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The Creators Project on Ron Regé, Jr.

For Regé, drawing is ‘kind of like eating or sleeping,’ resembling a basic biological function more than a conscious act. That’s why he doesn’t like to stress over the origins of his creativity, because it’s actually a part of who he is.

Source: Ancient Mystical Rituals Inspire an Intricate ‘Cartoon Utopia’ | City of the Seekers | The Creators Project

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Listen: Thru Black Holes Band

Michael Roden (Thru Black Holes Comix) and company put out 24 albums between 1989 and 2004 and they’re all online for the listening.

Source: The Official Thru Black Holes Band web site

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Two new flipbooks from Napa Books

Finland’s Napa Books has two new flipbooks out: It’s Miracle Baby Again by Kati Rapia and Wonder Wander by Minna Floss. Check the website for lots of other good stuff too.

Source: Kati Rapia: It’s Miracle Baby Again / Napa Books

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Database update

Hi, folks, just a quick update. This past week I’ve added 113 new entries to the Mini-Comic and Fanzine Database and updated another 55 (additional data, additional photos, improved photos, etc.).  We’re well on our way to 10,000.

If you’re curious about how much work remains let me just say this: I’m currently working on a virtual pile of donated scans in which there are literally 18,000+ files to go through. And that’s just from one source.

I also wanted to let you know I’m working on a new reward (or two) for Patreon patrons. I can’t really say any more right now but I think you’ll like it.

Thanks for your support and Happy New Year!

–Rick

 

Source: First update of 2017! | Poopsheet Foundation on Patreon

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International anthology Stripburger #68 now out

Another beautiful issue of Stripburger has arrived from Slovenia! This one’s got comics and art by Anna Ehrlemark (Sweden), Bruno Borges (Portugal), Erik Svetoft (Sweden), Izar Lunaček, (Slovenia), René Rogge (Germany), Sorina Vazelina (Romania), Till Lukat (Germany), Peter Kuper (USA), Zoran Smiljanić (Slovenia), Olaf Ladousse (Spain), Jorge Quien (Chile/Argentina), Simon Mackie (UK), Kalle Landegren (Sweden), L.L. de Mars (France) and Sanja Pocrnjić (Slovenia).

From Stripburger:

Right before the end of the year, a new selection of comics from here and there sees the light of day in a country surrounded by razor wire. This 68th issue of Stripburger again brings forth a various and diverse selection of independent comics from all over the world. 96 pages of the magazine carry a good dozen (and more) of domestic and foreign artists, including both familiar names and new pleasant discoveries.

Till Lukat, a young wandering comics artist deliberates on the occasional usefulness of thinking inside the box for comics creators in his editorial. A frame or a skeleton of comics narratives can also be made of different events, characters, fragments of everyday lives, motives and quotes from art history, literature, pop culture … surely this year’s last issue of Stripburger will convince you of this! As the Swedish comics artist Anna Ehrlemark says in her interview: “You can tap into reality and fish things out of there.” What follows is a sharpening of view until a detail stands out from the rest, stands on its feet and begins a new life in its new shape. On the other hand, Peter Kuper, a seasoned veteran of American comics, shows us in his latest comics story aptly titled Trumped that reality can sometimes surpass even the craziest work of fiction.

The second interview is dedicated to a domestic comics heavyweight champion and a long distance runner Zoran Smiljanić who confesses that Slovenia is the land of “artist’s comics”, inspite of “the domestic comics see the light of day as a result of enthusiasm, stubbornness, madness, obsession and a hefty dose of stupidity, both from artists and publishers.”

Of course, dear reader, there is no need to convince YOU to support such stupidity, or, shall we say, independent comics production that stands out of the box, right? Right!

May tomorrow’s comics be even better!

COMICS UNBOXED: with Anna Ehrlemark, Zoran Smiljanić and many others! November 2016, 96 pages, cover: Anna Ehrlemark

Source: Stripburger » Stripburger 68

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The Digest Enthusiast #5, new from Larque Press


Not comics but this title features lots of folks who should be familiar to mini-comic and fanzine readers. This issue, for example, contains contributions from Brad W. Foster, Bob Vojtko, Michael Neno, Joe Wehrle, Jr., Clark Dissmeyer, Brian Buniak, Gary Lovisi, Tom Brinkmann and, of course, Richard Krauss.

Check the Larque Press website for more info and back issues.

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Copy This! #34 out now


The December issue’s got a Joseph Tenney cover and interview plus mini-comics news. It looks like the January issue (out any moment now, probably) will be an all-art issue.

For ordering info email D. Blake Werts. You won’t regret it.

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Greg Cook chronicles the career of cartoonist Jef Czekaj at WBUR’s The ARTery

The Somerville artist’s latest children’s picture book is about dogs accidentally, humorously raising a bird as their own puppy.

Source: From Indie Rock To R2-D2: How Somerville’s Jef Czekaj Became A Children’s Book Illustrator | The ARTery

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Warren E. Elliott on Realm #8 (best of Everyman Comics) from Phantasy Press

Check the Database for some background on Everyman Studios and Phantasy Press.