Poopsheet 5https://patreon.com/poopsheet is a 5-page/2-sided, black and white mini comic newsletter edited by Rick Bradford with artwork by Hal Mundane, Bob Vojtko, and Mark David Dietz. Published by the Poopsheet Foundation.
In this edition of Poopsheet Rick shines the spotlight on several minis complete with descriptions and ordering information! Featured in this issue are: White Buffalo Gazette (Tom Scarecrow); Mulmig (Marc Myers); Bearqueft Comix (Charlie Haggard); Stripburger; Insect Horoscopes (Blair Wilson); The Zine-ology Report, Comics Link Spotlight, and Imagination Workshop (Alan Sissom w/others); and King-Cat (John Porcellino). All this PLUS an update on the Poopsheet Foundation Mini-Comic and Fanzine Database and a neat comic by Bob Vojtko and groovy art by Hal Mundane, and Mark David Dietz!
Dr. Carl Willendorf: Psychoanalyst of Creatures, Monsters, & Other Beastshttps://grantthomasonline.com/shop is a 10-page, black and white mini comic written and illustrated by Grant Thomas. Price $1.
In this mini we pay a visit to the office of Doctor Carl Willendorf. There the good doctor talks to a reclining Minotaur about his unconventional family origins. Great line work, layout, and pacing! There are so many creatures, monsters, and beasts out there that clearly need counseling, I think Dr. Willendorf has a long series of minis ahead of him!
The saga of Medusa continues in this issue of Dodo as the snakes show her a new source of water and a betrayal brings out a darker side! Meanwhile, plans are hatched to defend against a Holy War! The issue concludes with four pieces dedicated to the Everglades titled The Forever Glades. In these four pages we’re treated to both clean, attractive line drawings of scenes from within the Everglades and a brief history of the region. Dodo serves up even more great storytelling and art from the very talented Grant Thomas!
Catte Belle and Macka and CAB Gets Inked 2019https://www.fuzzy-princess.com are each 20-page, black and white, minicomic, comic strip books written and illustrated by Charles Brubaker. Published by Smallbug Press.
These two black and white minis (the color image is a postcard) feature Charles’ 2019 Inktober work through a series of single and multiple panel cartoons. Familiar characters from Charles’ comic books and strips make appearances in short gag-themed strips showcasing Charles’ mastery of inking and storytelling! Each of these are great for a quick chuckle, but can also be viewed as a resource for learning about the anatomy of a cartoon. Charles does an excellent job of laying out multiple panels to set up a gag and then deliver with 100% satisfaction! A lot can be gleaned from these minis as well as any of Charles’ other comics!
Sombriahttp://kikomics.com.br/ is a 96-page, full color, horror comic written and illustrated by Kiko Garcia and published by Kikomics.
Kiko puts pen and brush to paper in Sombria and delivers a psychological drama that witnesses an artist’s slow decent into madness as he agonizes over which tool to use, the right line weight, page compositions, and everything else that fills his cluttered mind! But that’s not where this artist’s troubles end, oh no. His downward spiral into a mental breakdown extends to his hand. His hand that has taken to thinking for itself and deciding what the artist must do to attract readers and win over editors! This hand has its own thoughts on how things should be done and with it in charge things begin to change…but the change isn’t good for all involved!
Kiko does a great job of communicating the agony of the artist as he tries to please others while dealing with distractions, publishers, and overwhelming self-doubt. As the artist slips into insanity he goes to extremes for his art and to appease his sinister hand. Through it all Kiko uses vibrant colors with dramatic contrasts that really bring a feeling of dread and anguish to the pages. He also incorporates a series of black and white pages that adds even more drama to the overall story!
There are so many great things about this comic! On the surface you have an artist struggling with the art of making comics. The sketching, drawing, inking, and then you have the self-doubt and self-criticism. Then Kiko has even thrown the “Reader” in as a character that interacts directly with the artist, complaining about the art! Just great stuff with fantastic, bold artwork!
Blubber #5http://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).
The Man in the Black Cloakhttp://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!
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!