Publication information
PublisherMeanwhile Studios
IDW Publishing (collected volume)
FormatOngoing series
Publication date2001-2003 (1-7)
2004-2005 (8-10)
No. of issues10
Creative team
Written byTroy Little
Artist(s)Troy Little
Collected editions
ChiaroscuroISBN 978-1-60010-119-9

Chiaroscuro is a comic series developed by Canadian artist Troy Little between 2000 and 2005.

Publication history

Little began self-publishing in 2001 and after releasing two issue he received a Xeric in 2001[1] which allowed him to produce another five issues. Personal circumstances slowed progress until he was given a second grant from the P.E.I. Council of the Arts in 2005[2] which allowed him to finish and release the last three issue. In 2007 the series was collected into a single volume by IDW Publishing. In July 2008 IDW also gave out a free preview comic featuring Chiaroscuro and Little's next project Angora Napkin.[3]


The story is about an unemployed artist named Steven Patch, who leads a depressing life of drinking and complaining about his life. He eventually runs into a situation of mistaken identity, which sends him into a spiraling series of life-altering decisions.


It has been praised by independent comics legend Dave Sim[4]

Collected editions

It has been collected into a single volume:


  1. ^ Xeric Foundation (September 2001). "Comic Book Self-Publishing Grants: September 2001". www.Xeric
  2. ^ Journal Pioneer; Jim Brown (2007-11-06). "Little comic book writer poised to hit big time". Archived from the original on 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
  3. ^ Angora Napkin/Chiaroscuro Preview at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)
  4. ^ Dave Sim (2007-01-17). "Dave Sim's blogandmail #128 (January 17th, 2007)". Blog & Mail. Archived from the original on 2007-04-02. Troy Little sent me a POD version of volume one of his graphic novel magnum opus Chiaroscuro [...] I was really, really impressed with what you have done with Chiaroscuro.