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Here’s an excerpt (taken from the book) from an unpublished 1984 interview that offers some insight into Dissmeyer’s approach as a creator: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.
Through A Basement Window: The Collected Comix of Clark A. Dissmeyer 1984–1986 https://buff.ly/2AOliau is a 160-page, Black and White, perfect bound, comic published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
So, for a couple years in the mid ‘80s Clark A. Dissmeyer cranked out some really original, dark, horror comics and this collection bundles them all together! Clark’s take on the horror genre is fresh and approaches the subject in so many unexpected ways that you just can’t stop reading! Each story is unique and many of them are no more than one or two pages. There’s really a lot of gloomy goodies packed into these 160 pages! Clark’s art also takes on a bold harshness that perfectly matches the mood of the stories and nicely balances the pacing and action of the written word with the graphics!
You can delve into the darkness of Through A Basement Window: The Collected Comix of Clark A. Dissmeyer 1984–1986 at https://buff.ly/2AOliau
Not comics but this title features lots of folks who should be familiar to mini-comic and fanzine readers. This issue, for example, contains contributions from Brad W. Foster, Bob Vojtko, Michael Neno, Joe Wehrle, Jr., Clark Dissmeyer, Brian Buniak, Gary Lovisi, Tom Brinkmann and, of course, Richard Krauss.
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