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 CollectionThe Spider Grandmother by Steve Teare (2015). A lovely Risograph scene report of a Burning-Man-esque event I hadn’t heard of. I assumed it was nonfiction, but maybe not? #minicomicGirl Hero 3 by Megan Kelso (1994). Now I’m just missing issue 4. Help a girl out!PMS Emotions by Hyesu Lee (2019?). Funny short comics about being an adult in New York. #minicomicDiary of a Monster by Karen Sneider (2019). Effing hilarious. #minicomicSorry there have been so few posts lately. I’m moving my studio and library so my collection is inaccessible at the moment. I should be posting again next week!The Plunge by Emi Gennis (2016). Published by Kilgore Books. A very researched but also poignant true story about the first person (a woman) to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. #minicomicSay Her Name by Bianca Xunise (2018). Poignant essays about racism and the black experience. The stories are upsetting but the surprisingly cute art style makes them easier to absorb and reflect on, I think. #minicomicDaily Outfits of Chinese Young People by Neko Jiang (2018?). A limited edition art zine. Really nice color and production. #zineI Feel Weird 4 by Haleigh Buck (2019). Personal, intense, and very detailed. Should get the Letterer of the Year award! #minicomic #spx2019West Side 1 by Tom Daly (2019). A gritty crime story set in bad old New York. These pages are a feast for the eyes! #minicomic #spx2019Unhealthy by Sarah Winifred Searle and Abby Howard (2019). Two intimate tales about living with body shaming and disorder eating.Waiting for Ariel by Daryl Seitchik (2019). I thought this was a Missy book, but I’m pretty sure it’s a Daryl book (or maybe both?). Surreal and allegorical. #spx2019Dirty by Chris Russo (2019). A very funny and NSFW comic about a dirty figure drawing class, which is a thing that really exists. Is it weird I read this on the subway? #spx2019Bubbles 2 and 3 (2019). I’m loving this new comics zine! How does he put out issues so quickly? Also, what’s the publishers name? #spx2019Wee Nibbles by Vreni Stollberger (2019?). Usually I find travel journals boring but this was delightful (probably because it focused on something cheap and ordinary). #minicomic #spx2019Famous Cartoonist Miniature No. 3. Created by Mark Lindblom, picked up at SPX. #spx2019Chunk by Emma Hunsinger (2019). The voice and characterization is so genuine. A very good balance of funny and poignant, heavy and light. #spx2019Like Like by Ashley Robin Franklin (2019). Sweet, funny autobio comics about crushes. Loved it! #minicomic #spx2019My SPX 2019 haul. There was so much good stuff this year and I only saw a small fraction of it.The Imp 3 by Daniel K. Raeburn (1999). I’ve had this for many years, but I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t read it. I’m rectifying that now! It’s a beautiful object and pitch perfect as a Ware parody. But it’s more than just a pretty face. As a work of journalism, it’s a rich trove.