I’m looking forward to Jason Martin’s next book, Covers. I enjoyed this excerpt because it’s about three things that are significant to me: Kurt Cobain, gastrointestinal problems, and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.
From the CollectionAndros 5 by Max Clotfelter (2011). The king of high-detail scruff. His drawings are amazing. I feel like he and Chris Wright are brethren somehow. (They went to art school together, right?) #minicomicTrim 2 by Aaron Lange. This feels edgy in a very 90s way, but it's from 2014! It revels in bad taste and is definitely not "woke." If a racist or sexist message isn't the point of his "White Male Privilege" comic, I'm not sure what is. #minicomicThese are my Hellen Jo comics (not including her issue of Frontier). Jin and Jan 1 (2008) was published by Sparkplug. Hellen quotes Black & White (aka Tekkon Kinkreet) on the first page and the influence comes through. #minicomicPaper Pencil Life 3 by Summer Pierre (2015). A diary comic about the everyday anxiety of being a mother and an artist. #minicomicLorel by Kevin Panetta and Tait Howard (year unknown, around 2015?). Published by Big Planet Comics. Really beautiful (painted?) pages and a great print quality. #minicomicBad Thoughts 2 by Amanda Padilla (2000). I got this comic at San Diego Comic Con eighteen years ago. I met Amanda that year, along with Gabrielle Bell and Ariel Schrag. Outside of a few friendships in college, it was the first time I had met women cartoonists who I really connected to. We drank beer in my hostel room and talked about Joe Matt comics. Changed my life, probably. #minicomicI picked up these Moochie the Dumpster Kat minis while on vacation in Troy, NY. They're by Peggy LeGee and Raymond Lowell (published in 2017 and 2018). Peggy is a 54-year old trans woman from Troy. The story is based on a real life encounter with a stray cat that inspired her transition. Sales proceed the local animal shelter. Zines are everywhere! #minicomic #troyNYThe Catbox Room 3 by Lisa Maslowe (1995). Very talky slice-of-life fiction about twenty-somethings in San Francisco. Lisa sometimes inserts herself and her experiences into the fiction. #minicomicSpigot by Farel Dalrymple (2001). A 24 hour comic. The story is very strange and dreamlike. I found it a little hard to follow, to be honest. (I'm also noticing now that the pages pictured here are out of order.) #minicomicSmooth as Glass by Kane Lynch (2015). The first part of a longer story about an uncle who had six children in six years by four different women. #minicomicHandbook Number Two by Kevin Budnick (2014). A mishmash of autobio strip from 2010 to 2014, often touching on his eating disorder, therapy, and friendships. #minicomicWest Side Improvements by Alex Holden (2014). Published by Uncivilized Books. A comics essay about the Freedom Tunnel, graffiti, and mole people. #minicomicSoft by Jane Mai (2015). Published by Peow Studio. This one is long, almost a mini graphic novel. It's an adolescent paranormal romance story set in Japan (I think). #minicomicCall Out Comics 2 (2018). A free comics newspaper from Toronto edited by Jonathan Rotsztain. It's loosely themed around the idea of call-outs, though this issue didn't specifically call anyone out in the typical sense. I got my copy at Desert Island.Bernie: The Wackiest Jewlipino on Earth! by Cheryl Gladstone (2006). A short collection of humorous observations of her indomitable mother. #minicomicChop Suey 2 by Kevin Scalzo (1997). Really funny and great art. I dig this a lot. #minicomicYou're Short, Bald and Ugly Charlie Brown (year unknown, somewhere around 2001?). A satirical appropriation of Peanuts by anonymous authors, but I have a pretty good hunch it's Joe Matt, Chester Brown, and Seth (in that order). Joe and Seth's pages are vulgar and funny, but Chester Brown...that's high art. #minicomicsSF 2 by Ryan Cecil Smith (year unknown, 2012?). His comics explore genre in a playful and almost corny way. Exquisitely drawn and printed, and clearly very manga influenced (this was made in Japan where Ryan sometimes lives). #minicomicLala Land (2015?). An anthology about Los Angles edited by Carmen Johns. It's the kind of zine I love: educational, eclectic, and written with real affection for the subject. #minicomic #zineTwo gems from my collection: These Fort Thunder era Brian Ralph minis (1999, 1997). Brian is my favorite Fort Thunder guy. Call me boring, but the others might be too avant-garde for me. Brian is experimental in his own right, but the story is always the thing. Also, he can really draw. #minicomic #fortthunder