Strangest Team-Up Ever in 'Seamonsters & Superheroes' from SLG Publishing

Wed, September 3rd, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Official Press Release

Scott Mills knows that readers have come to expect a certain kind of

comic from him. The Eisner-nominated creator of acclaimed graphic

novels like Trenches, Big Clay Pot and My Own Little Empire is known

for his loose, tone-screen-shaded drawing style and for quietly

poignant stories, sincerely and earnestly told. But for a long time,

Mills has just wanted to let it all out and have fun. And so,

inspired by artists like Evan Dorkin, Dan Clowes, Chris Ware and Sam

Henderson, Mills created his own comic anthology, Seamonsters and

Superheroes, a three-issue mini-series from SLG Publishing that will

premier in October.

Aside from Mill's characteristic art style, Seamonsters and

Superheroes is a far-flung, free-wheeling departure from his graphic

novels. Angst-filled leviathans, sex-obsessed crime-fighters, long-

winded evil geniuses and a giant monstrosity named Anusor all inhabit

the bizarre-but at times oddly familiar-world presented Mill's comic

oeuvre, where readers will get to explore an entirely new frontier in

Mill's cerebral space.

"People expect a certain kind of seriousness from my work, but I have

all kinds of stories to tell," Mills said. "While the jumping point

for Seamonsters and Superheroes is a 'comedic anthology,' it's really

much more than that. There are all sorts of stories-surreal, science

fiction, drama, even a dash of prose. These three issues, however,

are still very much about insane, foul, satiric, nonsensical humor."

SLG Publishing's editor-in-chief Jennifer de Guzman was among those

readers who wouldn't have associated Scott Mills with any of the

adjectives the artist uses to describe his newest work. "I love

Scott's graphic novels, so when our head honcho here, Dan Vado, told

me we'd gotten a project proposal from him, I was of course very

excited," she said. "At first, I was shocked by how different

Seamonsters and Superheroes is. Scott completely confounded all of my

expectations. The versatility that Scott shows off in this new work

is astounding, and I'm so pleased that SLG gets to present

Seamonsters to the world."

Seamonsters and Superheroes is a three-issue, bi-monthly mini-series.

Each 24-page, black-and-white issue will retail for $2.95. Due to

explicit language and adult themes, it is recommended for mature

readers. A preview of the first issue is available at SLG

Publishing's website, www.slavelabor.com.

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