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Highwater Books was a small but influential independent comic book publisher based in Somerville, MA, noted for its arty editorial direction and production values under publisher Tom Devlin. Highwater began in 1997 and folded in November 2004 due to financial pressure. A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Somerville is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, just north of Boston. ...

Artists published

The press was also known for its Marvel Comics Benefit anthology Coober Skeber, a prolific output of silkscreened posters and promotional materials, a loose association with Fort Thunder (where a number of Highwater artists resided) and Jordan Crane (publisher of NON), distribution of Jef Czekaj's Hypertruck (née R2D2 Is an Indie Rocker), and a few non-comic works of fiction, including a trio of books by Camden Joy. James Kochalka is a cartoonist and rock musician who was born May 26th, 1968 and grew up in Springfield, Vermont. ... Brian Ralph is an underground American cartoonist residing in Baltimore, Maryland. ... Megan Kelso (born 1968, in Seattle, Washington) is an American comic book artist and writer. ... Marc Bell (July 15, 1956-), in Brooklyn, New York. ... Matt Madden (b. ... John Porn seller is a popular creator of minicomics. ... Fort Thunder was a warehouse on the second floor of a pre-Civil War former textile factory in Providence, Rhode Island. ... Jordan Crane (born 8 September 1973), is an American comics creator. ...

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