Rebus Books was founded by Bill Kartalopoulos to publish books of comics and other works of visual exposition that implicitly explore and reveal the expressive possibilities of the comics form. Rebus Books' first publication is Barrel of Monkeys by Ruppert and Mulot. See previews and order online at rebusbooks.net.

Barrel of Monkeys is now in stock at Quimby’s in Chicago, one of the best bookstores in America. Equally exciting is the great Edie Fake's incisive write-up of the book:

Here’s an attractive bag of tricks….Ruppert and Mulot’s “Barrel of Monkeys” is an exploration of visual games wrapped in the comic relief of two beligerent assholes and a fleet of animal sex jokes. Similar to the movie “A Zed and Two Noughts” where the rules of the game are never quite clear but the tools of the game are constantly being reflected upon and tinkered with. In fact, now that I think of it, Barrel of Monkeys is almost like a warped re-telling of A Zed and Two Noughts, repleate with amputee sexuality, animation techniques, dream-like interiors and grossly unethical behavior. And in all of that, it’s both pretty gruesome and great: a clever hall of mirrors rendered in paper with an understated rotoscope-style line. These are adept comics, doing what the medium can do so sharply it hurts. -EF