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Those Who Seek by Michael Kraiger

May 11, 2022 in Reviews

Those Who Seek is an 8-page, black and white mini comic printed on purple paper and written and illustrated by Michael Kraiger. Published by Rotted Brain Press. $2

The search for self-fulfillment takes shape in the pages of this mini! Philosophical ponderings, mysteries, forbidden knowledge, drug induced visions, cosmic horrors, sadomasochism, spiritual contentment, love, and more! Your doorway to enlightenment awaits in these eight pages of profoundness! And, it’s all brought to you by Michael Kraiger, an instructor at The Kubert School. Michael says he’s doing his part keeping mini-comics alive by giving his students assignments to create them. Bravo to you Mr. Kraiger! This particular mini is Michael’s own creation and it has all the answers!

Get your answers by sending two bucks to:

Michael Kraiger

51 Berry St.

#6

Dover, NJ 07801

Harold th’ Armadillo No.s 1-8 by Buzz Buzzizyk.

April 17, 2022 in Reviews

Harold th’ Armadillo No.s 1-8 are 4-page, digest size, black and white, mini comics created by Buzz Buzzizyk.

This mini comic series follows the misadventures of the title character, Harold th’ Armadillo! Poor Harold really gets into some sticky situations. First there’s an existential crisis, then public humiliation, followed by leprosy, getting high on worms, the media, liberals, death, rock stardom, and drug induced gigantisms! In between these nifty tales Harold also educates the readers on little known facts about armadillos and other stuff! Fun comics! Fun facts! And more armadilloness than you’re likely to find anywhere else!

To get your hands on Harold th’ Armadillo write to Buzz (and send a few bucks) at:

Buzz Buzzizyk

5549 Bountiful Dr.

Sarasota, FL 34233

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Reptilicon Attacks! by Michael Neno

March 30, 2022 in Reviews

Reptilicon Attacks! Is a 24-page, full color, micro mini created by Michael Neno and featuring public domain images by Vince Alascia, Frank Bolle, Steve Ditko, Bill Molno, and Norman Nodel. Ahh, this must be the “Fake News” edition of Mr. Neno’s Micro Minis. For you see, nothing actually happens in this issue. Nope, not a thing. Sure, some folks yell and scream that they’re being attacked by some sort of giant “Reptilicon,” but we all know there’s no such thing. Why just listen to the intelligent man on the street, or the smartly dressed mother. Even the dutiful soldiers agree that nothing happened in this issue…and they’re plenty relieved it’s over!

See for yourself what big things get dismissed in Reptilicon Attacks! for just $4 ppd, or get two for $7 ppd, or three for $9 ppd! PayPal to mneno@columbus(dot)rr(dot)com

OR

Send cash or check to:

M.R. Neno Productions

PO Box 307675

Gahanna, OH 43230

Farmers vs. Astronauts, Dance Crazy, & Time’s Up by Michael Neno

February 16, 2022 in Reviews

Micro Minis from Michael Neno!

Farmers vs. Astronauts is a 20-page, full color, micro mini created by Michael Neno and featuring images by Murphy Anderson, Ross Andru, John Celardo, Ed Dodd, Mike Esposito, Ralph Mayo, Mike Peppe, Art Saaf, and Alex Toth. In this mashup Michael brings the unlikely worlds of Farmers and Astronauts together in a comically conjoined cluster of spacemen, alien creatures, barnyard animals, and checker playing locals!

Dance Crazy is a 20-page, full color, micro mini created by Michael Neno and featuring images by Ruth Atkinson, Frank Beck, Bob Fujitani, Fred Guardineer, Jack Kamen, Gil Kane, Mike Roy, Ernie Schroeder, Al Thompson, and Bernie Weiest. This wacky dance is set to a somewhat modified version of a do-si-do square dance and contains such scenes as a woman rotating a bunny with her feet, a charging pig, and snuggling up to a Bug Man!

Time’s Up is a 20-page, full color, micro mini created by Michael Neno and featuring images by John Belfi, L.B. Cole, John Forte, and Al Hartley. This is a strange one. The images look like they all came from romance comics, but the story Michael tells seems to be about a man growing old and losing his memory until…Time’s Up!

Big fun awaits in these little comics and you get for just $4 ppd each, or two for $7 ppd, or all three for $9 ppd! PayPal to mneno@columbus(dot)rr(dot)com

OR

Send cash or check to:

M.R. Neno Productions

PO Box 307675

Gahanna, OH 43230

Dalf-Lo: A Cereal Worth Killing For! by Luanga Nuwame

February 11, 2022 in Reviews

Dalf-Lo: A Cereal Worth Killing For! https://buff.ly/3LiU8ha is a 57-page, 8.5 x 0.14 x 8.5 inches, horror comic written by Luanga A. Nuwame, illustrated by Christina Deljanov, and edited by Matthew Varallo. Published by Zelpha Comics and Collectibles.

