Malarkey #4https://buff.ly/36aXpdS is a 28-page, digest size, full color, autobio comic written and illustrated by November Garcia. Published by Birdcage Bottom Books.
In the pages of Malarkey #4 November shares several personal stories. Among her confessionals is one story about becoming obsessive over a band discovered a little late in life and another, which all comic creators will relate to, is about taking the plunge into comics and not getting the expected splash you anticipated! November goes on to offer travel tips from Tokyo and a not so romantic look at the loss of virginity while avoiding frogs! She continues by providing a brief look at the lengths her mother and others will go to for beauty, and the long shadow religious indoctrination casts. November closes things out by offering some words of advice to her younger self!
The stories are all written and drawn in a lighthearted manner that keeps the comic fun and upbeat, even when dealing with some self-deprecating subjects. The colors really work throughout this comic. At times color is only used as a background while at others it’s used to frame and bring attention to the subject. The palette also varies from pale tones that almost fade from notice to patches of vibrant and clashing hues that grabs your attention!
Calamine Prunt in Would A Turkey Vote For Christmas is a 34-page, single sided, mini size, illustrated anti-voting zine published by The Bubblegum Dada Corporation.
In this little mini zine Mr. Prunt receives some sound advice on voting as he prepares to go to the polls. Among the advice offered are helpful bits of wisdom such as voting only empowers a new master, keeps you in chains, and is like a hanged man begging for a more comfortable rope! You can indulge your anti-establishment tendencies in such insightfulness by contacting:
Two crews of taggers fight over territory in this gritty, violent
series of graffiti based tales. The main crew, “The Weirdoz,” is made up of a group
of misfits including a stoner, a drunk, a girl called Fury, and a guy wearing a
tin hat! After a member of their crew gets jumped by a rival crew, the gloves
come off and the paint cans and bats come out! Soon walls are getting covered
and skulls cracked as the city’s buildings become the canvases on which this
struggle for respect and dominance is played out!
The story telling here does a great job of introducing the different
characters and setting the scene where the drama unfolds. Each of the
characters have a distinct personality and individual motive behind their
actions. The art captures the tenacious mood of opposing gangs battling for
their place and the dog-eat-dog reality of life on the streets! The whole thing
is a refreshing work of unpolished, underground comix that has nothing to do
with spandex wearing heroes or emotionally fragile anthropomorphic animal
In The Tower in the Sea, we return to the world of Ismyre for another quiet and fantastical mystery tale set in an old world of ordinary magic. Off the coast of Ismyre, a group of illicit magicians have been gathering for years, schooling others in the ways of long-forgotten divinations. From high up in this forbidden home, a young scholar keeps dreaming visions of a terrible future and looks out across the ocean for answers…
Goofy Funnies No. 9: Dexter Cockburn Underground Comixhttps://buff.ly/2oMnAX3 is a 32-page, black and white, color cover, digest size, ADULTS ONLY humor comic written and illustrated by Dexter Cockburn. Published by The Comix Company.
If you like ADULT COMIX, then you gotta check out Dexter Cockburn’ Goofy Funnies! In these pages you’ll find nothing but cleanly drawn, unabashed, adult fun! Dexter really displays his talents as an artist and storyteller! The comic starts off with the continuing saga Space Rats, as Spunky finds himself imprisoned with a sex-starved space mouse that wants to be set free, but has a stronger urge for something else! Then in a mostly silent story, Fudster gives a buxomy babe a pearl necklace! Later Pippa Creme goes on a date and finds herself doing a little under the table work! Next Junior Ranger Becky has to hide Bosco Bear when an unexpected visitor cums a knocking! And finally Fudster gets it up again when he and a voluptuous vixen fill the pages with all sorts of lubricious loveliness!
Scumburbia #1https://buff.ly/2nxuKOk is a 40-page, digest size, black and white comic written and illustrated by Sam Grinberg.
In the pages of Scumburbia we meet a group of teens going through various stages of adolescents. Most of their activities revolve around high school and the changing relationships between friends, personal frustrations, and the isolation of youth. The main stories focus on a couple of younger punk kids trying to get to a local show, and a slightly older punk girl reflecting on the changes and challenges of growing up. Both stories are relatable as are the different characters that pop in and out of them.
