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Paper Rock Scissors n’ Stuff Wars #2 by Luanga A. Nuwame and Hugh Rookwood

May 28, 2019 in Reviews

Paper Rock Scissors n’ Stuff Wars #2 http://www.zelphacomics.com/Comicbooks.html is a 20-page, Black and White, 4-issue limited series, fantasy comic created, written, and lettered by Luanga A. Nuwame, with art and front cover by Hugh Rookwood. Published by Zelpha Comics.

An elite group of Scissors prepare to attack a small and isolated pack of papers. The Papers meanwhile muse over the Rocks apparent fear of being covered, and revel at the possibilities a new and mysterious liquid stolen from the Plastics offer. As these things go on the Rocks make some discoveries of their own to the shock and surprise of a lone member of the Scissors. Elsewhere the Plastics wait to see how things play out and the Anvils move into action!

I can’t praise the originality of this story enough. Pitting Rock, Paper, and Scissors against each other as disparate kingdoms each maneuvering to best the other is pure genius! The addition of other kingdoms such as the Plastics and Anvils only increases the possibilities and adds to the drama with unpredictable outcomes! The interactions between the different characters and keeping the rules of the game, such as Paper beats Rock by covering it, brings a sense of ridiculous humor to the story that keeps it fun amid the plotting and violence of battle! Hugh Rookwood’s art brings a polished look to the comic that reminds me a lot of Evan Dorkin’s Milk and Cheese, and that’s a great thing! Hugh manages to give these characters believable expressions and breathe life into them with bold, simple lines with excellent effect!

Be witness to this unfolding battle between Paper Rock Scissors at http://www.zelphacomics.com/Comicbooks.html and find out more from Zelpha Comics at http://www.zelphacomics.com/index.html

Desolation Wilderness by Claire Scully

May 3, 2019 in Reviews

Desolation Wilderness https://averyhillpublishing.bigcartel.com/product/desolation-wilderness-a4-print-pre-sale is a 32-page, full color, 102 x 152 mm, p/b £7.99 / $10.95, silent comic created and illustrated by Claire Scully. Published by Avery Hill Publishing.

Release date: 3 June 2019

According to creator and artist Claire Scully, “Desolation Wilderness is part of an ongoing project looking at landscape and memory – our relationship with the environment, effects we have on the world and space around us and in turn its profound affect on our own memory and emotions. Each of these landscapes is a starting point to a much bigger adventure that strives to answer the question of what lays beyond the horizon.”

This book is the second part of a series that began in Internal Wilderness, Claire’s 2016 piece examining memory and imagination through visual ideas and explored the idea that within the space on each sheet of paper a world can be created either from a distant memory of a childhood holiday or from the desire to see parts of the world that for now are only dreamed about.

Through the pages of Desolation Wilderness Claire continues to explore environments and relationships with a series of detailed and expressive pen, ink, and digital drawings. Each page is an intricate landscape study composed of hatching, crosshatching, and a subtle palette of earth tones used to beautifully color the silent pages.

You can lose yourself in Desolation Wilderness at https://averyhillpublishing.bigcartel.com/product/desolation-wilderness-a4-print-pre-sale and find more from Avery Hill Publication at http://averyhillpublishing.com/

Palm Tree by Grant Thomas

April 8, 2019 in Reviews

Palm Tree http://www.grantthomasonline.com/shop is a 10-page, black and white, silent, folded mini comic written and illustrated by Grant Thomas.

Just in time for Easter, this little mini tells the story of a guy and a palm tree and makes reference to another guy known for having a connection to palms, among other things!

You can pick-up this little mini comic for just $1 at http://www.grantthomasonline.com/shop and find more from Grant Thomas at https://www.patreon.com/mylifeinrecords and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mylifeinrecords

Dodo Comics #5 by Grant Thomas

March 25, 2019 in Reviews

For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Dodo Comics #5 http://www.grantthomasonline.com/shop a 20-page, black and white, digest size comic written and illustrated by Grant Thomas.

In this issue we’re introduced to a young Medusa and her sisters. We learn of a water shortage that plays a role in dividing Medusa’s surrounding community that is already separated by religions. Medusa soon meets a love interest and together the two work out a plan to provide water to all, in this first part of Medusa!

Grant rolls out an entertaining story that presents a known character in a new and interesting light. The art, layout, and pacing all come together to propel the story ahead and build anticipation. Medusa’s snakes make an appearance, but have not yet taken up residence on her head. Will this Medusa follow the same path as that of the Medusa of mythology, or will this tale twist in some other direction? Find out for yourself by grabbing a copy of Dodo Comics #5 for just $3 at http://www.grantthomasonline.com/shop and find more from Grant Thomas at https://www.patreon.com/mylifeinrecords and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mylifeinrecords

Rooftop Stew by Max Clotfelter, published by Birdcage Bottom Books

March 8, 2019 in Reviews

Rooftop Stew https://buff.ly/2HmxEgB is a 120-page, Black and White, perfect bound, standard size comic written and illustrated by Max Clotfelter. Published by Birdcage Bottom Books.

