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Complete BugHouse: Trade Paper Edition at Lunar and Diamond Distributors

April 26, 2022

STEVE LAFLER HERE, sounding the alarm! The trade paperback edition of BugHouse From the Top: The Complete BugHouse is now available from both Lunar Distribution (Product code 0422CT261) and Diamond Comic Distributors (Item code MAY221324), for July 2022 shipping.

Birdcage Bottom Books is also carrying the trade paper version of BugHouse.

The 406-page book retails for $34, ISBN 9781734108705

A hardcover edition is also available to the book trade for July, from Ingram (ISBN 978-1-7341087-6-7), retail $38.

Domino Books has stock on hand now of the hardcover edition of BugHouse From the Top, drop them an email at the above link, and indeed lose yourself in the stunning DOMINO BOOKS store!

Here’s a quick synopsis of my BugHouse comics:

Tenor saxophone maestro Jimmy Watts leads his talented band of bugs from the swing era into the uncharted maelstrom of Bebop. As he and his bandmates claw their way to the top of the jazz world, they must fight the temptation to be consumed by addiction to the substance known as “Bug Juice”.

Cartoonist Steve Lafler doesn’t back away from the horrors of addiction in creating BugHouse, but the artist’s real game is depicting the joy of music in the language of comics, with his signature fluid brushwork. 

Steve claims he was conscripted to cartooning as a tot—the result of watching reruns of old Max Fleischer animations. The Fleischer cartoons had four-year-old Lafler literally falling into a lush illustrated world, peopled by buggy creatures rapping over swing jazz, dancing all the while.

A panel first BugHouse story, published in Buzzard #8 (1993)

I’m encouraging graphic novel retailers, bookstores, libraries, and “AHT” comix fans everywhere to jump on the train with BugHouse–thanks so much! -STEVE

Visit the Cat Head Comics catalog and treat yourself to many more winning & peculiar graphic novels by Steve Lafler.

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