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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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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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Nix Comics Quarterly #10 by Ken Eppstein

Nix Comics Quarterly #10 https://www.nix-retail.com/product-page/nix-comics-2018-deluxe-subscription is a 28-page, full color, standard size, garage rock themed horror and humor anthology published by Nix Comics.

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!

You can rock out to Nix Comics Quarterly #10 at https://www.nix-retail.com/product-page/nix-comics-2018-deluxe-subscription and find even more at

https://nixcomics.com/index.html and https://www.facebook.com/NixComics/ and https://twitter.com/nixcomics and https://www.instagram.com/nixcomics/

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Break the Cake by David Robertson

Break the Cake https://fredeggcomics.bigcartel.com/product/break-the-cake is an 80-page, black and white/color, perfectly bound, digest size anthology written and illustrated by David Robertson with guest stories/artwork by Marc Casilli, Zu Dominiak, Olivia Hicks, Rebecca Horner, Védís Huldudóttir, Paddy Johnston, Tim Kelly, Francesca Mancuso, Norrie Millar, Neil Paterson, Ludi Price, Katie Quinn, Mike Sedakat, and Pam Wye. Published by Fred Egg Comics.

David Robertson never fails to serve up an assorted mix of stories when he releases a new comic and Break the Cake is no exception! This 80-page comic contains short stories about Star Wars, Star Trek, Jonathan Swift, a giant cow-eating cat, strange loves (baguettes, puffer fish, weird beings…), the space shuttle, horse people, Descartes’ candle, a flower with addictive personality, a Jurassic menu, an alien spaceman and giant werewolf, and even tales about comics and music! That’s a lot of stuff packed into one comic!

David and the guest artists keep things hopping by changing artists and styles every other story or so. This keeps the action moving and makes every story stand out on its own unique look as well as its subject matter. A great, diverse collection of stories and art that’ll keep you entertained from cover to cover! You can Break the Cake at https://fredeggcomics.bigcartel.com/product/break-the-cake and find more from Fred Egg Comics at https://fredeggcomics.bigcartel.com/ and at https://www.fredeggcomics.com/ and at https://twitter.com/FredEggComics

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Copy That! #58! by D. Blake Werts

For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Copy That! #58! This issue is a 28-page, Black and White info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts.

In this issue Blake sits down with Charles Brubaker! Blake talks to Charles about how he manages to put out so many comics; working in animation and storyboarding; cameras; early memories of comics and comic creations; Ask the Cat and The Fuzzy Princess; webcomics; tools of the trade and process; hobbies; influences; and projects in the works!

In the News and Info section we’re treated to offerings from: Alan Sissom (Sizzo-Links); Andy Nukes (The Andy Nukes Newsletter); Blair Wilson (Yard Beasts); Charles Brubaker (CAB Gets Inked); Everett Rand (Mineshaft); Gordon Lindholm (The Trivial Tales of Luna Lesser); Marc Myers (Elephant); and Pukka Joint Massif (Peristalsis Jonquil Mandible).

To get your hands on Copy That! 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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Mineshaft No. 36 Edited by Everett Rand

Mineshaft No. 36 http://www.mineshaftmagazine.com/store.html is a 48-page, digest size, black and white, comic zine anthology, printed in the U.S.A. on off-set press. Edited by Everett Rand, front and back covers by Robert Crumb.

In this issue of Mineshaft you’ll find “Excerpts from R. Crumb’s Dream Diary” and “The Wandering Mind” by Crumb! “Knockers Up!” by Mary Fleener! “Bad Poetry by Billy Childish! And Justin Green Reviews Crook! Plus new work by Christoph Mueller, Denis Kitchen, David Collier, Noah Van Sciver, Tommy Trantino, Aleksandar Zograf, Rika Deryckere, Mick Guffan, Peter Poplaski, John Porcellino, Leonardo da Vinci, Pat Moriarity, Robert Armstrong, and more!

This is a great comic zine always full of an eclectic mix of stories and art. The artists/writers that contribute to Mineshaft are among some of the most recognizable from the underground and alternative comics’ scene! If you dig great, old school art and enjoy well written pieces on a variety of subjects, then you should be exploring Mineshaft!

 

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Copy That #57! by D. Blake Werts & Defenders of Mars by Verl Holt Bond

For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Copy That! #57! This issue is an 8-page, Black and White info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts.

In this issue of Copy That! Blake foregoes the interviews and loads up the community news and info section with offerings from: Adam Yeater (Mutants); Alan Sissom (HMPH!); Andrew Goldfarb (Freaky); Andy Nukes (The Andy Nukes Newsletter); Charles Brubaker (The Fuzzy Princess); David Robertson (Break the Cake); George Erling (Carton Loonacy); Ian Shires (Time Trvlr); Jeff Clayton (The True Adventures of JepComix); and Matt Jones (Squad Car APA #5).

Also included with this copy of Copy That! is Verl Holt Bond’s 36-page, black and white, action mini Defenders of Mars! This mini is packed with quality art, high adventure, and solid storytelling, all spread out over three chapters!

To get your hands on Copy That! 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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Marble Cake by Scott Jason Smith

Marble Cake

By Scott Jason Smith
108 pages, full colour
Release date: 13 June 2019

http://averyhillpublishing.com/

Have you ever wished you could glimpse into the lives of strangers – those anonymous faces passed in the produce aisle of the local supermarket, those shadows lurking behind the closed curtains of their homes? Would you be surprised by the rich mixture of personalities, the strange habits and the unexpected insecurities? Perhaps like you they’re also baking blind, no recipe to follow. You might produce a perfect cake, or you might end up throwing the mix in the trash and starting again. And again. And again.

Marble Cake, the debut graphic novel from acclaimed British author and artist Scott Jason Smith, cuts a slice through everyday life and takes a bite out of the layers concealed beneath the icing, all told with the acerbic wit and keen eye of a truly exciting new creator.