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The Great North Wood by Tim Bird

The Great North Wood http://www.averyhillpublishing.com is a 68-page, full color, comic written and illustrated by Tim Bird. Published by Avery Hill Publishing.

Tim Bird beautifully illustrates a captivating tale of woodlands that have been shaped over years by the people that have inhabited the area. But, just as the people have influenced the woods, the woods have cast their own spell over the people. Throughout this intriguing story Tim brilliantly describes in both word and picture how nature and people have been molded by time and circumstance in this place. Going back to a time when the area of Southern England was forest covered, to the present day of scattered trees among the urban sprawl, Tim spins an informative history lesson complete with interesting facts, characters, and lasting impressions.

You can take a walk through The Great North Wood with Tim Bird and Avery Hill Publishing at http://www.averyhillpublishing.com  and find more from Tim at http://www.timothybird.co.uk

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Cornelia Cartoons #15 by Kel M. Crum

Cornelia Cartoons #15 http://www.dangerousbird.com/ is a 16-page, B&W humor comic written and illustrated by Kel M. Crum. Published by Dangerous Bird Productions.

Corny back at in series of new adventures in this latest offering from Kel! The temptations of the internet prove to be too much for Corny to resist, but can she avoid getting infected when delving into the world of Adult Sites?! Next Corny discovers the joys of virtual reality as she dons the goggles and a Wonder Woman tiara! Her enthusiasm for heroics spreads, but with very different results! Later Thighbone Jones tries his chops at the Blues Bagpipes and receives a somewhat drafty reception! And finally Corny is confronted by a group of Uppity-Graders and ridiculed for her use of 20th century tech in the 21st century!

Kel M. Crum brings the funny to the small press with his first lady of indie comics, Cornelia! This every-gal plods through the mediocracy of life with wide-eyed glee and a child-like fervor to live on her own terms, which always leads to comical consequences! You can find the funny with Kel M. Crum’s Cornelia Cartoons at http://www.dangerousbird.com/

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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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Mineshaft #35 by Everett Rand and Gioia Palmieri

Mineshaft #35 http://www.mineshaftmagazine.com/store.html is a 44-page, digest size, B&W comic zine with “Red Hot” French Paper Company Pop-Tone cover. Published and edited by Everett Rand and Gioia Palmieri with front cover art and design by Robert Crumb.

This is the Jay Lynch Memorial issue with new work by Jay Lynch, Robert Crumb, Charles Bukowski & Pat Moriarity, Billy Childish, Mary Fleener, Art Spiegelman, Ed Piskor & Jay Lynch, Nina Bunjevac, Christoph Mueller, Robert Armstrong, Wm. Crook Jr., Robert Armstrong, Bill Griffith, David Collier, and much More! This issue pays tribute to Jay Lynch with a collection of exquisite comix and art. It also has some poetry, and new dreams from Crumb! Every issue of Mineshaft delivers great, old school comix in a nice zine format that leaves your nostalgia for the heyday of zinedom satisfied! And, as always, the talent assembled in the pages of Mineshaft never disappoints!

You can enjoy Mineshaft #35 for yourself and grab some earlier issues at http://www.mineshaftmagazine.com/store.html

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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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The Man in the Gutter: The Collection by Dimitris Zach

The Man in the Gutter: The Collection https://www.instagram.com/the.man.in.the.gutter/ is a 24-page, black and white, written and illustrated by Dimitris Zach. Published by Deadhead Comics.

Declan finds himself caught somewhere between being a cartoonist and a cartoonist’s character. In the strange in-between place Declan struggles with what he is to become – the son, the light, the hero, or The Man in the Gutter?!

Dimitris spins an entertaining tale that takes the reader through the fragmented reality of a fragile character. The leaps across the character’s changing worlds keeps the story moving in unanticipated directions with interesting twists and rewarding payoffs! Dimitris’ art perfectly captures the disjointed psyche of the character Declan with bold lines and great drama framed by the balance of black and white spaces! You can join The Man in the Gutter at https://www.instagram.com/the.man.in.the.gutter/

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Thonger Dongers #3 by J.T. Yost

Thonger Donger #3

Thonger Dongers #3 https://buff.ly/2HyfKFB is a 36-page, Black and White, anthology written mostly by J.T. Yost and illustrated by him too! Published by Birdcage Bottom Books.

In this third edition of Thonger Dongers J.T. Yost gives readers an eclectic collection of comics that touch on a range of subjects. Cat lovers will find urinating felines providing companionship to the lovelorn. Small bladder sufferers will relate to the dreams of a purple bed wetter. For those with a penchant for the darker side of life there’s a story about hitting rock bottom, and for those that like things a little gross there’s a story about accidently drinking unsavory substances. All this plus an imposter dog!

J.T.’s art and storytelling abilities are always a winning combination. He manages to spin the embarrassing, the sad, and the outlandish all into an enjoyable and moving piece of sequential art. You can delve into this collection of true stories about hitting rock-bottom, extreme embarrassment, and mysterious occurrences and support Birdcage Bottom Books and get Thonger Donger #3 at https://buff.ly/2HyfKFB and get a glimpse of the book at https://issuu.com/birdcagebottombooks/docs/td3_excerpt and find more from Birdcage Bottom Books at https://birdcage-bottom-books.myshopify.com/

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In The Future We Are Dead by Eva Müller. Published by Birdcage Bottom Books

In the Future We Are Dead

In the Future We Are Dead https://buff.ly/2FVHhiu is a 160-page, perfect-bound comic with full-color covers and interior written and illustrated by Eva Müller. Published by Birdcage Bottom Books.