This is a strange and gruesome story about a killer cereal turned serial killer! Unbeknownst to the public at large, a malevolent creature lurking somewhere between reality and fantasy, has tapped into the minds of our children! This evil being has not only endeared itself to the young but also conspired with the corporate world to further its reach into our very grocery stores! Now, with its brightly colored packaging and child-like innocence, this beast has won its way into countless homes and hearts…only to possess the children and eat the parents! I got to give it to Lu, this dude can come up with the most uniquely twisted stories!

Dalf-Lo is a brutal comic that opens the door to a hidden world of horrors disguised as cheerful treats. The method Lu takes at spinning this yarn is somewhat unique in itself. Rather than lay this out like a traditional comic, Lu has created more of a storybook. One page contains sequential images with some dialogue, while the accompanying page is a complete narrative account from the main character’s perspective. I really like the inventiveness shown in the storytelling. I also really like the overall story and the art that supports it! Luanga explains up front how this story formed and that’s always interesting to learn, but I’m more intrigued now to know where is it going?!

You can have a helping of Dalf-Lo: A Cereal Worth Killing For! at https://buff.ly/3LiU8ha and find more at https://handmadecardboardinnovations.com/  and https://www.facebook.com/CarolZelphaComics

The Domesticated Afterlife by Scott David Finch

January 3, 2022 in Reviews

The Domesticated Afterlife http://dominobooks.org/domesticatedafterlife.html is a 6 x 9, 285-page, black and white (really grayscale), fantasy graphic novel written and illustrated by Scott David Finch. Published by Antenna Press.

This is my first comic review of 2022 and it’s a whopper! I used my holiday break to dive into this nearly 300 page graphic novel and what a perfect read it was for the occasion! While the family was out skiing and snowboarding, I was cozy inside watching the snow fall in northern Arizona and losing myself in this fascinating tale!

In a world where humans no longer rule, canines, felines, and chickens represent the new social order in a consumer based society. The story begins with two creatures pondering about the ease and luxurious promises of domesticated life while one creature frees the other from a catch. The catch the creature is being freed from is an anchor, and with its freedom the ensnared creature promises to take the other animal inside the fence where rewards of domestication reside. After a short transition we join two canines now on the other side of the fence and trying to adapt to domestication. The two labor under the supervision of cats, who themselves are directed by chickens in a glutinous life of consumerism where constructs of artificial happiness are ever present. As the canines experience loss of meaning and purpose, the ruling chicken class grow increasingly dissatisfied with commercial offerings and always want for something new and different. No longer able or encouraged to identify with their primal urges, the main canine character becomes plagued by a subconscious realization that can only laugh at the absurdity of the situation.

The majority of the story takes place onboard a magical ship moored in a consumer’s reality where everything is motivated by want, but the ship is capable of transporting the story’s characters to a better place! The art is intentionally rendered in a cartoonish style with the occasional panel featuring realistic depictions of animals and nature to emphasize arcs within the story. The entire saga is a magical journey that spans the breadth between life and death, and provides a glimpse at what it could all mean. This is a great fantasy read with a moral at its core!
You can explore The Domesticated Afterlife at http://dominobooks.org/domesticatedafterlife.html and find more at @thedomesticatedafterlife (Instagram) https://www.instagram.com/thedomesticatedafterlife/

Shred or Dead by D. Bradford Gambles

December 5, 2021 in Reviews

Shred or Dead issues #s 1,2, and 3 https://birdcage-bottom-books.myshopify.com/collections/artist-gambles-d-bradford are black and white, with multi-color risograph covers, digest size (24-pages issue #1, 36-pages issue #2, and 28-pages issue #3), all ages comics created by D. Bradford Gambles. Published by Birdcage Bottom Books. Plus, issues come with Stickers!

In this trilogy of tales a group of misfit skater kids form a crew in an attempt to “level up” and re-take their recently lost territory. As the crew endeavor to find ways to reclaim what was theirs, they find themselves in weird and wacky situations that playout through each issue. In issue one the crew forms and must out maneuver a persistent law man! In issue two the crew must cross “The Circus of Death” in order to find a fabled skater that can help them take back their territory! Then, in issue three, the crew encounter the darker side of the skater community when they wander into a spooky underground!

