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 CollectionBlue Onion 1 by Chris Cilla (2018). Published by Revival House Press. Super trippy. #minicomicA Savage Journey to the Heart of an Anime Convention by M.S.Harkness (2018). The humor is brutal. A bit of an Evan Dorkin vibe? #minicomicSelf-Loving Jew by Jonathan Rotsztain (2017). One of the readers this Sunday at KGB Comix Night.Raw Power by Josh Bayer (2011). Published by Retrofit. Josh is one of the readers at KGB Comix Night this Sunday.Blk & Wht Zine by Mark Wang (2018). Mark is one of the readers at KGB Comix Night this Sunday.Scumburbia by Sam Grinberg (2018). Loser teenagers growing up in nowhere towns, one of my favorite subjects. #minicomicI’m Busy by Jane Mai (2018, 2019?). A kickass monthly planner I picked up at MoCCA.My MoCCA haul was very small this year.Do you know Mark Wang’s comics? They’re really good! He’ll be tabling with me at MoCCA. Table F201!Zine City Comix 3 by Kinoko Evans (2006). I think this is my earliest Kinoko mini. Bubbly and energetic with a lot going on on the page. #minicomicJust a little more self-promotion! I’m publishing a new minicomic by Katie Fricas: Texas Chainsaw Sculptor! Get it at MoCCA. #minicomicNot to brag, but I have a lot of Martin Cendreda minis. That last one is Catch Me If You Can (2010), a sweet wordless story about parenthood and aging. Reminds me of Last Lonely Saturday by Jordan Crane. #minicomicsA rare bit of self promotion! Paper Rocket will be debuting these two comics at MoCCA: Carlito by Carlo Quispe and Things Go Wrong #2 by Jason Bradshaw. #minicomicHalf Asleep 1 by Kyle O’Connell and Beth Hetland (2013). The first part of a story with sci-fi tones. It stars a a prodigy student and her professor mom at a strange university. #minicomicUrban Nomad 2 by Alisa Harris (2009). Sweet and light autobio about living in NYC. #minicomicComplex 1 by Chris Kuzma (year unknown, 2011?). Trippy story. Cool drawings. #minicomicShock Therapy 2 by Joe E (1990). Some impressive drawings in here. This short horror story was the best part. Minicomics has a different flair in the early 90s. #minicomicManhole 2 by Mardou (2006). The main story is about the forbidden romance of an affair. Check out Sky in Stereo, I think a new volume is out! #minicomicEveryday by Chris Radtke and others (2005). It’s a crass (somewhat fictionalized? Very fictionalized?) diary illustrated by others, Harvey Pekar style. Some big names in here: Jim Rugg, Bob Fingerman, Marc Bell, Raina Telgemeier (!). #minicomicThese are all the Matt Thurber comics I own. In case you’re curious. (2002-2015) #minicomic