What can I say folks, I love Max Clotfelter’s art and stories! The rawness, the crudeness, and the over the top outlandishness just grabs something in me! I can relate to these stories and find myself getting lost in the overflowing line work and lavishly detailed hatching! In this collection of tales Max serves up both the fictional and autobiographical to entertain and delight fans that long for something a little different, and something that captures the lost purity of the underground! This is lowbrow comix at its finest! You can help give a boot to this most deserving KickStarter project at https://buff.ly/2HmxEgB and find more from Birdcage Bottom Books at https://birdcage-bottom-books.myshopify.com/ and https://twitter.com/BirdcageBottom and https://www.facebook.com/BirdcageBottomBooks/

Ask a Cat Digest #11

February 25, 2019 in Reviews

For mini-comic Monday…it’s Ask a Cat Digest #11 http://www.gocomics.com/ask-a-cat/ a 12-page, digest size, Black and White, all-ages, humor comic written and illustrated by Charles Brubaker.

Charles’ comical cat invites readers to ask any questions that the furry feline can call on its whiskered wisdom to answer. In this installment the Cat explains such things as: the many methods you can use to send in your questions; favorite types of pasta; the wacky world of Japanese commercials; the mysterious elasticity of cats; the magic world inside of sofas; how to know someone’s really your friend; cat apps; diaries; knocking things over; and enemies and black holes!

You can Ask a Cat yourself at http://www.gocomics.com/ask-a-cat/ and even Ask a Cat via e-mail at goaskthecat@gmail.com and find more from Charles Brubaker at http://www.bakertoons.com/ and https://tapastic.com/cbrubaker and http://www.fuzzy-princess.com

Unibrow #1: It’s Alive!

January 31, 2019 in Reviews

Unibrow #1: It’s Alive! https://unibrowzine.bigcartel.com/product/unibrow-zine-1 is a 28-page, full size, black and white, lowbrow illustration, ADULTS ONLY, comix zine anthology featuring the art of 1000STYLES, Bakerzduzen, Butt Coffin, Craig Gleason, Scott Wygmans, Edward Kelley, Eric J. Eckert, Joel Abad, Junk Yard, Keith Caves,

KyleBunga, Matt Stikker, Max Colson, Nerd Gore, Peachmunkey, Eric Reed, Sketchy Tank, Terminal Radness, Tom Joyce, Two Dimes, Unsunghero, Wizard Cleave, Wizard of Barge, and YYYYs!

This neat zine is running over with awesome, highly detailed lowbrow art full of blisters, boils, and boobs all gloriously rendered in an abundance of beautiful black ink! There’re monsters, skulls, and skeletons intermixed with word searches, crossword puzzles, and an orgy of other fun oddities! Find more from Unibrow Zine at https://unibrowzine.bigcartel.com/ and http://unibrowzine.com and https://www.instagram.com/unibrowzine/ and https://www.facebook.com/unibrowzine/

Jenny Mae ‘N Jerry Wick by Bela Koe-Krompecher and Andy Bennett. Published by Nix Comics

January 23, 2019 in Reviews

Jenny Mae ‘N Jerry Wick https://www.nix-retail.com/product-page/jenny-mae-jerry-pre-order is a 24-page, black and white, standard size, Rock ‘N’ Roll comic adapted from Bela Koe-Krompecher’s popular blog about lost friends and 90s indie music culture. Illustrated by Andy Bennett and published by Nix Comics.

In this, the third and final installment of the series, the focus is on Bela’s closet relationships, with singer songwriters Jenny Mae and Jerry Wick. The comic begins with Bela’s account of Jenny Mae, a restless soul seeking the comfort of companionship but not the commitment. As Jenny’s story unfolds Bela paints a picture of a woman moved by music but plagued by alcohol. Bela himself appears to be the only stable thing in Jenny’s life as their paths remain intertwined throughout Jenny’s wanderings and downward spiral.

Next Bela recounts his friendship with Jerry Wick and explores Jerry’s musical ambitions and success as guitarist and lead singer of Gaunt. Bela delves into their childhoods and reveals Jerry as a passionate artist that desperately wanted to make a mark in this world, and although he may not have realized, did.

