Inspired by the Roberts Street Social Centre in Halifax, we here at Conundrum Towers have expanded our operations to make room for the Annapolis Valley Zine Library. Initially comprised of over 1000 items from our personal collection, compiled after decades of trolling zine fairs looking for talent. The library has discarded the dewey decimal and is divided into five categories: zines, mini-comics (art- and alt-comics), chapbooks (poetry, fiction), art / bookworks, and Billy Mavreas. Located in Greenwich, NS, walking distance from the University town of Wolfville, nestled among apple orchards, old growth maples, and farmer’s markets, we believe this to be the only zine library in the Maritimes outside Halifax. Looking for an intern with library experience to do the extensive cataloguing.
We are always looking for donations.
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The Library By Chihoi Debuting at TCAF 2013. Author in attendance!
Published by Conundrum Press 7x9.5 inches, 160 pages, black and white, hardcover $20.00
To debut the new Conundrum International Imprint, The Library is the first English edition of Chihoi, a young Hong Kong artist, who has had books published in Chinese, Italian and French.
Reading the short stories included in this volume is like reading someone else’s dreams. “The Library” or “Father” reminds one of Kafka; “I’m with my Saint” feels Gauginesque. All the stories feel like smudged emotions, they speak to regular hurt and deprivation, strength in silence and loneliness in numbers. Questions are asked without question marks and are left unanswered even as the stories end. The Library is book of beautiful pencil lines, written to illustrate the tales we know in our heart but have never witnessed.
Chihoi is a poet of the quotidian, of life’s minutia, of little gestures, of silences. He is also the poet of the invisible, invoking the spirit of a dead person or a lost love, and rendering him/her real. He offers us his stories with a little melancholy at the corner of his smile and he illuminates them with a warm spark. He imbues them with a rhythm, like a conversation, by the pauses. His stories are more complicated than they appear, they are open and complex and full of little contradictions and they resonate long after we turn the last page. They are like the calm after a storm, when the wind finally dies down and the landscape is revealed anew.
Simon Bosse’s Loiterers, out 11/5/14
At long last comes the first book in English from the legendary Montreal cartoonist, screenprinter, editor, and publisher! Loiterers collects three of Bossé’s novellas into one volume. Demon Sweat is a dark fable of a boy navigating a Montreal-like dreamscape, fighting off his demons. The Wild Ones is Bossé’s collection of energetic, complex, and visually stunning wordless strips, informed by both Fritz the Cat and Eraserhead. The title story follows two anthropomorphized teens through playgrounds and suburban backyards looking for that perfect discarded cigarette butt.