One of the comics I’m most excited about is At the Shore by Jim Campbell. Currently, it’s only a digital release, but I heard that it will go into print if there’s enough interest. Here’s hoping! I think this is a pretty safe bet for Alternative, since it’s good stuff, and Jim has built some sort readership as he released this in minicomic form. also, Jim is in a band (maybe they’re famous, I don’t know) and that’s gotta help? They have one of the best band names ever: Moonmen on the moon, Man. (Actually, he might be more famous for being in Paperfleet. I don’t know about music.)
From the CollectionMore tiny minicomics! These are some of Kenan Rubenstein’s “foldy” comics. (Years unknown, late aughts/early ‘10s?). The page size expands at every turn until the comic complete unfolds.Let’s put the mini back in minicomic! I’m spotlighting some of my tiny comics over the next few weeks. I think this is my smallest one in my collection: Mumbeaux Gumbo 19 (2001) by Caesar Meadows. 5/8” x 3/4”. Only slightly taller than the staple that binds it. #minicomicPart 2 of a look at Make: Comics About an Intimate Act. Comics by Nate Beaty, Melissa Mendes, and Maris Wicks. The “draw what you think you look like on the inside” concept came from Melissa Mendes. #minicomic #poopfriendsInspired by Poop Friends, the latest episode of the excellent podcast Invisibilia, I’m taking a look back at one of my publications. Make: Comics About an intimate Act (2010). This minicomic/artist book is a collection of honest, intimate, and transcendent stories about poop. I’m still really proud of it. Part 1: cover by Jose-Luis Olivares, endpapers by Maris Wicks, and comics by Adriana Yugovich, Joseph Lambert, and Jason Martin, and Jose-Luis Olivares.Happy Halloween! I picked up We Bite (2019) by Charles Forsman at a new comic shop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Hey Kids Comics! They have great a selection of comics for kids and teens, and some stuff for adults too.Modern Depravity by Bartley Reid Johnson. Year unknown, I’m guessing the early aughts? I don’t know anything about this comic, do you? For some reason it has a European look to me, but it’s from New Jersey. It’s humorous, weird, and as the title suggests, a bit depraved.Dear Amanda (2014) by Cathy G. Johnson. Quiet and thoughtful and beautiful. #minicomicMy co-publisher, Silver Sprocket, sent me a copy of the new American Cult hardcover (coming soon to a library near you, I hope!). Avi also included some extra swag! I read Demons last night, dug it.Thanks, Carrie McNinch! Now I only need the Assassin and the Whiner 1 and anything over 14.Update: These are all claimed. Duplicate Sale! These amazing comics are available for cheap (or for trade). The rarer, hand-printed stuff will be a little pricier. Message me if you’re interested! Mike Taylor (2014), Tom Kaczynski (2011), Shawn Cheng (2008), Kazimir Strzepek (2004), Stephanie Mannheim (?), Nicole Georges, (2014), Wren McDonald (2014), Box Brown (2016), Vincent Stall (2000).More diary comics! Thanks for the trade, Kyle Bravo. The beginning of the pandemic wasn’t so long ago, but it’s interesting to look back at what it was like. So much has changed. #minicomicIt’s been a while since I’ve read Liz Prince’s diary comics. It was nice to catch up. Thanks for the trade, Liz!Another feed to follow: @allthecomicsiveseen . I really like how he photographs comics. It’s hard to do and make it look nice on Instagram! I might copy his style. Daniel, I’d love to get some tips!PS Comics 1-4 (2004-2008) by Minty Lewis. Funny everyday moments as experienced by fruit or cute animals. I especially liked the screen printed covers (printed by her husband Damien Jay I think). #minicomicThree lady cartoonists from the 90s. Good mail day! Slutburger 1 (1990) by Mary Fleener, Badly-Drawn Comics 6 (1999) by Martha Keavney, Artbabe 5 (1996) by Jessica Abel.My Carrie McNinch minicomics: The Assassin and the Whiner 3-7, 9, 10-14 (1995-2000), You Don’t Get There From Here 1-4 (2006-2007). Help me fill the gaps in my collection! These are classic autobio minicomics. I highly recommend I Want Everything to Be Okay, the collection beautifully published by Tugboat Press. #minicomicThis Party Really Sucks by Leigh Luna (2014). A short autobio story about the time Leigh’s mom promised her four graphic novels if she went to prom. I have a duplicate copy, so this one is available for trade or $5 postage paid (within the US). NOTE: this comic is claimed. #minicomicCold Heat Special 5 by Frank Santoro and Ryan Cecil Smith (2008). I missed the boat on Cold Heat but I really like this mini. Even without the backstory I could appreciate the art and storytelling. Am I going to have to spend some $$ tracking down some of the original run? Maybe. #minicomicMartin Peters by Patrick Allaby (2019, Conundrum Press). It has an auto-bio feel, and in some ways it is autobiographical. But mostly it’s a biography of a sheltered, nerdy teenager growing up suburban New Brunswick, Canada, and dealing with diabetes and first love.I finally bought the six-issue collection of Ginseng Roots, but I already had issue 1-3! (Anyone looking for issues 1-3?) Also, here are some Craig Thompson minis from 2000, part of Top Shelf’s Small Batch series.