(January 26) AHOY Comics—the Syracuse-based humor publisher that brought Jesus back for SECOND COMING, sent cats into space in CAPTAIN GINGER, and teamed two old ladies up to save the world in ASH & THORN—is kicking off 2021 like it’s 1973 with G.I.L.T. It’s a snappy, stylish romantic dramedy by Eisner-nominated comics writer and novelist Alisa Kwitney (Rogue: Untouched, Mystik U) and artist Mauricet (Star Wars Adventures, Dastardly & Muttley). Issue 1 will be released this spring with a variant cover by Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother).
Meet Hildy Winters, a bawdy, outspoken old broad with a pack-a day habit and a very desirable apartment on New York City’s Upper West Side that has its very own time-travel portal. Hildy belongs to G.I.L.T., the Guild of Independent Lady Temporalists. Their prime directive: Do not alter the past without co-op board approval!
“G.I.L.T. follows two very different women whose lives become entangled when they both slip through a portal in time to the day they first met in 1973,” said Kwitney. “Trista is the Bill Murray of home health care aides, a cynical screw-up who doesn’t care for anything but her Fleuvog shoes and her paycheck. She meets her match in Hildy, a sarcastic second-wave feminist living on a steady diet of cigarettes and regret. When Hildy seizes her last chance to return to a fateful day in 1973, she accidentally takes Trista along for the ride. But as the old saying goes, there are no accidents in time travel. And Hildy and Trista don’t remember each other, but they met each other forty years earlier—on Hildy’s wedding day. Now they’ve got to come to terms with the past before they accidentally dismantle the future.”
“Although there are no saintly saviors, no feisty felines, and no weird recipes, G.I.L.T. is instantly recognizable as one of our own,” said AHOY Comics Editor-in-Chief Tom Peyer. “It’s witty, surprising, and features some of the best art of Mauricet’s career. And like all of the best AHOY series, G.I.L.T. is very, very funny in a way that refuses to cheer you up at all.”
“G.I.L.T. provides an escape from our present day anxieties and allows us to revisit those halcyon days of Nixon, polyester leisure suits and unlimited indoor smoking,” said Kwitney. “It’s also the perfect comic for everyone who’s ever been seduced by a self-help guru with a really luxurious mustache.”
“A dramedy about people with feelings?” said Mauricet. “No spandex superdudes beating the sh!t out of each other? The 1930s, 1970s and 2010s colliding with a touch of mad magazine parody? All of this written by my favorite writer and published by AHOY? Where do I sign?”
G.I.L.T. issue 1 will debut on April 6, 2022. For every 2 copies of cover A (Mauricet) ordered, retailers can order 1 copy of cover B (Jill Thompson).
About AHOY Comics
AHOY Comics debuted in the fall of 2018 with the bold promise for readers to expect more from its line of comic book magazines, featuring comic book stories, poetry, prose fiction, and cartoons. The independent, Syracuse-based company is the brainchild of publisher Hart Seely, an award-winning reporter whose humor and satire has appeared in The New York Times and on National Public Radio. AHOY’s editor-in-chief Tom Peyer is committed to publishing comics with a (dark) sense of humor with titles like the religious satires SECOND COMING and HIGH HEAVEN, the superhero parodies THE WRONG EARTH and HASHTAG: DANGER, the sci-fi spoof CAPTAIN GINGER, the time travel tales PLANET OF THE NERDS and BRONZE AGE BOOGIE, and the humor/horror anthology series EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF BLOOD.