Rob Kirby offers this review round-up of eleven small press titles from 2014. Bet you haven’t read them all (or even heard of them all, for that matter)! Included are books from Yeti Press, Sparkplug, Czap, Oily, and some self-published titles.
From the CollectionCadaver Diaries by Kriota Willberg. Honest and chilling but also compassionate and grateful notes from the cadaver lab, interwoven with personal stories. #minicomicFeel by Miranda Bruce. Another MoCCA 22 discovery. Sort of a comic poetry sketchbook with a nice textured line. #zineFad Pets by Madi Baker. An informative comic about the dangers of treating animals like they’re the latest iPhone. #minicomicAlong For the Ride (2020) by Dean. I discovered this artist at MoCCA. I like their simple, classic style. #minicomicKoreangry 8 (2020) by Eunsoo Jeong. Funny and you’ll learn something too. Image all the work that goes into a single panel!My MoCCA 22 haul. More to come!Issue one of the Mini Memoir Project: I Don’t Belong Here by Jon Allen. It will be at MoCCA Fest this weekend, and there’s still time to back the Kickstarter!I got my copy of Clutter by Ariel Bordeaux (and a page of Deep Girl original art!). For me, Clutter is one of the most anticipated books of the year. I have a duplicate of Deep Girl 5, so I’ll send a free copy to the first person who sends me a receipt showing they backed or ordered Clutter. (You’ll get my beat-up copy, I’m keeping this mint one.) EDIT: this is claimed.Attention, minicomic fans! Check out my new publishing project on Kickstarter! Link in the bio and also here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/robynchapman/the-mini-memoir-projectI got my Kickstarter reward from Seattle art co-op Push Pull! I especially like the art zine Nightmare of Ages and Wheels of Terror, an illustrated essay by Seth Goodkind about haunted car movies. #zinesTen Foot Rule by Shawn Granton. These issues are from 2001-2008. A long-running diary comic about Shawn’s life in Portland, OR, largely about cycling. A nice time capsule of that era.Stay Away From Other People (2008) by Lisa Hanawalt. Hilarious bits and pieces and intricate drawings that are fun to stare at. This was a donation from @phasesevencomics, thank you! #minicomicsIf you like my feed, you should follow Rachel Miller’s @girlsinthegutter. Cool, rare, and archival images from lady cartoonists. Share the knowledge!Días de Consuelo (2021) by Dave Ortega, published by Radiator Comics. Rich with history and information. I especially like these small moments where you can see how folks in a small Mexican town lived a hundred years ago (drawing water from a well, baking tortillas on a wood stove, etc.)Another favorite of 2021: the continued serialization of Flop Sweat by Lance Ward, published by Birdcage Bottom. Grim and brutally honest stuff!Another one of my favorites from 2021: Goes by Luke Kruger-Howard. Luke’s comics are kind and clever, and this one is especially so. Goes is a not-for-profit publishing project: all copies are free and if you want, you can make a donation to gift a copy to someone else. (The first issue is now out of print, but you can find a digital version on Luke’s website.)One of my favorite comics from 2021 is Sean Knickerbocker’s new anthology, Rust Belt Review. I didn’t expect them to be so large: 9.25 x 12! It reminded me of an issue of Crickets. I especially liked these comics by Andrew Greenstone and Sean Knickerbocker.Life Under Sanctions (1994) and Psychonaut 2 (1996) by Aleksandar Zograf, published by Fantagraphics. Aleksandar chronicled his experience living through the Yugoslav Wars. He also frequently drew comics about his dreams, including hypnagogic and lucid dreams. It was interesting to learn, during war and well as Covid, toilet paper hoarding is a thing.Take a gander at these rare Tom Hart minis/zines from 1991-1996. Thanks, Jaz Jacobi, for the trade! #minicomicMore 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.