This is the story of Eva’s journey through life from early childhood to old age. Through a string of short stories she explores her courtship with death. Early on Eva has an experience that leaves her with the realization life is finite. From this a close and personal relationship with death develops and a lifelong dance with the idea of loss follows.

As a young girl Eva is indoctrinated into Catholicism and drawn to the death and suffering that is such an important part of the faith. Later, as she matures, she discovers the benefits of yoga, but once again finds it too is connected to death through its corpse pose. At every turn of life Eva seems to focus on the shadow of death that falls over her path, always attracted by morbid curiosity to the fragility of life and what it means to be mortal. Her passage through life recounts growing up in a household with a younger brother and arguing parents. As she and her brother grow apart and their parents fighting escalates, Eva eventually leaves home. On her own Eva continues to encounter death through others she meets until death itself reunites her with her estranged brother.

In, In the Future We Are Dead, Eva’s fascination with death goes well beyond the natural acceptance of one’s own mortality and begins to take on the dynamics of a struggle. She and death wrestle as Eva doesn’t want to leave the party but death consistently tightens its grip and pulls her toward the door with reminders the party must end.

You can pre-order In the Future We Are Dead and support Birdcage Bottom Books’ Kickstarter Campaign at https://buff.ly/2FVHhiu and find more from Eva Müller at https://www.facebook.com/eva.zeichnet and http://evamueller.org/ and more from Birdcage Bottom Books at https://birdcage-bottom-books.myshopify.com/

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Goat Song by Larkin Ford

Goat Song

Goat Song https://buff.ly/2nJByVs is a B&W comic by Larkin Ford. Published by Birdcage Bottom Books.

I was fortunate enough to get an early glimpse at Larkin Ford’s very original Goat Song and I must say, this is one weird comic! It starts with an older man developing a nasty spot on his leg that won’t get better. Eventually, after home remedies fail and he receives some encouragement, the man goes to the doctor. What follows is a strange twist that promises to take the man and those he cares about on a most unusual journey!

The artwork is absolutely awesome! The characters are drawn like real people with physical flaws and bodies in need of exercise. Backgrounds are all realistic with plenty of clutter strewn about in untidy rooms. And one panel in particular of a skinned animal being gutted and its entrails tossed aside, well it captures a realism that’s rarely found in comics!

You can get your hands dirty with Goat Song and others by supporting the Birdcage Bottom Books 2018 comics’ publications at their Kickstarter Campaign at https://buff.ly/2nJByVs and find more from Larkin Ford at http://www.larkinford.com/ and more from Birdcage Bottom Books at https://birdcage-bottom-books.myshopify.com/

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Not My Small Diary by Delaine Derry Green with cover art by John Porcellino

Not My Small Diary

Not My Small Diary #19 (Unexplained Events) https://buff.ly/2nm3BLu and https://buff.ly/2nw9c1M is a 104-page, B&W anthology edited by Delaine Derry Green with cover art by John Porcellino and illustrated contributions from 43 artists!

What a great collection of spooky and weird stories all artfully illustrated by a bunch of talented people! Now, I’ll state this right up front, I am a huge skeptic of anything supernatural. I love scary stories, horror movies, and a good fright, but I just can’t bring myself to believe in anything that seemingly violates the laws of nature. However, with that said, I did thoroughly enjoy Not My Small Diary #19 (Unexplained Events)! The stories cover all sorts of strange occurrences from mysterious sounds, to doors opening by themselves, to actual sightings of unexplained things! The great variety of topics (aliens, ghosts, curses, and more) and illustration styles make this a fun read no matter what you personally think about the subject of “unexplained events.”

The contributors to this issue are really a who’s who of the small press comics world too. Gracing the pages of Not My Small Diary #19 are: Carrie McNinch, Peter Conrad, Noel Franklin, David Lasky, Jason Martin, Kelly Froh, Jenny Zervakis, Donna Barr, Max Clotfelter, Andrew Goldfarb, Colleen Frakes, Mark Campos, Rob Kirby, Ben Horak, Joe Decie, Asher Craw, Missy Kulik, Misun Oh, Rachel Scheer, Simon Mackie, Charles Brubaker, Graeme McNee, George Erling, Elmore Buzzizyk, Chad Woody, Brad Foster, Lee J. Green, Jason Young, Liz Prince, J.T. Yost, Andrew Willmore, Jim Siergey, Patty Leidy, Pete Wentzell, James Burns, Fafá Jaepelt, John Porcellino, Micah Liesenfeld, MariNaomi, Kevin Van Hyning, Roberta Gregory, Mike Kraiger, and Adam Pasion! All this talent bundled together in over 100 pages of weird, bizarre, and strange stories is almost too good to be believed!

You can venture into Not My Small Diary #19 (Unexplained Events) at https://buff.ly/2nm3BLu and https://buff.ly/2nw9c1M and find more from Delaine Derry Green at http://mysmallwebpage.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/groups/32561454731 and follow her on Twitter at @HumanPanther