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The North Street Book Prize

June 21, 2021 in News

From Rob Clough:

Aimed at creators of self-published comics and graphic novels/memoirs, art books, and five other genre categories, the North Street Book Prize offers cash awards to artists. Now in its seventh year, The North Street Book Prize vales entries which portray lives underrepresented in traditional media; diverse characters and themes are especially welcome.

The Grand Prize is $5,000 and the First Prize in each entry category is $1,000. Grand Prize and First Prize winners also receive a marketing consultation with a book publicity expert. Seven Honorable Mentions win $250 each. The 2021 deadline is June 30th, and the entry fee is $65. It can be submitted online or by mail.

More info at the link below.

Source: High-Low: Announcing The North Street Book Prize

Conundrum Press: BIPOC Mini-Comic Bursary now open for submissions

May 16, 2021 in News

From Conundrum Press:

We’re pleased to announce that submissions for Conundrum Press’s second annual Mini-Comic Bursary for Black and Indigenous Creators are now open.

This $1000 bursary will be awarded to a Black or Indigenous person living in Canada, for the creation and production of a mini-comic. The selected creator will also receive help with distribution through Conundrum Press. Note: the bursary is limited to developing and emerging creators but all ages and genders are welcome.

Why was this bursary established?

At Conundrum Press, we support Black Lives Matter and stand in solidarity with anti-racist protestors fighting for crucial change against systemic racism in the US, Canada, and elsewhere. We also recognize that police brutality disproportionately impacts our Indigenous communities. As we reflected on these issues, as well as our own privileged position on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People, we wanted to take concrete action against systemic racism. This bursary is a small contribution made in the spirit of solidarity.

For more info, hit the link below.

Source: BIPOC Mini-Comic Bursary is Open for Submissions! | Conundrum Press

Recent additions to the Comic Zine Database

March 12, 2021 in News

Here’s a peek at some of the newest entries at the Comic Zine Database!

Please feel free to send your own mini-comics or comic fanzines to be added.

There’s also a Patreon for the Database that helps pay the bills and allows me more time to work on it.

Ryan C. reviews DUST by John Carvajal at Four Color Apocalypse

March 1, 2021 in Reviews

Occasionally I’ll get a comic submitted for review that’s a couple years old but still in need of more publicity than it’s received to date, and such is the case with John Carvajal’s self-published mini Dust, a precisely-crafted and insightful little number that, for whatever reason, appears to have flown beneath almost everybody’s radar. Yeah, I know, the small-press landscape is a crowded one, but trust me when I say : Carvajal’s work pretty much always stands out from the crowd, and this is no exception.

Full review: A View Of A Life Gathering “Dust” – Ryan C.’s Four Color Apocalypse

Le Goût des Oiseaux, new French edition by Francisco Sousa Lobo

March 1, 2021 in News

Published by Rackham that made a incredible job putting out a new cover and square format – and in hardcover, of course, it’s France, oh la la!!!

It’s the second time this book gets a foreigner edition, the first was in 2019 by Spanish Reservoir Books.

Source: blogzine da chili com carne: Le Goût des Oiseaux

New round of ShortBox mini-grants for self-publishers

February 12, 2021 in News

Open internationally.

AFTER THAT! #61 now out from Micah Liesenfeld

January 30, 2021 in Miscellaneous

From Micah Liesenfeld:

Exactly 2 years after the 60’th issue of Copy This/That!, it’s back with issue 61 with a new title – After That!. This issue features an interview with Chad Woody. There’s a good amount of his artwork sprinkled throughout as well. Following that is All Art!, featuring work from Bruce Chrislip, Dave Robertson, Jeff Zenick, Steve Willis, Tom Cherry, Charles Brubaker, and Tom Motley.

Email me if you’d like to be included on the distribution list. A year’s worth of issues will be a donation of a book of stamps or equivalent.

If you’ve received CT! in the past, maybe wait a week before pouncing on this to get a copy, because I just sent out a bunch to past (recent past) subscribers. But then after, if you’re someone who wants to order single issues at your whim, I have it available as a back issue on my shop (for a bit).

Poopsheet Shop auctions starting this week on eBay!

January 9, 2021 in Miscellaneous

Lots of fun stuff going up this week. Check it out here.

New minis from Brian Leonard, check it out

December 4, 2020 in News

Brian’s got no PayPal but you can have these minis for one thin dollar (including shipping). That’s a deal that can’t be beat!

Shove that greenback into and envelope and send it to:

Brian Leonard
7839 University Ave. N.E. #304
Minneapolis, MN 55432

Mail rocks!

WAG RAG #7 and POOPSHEET #6, new from the Poopsheet Foundation

November 27, 2020 in News

Wag Rag #7 has comics and art by Andrew Goldfarb, Brad W. Foster, Mark David Dietz and Jerzy Szostek.

Plus, a new issue of the Poopsheet newsletter of small press news.

A subscription to all Poopsheet Foundation minis is available for $5.00 through Patreon. That five bucks also includes the best membership option for selling here at the Mini Mart. On top of that, it helps keep the Comic Zine Database going strong!

Please feel free to share!

