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The Man in the Gutter: The Collection by Dimitris Zach

The Man in the Gutter: The Collection 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

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Thonger Dongers #3 by J.T. Yost

Thonger Donger #3

Thonger Dongers #3 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 and get a glimpse of the book at and find more from Birdcage Bottom Books at

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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 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 and find more from Eva Müller at and and more from Birdcage Bottom Books at

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Goat Song by Larkin Ford

Goat Song

Goat Song 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 and find more from Larkin Ford at and more from Birdcage Bottom Books at

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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) and 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 and and find more from Delaine Derry Green at and and follow her on Twitter at @HumanPanther

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The Big Me Book by Tom Van Deusen

The Big Me Book

The Big Me Book is a 28-page, B&W with color covers, autobiographical comic written and illustrated by Tom Van Deusen’s id and published by Kilgore Books.

Within the pages of The Big Me Book Tom laments over his comics’ lack of social media praise, meets a magic cat that indulges in his Nazi and public sodomy fantasies, and develops a serious condition that threatens his ability to hide his true feelings (and sell comics). He also offends plenty of people and disrespects his parents while berating them for not doing more for him. Yeah, Tom’s kinda an asshole. No, Tom is an asshole, and that’s what makes this comic (and his previous ones) such a fun read!

Tom gives us a totally appealing character that says and does things that are appalling and leaves us wanting to read and see more! This 2D version of Tom lacks even the most basic of social graces, decency, and tact. He is pure, unrestricted aggression and driven by primitive desire. And that combined with Tom’s loose and flowing drawing style makes The Big Me Book a perverse pleasure!

You can find The Big Me Book at and find more from Kilgore Books at and more from Tom at and follow Tom on Twitter at @tvandeusen

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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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Wow! Retracted by David Robertson with various Guest Artists

Wow! Retracted

Wow! Retracted is a 110-page, B&W / color, anthology created, written and drawn by David Robertson with guest artwork by Eileen Budd, Marc Casilli, Zu Dominiak, Damon Herd, Olivia Hicks, Rebecca Horner, Paddy Johnston, Tim Kelly, Neil Paterson, Ludi Price, and Pam Wye. Published by Fred Egg Comics.

In this large, perfect bound collection of comic stories David and friends deliver an assortment of stories that really cover a range of subjects. The collection starts off with a tale about survival that involves cannibalism and ends with a tale about an out of this world pesky insect! In between those two are all sorts of fun and interesting short stories that take the reader to alien planets, battles between giant monsters and robots, peeks into lives of cat owners, slice-of-life vignettes, and much more! There are just so many different types of stories gathered together here it’s almost impossible to mention them all! In addition to the variety of topics covered, the art styles also cover a tremendous breadth! Everything from cartoony to realism can be found in these pages. There’s even a page where photos are incorporated into the story! Color is also injected in various spots throughout the anthology giving it an even more dynamic look!

Get yourself wowed with Wow! Retracted at and find more at and and and and on TWITTER @fredeggcomics

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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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Mail Bag: Through a Basement Window by Clark A. Dissmeyer

If you’ve been around mini-comics for a while or have read up on their history you’ve probably seen work by Clark Dissmeyer (also known as CAD). He’s been an incredibly prolific creator for decades even when not making a large effort to get the work out to the public. Although he’s dabbled in a variety of genres and approaches, The perfectly titled Through the Basement Window: The Collected Comix of Clark A. Dissmeyer 1984-1986 is a solid collection of some of his darker, spooky and sometimes macabre comics work. This is a 160-page trade paperback edited by longtime collaborator Marc Myers and designed by Richard Krauss.

Here’s an excerpt (taken from the book) from an unpublished 1984 interview that offers some insight into Dissmeyer’s approach as a creator:

“I want to avoid the familiar stereotypes, archetypes and cliches of comics — funny animals, heroes, continuing character humor, slapstick, ‘topical’ satire, straight gag formats, EC imitation, etc. I want to do good non-cliched horror comics, vignettes and short stories. To conduct experiments in narrative without falling into RAW-like obscurantism, and in structure to develop an individual visual vocabulary.”

You can see an incomplete list of his output at the Database. Many of those minis and zines are hard to find so this collection would be a great start for those unfamiliar with his work.

Through a Basement Window can be purchased at Amazon or, no doubt, by contacting publisher Marc Myers.