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Copy This! #50 by D. Blake Werts

For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Copy This! #50! This issue is a 40-page, B&W info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts.

For this, the 50th issue, Blake puts himself in the interviewee seat as Richard Krauss does the honors of interviewer!

Right out of the gate Blake opens up about the surprises (both good and bad) that Copy This! has brought him over the past four years. Following that Richard asks Blake to talk a little about his early interest in comics, which leads to an unexpected hubcaps connection! Then comes the minis! Blake reveals how he came to find the world of mini comix and the Newave underground of the ‘80s! He goes on about attending SPACE and meeting lots of creators and how the idea of Copy This! emerged. Blake also describes his collecting habit and how things have changed since Copy This! took off, and the challenges of downsizing. During this interview Blake also mentions one of his side gigs as reviewer for the awesome zine Xerography Debt, and then announces some coming changes for the future of Copy This!

Toward the end Blake talks about where he’d like to go with Copy This! and what YOU, the mini-comic community, can do to help get there! It’s pretty easy really, just send him a little postage love, send in finished articles/interviews, and send in your 8, 12, or 16-page mini for Blake to distribute with Copy This! Imagine if we all did just one of these things! I’m gonna knock out a mini to share with Blake along with some postage love!

In the community news and info section we’re treated to offerings from: Adam Yeater (The Collector); Buzz Buzzizyk (Morty Bitcoin); Carrie McNinch (You Don’t Get There From Here); Charles Brubaker (The Fuzzy Princess); Edward Bolman (The White Buffalo Gazette); Ian Shires (Time Trvlr); Matt Jones (Squad Car; Aww Lawd It’s Book #9; The Vicarious Victim; Bing Bang…; The Skeleton Pimp); Micah Liesenfeld (Ninja Guy); Michael Neno (ABBA ZAB); Nate McDonough (Grixly); Poopsheet Foundation (Wag Rag); and Scott Davis (Minis, Digests, Etc.).

To get your hands on Copy This! and for more info contact:

D. Blake Werts

12339 Chesley Drive

Charlotte, NC 28277

or email Blake at: bwerts (at) vnet (dot) net

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Copy This! #49 by D. Blake Werts

Copy This 49

For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Copy This! #49. This issue is a 40-page, B&W info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts. Cover by Dale Martin.

Blake returns to the interviewer role this time around and shines the spotlight on Dale Martin! Blake and Dale start off with a discussion about Dale’s experiences living in different states. Then the two talk about the shifting comic convention scene away from original storytelling to fan art and cosplay. Next Dale provides some insight on balancing the creative process with self-promotion. Dale also delves a bit into his history of discovering the digest format, finding like-minded folks through APA-5, and losing a community of peers. Later Dale talks about the struggle of finding an audience somewhere between comics and zines, and the unexpected birth of Watusi the Talking Dog. Toward the end of the interview Dale and Blake talk about joys of attending SPACE and then dive a little deeper into Dale’s painting and collage work. The two end the interview with some thoughts on the future of comic periodicals and web comics.

In the community news and info section we’re treated to offerings from: Adam Yeater (One Last Day); Alexander Lay (The Blessed Bo Brimstone); Blair Wilson (Radium Lipstick Parade of Constituents); Charles Brubaker (The Fuzzy Princess); David Miller (Toadstool Tales); Edward Bolman (The White Buffalo Gazette); Jeff Clayton (JepComix); Joseph Tenney (Magick Mania); Pukka Joint Massif (Node Pajomo); and Tom Cherry (The Adventures of Leaf Erikson).

To get your hands on Copy This! and for more info contact:

Blake Werts

12339 Chesley Drive

Charlotte, NC 28277

or email Blake at: bwerts (at) vnet (dot) net

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Copy This! #48 by D. Blake Werts with Michael Neno and Verl Holt Bond

For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Copy This! #48. Copy This! #48 is a 40-page, B&W mini comic info zine published by D. Blake Werts! Cover by Verl Holt Bond!

