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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 XII #1 of 5 by Patrick Trahey, Luis Suarez, and Magnus

The XII

The XII #1 of 5 https://buff.ly/2CVEcNj is a 40-page, full color, apocalyptic survival comic created and written by Patrick Trahey with art by Luis Suarez and lettering by Magnus. Published by Alterna Comics.

An extended family struggling to survive face the hard reality that the resources of the land can no longer support them. To make matters worse, they also must contend with armed rivals that threaten to raid their dwindling supplies and possibly do bodily harm to members of the family. The only apparent solution is an uncertain and perilous journey across the Dead Roads!

The creative team on The XII paint a bleak picture of a parallel world where people band together in small groups for survival and compete with one another for the precious resources needed to sustain life. Then, to make things even more direr, they introduce a mysterious, faceless group of marauders known as “The Twelve” that prey on those brave or foolish enough to wander from their compounds.

The writing captures the imagination from the very beginning and takes the reader on a suspense filled ride while the art embodies the suffering and desperation of the characters. Take your chances and try to cross the wastelands of The XII at https://buff.ly/2CVEcNj and find more from Alterna Comics at https://www.alternacomics.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/AlternaComics/ and on Twitter @ALTERNACOMICS

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The Wicked Righteous #4 of 6 by Terry Mayo, Lucas Romero, Chris Hall, and Brandon DeStefano

The Wicked Righteous #4 of 6 https://www.alternacomics.com/wickedrighteous is a 32-page, full color, apocalyptic survival comic written by Terry Mayo with art by Lucas Romero and Chris Hall, and lettering by Brandon DeStefano. Published by Alterna Comics.

Lucas and JC break away from the pack and find some alone time while Berg and Cross make their way back to The Ballpark. Meanwhile JC’s father will use any means necessary to find his daughter, and Lucas has a premonition of bad things to come!

The creative crew responsible for The Wicked Righteous continue to take readers on a high energy, action packed ride full of interesting characters and unsettling situations! The writing remains focused and easy to follow while building anticipation and delivering the unexpected. The art, lettering, and page compositions work great at maintaining the pace of the story and bringing the action to life in a colorful and polished style that’s eye-catching and inviting of closer study!

Join The Wicked Righteous at https://www.alternacomics.com/wickedrighteous and find more from Alterna Comics at http://bit.ly/2jGlxzw

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Copy This! #48 by D. Blake Werts with Michael Neno and Verl Holt Bond

For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Copy This! #48. Copy This! #48 is a 40-page, B&W mini comic info zine published by D. Blake Werts! Cover by Verl Holt Bond!

In this issue of Copy This! D. Blake Werts turns the reins over to Michael Neno as he sits down with Verl Holt Bond to dig into some interesting biographical background info! First Michael re-visits a 1992 interview he did with Verl, then he jumps forward and serves up a recent interview. Between the two interviews Michael and Verl discuss when Verl first began drawing, influences and inspirations, E.C. Comics, minicomics, the small press, music, teaching, fine art, projects since the first interview and current projects, the demise of review zines (miss you Factsheet5), and mental illness. Michael concludes the interview with Verl’s contact info so you can correspond with him and get your hands on some Verl Holt Bond comics!

Next, in the community news and info section, we’re treated to offerings from: Carrie McNinch (You Don’t Get There From Here); Ian Shires (Time Trvlr); Dale Martin (Watusi’s Doghouse Funhouse); George Erling (Cartoon Loonacy); Jacob Alvarez (HypnoSpiral Comics Book Reporter); Matt Jones (Silas, Intergalactic Stoner Slug); Lara (Dandelion Daydream); Scott Davis (Minis, Digest, Etc.); and Richard Krauss (The Digest Enthusiast).

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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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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The Big Me Book by Tom Van Deusen

The Big Me Book

The Big Me Book https://buff.ly/2EooWem 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 https://buff.ly/2EooWem and find more from Kilgore Books at http://www.kilgorebooks.com and more from Tom at http://www.tomvandeusn.com and follow Tom on Twitter at @tvandeusen

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Wow! Retracted by David Robertson with various Guest Artists

Wow! Retracted

Wow! Retracted https://buff.ly/2E2snHA 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 https://buff.ly/2E2snHA and find more at  http://www.fredeggcomics.com/ and http://fredeggcomics.blogspot.co.uk/ and https://www.facebook.com/david.robertson.18488169 and http://fredeggcomics.tumblr.com/ and on TWITTER @fredeggcomics

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The Wicked Righteous #3 of 6 by Terry Mayo, Lucas Romero, Christopher Hall, and Brandon DeStefano

The Wicked Righteous #3 of 6 https://www.alternacomics.com/wickedrighteous is a 25-page, standard size, full color comic created and written by Terry Mayo with pencils and ink by Lucas Romero, colors by Christopher Hall, and letters by Brandon DeStefano. Published by Alterna Comics.

Lucas and the others return to the “Ballpark” to make a deal, but the Horsemen appear on the scene and the stranger Cross takes matters into his own hands. Meanwhile a creepy kid that just might be crazy stalks comicLucas and his clan, and someone comes calling for JC!

In this futuristic, apocalyptic, religiously themed survival story a group of kids try to outwit and stay ahead of vicious scavengers and murders. Along the way they befriend some and run from others as they protect themselves and attempt to maintain what’s left of their family. The writing is a real page-turner as the story just keeps getting more and more interesting as it leads into new territory and introduces new characters and perilous situations! The art is clean and polished with plenty of attention given to details, backgrounds, compositions, and colors!

Join The Wicked Righteous at https://buff.ly/2lauxPq and find more from Alterna Comics at http://bit.ly/2jGlxzw