Une Fable Sombrehttp://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’sMonthly 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!
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:
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 1984–1986https://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.
Check the Larque Press website for more info and back issues.