Koyama Press Provides a $1000 grant to Dustin Harbin

November 12, 2020 in News

From Annie Koyama:
I’ve published and supported Dustin Harbin since 2010, when I saw his work at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). He’s a unique talent who I’ve also commissioned to do various ads and promotional pieces for the press. It’s been really rewarding to watch his comics progress. I still mourn the kid’s book that we’d decided to do together but that never came to pass. No one has a more professional show set up, though I foresee hernia operations in Dustin’s future if he continues to carry that rig around. I’m happy to call him my friend, even though he famously told my mom that he likes my sister Helen better. Please check out his work if you’ve missed it.
“The entirety of this grant will go to offset the costs of 2-color Risograph printing, at a handsome size of 7” x 8.5”. Printing to be done by Woolly Press in Asheville, North Carolina, USA (
Normally I’d print a comic like this myself, very small as all my diary comics have been done, allowing me to do all the printing and assembling here at home. Because of the greater than normal detail of this comic, and especially the scope and scale of some of the scenery I’m drawing (the wide open desert of Joshua Tree), being able to print larger gives me the opportunity to create something a little more impactful, lean into some of the details, and generally draw one million lumpy rocks littered everywhere. The other benefit of larger size and nicer printing is the higher production quality for the tonal subtleties of ink washes, which often get lost when converted to a halftone my humble LaserJet can print reliably.” — Dustin Harbin
DUSTIN HARBIN is a cartoonist and illustrator from North Carolina. In 2010 and 2015, Koyama Press published collections of his autobiographical comics—with the appropriate appellation—DIARY COMICS. From their humble beginnings as a sketchbook exercise documenting the quotidian, oftentimes with hilarious results, Harbin’s DIARY COMICS have grown into quirky existential examinations of life and living. Check out Dustin’s website here: and follow him on Twitter here: @dustinharbin, Instagram here: @dharbin, and Patreon here:

In the mailbox: AMAZING LITTLE COMICS #2 by Joe Bagdon

October 31, 2020 in News

It’s always nice to see folks still using the “mini-comic” format (basically, a quarter the size of a sheet of paper). Joe Bagdon’s latest series contains three stories by himself covering fantasy, science fiction and superheroes, plus letters and a few plugs. All nicely produced with full-color covers.

Order from  Joe at the address below or from his Mini Mart shop.

$1.55 for US orders, $2.20 for Canada.

Joe Bagdon
Bantam House Comics
110 Montrose Dr.
Hampton, VA 23666

In the mailbox: YOU DON’T GET THERE FROM HERE #55 by Carrie McNinch

October 26, 2020 in News

Carrie McNinch’s excellent diary comic. How about those covers, huh?

Order from Carrie’s shop or subscribe at her Patreon page.

Or, if you’re old and/or totally cool, drop a few bucks in the mail to:

Carrie McNinch
PO Box 34091
Granada Hills, CA
91394 USA

In the mailbox: STRIPBURGER #75

October 23, 2020 in News

The latest Stripburger is, as always, a marvel. This is a top shelf international comics anthology that’s been running for quite a while. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

This issue’s got a focus on the Italian comics scene and contains interviews with Lorenzo Mattotti and Giorgio Carpinteri, plus work by Sarah Mazzetti, Cecilia Valagussa, Eliana Albertini, Margherita Morotti, Ambra Garlaschelli, Serena Schinaia, Cecilia Valagussa, Sara Menetti, Silvia Rocchi, Giorgio Carpinteri, Alessandro Ripane and Patrícia Guimarães.

Also, the bound-in Compendium supplement contains reviews and other writing by Paola Bristot (Valvoline Mon Amour), Ana Bogataj (Comics Analysis: Stabat Mater), Gašper Rus (Jason Lutes: Berlin), Matej Kocjan / Koco (Helena Klakočar: Zid Mediteran), Katja Štesl (Danijel Žeželj: Fractalia), and Aljaž Vesel & Anja Delbello.

Go here for more info and lots of sample pages.

Koyama Press Provides Continued Support to LEY LINES with a $7000 Grant

October 21, 2020 in News

From Annie Koyama (via Facebook):

After buying their comics and then getting to know both Kevin Czap and L. Nichols separately at various shows, I was delighted when they launched the Ley Lines series together. They introduced and continue to introduce artists to me via the series, which is always wonderful.
After a while I offered to cover the printing fee as well as kick in towards paying the artists (which they already did). A few years in, the work in that series remains very good and gives a voice to some of the less commercial work done in comics. The fact that they used Issue Press to print the series was icing on the cake. I’m very proud to continue to support Kevin and L. in this manner. Please subscribe or check out the series.
‘Koyama Press has been crucial to us continuing the Ley Lines series, which intends to bridge the gap separating comics and other art forms. Each year, we give four very different cartoonists free rein to make personal work from their choice of artistic inspiration. This grant allows us to pay those cartoonists for their amazing work, to print with the meticulous Issue Press, and to pay ourselves a bit for our efforts. L Nichols and I have been totally blown away by the work Ley Lines has generated, and every season we’re always trying to cast a wider net of artists to showcase. Koyama Press’ support is especially important this pandemic year of no conventions and postal misery, offering us a sense of validation and stability for a project, which already is somewhat unpredictable by design.’ — Kevin Czap
Ley Lines is a quarterly publication dedicated to exploring the intersection of comics and the various fields of art & culture that inspire us. Co-published by Grindstone Comics and Czap Books. Check out their website here:
Grindstone Comics is run by L. Nichols. Our goals are to promote the comics we want to see more of. Check out L.’s website here: lnicholsart.comand follow him on Twitter and Instagram here: @wormulus.
Czap Books is a comics micro-press operating out of Providence, RI. Led by cartoonist Kevin Czap, our goal is to nurture and support a growing family of artists. Check out their website here: and follow them on Twitter and Instagram here: @czapbooks.

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