All three issues approach the skater culture with tongue firmly planted in cheek! The stories are well written, fun, and ridiculously absurd! The art is bold, polished, and full of dynamic action! The overall page designs perfectly match the story pacing and carries the art’s dynamism from panel to panel and issue to issue!

Shred or Dead is an expertly written and illustrated comic series packed with fun and suitable for all ages! You can jump on the board at https://birdcage-bottom-books.myshopify.com/collections/artist-gambles-d-bradford and find more at https://foodhatesyou.biz/ and https://twitter.com/heartlesscorpo

Methods of Dyeing by B. Mure, Published by Avery Hill Publishing

December 1, 2021 in Reviews

Methods of Dyeing https://averyhillpublishing.bigcartel.com/product/pre-order-methods-of-dyeing-by-b-mure is a 92-page, full color, perfect bound, mystery comic written and illustrated by B. Mure. Published by Avery Hill Publishing.

More continues to expand the Ismyre universe in this newest edition to the fantastical series! A prominent visiting professor turns up dead on the grounds of a university, but was it just an accident or…murder?! An investigative rodent and a custodial amphibian set out to find the answers while the university’s dean and the local Chief of Police appear to stand in opposition to their efforts!

Mure uses a combination of pen and ink and watercolor washes to illustrate this colorful tale of “Who Done It?” The story is well paced and delivers the somewhat dark subject matter in a lighthearted, almost whimsical manner thanks to the art.

You can visit B. Mure’s magical world and discover Methods of Dyeing at https://averyhillpublishing.bigcartel.com/product/pre-order-methods-of-dyeing-by-b-mure and find more from Avery Hill Publishing at https://averyhillpublishing.bigcartel.com/

Building 11 by Ronald Hicks

November 24, 2021 in Reviews

Building 11 is a 12-page, full color, digest size, silent comic zine created by Ronald Hicks.

Silent comics can sometimes be hard to interpret, but I’m going to give it a shot. Building 11 opens with scenes of smoke rising from both a rural house and a factory. Above it all an alien spaceship looks down. As the seas become polluted and humans blindly follow whatever instructions they are given, the real culprit behind industrial pollution and the downfall of humanity is revealed!

Ron does a great job establishing the setting and mood of the story. His illustrations lead the visual reader through a progression of worsening situations to a climatic end that also serves as a wake-up call to all of us! You can contact Ronald Hicks about Building 11 at arfgraf@gmail.com

Booze Ha Ha by David Robertson

November 21, 2021 in Reviews

Booze Ha Ha http://fredeggcomics.bigcartel.com/ is a 56-page, full color, anthology with stories by David Robertson, Ethan Robertson, and Miles Robertson and illustrations by David Robertson, Clio D, Abi Wye, Pam Wye, Ali Hodgson, Asuna Ikeshima, Cherish York, Emma Oosterhouse, Francesca Mancuso, Marc KC, Mike Sedakat, Neil Paterson, Norrie Millar, Rebecca Horner, Tim Kelly, and Zu Dominiak. Published by Fred Egg Comics. £5.00 / On Sale.

In the pages of Booze Ha Ha David Robertson and company treat readers to a plethora of stories ranging from a look at an explosive scene from Return of the Jedi, to a true-life piece on David Prowse, and a bunch of other subjects including politics, climate, lockdown, the aging of Indiana Jones, and lots more! Booze Ha Ha is full of entertaining tales backed up with a pleasing assortment of art styles, all waiting for you at:

https://www.fredeggcomics.com/ and find more from David Robertson and Fred Egg Comics at http://fredeggcomics.blogspot.co.uk/ and https://www.facebook.com/david.robertson.18488169 and http://fredeggcomics.tumblr.com/ and https://twitter.com/FredEggComics

Sunder Citadel by Grant Thomas

November 20, 2021 in Reviews

Sunder Citadel https://www.grantthomasonline.com/product/sunder-citadel-pop-up-zine/ is a 6-page, black and white, pocket-size, silent, pop-up mini comic written and illustrated by Grant Thomas.

Here’s a nifty mini comic, and it’s a Pop-Up! In Sunder Citadel Grant Thomas delivers a very ingenious pop-up mini constructed from what appears to be a single sheet of paper. The design allows the reader (viewer?) to gaze into various chambers and find all sorts of characters lurking about! Truly a brilliant method of storytelling masterfully done by a master of the mini comic!

