artists from every corner of the cartooning world. This issue features a compelling love story from Aaron Renier (Spiral Bound) set in the streets of Brooklyn and the halls of New York's famed Natural History Museum. Also Sean Aaberg (The Adventures of Pipu) introduces us to SALT, a punk kid with a nose for adventure, and JP Coovert (Driving South) runs his car into a tree. With additional art by Nate Beaty. Cover art by Aaron Renier.

Order online from our friends at Quimbys.

 

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