The stories are entertaining and full of believable characters. The art is clean and makes great use of the black and white contrasts. The backgrounds are detailed and the characters are exaggerated just enough to keep some of the heavier tones underlying the stories from becoming too somber. Overall Sam slings the ink to paint a realistic setting of litter strewn hallways, dirty alleys, and filthy streets that make up this place called Scumburbia!
The Space Odditoriumhttps://buff.ly/2V2i1A3 is 12-page, full color, digest size, Sci-Fi fantasy comic written by Chris Calzia with art by Dave Law. Published by Public Restroom Comics.
This is a standalone mini companion piece to volumes 1 and 2 of The Space Odditorium. The ‘70s psychedelic art style is what grabbed my attention to this comic, then the story hooked me! It’s pretty short but jumps right in without a lot of exposition. A member of a holographic family questions if free will exist or not as he contemplates how the last human can be used as a weapon against alien overlords.
The art is popping with bright colors, halftone dots, and unconventional compositions! This serves as a great introduction to The Space Odditorium series as it familiarizes the reader with the central character, setting, and showcases the impressive art!
Horn Doghttps://punapress.com (multiple issues) is a various page count, full size, black and white comic written and illustrated by Iotekted. Published by Puna Press.
In this series we meet Horn Dog, an average sausage that works next to a bar where he frequents and chats about life with the bartender. Plenty of other meats are regulars at the bar too and their comings and goings don’t go unnoticed by Horn Dog. The different customers help set the tone for each issue and drive the narrative of the stories which are peppered with sausage puns and relationship woes.
Iotekted keeps the art simple which helps to give more emphasis to the dialogue between the characters. The simple, yet very effective art, is drawn with a lot of attention to detail and composition. At first glance it gives the impression of an amateurish attempt at comic making, but once you begin to read it becomes clear that Iotekted is a skilled storyteller and talented artist that knows exactly what he is doing with his sausage!
Zombie Bunnies #1: The Queen’s Planhttps://squareup.com/market/zombiebunnies/ is a 22-page, full color, standard size comic created by Jim Hillin (writing, pencils, inks, and cover art) and Joey Karwal (colors). Published by Cypress Pictures.
In a shadow world that exist alongside the reality known and experienced by humans, a Zombie Bunnie kingdom is ruled by the kind and benevolent, Queen Bethesda, ruler and royal of the fair world. She is assisted in all things pertaining to the throne by the Viceroy, keeper of all things Carrott. Together, they decide what to do with the human interlopers they steal through their closets at night! Typically, the human-types are funneled off to the Chamber of Sloth, where The Royal Masseuse will keep them blissfully asleep with his soft ears and bottle of warm sassafrass oil and a little Kenny G on the stereo. Unless a friend has a cold bucket of ice, the stolen interlopers are staying asleep!
In this first issue of the Zombie Bunnies saga the queen dispatches three of her greatest “sneaks” to find “the Dreamer” that once visited the kingdom all on her own. Something no one had ever done before or since! Now, unaware of the Zombie Bunnies on her trail, “the Dreamer” is going about her normal life in the humans’ world. She works, plays, and spends time with her young niece and her niece’s friends as they all enjoy a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong?!
Zombie Jesus vs Robot Hitlerhttp://13flames.com/store/ is a 24-page, full size, black and white, apocalyptic action/horror comic written ad lettered by Ira Hunter and illustrated by Joel Shelton. Published by 13 Flames Empire.
In a future not much more unbelievable than the reality we currently exist in, a corrupt government bent on seizing all power unleashes a robotic apocalypse in which the machines exterminate the humans in a battle for limited resources! Out of the radioactive wasteland one undead hero emerges to raise the lifeless, putrid bodies of the vanquished humans to fight the robots. The last savior of mankind… Zombie Jesus! And just how could the robots possibly hope to defeat the King of the Jews?! Well with their own Robot Hitler of course! What follows is a fight of epic proportions as flesh and steel meet in a melee of massacre and mechanical malfunction!