IDW Publishing has announced it will publish Animal Stories by Peter and Maria Hoey, a collection of six interconnected short stories about animals and humans interacting in unusual ways.  In one story, a pigeon sends messages to the girl who keeps its flock; others involve a dog pulled from a sea filled with strange creatures, a revolution-fomenting parrot, and a reincarnated cat with evil on its mind.  The stories draw on sources as disparate as Aesop’s Fables, the Old Testament, and film noir.  IDW will publish Animal Stories under its Top Shelf Productions imprint as a 176-page, full color paperback with an MSRP of $19.99.

Peter and Maria Hoey are the creators of Coin-Op Comics, and their short story “Supply Chains,” which appeared in Coin-Op #7, was nominated for the 2019 Eisner Award for Best Short Story.  Top Shelf published a collection of Coin-Op Comics in 2018 (see “Top Shelf’s Summer 2018 Releases”), but Animal Stories is the Hoeys’ first graphic novel.