You can get to know Jenny Mae ‘N Jerry Wick at https://www.nix-retail.com/product-page/jenny-mae-jerry-pre-order and find even more at https://nixcomics.com/index.html and https://www.facebook.com/NixComics/ and https://twitter.com/nixcomics and https://www.instagram.com/nixcomics/ and you can even listen to Jenny Mae at https://youtu.be/mjUxreknsBo and Jerry Wick at https://youtu.be/KyIzPj3m8sc

Nix Comics Quarterly #10 by Ken Eppstein

January 10, 2019 in Reviews

Nix Comics Quarterly #10 https://www.nix-retail.com/product-page/nix-comics-2018-deluxe-subscription is a 28-page, full color, standard size, garage rock themed horror and humor anthology published by Nix Comics.

This issue includes: The Vicar: The Night Has 1000 Eyes (by Ken Eppstein and Michael Neno) in which Alberto and the Vicar face down an otherworldly presence in the suburbs! Then Ana Satura Meets Josephine Six-Fifteen (by Ken Eppstein and Pat Redding Scanlon) where Ana makes a friend and future travel partner after giving a hellhound a lesson in etiquette! Next Eddie and Squid Return from the Dead (by Ken Eppstein and Gideon Kendall) when a cop looking for revenge gets more than she bargained for when she hires a bokor to bring Eddie and Squid back from the grave! Rounding up the stories is Did It Really Happen? Klaus Nomi Pays in Grass (by Ken Eppstein and Mark Rudolph) finds the late, great German countertenor doing what has to be done for his music! Finally Bus Stop Ned is Off the Grid (by Matt Miner and Matt LeJeune) and Bus Stop is Worried About His Appearance (by Ken Eppstein and Liz Valasco) gives us two Bus Stop Ned encounters while waiting for the local mass transit!

Ken and crew deliver another amazing comic with Nix Comics Quarterly #10! The stories and art pull you in and rock your socks off with the turning of each page! Ken even provides a recommended listening list to help you enjoy the full experience!

You can rock out to Nix Comics Quarterly #10 at https://www.nix-retail.com/product-page/nix-comics-2018-deluxe-subscription and find even more at

https://nixcomics.com/index.html and https://www.facebook.com/NixComics/ and https://twitter.com/nixcomics and https://www.instagram.com/nixcomics/

Break the Cake by David Robertson

January 9, 2019 in Reviews

Break the Cake https://fredeggcomics.bigcartel.com/product/break-the-cake is an 80-page, black and white/color, perfectly bound, digest size anthology written and illustrated by David Robertson with guest stories/artwork by Marc Casilli, Zu Dominiak, Olivia Hicks, Rebecca Horner, Védís Huldudóttir, Paddy Johnston, Tim Kelly, Francesca Mancuso, Norrie Millar, Neil Paterson, Ludi Price, Katie Quinn, Mike Sedakat, and Pam Wye. Published by Fred Egg Comics.

David Robertson never fails to serve up an assorted mix of stories when he releases a new comic and Break the Cake is no exception! This 80-page comic contains short stories about Star Wars, Star Trek, Jonathan Swift, a giant cow-eating cat, strange loves (baguettes, puffer fish, weird beings…), the space shuttle, horse people, Descartes’ candle, a flower with addictive personality, a Jurassic menu, an alien spaceman and giant werewolf, and even tales about comics and music! That’s a lot of stuff packed into one comic!

David and the guest artists keep things hopping by changing artists and styles every other story or so. This keeps the action moving and makes every story stand out on its own unique look as well as its subject matter. A great, diverse collection of stories and art that’ll keep you entertained from cover to cover! You can Break the Cake at https://fredeggcomics.bigcartel.com/product/break-the-cake and find more from Fred Egg Comics at https://fredeggcomics.bigcartel.com/ and at https://www.fredeggcomics.com/ and at https://twitter.com/FredEggComics

Comic Strip Cartoonist No.9 by Ski Suharski

January 8, 2019 in Reviews

Comic Strip Cartoonist No.9 (Fall Issue) https://www.comicartspress.net/ is a 44-page, full color, cartooning magazine featuring cartoons, interviews, and more! Edited by Ski Suharski and published by Comic Arts Press.

This issue’s featured contributors are: Marcus Hamilton; Ron Ferdinand; Scott Ketcham; Matthew Foltz-Gray; Wil Panganiban; Charles Brubaker; Nate Bramble; and Bob Lipski, with the spotlight on Max West!

Comic Strip Cartoonist talks to Marcus Hamilton, Ron Ferdinand, and Scott Ketcham about their memories and involvement with Hank Ketcham’s Dennis the Menace. Then we’re treated to some feline fun with Charles Brubaker’s Ask a Cat! Next we stumble down Matthew Foltz-Gray’s Spirit of the Staircase laughing as we encounter a very strange cast of characters! Then Wil Panganiban‘s Frank and Steinway bring us back to the real world as a monster odd couple trying to adjust to normal life! Later more horror humor comes our way in the forms of Scott Nickel’s EEK! and Nate Bramble’s Doctor Necromantic! Finally the issue is rounded out by Bob Lipski’s The Retros!