In this issue of Copy This! D. Blake Werts turns the reins over to Michael Neno as he sits down with Verl Holt Bond to dig into some interesting biographical background info! First Michael re-visits a 1992 interview he did with Verl, then he jumps forward and serves up a recent interview. Between the two interviews Michael and Verl discuss when Verl first began drawing, influences and inspirations, E.C. Comics, minicomics, the small press, music, teaching, fine art, projects since the first interview and current projects, the demise of review zines (miss you Factsheet5), and mental illness. Michael concludes the interview with Verl’s contact info so you can correspond with him and get your hands on some Verl Holt Bond comics!

Next, in the community news and info section, we’re treated to offerings from: Carrie McNinch (You Don’t Get There From Here); Ian Shires (Time Trvlr); Dale Martin (Watusi’s Doghouse Funhouse); George Erling (Cartoon Loonacy); Jacob Alvarez (HypnoSpiral Comics Book Reporter); Matt Jones (Silas, Intergalactic Stoner Slug); Lara (Dandelion Daydream); Scott Davis (Minis, Digest, Etc.); and Richard Krauss (The Digest Enthusiast).

To get your hands on Copy This! and for more info contact:

D. Blake Werts
12339 Chesley Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277
or email Blake at: bwerts (at) vnet (dot) net

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Copy This! #47, the All Art Issue! By D. Blake Werts and Various Artists

Copy This #47

For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Copy This! #47. This issue is a 48-page, B&W All Art mini comic special published by D. Blake Werts! Cover by Gary Fields!

This is the fifth All Art issue of Copy This! and this issue is dedicated to the memory of mini-comic extraordinaire Joe Wehrle Jr! Fittingly enough the issue starts off with four of Joe’s Night Radio strips and ends with a nice self-portrait. Between are a bunch of great mini-comic art pieces! That means no interviews, no community news, no nothing, just ART! And the groovy graphics gracing the pages of Copy This! #47 come from: Gary Fielsd; Joe Wehrle Jr.; Andy Nukes; R. Hendricks; Carl Alessi; Doug Holverson; Brad W. Foster; Aaron Poliwoda; Michael Kraiger; Verl Holt Bond; Dale Martin; Bob Vojtko; Artie Romero; Adam Yeater; Tom Motley; Billy McKay; Bruce Chrislip; Kel Crum; Marc Myers; Nate McDonough; Larry Tisch; David Robertson; Buzz Buzzizyk; Brian Buniak; Charles Brubaker; Jim Siergey; Tom Brinkman; David Miller; Brian Leonard; Bob X; and RC Harvey.

To get your hands on Copy This! and for more info contact:

D. Blake Werts
12339 Chesley Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277
or email Blake at: bwerts (at) vnet (dot) net

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Copy This #46 by D. Blake Werts & Weird Beard by Andrew Goldfarb

Copy This and Weird Beard

Copy This! #46, a 28-page, B&W info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts. Cover by Andrew Goldfarb, also includes Andrew’s 8-page minicomic Weird Beard!

In this installment of Copy This! Blake sits down with Andrew Goldfarb. The two discuss Andrew’s musical career as The Slow Poisoner, the influence of monster movies, sibling rivalry leading to drawing, early comic creations, getting into self-publishing, Eraserhead Press, unicorns with upset tummies, trading through mail, collaborations and comic shows, process and tools of the trade, expanding mental boundaries, and weird things!

Then, in the mini Weird Beard, Andrew gives us the story of a wayward beard in search of a clean-shaven face!

Finally in the community news and info section we get treated to the offerings of: Charles Brubaker (The Fuzzy Princess); Ian Shires (Time Trvlr); Jaime Crespo (Los Punkers); John Porcellino / Pascal Girard (Apartment Number Three); Kelly Froh & Max Clotfelter (Stewbrew); Matt Feazell (Board of Superheros, and Five O’Clock Shadow); and Matt Jones (Silas, Intergalactic Stoner Slug).

To get your hands on Copy This! and for more info contact:

D. Blake Werts
12339 Chesley Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277
or email Blake at: bwerts (at) vnet (dot) net

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Copy This! #45 by D. Blake Werts & Bug Comix #2 by Gary Fields

Copy This!

