I haven’t been keeping up with Maple Key Comics as well as I should. From what I can tell, it emerged from the community around the Center for Cartoon Studies (with Joyana McDiarmid at the helm) and many of CCS’s newer alumni are among the contributors (along with instructor Jon Chad and fellow Nicole Georges). Rob McMonigal compared it to Mome, and that seems apt. It’s mixture of young and less-young talent doing serialized stories.
Panel Patter spotlighted the series (issue 1 reviewed here and issue 2 reviewed here). Have you seen the cover of issue two by Dan Rinylo? It looks like something Nobrow would have published (that’s a compliment).