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Blubber #5 by Gilbert Hernandez

Blubber #5 http://www.fantagraphics.com/blubber5/ is a 24-page, standard size, Black and White, ADULTS ONLY comic with color covers. Written and illustrated by Gilbert Hernandez, published by Fantagraphics. un

Men, women, transsexuals, mutants, and cryptids all cum together to explore the many ways they can satisfy their carnal desires in this fetish filled funny book! The stories and art are full of physically enhanced characters determined to fill every orifice or warm fold of flesh they can find! The underlying plot suggest all the humans are somehow caught in an alternate world of cryptoid creatures and copulation is the only way to escape. I admit, I couldn’t completely follow everything that was going on in this comic. Maybe if I went back and read the previous issues it would have helped, but I didn’t. Anyhow, the art is clean and delightful (just as you’d expect from Gilbert Hernandez).  The storytelling was a little jumbled, but I think the bizarreness of the situations added to the disjointedness (and made me feel like I was missing out on an inside joke that others “in the know” were privy to). 

You can get your fingers all sticky with Blubber at http://www.fantagraphics.com/blubber5/ and find more from Fantagraphics at  http://www.fantagraphics.com/

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The Man in the Black Cloak by Kiko Garcia

The Man in the Black Cloak http://kikomics.com.br/ is an 82-page, black and white, horror comic written and illustrated by Kiko Garcia and published by Kikomics.

An old storyteller starts this collection of tales off with a piece titled “Sleeping with the Deceased.” In it he remembers a not so pleasant time when he became trapped with an angry corpse! Next the storyteller’s rival “Hank” spins a yarn in “Quarrels and Prowess,” a tale about himself and his father taking matters into their own hands to settle things with a pesky werewolf! The storyteller and Hank compete with each other attempting to demonstrate which of them is the bravest by the events they describe in their stories. To finally determine which is the bravest they decide the title will go to the one that kills the “Saci,” an annoying, one-legged, magical prankster that lives in the marsh! Things don’t go as planned when the two men come face-to-face in the overgrown vegetation of the marsh. After the encounter the storyteller closes this comic with “Not Even a Patch Could Save Me” and “A Very Scary Bet,” both of which lead to an unforeseen and completely satisfying twist ending!

Kiko weaves an entertaining narrative full of twists through four horror stories within a larger, all-encompassing story! His bold black lines with heavy shadows contrast great against the white spaces and injects drama into the stories at a perfect pace. His characters are drawn with lots of attention paid to individual details, and his writing keeps the action moving with unpredictable outcomes! The Man in the Black Cloak is storytelling and art at its best!

You can walk with The Man in the Black Cloak at http://kikomics.com.br/ and find more from Kikomics at https://www.facebook.com/kikomicsquadrinhos/

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Future Corpse by Eva Muller

Future Corpse https://buff.ly/2rWvyOO is a 20-page, digest size, full color cover with black and white interior, anthology covering themes of feminism, anxiety, punk rock, immortality, labor, and robotic vacuums! Written and illustrated by Eva Muller. Published by Birdcage Bottom Books.

So here I am reading Future Corpse by Eva Muller and in occurs to me we’re all really different yet connected. I mean, sure the paths we follow through life define us, but the circumstances that put us on those paths is often beyond our control. In Future Corpse Eva illustrates a piece about growing up as a feminist in ‘90s Germany. She relates vignettes on bullying and music and general acceptance. Although I assume I’m a bit older than Eva, I too lived in Germany in the ‘90s, as an artist and an American soldier. I remember the punks, skinheads, and mopeds she writes about and here I am decades later reading her comic! Kinda neat.

Anyway, in addition to her recollection about coming of age in Germany, Eva goes on to share other interesting pieces such as the roamings of a Roomba, words of wisdom from a yoga posing Karl Marx, the sweet, sweet feeling of buying new clothes when you should really be buying food, and a silent piece about a Japanese demon anxiety snake!

You can dig up Future Corpse at https://buff.ly/2rWvyOO and find more from Birdcage Bottom Books at https://birdcage-bottom-books.myshopify.com/

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Malarkey #4 by November Garcia

Malarkey #4 https://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!

You can join November Garcia in the pages of Malarkey #4 at https://buff.ly/36aXpdS and find more at https://birdcage-bottom-books.myshopify.com/ and https://www.novembergarcia.com

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The Tower In The Sea by B. Mure

The Tower in the Sea https://averyhillpublishing.bigcartel.com/product/the-tower-in-the-sea is a 92-page, full color, digest size, fantasy comic written and illustrated by B. Mure Published by Avery Hill Publishing.

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…

B. Mure paints interesting characters and landscapes with pale watercolors to tell this story of mysticism and mystery. You can journey to The Tower in the Sea at https://averyhillpublishing.bigcartel.com/product/the-tower-in-the-sea and find more from B. Mure at http://www.bmurecreative.co.uk  and more from Avery Hill Publishing at http://www.averyhillpublishing.com

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Goofy Funnies No. 9 by Dexter Cockburn

Goofy Funnies No. 9: Dexter Cockburn Underground Comix https://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! 

You can enjoy the grown-up Goofy Funnies at https://buff.ly/2oMnAX3 and find more at https://thecomixcompany.ecrater.com/

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The Space Odditorium by Chris Calzia and Dave Law


The Space Odditorium
 https://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!

Find The Space Odditorium at https://buff.ly/2V2i1A3 and find even more at http://www.spaceodditorium.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/groups/1981785105211562/ and https://www.instagram.com/itsdavelaw/ and @cmcalzia

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Horn Dog by Iotekted

Horn Dog https://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!

Find more from Iotekted (Ted Washington) at https://theartistodyssey.com/artist/ted-washington/ and http://www.saatchionline.com/tedwashington and more from Puna Press at https://punapress.com

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Zombie Bunnies #1: The Queen’s Plan by Jim Hillin and Joey Karwal


Zombie Bunnies #1: The Queen’s Plan
 https://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?!

Get hopping with Zombie Bunnies at https://squareup.com/market/zombiebunnies/ and find more at https://www.facebook.com/theKingdomofZombieBunnies/ as the queen’s agents enter the human’s world through a magical portal in a house of one sound sleeper and three teenage girls ripe for adventure!

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Zombie Jesus vs Robot Hitler by Ira Hunter and Joel Shelton

Zombie Jesus vs Robot Hitler

Zombie Jesus vs Robot Hitler http://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!

This ingenious story is overflowing with action and butchery as humanity’s most revered and reviled characters confront one another in page after page of well-drawn gory detail! You can join the fight at http://13flames.com/store/ and find more at http://13flames.com/store/ and http://www.13flames.com/