Two exquisite stories drawn in Sam Alden’s signature, flowing, and lush pencil style. In “Hawaii 1997,” few words are spoken, but Aldens imagery evokes the magic of a night-time encounter at a Hawaiian resort. In “Anime” he explores the complicated dynamics of pop culture obsession. Sam Alden is one of the brightest young talents working today.
“Two thematically divergent, but devastatingly human portraits from an emerging cartoonist displaying the sort of storytelling and artistic restraint that often only comes after years of toiling away at the drawing board. Alden is a talent to watch.” — Publishers Weekly
“His moody, nuanced visuals and intuitive, empathetic character work […] reveal an already startlingly mature young talent. It is genuinely exciting to contemplate how he will further develop in the years ahead.” — The Comics Journal
“When I first saw “Hawaii 1997” on Tumblr, I read the whole thing “without trying” — a compliment usually reserved for masters of wordless ligne claire cartooning. It’s extremely difficult to make a comic rich with atmospheric lights and shadows while remaining 100% easy to read as a comic. “Hawaii 1997” did it. “Anime” is a more complicated and nuanced story that admirably gives the reader space to form their own opinions on its protagonist. I’m excited to read whatever Alden does.” — Dash Shaw, creator of New School, Bodyworld and Bottomless Belly Button
Sam Alden was born in 1988 in Portland, Oregon. In 2013 he won the Ignatz Award for most promising new talent, and was an official guest at the BilBoLbul festival in Bologna, Italy. His work has been previously published in Best American Comics 2013, from Houghton-Mifflin. Sam now lives and works as an illustrator and cartoonist in Montréal.
96 page black and white paperback with color covers,
Uncivilized Books, 2014
Diamond Code: MAY141632