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September 2018 Fiction: Literary

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Girl Town
By (author): Carolyn Nowak
9781603094382 Paperback, Trade English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary Nov 06, 2018
$25.99 CAD
Active 6.56 x 9 x 0.49 in 160 pages Top Shelf Productions
Eisner Awards 2019, Nominated
Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist Carolyn Nowak (Lumberjanes) finds powerful truths in fantasy worlds. Her solo debut collection celebrates the ascent of a rising star in comics.

Diana got hurt—a lot—and she’s decided to deal with this fact by purchasing a life-sized robot boyfriend. Mary and La-La host a podcast about a movie no one’s ever seen. Kelly has dragged her friend Beth out of her comfort zone—and into a day at the fantasy market that neither of them will forget.

Carolyn Nowak’s Girl Town collects the Ignatz Award-winning stories “Radishes” and “Diana’s Electric Tongue” together with several other tales of young adulthood and the search for connection. Here are her most acclaimed mini-comics and anthology contributions, enhanced with new colors and joined by brand-new work.

Bold, infatuated, wounded, or lost, Nowak’s girls shine with life and longing. Their stories—depicted with remarkable charm and insight—capture the spirit of our time.

Publication History: TR original

A collection of women-centric short stories from one of the most buzzed-about rising stars in literary comics.

Nowak won two back-to-back Ignatz Awards for “Radishes” and “Diana’s Electric Tongue,” both included here. Some were originally B&W but are newly colored for this edition.

Cover is a tribute to Jean-Leon Gerome’s famous painting “Truth Coming Out of Her Well to Shame Mankind.”

Themes of female longing (both romantic and platonic) will resonate for LGBTQ and straight readers alike.

Carolyn Nowak graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design in May 2011. She likes to make illustrations—medical, technical and otherwise—and loves making comics. She’s previously worked with Cartoon Network, Boom Studios, Spry Publishing, Z2 Comics, and others. She lives in Ann Arbor.

Author Residence: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Marketing: Promotion through a variety of Social Media: Facebook (128k), Twitter (98.8k), Tumblr (25k), Instagram (19k), with a feature on

Inclusion in Direct-to-consumer Newsletter (40,000 unique and engaged fans)

Cross promotion in IDW’s monthly titles (Circulation over 350,000)

Trade show promotion: ALA Midwinter 2018, TCAF 2018, ALA Annual 2018, San Diego Comic Con 2018, SPX 2018, New York Comic Con 2018, and more

Library push: Advance copies mailed out for review: Shelf Awareness, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, etc

Author appearances at library conferences (ALA Midwinter, ALA Annual, TLA) and book fairs (Miami, National Book Festival, Southern Festival of Books, etc)

Publicity: Major launch (with author) at Small Press Expo (September 15-16, Bethesda, MD)

Digital review copy made available to 3000 industry and press contacts

Author and artist interviews, and exclusive content reveals in comics media (Bleeding Cool, CBR, Newsarama, etc.) and mainstream media (NYMag, AV Club)

Advance copies mailed out for review: Aggressive campaign to literary media (New York Times, New Yorker, Atlantic)

This is the new Jeff Lemire, Nate Powell, or Jillian Tamaki.

Author Social Media: @CarolynCNowak

“I raise my glass, tip my hat, and set off a million dollars worth of fireworks to Carolyn Nowak’s electric brain, electric fingers and eclectic, electric storytelling smarts. What a wise, sad, funny, exhilarating book!”—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble and Magic for Beginners

“Carolyn Nowak’s most accomplished work yet…her cartooning is the stuff that makes cliches true: a superb, seamless language conveying emotion and meaning in every word, beat, expression.”—Zainab Akhtar, Comics and Cola

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