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Une Fable Sombre by Richard Krauss

Une Fable Sombre http://poopsheetfoundation.com is a 32-page, B&W on cream colored paper, text comic with wraparound cover, created by Richard Krauss for Rick Bradford’s Poopsheet Foundation’s Monthly Mini-Comics.

A private detective is hired to find a missing husband and stumbles onto a much larger mystery involving more missing people and a creepy pincher-hand! Richard Krauss tells this story through a series of single page panels with all text contained outside of the panel. Richard’s cartoony style turns a gloomy story about loss into a whimsically dark tale full of exaggerated characters and a much unexpected twist!

Find this mini comic and many other minis at:

http://poopsheetfoundation.com

http://poopsheetshop.com

http://patreon.com/poopsheet

http://poopsheetshop.com/product-tag/monthly-mini-comics

And, you can contact Rick at the Poopsheet at:

Rick Bradford

Poopsheet Foundation

PO Box 343

Bedford, TX 76095-0343 USA

Ricko@poopsheetfoundation.com

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Copy That! #52 by D. Blake Werts

For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Copy That! #52! This issue is a 28-page, B&W info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts. Cover by J.R. Williams.

In this issue Pat Moriarity interviews J.R. Williams. The two former roommates discuss J.R.’s early drawing habits and family influences. They go on to talk about J.R.’s cartoon interests and discovering mini comics and self-publishing via Comix World. Then the conversation turns to the local comics scene, working in animation, moving away from Oregon and returning, painting, retiring from comics, and “bad” movies.

In the community news and info section we’re treated to offerings from: Adam Yeater (The Loner); Andy Nukes (The Andy Nukes Newsletter); Billy McKay (Peculiar Paper People); Carrie McNinch (You Don’t Get There From Here); Charles Brubaker (Ask a Cat; Kat’s Night Out); Poopsheet Foundation (Poopsheet? #2); Robert Pasternak (Going My Way); and Tom Cherry (Grandma Bev).

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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Bearqueft Comix #3 by Charlie Haggard and various artists

Bearqueft Comix #3 http://comix.bearqueft.com is a 52-page, B&W, digest size, comix anthology with bright green cardstock cover created by Charlie Haggard with writing and illustrations by Charlie and various other artists. Printed by Minuteman Press.

This issue of Bearqueft Comix brings us the 2D musings of Charlie Haggard, Br0b0t, LoÏs Dalou, Anastasia Ciudac, Majic Monsters, Derek Woods, Liz Pavlovic, Elisha Rush, Sebastian Gallego, Ben Stevens, Julie Sharpe, Kristen Rehak, Steve Slater, SJ Mitchell, Macartney Greer, Becca Keith, and Taggy G. This creative and talented ensemble treat us to an eclectic mix of short stories and images that touch on such things as: driving too slow in a fast moving life; an alien sex cult; bullying; distractions from work; battling genes; cats; bananas; a cartoon duck worrying about originality; a different take on the human centipede; and Slumcat taking on a bully! All this plus a Mad Lib, a Blankety Blanks word game, plants, fishes, and Frankenstein! Fun for EVERYONE! And, Bearqueft Comix welcomes submissions for future issues!

Check out Bearqueft Comix for yourself at http://comix.bearqueft.com and contact the brains behind this crazy comix, Charlie Haggard, at comix@bearqueft.com

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Purgatory (“A Rejects Story”) by Casanova Nobody Frankenstein

For Throw Back Thursday it’s…Purgatory (“A Rejects Story”) http://www.fantagraphics.com/purgatory is a 94-page, Black and White, autobiographic comic written and illustrated by Casanova Nobody Frankenstein. From Fantagraphics’ F.U. Press, published by Triple G.

Cassie takes us back in time and inside the loneliness and turmoil of his teenage world as he deals with the anxiety of school, an emotionally unsupportive family, and discovering his own identity. These subjects are told through journal-like entries accompanied by single page illustrations. Each journal page has been type written and affixed over the original handwritten text complete with smudges, shadows of tape, and paper edges. The design and composition of Purgatory gives it a very personal and raw look that completely complements the story contained within.

The biting narrative paints a bleak picture of teenage life in a big city where groups form and self-segregate based on interests, neighborhoods, and ethnicities. Cassie details his strategic maneuvering through the hostile teenage wasteland, calculating everything from which form of transportation to take to school, to which entrance to go through. Cassie explains how each of these choices had impacts on rest of the day, so moves had to be analyzed and consequences considered.

The one overriding feeling conveyed throughout Purgatory is that of determination. Determination to persevere, to overcome, and to break free. And that’s exactly what Cassie did. He struggled through the obstacles and shadows that fill the teenage years with an almost unbearable angst and he emerged…as Casanova Nobody Frankenstein!

You can journey into Casanova Nobody Frankenstein’s Purgatory (“A Rejects Story”) at http://www.fantagraphics.com/purgatory and find more at http://buff.ly/2qlt8Gq

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Copy That! #51 by D. Blake Werts with We Said What? by D. Blake Werts & Bob Vojtko and Squint #5 by Tom Brinkmann

Copy That 51For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Copy That! #51! This issue is an 8-page, B&W info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts.

Change is in the air! Last issue Blake said changes were coming and here they are! First up is the name. Copy This! is now Copy That! Next is the size. This issue is a traditional 8-pager, and there ain’t no interview! Yep, Blake opens with his usual note to readers and then we jump right into the news and info section! Blake does mention that the interviews will continue and a younger group of creators outside the Newave and Obscuro crowd will be the focus! But, that’s not all! Also included with this issue of Copy That! are two minicomics! D. Blake Werts Presents We Said That?, an 8-page mini by Blake and Bob Vojtko, and Tom Brinkmann’s 16-page Squint #5!

In the community news and info section we’re treated to offerings from: Alan Sisson (Sizzo-Link’s Weekly Spotlight); Andy Nukes (The Andy Nukes Newsletter); Bob Vojtko (Butrum Beaver); Charles Brubaker (Ask a Cat); Everett Rand (Mineshaft); George Erling (Cartoon Loonacy); Keith O’Brien (Weekly Hero); Lara (Jungian Shadow Work Applied Towards Futanari Hantai); Matt Jones (Free For A Reason); and Robert Pasternak (Acid Man Society).

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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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