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.