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 CollectionSPX 2022 Post 1: the old minicomics I bought from Chris Pitzer, including Television Tub Things Episode One (2012) by Bort and Hurt Me! (1995) by Ulana Zahajkewycz, published by Primal Groove Press. #minicomicFeels good to be back at SPX after three years! I’m debuting the latest issue of the Mini Memoir Project: Plastic Friends by Lance Ward. (Also available in my shop, link in my bio.)Another classic: Pussy by P5. A Brooklyn-based feminist zine from the early aughts. #zinesRollerderby 13 and 28 by Lisa Carver. Classic zine. 1993 and 1998? Up for grabs for $10 each. #zinesMinicomic Grab Bags are back! Link in the bio. Get a mystery bag of minicomics from me for cheap! No junk, that’s the Robyn Chapman guarantee. These go fast!Big Questions 4 (2001, self-published) and 8 (2005, Drawn and Quarterly) by Anders Nilsen. Wow. I need to spend some more time with this series. These two issues are duplicates in my collection. Available for sale ($8 each) or trade.I decided to sell off some of my non-comic zines to make room for mid 90s to late aughts minicomics, which I’ve decided is my area of study. I honestly don’t even know where a got volume 1 of Re/Search magazine by V. Vale? Even though this is a 1988 reprint (originally published in 1980) it has to be rare, right? Listed on eBay under Paperrobyn.Are You a Victim of the 3 “Lessnesses”? (1987) by Charles Varon and Leonard Rifas. I guess I’d describe it as an Underground/New Wave new-age self-help tract? Very unusual. Anyone know about this? It’s from EduComics and was sold in packs of 40, so it was meant for distribution.Jeremy Tinder is an Asshole (2007) by Jeremy Tinder. I dig the Garfield style. Was it really his 35th minicomic? I’m guessing yes. #minicomicBoredom Pays 1-7 (2009-2013) by Jason Bradshaw. Look at how his drawing style changed between issue 1 and 7! But Jason always had chops. #minicomicsMy James Hindle minis, ranging from the aughts to the 2010s. A superb storyteller and artist. I have a duplicate of Immovable Objects available for sale or trade. #minicomicConstructing: Comics vs. Pinball (2022) by Jon Chad. Jon breaks down and compares comics and pinball as art forms. This is a promotional mini for his fun and fact-filled illustrated history of pinball. #minicomicTonight @daryl.seitchik and I will offer a free workshop on mini memoirs! Check out @comicsworkshop for more info.Tinder Box (2004) by Damien Jay. The first part of a silly adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story. This is a duplicate in my collection. It’s very beat up but a real gem. Available for $3 or trade. EDIT: this is claimed. #minicomicJourney Into Misery 1 (2012) by Paul Hoppe. Packed with gags. A lot for fans of the super hero genre to enjoy. #minicomicCadaver 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!