New Comic Available Now

It’s been a long time coming and it’s three years late, but we finally did it. We’ve finished our first comic book since the start of the pandemic. The latest issue of The City and it will be available to sell at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VanCAF) on May 20th and 21st. If you’re going to be there, I hope you’ll visit our table and say hello. If not, I hope you’ll consider pre-ordering a copy or sharing it with a friend that might like it.

Pre-order The City No. 4

A detail from the comic "Cassegrain Sanglot, Melancholic Detective"
A detail from “Cassegrain Sanglot, Melancholic Detective”, magnificently drawn by Melanie

We’re pretty proud of this one. Like the previous books in the series, it’s a short anthology of three stories set in an absurdist pastiche of interwar Europe. This issue features the King struggling to assert his authority (which you can read a sample of here on the site), Cassegrain Sanglot, Melancholic Detective, and miserablist artists Hans Tüber and Delling. It’s our most ambitious issue yet, slightly longer than any of the previous books, and the most thematically coherent book that we’ve made. As you can see above, Melanie did an amazing job as usual illustrating Cassegrain Sanglot, really capturing the look of a classic serial comic.

A details from a comic about the Artists Delling and Hans Tüber
Delling visits Hans Tüber’s studio, drawn by me (not magnificently, though I do like that kettle)

This project often feels like an eccentric way to spend our time, and Hans Tüber, the artist as pretentious derelict, feels like the most autobiographical character in the series. Ultimately, I think of it as an elaborate way to process my interests in history and literature and the strange things one can find reading old newspapers, to express my appreciation for the work of others, and to exploit the outsized talents of my wife in a shared activity.

I know that there is a precious little audience for these books, but we hear very little from them unless we see you face-to-face at conventions (as mentioned, an occasion that Fate has denied us since 2019). So if you’ve read any of these, we’d love to hear from you. And if you haven’t read one yet, but you think there might be a place in your heart for a mash-up of Raymond Chandler and Proust or a monarchical homage to Yes, Prime Minister, then I hope you’ll give our little book a try.

Pre-order The City No. 4

The City No. 3

After debuting at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival, the third issue of The City is now available to buy! You can also download a pdf of the entire issue and pay whatever you want! Including nothing!

Upcoming Events

We have some exciting news to share! If you inhabit the beautiful Pacific Northwest, then you, yes YOU, may be in the vicinity of an event that we’ be attending in the next few months:

Welcome to The City

Welcome to the new website of The City, an ongoing comics series by Stephen Crowe (that’s me) and Melanie Amaral. As well as scenes from the comics, over time we plan to fill this site with a lot of miscellaneous material from the world of the comic.

The most important change that anyone who’s been here before might notice is that it’s no longer presented as a webcomic, and every page is no longer archived here. You can still read everything from volumes one and two for free if you want, though. PDFs of both volumes are available for download for whatever you want to pay.

When we first started working on this project, the webcomic model was a good way to motivate us to get pages done, or to try to, every week. However, we were never able to maintain a consistent schedule, and while completing the latest volume for print, we realized that the quality of the work was much higher when we gave ourselves more realistic deadlines. So from now on, we’re going to be focusing on producing one good printed volume of comics every year, although we’ll still post the occasional scenes, and maybe even process stuff and other miscellany as we work.