Comic Strip Cartoonist is a great magazine for anyone that’s a fan of humor/gag cartoons. The interviews cover a lot of territory and the featured contributors deliver a wide variety of ‘tooning styles and material! Plus, there’s plenty of creator insights, a bit a trivia, and even some Fabulous Facts thrown in! Comic Strip Cartoonist not only provides a wealth of fun (44 pages!), but also inspires us creative types to doodle!

You can tickle your funny bone with Comic Strip Cartoonist at https://www.comicartspress.net/ and at https://www.facebook.com/comicartspress/ and at https://twitter.com/ComicArtsPress

Copy That! #58! by D. Blake Werts

December 31, 2018 in Reviews

For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Copy That! #58! This issue is a 28-page, Black and White info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts.

In this issue Blake sits down with Charles Brubaker! Blake talks to Charles about how he manages to put out so many comics; working in animation and storyboarding; cameras; early memories of comics and comic creations; Ask the Cat and The Fuzzy Princess; webcomics; tools of the trade and process; hobbies; influences; and projects in the works!

In the News and Info section we’re treated to offerings from: Alan Sissom (Sizzo-Links); Andy Nukes (The Andy Nukes Newsletter); Blair Wilson (Yard Beasts); Charles Brubaker (CAB Gets Inked); Everett Rand (Mineshaft); Gordon Lindholm (The Trivial Tales of Luna Lesser); Marc Myers (Elephant); and Pukka Joint Massif (Peristalsis Jonquil Mandible).

To get your hands on Copy That! and for more info contact:

D. Blake Werts

12339 Chesley Drive

Charlotte, NC 28277

or email Blake at: bwerts (at) vnet (dot) net

Mineshaft No. 36 Edited by Everett Rand

December 26, 2018 in Reviews

Mineshaft No. 36 http://www.mineshaftmagazine.com/store.html is a 48-page, digest size, black and white, comic zine anthology, printed in the U.S.A. on off-set press. Edited by Everett Rand, front and back covers by Robert Crumb.

In this issue of Mineshaft you’ll find “Excerpts from R. Crumb’s Dream Diary” and “The Wandering Mind” by Crumb! “Knockers Up!” by Mary Fleener! “Bad Poetry by Billy Childish! And Justin Green Reviews Crook! Plus new work by Christoph Mueller, Denis Kitchen, David Collier, Noah Van Sciver, Tommy Trantino, Aleksandar Zograf, Rika Deryckere, Mick Guffan, Peter Poplaski, John Porcellino, Leonardo da Vinci, Pat Moriarity, Robert Armstrong, and more!

This is a great comic zine always full of an eclectic mix of stories and art. The artists/writers that contribute to Mineshaft are among some of the most recognizable from the underground and alternative comics’ scene! If you dig great, old school art and enjoy well written pieces on a variety of subjects, then you should be exploring Mineshaft!

 

Copy That #57! by D. Blake Werts & Defenders of Mars by Verl Holt Bond

December 24, 2018 in Reviews

For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Copy That! #57! This issue is an 8-page, Black and White info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts.

In this issue of Copy That! Blake foregoes the interviews and loads up the community news and info section with offerings from: Adam Yeater (Mutants); Alan Sissom (HMPH!); Andrew Goldfarb (Freaky); Andy Nukes (The Andy Nukes Newsletter); Charles Brubaker (The Fuzzy Princess); David Robertson (Break the Cake); George Erling (Carton Loonacy); Ian Shires (Time Trvlr); Jeff Clayton (The True Adventures of JepComix); and Matt Jones (Squad Car APA #5).

Also included with this copy of Copy That! is Verl Holt Bond’s 36-page, black and white, action mini Defenders of Mars! This mini is packed with quality art, high adventure, and solid storytelling, all spread out over three chapters!

To get your hands on Copy That! and for more info contact:

Blake Werts

12339 Chesley Drive

Charlotte, NC 28277

or email Blake at: bwerts (at) vnet (dot) net

Marble Cake by Scott Jason Smith

December 14, 2018 in Reviews

Marble Cake

By Scott Jason Smith
108 pages, full colour
Release date: 13 June 2019

http://averyhillpublishing.com/

Have you ever wished you could glimpse into the lives of strangers – those anonymous faces passed in the produce aisle of the local supermarket, those shadows lurking behind the closed curtains of their homes? Would you be surprised by the rich mixture of personalities, the strange habits and the unexpected insecurities? Perhaps like you they’re also baking blind, no recipe to follow. You might produce a perfect cake, or you might end up throwing the mix in the trash and starting again. And again. And again.

Marble Cake, the debut graphic novel from acclaimed British author and artist Scott Jason Smith, cuts a slice through everyday life and takes a bite out of the layers concealed beneath the icing, all told with the acerbic wit and keen eye of a truly exciting new creator.

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