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Mr. Do 2

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’s Mushroom 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?!

Find more from these folks on Instagram at @beatnick_art @cameronforsleyart @macgillicutty666 @misfit13888 @spat1011 and https://beatnickart.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/The-Art-of-Cameron-Forsley-208929784231/  

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Mineshaft #37 Edited by Everett Rand

Mineshaft #37 https://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/

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Gravely Unusual

Gravely Unusual http://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!

Find Gravely Unusual at https://gravelyunusual.bigcartel.com/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/gravelyunusual/ and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/gravelyunusual  and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gravelyunusualmagazine/

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Paper Rock Scissors n’ Stuff Wars #2 by Luanga A. Nuwame and Hugh Rookwood

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!

Be witness to this unfolding battle between Paper Rock Scissors at http://www.zelphacomics.com/Comicbooks.html and find out more from Zelpha Comics at http://www.zelphacomics.com/index.html

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Desolation Wilderness by Claire Scully

Desolation Wilderness https://averyhillpublishing.bigcartel.com/product/desolation-wilderness-a4-print-pre-sale is a 32-page, full color, 102 x 152 mm, p/b £7.99 / $10.95, silent comic created and illustrated by Claire Scully. Published by Avery Hill Publishing.

Release date: 3 June 2019

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.

You can lose yourself in Desolation Wilderness at https://averyhillpublishing.bigcartel.com/product/desolation-wilderness-a4-print-pre-sale and find more from Avery Hill Publication at http://averyhillpublishing.com/

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Palm Tree by Grant Thomas

Palm Tree http://www.grantthomasonline.com/shop is a 10-page, black and white, silent, folded mini comic written and illustrated by Grant Thomas.

Just in time for Easter, this little mini tells the story of a guy and a palm tree and makes reference to another guy known for having a connection to palms, among other things!

You can pick-up this little mini comic for just $1 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

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Dodo Comics #5 by Grant Thomas

For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Dodo Comics #5 http://www.grantthomasonline.com/shop a 20-page, black and white, digest size comic written and illustrated by Grant Thomas.

In 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!

Grant 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 direction? 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

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Rooftop Stew by Max Clotfelter, published by Birdcage Bottom Books

Rooftop Stew https://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! You 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/ and https://twitter.com/BirdcageBottom and https://www.facebook.com/BirdcageBottomBooks/

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Ask a Cat Digest #11

For mini-comic Monday…it’s Ask a Cat Digest #11 http://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!

You can Ask a Cat yourself at http://www.gocomics.com/ask-a-cat/ and even Ask a Cat via e-mail at goaskthecat@gmail.com and find more from Charles Brubaker at http://www.bakertoons.com/ and https://tapastic.com/cbrubaker and http://www.fuzzy-princess.com

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Unibrow #1: It’s Alive!

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!

This neat zine is running over with awesome, highly detailed lowbrow art full of blisters, boils, and boobs all gloriously rendered in an abundance of beautiful black ink! There’re monsters, skulls, and skeletons intermixed with word searches, crossword puzzles, and an orgy of other fun oddities! Find more from Unibrow Zine at https://unibrowzine.bigcartel.com/ and http://unibrowzine.com and https://www.instagram.com/unibrowzine/ and https://www.facebook.com/unibrowzine/