For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Copy This! #45. This issue is a 36-page, B&W info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts. Cover by Michael Dowers, also includes the 8-page minicomic Bug Comix #2 by Gary Fields and published by Dog Breath Books! http://www.garyfieldsstudios.blogsport.com

In this issue Pat Moriarity chats it up with Michael Dowers! The two talk about Michael’s start in making minicomics, his Starhead Comics and Seattle Star, the newsletter scene, printing methods used, publishing others, life before comics, being part of the hippie comix scene, memories of smoking pot with mom, the reasons behind starting Brownfield Press, working at Fantagraphics, Michael’s inspiration for Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the1980s, and living a solitary life!

In the community news and info section this time around we learn of offerings from the following: Adam Yeater (Pleomorphism); Billy McKay (Morf); Charles Brubaker (CAB Gets Inked Again); Clark Dissmeyer/Marc Myers (Through a Basement Window: The Collected Comix of Clark A. Dissmeyer 1984-1986); Dean of The Bubblegum Dada Corporation (The Donor); George Erling (Cartoon Loonacy); Joseph Tenney (Squad Car (the APA)); and Nate McDonough (Grixly #41).

Also, Blake is planning an all new, ALL ART issue for January 2018! If you want to be included you need to send Blake your doodles by December 31st, and remember to keep it PG-13!

To get your hands on Copy This! and for more info contact:

 

D. Blake Werts
12339 Chesley Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277
or email Blake at: bwerts (at) vnet (dot) net

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Review: Copy This! #44 by D. Blake Werts

Copy This! #44

For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Copy This! #44. This issue is a 44-page, B&W info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts. Cover by Brad W. Foster, also includes an 8-page minicomic by Brad W. Foster!

In issue #44 of Copy This! D. Blake Werts sits down for a chat with Brad W. Foster. The two talk about Brad’s early life growing up in, and working in, Texas. Brad talks about the difficulty of finding work as an artist at the ad agencies, then going the freelance route with the aid of bookstores and their many, many magazines! Brad continues to open up as Blake inquires about his entrance into comics, college, and working after college. Brad goes on to reveal how he got into minicomics, and exactly how many pieces of his artwork have been printed in some form or another, and it’s a lot! Brad wraps things up with some insightful words about his preferred tools of the trade and inspirations!

In the community news and info section this time around we learn of offerings from the following: Aaron Poliwoda (What If Other Disabilities Were Treated Like Autism?); Artie Romero (Artie Stick); Charles Brubaker (Fuzzy Princess); Ian Shires (Time Trvlr); Joseph Tenney (Halloween Havoc); and Matt Feazell (Cynicalman).

Also, Blake is planning an all new, ALL ART issue for January 2018! If you want to be included you need to send Blake your doodles by December 31st, and remember to keep it PG-13!

To get your hands on Copy This! and for more info contact:

D. Blake Werts
12339 Chesley Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277
or email Blake at: bwerts (at) vnet (dot) net

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Review: Copy This! #43 by D. Blake Werts

Copy This! #43. This issue is a 28-page, B&W info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts. Cover by Cameron Forsley. Also includes an 8-page minicomic by Andy Nukes!

In this issue Joseph Tenney interviews San Francisco based indie artist Cameron Forsley. The two discuss Cameron’s connection to the Mission Mini Comix crew, his early discovery of his inner artist, developing his unique style, growing up, influences and inspirations, tattoos and tattooing, and making time for making comics! In addition to the interview are several images of Cameron’s highly detailed ink work!

Closing out this issues of Copy This! is the community news and info section that update us on the current offerings from:

Andrew Goldfarb (Bucket O’ Leeches, Triumph of the Trolls); Bob Corby (Oh, Crap! Not A Clue? Mini Comics); Charles Brubaker (The Ghost Cat); Jacob Alvarez (Chinatown Bus); Joseph Tenney (Squad Car (the APA)); Mission Mini Comix (If it Quacks Like a Fascist, Fentanyl); Poopsheet Foundation/Rick Bradford (Wag War, Poopsheet?); and Scott Davis (Minis, Digest, Etc.: An Iterative Reference Guide).

Blake is planning an all new ALL ART issue for January 2018! If you want to be included you need to send Blake your doodles by December 32st, and remember to keep it PG-13!

To get your hands on Copy This! and for more info contact:

D. Blake Werts
12339 Chesley Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277
or email Blake at: bwerts (at) vnet (dot) net

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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.