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 CollectionAnother Destroy All Comics! But I still need issue 1... #zineThese are my Tom Hart dupes. Anyone want to trade? #minicomicMy collection of Tom Hart minis. The latest addition is The Most Powerful Gate, a 24-hour comic from 1995. #minicomicReduction 4 by Tom Kaczynski (1995). This must be my oldest Tom K mini! Another gem from Sam Henderson. #minicomicDestroy All Comics 3-5 by Jeff LeVine (1993 or thereabouts). I love reading these old interviews because I have such affection for alternative comics of this era. This is when I fell in love with comics. #zineThe Least You Could Do 4 by Dave Kiersh (2000). I like Dave's cartooning a lot so I'm happy to add this to my collection. But I must admit that at times I'm confused by the meaning of his comics. The voice is sometimes spot on and sometimes a little strange. Clearly he's fixated on the lives teenagers. And women's bodies. #minicomicDiplomat 2 by C. Cilla (1995). Sam Henderson gifted me with a box of minicomics and this was the first gem I pulled out. Thanks, Sam!!! #minicomicInternet Comics by Mare Odomo (2013). Published by Sacred Prism. As the title suggests, it collects short stories that are about the internet in one way or another. #minicomicLive at the Grelman 4 (2017). This is a collaborative anthology done one page at a time without planning. Conceived by Vinnie Neuberg. #minicomicThe Courtship of Ms. Davis by Alexis Frederick-Frost (2010). A black widow spider is in search of love but she can't keep herself from eating her suitors. Excellent from start to finish. #minicomicRecently someone asked what my oldest minicomic is. This is it: Science Friction 2 (1980). I think of it as a "Clay Geerdes mini" since (from my understanding) he was the most well-known publisher and advocate for this kind of comics. (Clay actually contributed to this very mini.) I believe minicomics started with this sort of publication. You can find older examples, but I see those as comics that happen to be small. My 2 cent. #minicomicLast Friday I hosted the first ever minicomic party. The basic idea was to recreate the record collector party in the Ghost World movie, but with minicomics. I was a little nervous that no one would really be interested in participating. But folks came, they brought minis to show and tell, and I discovered new stuff! That last one was the whole point: I'm trying to create happenings where enthusiasts can connect and learn. And I'm trying rethink the role a collection can play. Less about hoarding, more about sharing. What's the point of just storing this stuff in boxes till the day you die? #minicomicBig 'Un 6 by David Tristman (1998). Funny autobio stories in a 90s new wave style. Nice drawing. It's also cool to get a glimpse of NYC 20 years ago. #minicomicModern Depravity by Bartley Johnson. I know very little about this artist. Do you? He's a painter living in New Mexico. The comic has a stream-of-consciousness vibe, bizarre and irreverent. I have no idea when it was made. Wild guess: between 1998 and 2003? #minicomicSkin Eater Comics (1998). Edited by Chris Shadoian. A comic anthology about...you guessed it! Chris did this cover and an autobio comic about a skin-eating coworker. Gross AF. #minicomicMy haul from Home-Baked Zines and Cakes, happening now in Bushwick. Come out and support Educated Little Monsters. #minicomic #zineInktoby by A.T. Pratt (2016). I don't even get how something this funny was improvised day by day, but sometimes that's how it works. It's full of brilliant rhymes and gags. I was fortunate enough to see A.T. do a live reading of this, which is a whole other experience. #minicomic #moccafest2018Ohio is for Sale by Jon Allen (2017). Jon is a real unsung talent. More folks should be reading his minicomics. Though this issue is more like a mini graphic novel. #moccafest2018The Experts by Sophie Franz (2016). Published by Retrofit / Big Planet. A mysterious, haunting story. Has a Lost vibe to it. Nice art; looks like it's painted. #minicomic #moccafest2018Book of Daze by E.A. Bethea (2017). Published by Domino Books. These short comics are exquisite little poems. One of my favorites from MoCCA. It's nice to discover work that surprises you. This comic looks kind out of place in 2018. #minicomic #moccafest2018