NOBOTShttps://onelastday.storenvy.com/ is a 24-page, black and white, anthology with full color wrap around cover created by Adam Yeater and Zac Finger. It’s all about humanities fall to the ROBOTS and features art and stories by Adam Yeater, Zac Finger, Daniel Reisinger, Kevin Gentilcore, Jacob Breckenridge, Marco Maraggi, Arnaud Maniak, Nicolas Rossius, Damon Begay, Billy McKay, Max Clottfelter, Elisa Mask, Cameron Forsley, Vic Hollins, Eric Schock, Joe DeRosa, Brad Dwyer, Tony McMillen, and me, Warren E. Elliott!
The stories touch on a bunch of subjects such as fake news, smart cars, social media, smart phones, streaming media, the internet, sex, and more! The mix of art styles and topics make NOBOTS a fun read with an ever changing look and narrative every few pages! The whole thing comes together nicely to deliver a darkly funny take on what our technological future could be like!
John Orlando’s Comix and Storieshttps://www.facebook.com/HippyComixInc/ is a 48-page, black and white, digest size, perfect bound anthology written and illustrated by John Orlando. Published by Hippy Comix.
John loads up his Comix and Stories with highly detailed
and dynamic art, full of neat and exaggerated characters! The art alone makes
this comic a great page flipper, but John delivers even more entertainment with
a wide variety of stories! He starts us out with some strange tales from his
autobiographic “My Paranormal Life!” In these stories John hears
voices, develops an odd relationship with fire, fights off bugs, and encounters
something weird in the kitchen! Later John gets some relief from the spooky
business that has enveloped his life from a mysterious lady with unusual
abilities! Then, traveling back in time, we find the namesake of this comix and
his friend Troy receiving the word of god from the kicking end of a boot. Not
content with letting the assailant get off scot-free, the two plot revenge!
Next up we’re treated to a little horror story about a considerate corpse concerned
with feeding his worms, then some short pieces about time, shit, breast feeding
and even some spotlighted underground comix from Hippy Comix!
The Seashttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/iestynpettigrew/the-seas is a 49-page, A5, landscape, color anthology with an aquatic theme. Created by Ian Miller, Dave Crane, Mister Zinester, Gareth Hopkins, Iestyn Pettigrew, Miranda Smart, Sophie Ell, Vacuum Books, Jaime Nyx, Motobus, and Simon Russell and published by Body Parts.
Ride the waves of The Seas with an eclectic group of creators as they chart a course of self-exploration and navigate their way through mysterious waters with the use of words and images! Each story in this collection is a unique piece completely different from the next. The only commonality is the individual voice that resonates like a flowing stream, running through the pages and emptying into The Seas! The narrative styles and artwork are truly original and combine to form imaginative compositions that reveal personal stories and splendid art unlike anything you’re likely to find elsewhere!
Extra Good Stuffhttps://lastgasp.com/products/extra-good-stuff is a 64-page, full size, black and white, adult-oriented autobiographical Trade Paperback written by Dennis P. Eichhorn with art by Ivan Brunetti, Tom Van Deusen, Michael Arnold, Gerald Jablonski, Aaron Lange, Dame Darcy, R.L. Crabb, Pat Moriarity, David Collier, Colin Upton, Max Clotfelter, J.R. Williams, Noah Van Sciver, David Lasky, Sean Hurley, Ashleigh Talbot, and Stan W. Shaw. Published by Last Gasp.
This is Dennis P. Eichhorn’s last book. He died in 2015 and Last Gasp released Extra Good Stuff shortly thereafter. In this collection of reprints and new stories Dennis and his artistic accomplices explore Dennis’ everyday world of sex, drugs, and weird experiences that make the lives most of us live look like a quiet evening at the local library. In these stories Dennis offers us an honest glimpse into a life lived to the fullest. From taxiing prostitutes around to prospecting for gold, Extra Good Stuff provides unique observations as related by a talented story teller and illustrated by an assemblage of some of the best indie artists in comics today!
The stories all resonate with a truth that cuts to the quick of the human experience. Uncertainty, desperation, struggles, and poverty all serve as too common yet realistic backdrops to situations wrapped in dark humor and offbeat misadventures. Each artist masterfully captures the essence of the tale being told with exquisite line work and attention to detail. The variety of styles and the diversity of stories make Extra Good Stuff an entertaining comic that’s hard to put down!
