According to creator and artist Claire Scully, “Desolation Wilderness is part of an ongoing project looking at landscape and memory – our relationship with the environment, effects we have on the world and space around us and in turn its profound affect on our own memory and emotions. Each of these landscapes is a starting point to a much bigger adventure that strives to answer the question of what lays beyond the horizon.”
This book is the second part of a series that began in Internal Wilderness, Claire’s 2016 piece examining memory and imagination through visual ideas and explored the idea that within the space on each sheet of paper a world can be created either from a distant memory of a childhood holiday or from the desire to see parts of the world that for now are only dreamed about.
Through the pages of Desolation Wilderness Claire continues to explore environments and relationships with a series of detailed and expressive pen, ink, and digital drawings. Each page is an intricate landscape study composed of hatching, crosshatching, and a subtle palette of earth tones used to beautifully color the silent pages.
Some of you know fanzine publisher/collector Steve Ogden passed recently. Per his wishes, I’ve begun listing his massive collection 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.
BEYOND THE CLOCK #24 comic fanzine BUTCH GUICE Doug Hazlewood BATMAN 1980
this issue we’re introduced to a young Medusa and her sisters. We learn of a
water shortage that plays a role in dividing Medusa’s surrounding community that
is already separated by religions. Medusa soon meets a love interest and together
the two work out a plan to provide water to all, in this first part of Medusa!
rolls out an entertaining story that presents a known character in a new and
interesting light. The art, layout, and pacing all come together to propel the
story ahead and build anticipation. Medusa’s snakes make an appearance, but
have not yet taken up residence on her head. Will this Medusa follow the same
path as that of the Medusa of mythology, or will this tale twist in some other
Find out for yourself by grabbing a copy of Dodo
Comics #5 for just $3 at http://www.grantthomasonline.com/shop and find more from Grant Thomas at https://www.patreon.com/mylifeinrecords
and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mylifeinrecords
Rooftop Stewhttps://buff.ly/2HmxEgB is a 120-page, Black
and White, perfect bound, standard size comic written and illustrated by Max
Clotfelter. Published by Birdcage Bottom Books.
What can I say folks, I love Max Clotfelter’s art and stories! The
rawness, the crudeness, and the over the top outlandishness just grabs
something in me! I can relate to these stories and find myself getting lost in
the overflowing line work and lavishly detailed hatching! In this collection of
tales Max serves up both the fictional and autobiographical to entertain and delight
fans that long for something a little different, and something that captures
the lost purity of the underground! This is lowbrow comix at its finest!
can help give a boot to this most deserving KickStarter project at https://buff.ly/2HmxEgB and find more from Birdcage
Bottom Books at https://birdcage-bottom-books.myshopify.com/
My friend, longtime fan, author, fanzine publisher and comics researcher Steven Ogden died on March 1st, 2019 after a lengthy battle with leukemia and everything that goes along with its treatment.
Steve – along with his wife, Vicki – published fanzines and mini-comics through Spotted Zebra Press/New Spotted Zebra Press since the ’80s (or perhaps slightly earlier). Publications included Ouroborus, the mammoth Brad W. Foster Checklist of Published Works from the 20th Century (1972-2000), Edgar’s Journal, Metaphysical Pornographic Funnies and many others. He was also a longtime member of FAPA (The Fantasy Amateur Press Association).
Steve was so enthusiastic about mini-comics and fan publishing and was also a supporter of the Poopsheet Foundation. One of the ways he showed that support was by donating a stack of disks containing thousands of cover scans for the Mini-Comic and Fanzine Database. I’ve thus far used over 2,000 of those scans to create new entries and still have disks I haven’t even touched yet.
I feel fortunate that I got to hang out with Steve and Vicki on several occasions (unlike with most folks I know through comics) and am really thankful for that. My heart breaks for Vicki, family and friends. It may be a cliche but the one consolation is that he no longer has to suffer as he as for so long.
I can’t believe you’re gone, Steve. Thank you for everything.
For mini-comic Monday…it’s Ask a Cat Digest #11http://www.gocomics.com/ask-a-cat/
a 12-page, digest size, Black and White, all-ages, humor comic written and
illustrated by Charles Brubaker.
Charles’ comical cat invites readers to ask any questions that the
furry feline can call on its whiskered wisdom to answer. In this installment
the Cat explains such things as: the many methods you can use to send in your
questions; favorite types of pasta; the wacky world of Japanese commercials; the
mysterious elasticity of cats; the magic world inside of sofas; how to know
someone’s really your friend; cat apps; diaries; knocking things over; and
enemies and black holes!
Unibrow #1: It’s Alive! https://unibrowzine.bigcartel.com/product/unibrow-zine-1
is a 28-page, full size, black and white, lowbrow illustration, ADULTS ONLY,
comix zine anthology featuring the art of 1000STYLES, Bakerzduzen, Butt Coffin,
Craig Gleason, Scott Wygmans, Edward Kelley, Eric J. Eckert, Joel Abad, Junk
Yard, Keith Caves,
KyleBunga, Matt Stikker, Max Colson, Nerd Gore, Peachmunkey, Eric Reed,
Sketchy Tank, Terminal Radness, Tom Joyce, Two Dimes, Unsunghero, Wizard Cleave,
Wizard of Barge, and YYYYs!
In this, the third and final installment of the series, the focus is on
Bela’s closet relationships, with singer songwriters Jenny Mae and Jerry
Wick. The comic begins with Bela’s account of Jenny Mae, a restless
soul seeking the comfort of companionship but not the commitment. As Jenny’s
story unfolds Bela paints a picture of a woman moved by music but plagued by alcohol.
Bela himself appears to be the only stable thing in Jenny’s life as their paths
remain intertwined throughout Jenny’s wanderings and downward spiral.
Next Bela recounts his friendship with Jerry Wick and explores Jerry’s
musical ambitions and success as guitarist and lead singer of Gaunt. Bela delves
into their childhoods and reveals Jerry as a passionate artist that desperately
wanted to make a mark in this world, and although he may not have realized,
This issue includes: The Vicar: The Night Has 1000 Eyes (by Ken Eppstein and Michael Neno) in which Alberto and the Vicar face down an otherworldly presence in the suburbs! Then Ana Satura Meets Josephine Six-Fifteen (by Ken Eppstein and Pat Redding Scanlon) where Ana makes a friend and future travel partner after giving a hellhound a lesson in etiquette! Next Eddie and Squid Return from the Dead (by Ken Eppstein and Gideon Kendall) when a cop looking for revenge gets more than she bargained for when she hires a bokor to bring Eddie and Squid back from the grave! Rounding up the stories is Did It Really Happen? Klaus Nomi Pays in Grass (by Ken Eppstein and Mark Rudolph) finds the late, great German countertenor doing what has to be done for his music! Finally Bus Stop Ned is Off the Grid (by Matt Miner and Matt LeJeune) and Bus Stop is Worried About His Appearance (by Ken Eppstein and Liz Valasco) gives us two Bus Stop Ned encounters while waiting for the local mass transit!
Ken and crew deliver another amazing comic with Nix Comics Quarterly #10! The stories and art pull you in and rock your socks off with the turning of each page! Ken even provides a recommended listening list to help you enjoy the full experience!