You can visit Sunder Citadel for just $3 at https://www.grantthomasonline.com/product/sunder-citadel-pop-up-zine/ and find more from Grant Thomas at https://www.grantthomasonline.com/shop and get even more joining his Patreon account at https://www.patreon.com/mylifeinrecords

Liberty Rose

September 17, 2021 in Reviews

Liberty Rose is an 18-page, mini-sized, Black and White, illustrated literary zine published by The Bubblegum Dada Corporation.

Liberty Rose recalls memories of a rebellious woman suspected of casting curses on the locals that dared to cross her. She was thought to have been taken away by a secret sect and been related to a bizarre aristocrat that practiced a weird form of cerebral inflation! Learn more about Liberty Rose by writing to:

The Bubblegum Dada Corporation

c/o 15 Dartington Walk

Leigham

Plymouth

Devon

PL6 8QA

UK

Breakwater by Katriona Chapman

July 29, 2021 in Reviews

Breakwater https://averyhillpublishing.bigcartel.com/product/breakwater-by-katriona-chapman-pre-order is a 164-page, Black and White, standard size, Slice-of-Life comic written and illustrated by Katriona Chapman. Published by Avery Hill Publishing. £12.99 – £25.00

A middle-aged woman enjoying the simplicity of an uncomplicated life befriends a new co-worker and slowly finds her life becoming more fraught with complexity than desired. In this slice-of-life comic creator Katriona Chapman explores the life of a content, somewhat reclusive, cinema worker, Chris. Chris’ life takes an unexpected turn when she and newly hired cinema employee Dan develop a close relationship. As Chris and Dan share more about themselves their relationship changes and Chris finds herself in an unforeseen and unwanted position.

Katriona expertly develops a cast of characters that are likeable and relatable. The two main characters are developed in the most detail and quickly grow into people the reader becomes invested in. The pacing of the story perfectly unfolds to maintain the reader’s interest and build suspense. Katriona’s art with its subtle shadows and shades of gray set the tone for not only the aging theater where much of the story takes place, but also for the overall mood of the story that touches on mental illness and abuse.

You can explore the various relationships contained in Breakwater at https://averyhillpublishing.bigcartel.com/

Mineshaft No.40 Edited by Everett Rand

July 26, 2021 in Reviews

Mineshaft No.40 https://mineshaftmagazine.com/ is a 60-page, digest size, black and white, comic zine anthology, printed on off-set press. Edited by Everett Rand. Front and Back Cover by Robert Crumb. All for only $10 bucks!

This massive 60-page issue features the talents of R. Crumb, Sophie Crumb, Drew Friedman, Laure Boin, Bill Griffith, Christoph Mueller, Mary Fleener, Max Clotfelter, Robert Armstrong, Denis Kitchen, Rika Deryckere, Gioia Palmieri, Aleksandar Zograf, John Porcellino, and a GIANT Letters section, Mineshaft Index (#31-40) & More!!!

Mary Fleener provides a sad and touching tale entitled “Death of a Crow” that’ll make you question just how different we are from our fine feathered friends. Sophie Crumb contributes four interesting and slightly bizarre paintings. Christoph Mueller sings a familiar song that all cartoonists can relate to in “Ink Stains & Back Pains.” Then R. Crumb gives us a couple of his “Sketchbook Drawings,” and Laure Boin delights with a trio of highly detailed and gorgeous portraits. Max Clotfelter serves up a piece of personal history in the rawly rendered “The Elements of Rough,” and Denis Kitchen tucks us in with a dreamy one-pager! All this graphic goodness plus a bunch more makes Mineshaft No.40 just the prescription you need to get through these COVID times!

You can order this issue and back issues too at https://mineshaftmagazine.com/ And you can write to Mineshaft at:

Mineshaft

PMB #685

732 Ninth St.

Durham, North Carolina, 27705

U.S.A.

Lights, Planets, People! by Molly Naylor and Lizzy Stewart

July 21, 2021 in Reviews

Lights, Planets, People! https://averyhillpublishing.bigcartel.com/product/lights-planets-people-by-molly-naylor-lizzy-stewart is a Hardcover, 120-page, full color comic written by Molly Naylor and illustrated by Lizzy Stewart. Published by Avery Hill Publishing. Coming out in September, available for pre-order now.

A bipolar astronomer seeks therapy to help her overcome anxiety. As she and her therapist talk the astronomer’s work, relationships, and mental health all come into view, painting a complex portrait of a woman striving to matter.

In Lights, Planets, People! story and art intertwine seamlessly as narrative, dialogue, and visuals all unfold to reveal an engaging and interesting tale of personal struggle, courage, and discovery. You can pre-order Lights, Planets, People! now at https://averyhillpublishing.bigcartel.com/product/lights-planets-people-by-molly-naylor-lizzy-stewart

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