This comic is awesome! Each page is a collection of different, single panel gag cartoons. The subjects of the cartoons range from the absurd to the ridiculous, with plenty of sordid bits thrown in! Some of the characters gracing the pages are known, recognizable figures, while most are exaggerated, peculiar beings rendered in fantastic detail! Sergio’s mastery of the line is on full display from cover to cover! His drawings are full of expressive elements that beg to be scrutinized by the reader so as not to miss a thing. This dude can lay down the ink in the most satisfyingly weird way!
Mr. Do 2 is a 20-page, black and white, digest size comic created by Cameron Forsley, Beatnick, Christopher Holt, Mike Lutz, Macgillicutty, and Sarah Forsley. Published by Steady Ebb Comics.
Mr. Do ponders by a pond and takes a walk through the forest with a blacked-out butterfly. While walking he encounters a talking mask that ask a bunch of questions until a helping hand intervenes with a well-placed rock. A rat makes off with the mask and a demon takes an interest in Mr. Do! All this and Mr. Do’sMushroom Forest, a flying severed finger (that may also be the blacked-out butterfly?), neat underground art, strange stories, and the ultimate question Pink Floyd asked us all! What more can you ask for?!
Mineshaft #37https://mineshaftmagazine.com/ is a 52-page, digest size, black and white, comic zine anthology, printed in the U.S.A. on off-set press. Edited by Everett Rand. Front cover art and design by Drew Friedman and Back cover art by R. Crumb!!!
This is the 20th Anniversary Issue! In this issue we’re treated to excerpts from R. Crumb’s “Dream Diary,” and several of his comics and drawings! Also included between the covers of Mineshaft #37 are a great collection of new works by Billy Childish, Mary Fleener, Bill Griffith, Art Spiegelman, Christoph Mueller, David Collier, Noah Van Sciver, Nicolas C. Grey, Max Clotfelter, Robert Armstrong, Gioia Palmieri, Peter Poplaski, and more!
Each featured piece really captures that underground look and feel. The art is full of detailed backgrounds and weirdly amusing characters caught up in bizarre and funny situations. The different styles of the various artists and the eclectic stories make Mineshaft a fun filled read full of surprises guaranteed to entertain! You can get your copy of Mineshaft at https://mineshaftmagazine.com/
Gravely Unusualhttp://gravelyunusual.bigcartel.com/ “The Most Unusual Illustrated Magazine!” is a 72-page, Black and White, horror themed magazine featuring comics, fiction, and interviews. Published by Terror Nosferatu Propaganda.
In “Clamor of the Bells” by Matthew M. Montelione (words), Pedro Lajud (art), and Eduardo Camacho (letters), an 18th century gentleman finds himself in a hellish, dream-like place somehow familiar yet foreign. Unable to utter a sound and surrounded by silence, he follows the strange ringing of bells…into the dark unknown!
In “Welcome to the Black Church” we get a change of pace as musical artist JakProgresso (AKA Jak Tripper) sits down for an interview. During the exchange JakProgresso talks about music, reading, movies, and his personal history with witches, gypsies, and the supernatural among other things.
Next a weary traveler stops to help a couple of kids in “Treppegeist” by Matt McGrath (words) and James English (art). The children claim their cat has run off into an old building. The traveler agrees to enter the creepy place to find the kids’ kitty…but things aren’t what they seem!
Then come two written pieces. First Adrian Encomienda treats us to a story about a family curse with a dark twist in Blank Page 237! Then Scott Hughes brings us a tale of two friends that venture out into the night to learn the dark secret of The Bone Box!
Returning to comics, Scott Bryan Wilson (writer) and Tom Napolitano (artist) conspire to give us The Unswerving Honesty of Reflections! In this tale a young man re-tales of a disturbing fateful family reunion that leaves its ominous mark on all involved over the course of decades!
At the Lexington Comics and Toy Convention the powers behind Gravely Unusual had the good fortune to briefly interview James O’Barr (The Crow)! In this quick Q and A you get a real feel for the type of guy O’Barr is and his general view of the comic book industry.
And in the final offering of this collection of Gravely Unusual stories, interviews, and comics we end with Deflower by Edwin Gallihan (story) and Sean Kelley (art)! This touching tale revolves around a young girl growing up to realize her childhood dream of one day being given away by her beloved father to…Darkness!
Gravely Unusual proved to be a unique pleasure to read and feast my eyes on! The horror theme bleeds across all 72 pages in dark delights of black ink on glossy paper. Long shadows cast their reach throughout the magazine touching a variety of characters, pulling them all into glorious gory peril sure to please the dark hearted!
Paper Rock Scissors n’ Stuff Wars #2 http://www.zelphacomics.com/Comicbooks.html is a 20-page, Black and White, 4-issue limited series, fantasy comic created, written, and lettered by Luanga A. Nuwame, with art and front cover by Hugh Rookwood. Published by Zelpha Comics.
An elite group of Scissors prepare to attack a small and isolated pack of papers. The Papers meanwhile muse over the Rocks apparent fear of being covered, and revel at the possibilities a new and mysterious liquid stolen from the Plastics offer. As these things go on the Rocks make some discoveries of their own to the shock and surprise of a lone member of the Scissors. Elsewhere the Plastics wait to see how things play out and the Anvils move into action!
I can’t praise the originality of this story enough. Pitting Rock, Paper, and Scissors against each other as disparate kingdoms each maneuvering to best the other is pure genius! The addition of other kingdoms such as the Plastics and Anvils only increases the possibilities and adds to the drama with unpredictable outcomes! The interactions between the different characters and keeping the rules of the game, such as Paper beats Rock by covering it, brings a sense of ridiculous humor to the story that keeps it fun amid the plotting and violence of battle! Hugh Rookwood’s art brings a polished look to the comic that reminds me a lot of Evan Dorkin’s Milk and Cheese, and that’s a great thing! Hugh manages to give these characters believable expressions and breathe life into them with bold, simple lines with excellent effect!
Some of you know fanzine publisher/collector Steve Ogden passed recently. Per his wishes, I’ve been listing his massive collection on eBay which includes comic fanzines, sf fanzines, mini-comics, underground comix, comic books and more.
Here are the current auctions and there are many, many more on the way. Please add me as a favorite seller if you’d like to stay on top of the new listings.
COMIC READER #43 fanzine ALAN HUTCHINSON Doug Potter JOHN RYAN comics on TV 1965
COMIC READER #45 fanzine WILL EISNER Ronn Foss HOWARD KELTNER John Ryan 1966
COMIC READER #46 fanzine RONN FOSS Margaret Gemignani McGEEHAN Hutchinson 1966
COMIC READER #47 fanzine JACK KIRBY Ronn Foss DOUG POTTER Alley Awards 1966
THE COMICS Vol. 8, #7 fanzine ROBIN SNYDER romance comic art pages 1997
THE COMICS Vol. 21, #1 fanzine STEVE DITKO Dave Sim ARCHIE COMICS 2010
THE COMICS Vol. 21, #2 fanzine ROBERT KANIGHER bibliography script 2010
COMIC REPORT #3 fanzine DAVE SIM Gene Day interview MAX JIGER Canadian zine 1976
COMIC REPORT #4 fanzine EC COMICS Dave Sim MAX JIGER Dell westerns Canadian 1976
COMIC REPORT #5-6 fanzine DAVE SIM Gene Day FRANK THORNE Hanley Canadian 1976
COMIC SHOWCASE #1 fanzine BOB COSGROVE Star Trek MARTIN L GREIM Chappell 1969
COMIC SHOWCASE #2 fanzine MARK AMMERMAN Mike McKenney STAR TREK Gubelman 1969
COMICS TODAY #1 comic fanzine TIM TRUMAN Sam Agro TY TEMPLETON Canadian 1990
COMIC READER #100 fanzine JACK KIRBY Sergio Aragones JOHN McGEEHAN Gafford 1973
COMIC READER #106 fanzine CLAY GEERDES Don Maitz JAY LYNCH Alan Jim Hanley 1974
COMIC READER #106 fanzine CLAY GEERDES Don Maitz JAY LYNCH Alan Jim Hanley 1974
COMIC READER #108 fanzine FRANK BRUNNER Clay Geerdes comix Doctor Strange 1974
COMIC READER’S DIGEST #1 fanzine MARTY ARBUNICH Robert Metz STEVE PERRIN 1965
COMIC TRIBUNE #1 fanzine BRUCE WILLIAMS Academy scandal JASINSKI newsletter 1968
COMIC STRIP SHOWCASE #1 fanzine LONE RANGER 1938-1942 western comics