The Space Odditoriumhttps://buff.ly/2V2i1A3 is 12-page, full color, digest size, Sci-Fi fantasy comic written by Chris Calzia with art by Dave Law. Published by Public Restroom Comics.
This is a standalone mini companion piece to volumes 1 and 2 of The Space Odditorium. The ‘70s psychedelic art style is what grabbed my attention to this comic, then the story hooked me! It’s pretty short but jumps right in without a lot of exposition. A member of a holographic family questions if free will exist or not as he contemplates how the last human can be used as a weapon against alien overlords.
The art is popping with bright colors, halftone dots, and unconventional compositions! This serves as a great introduction to The Space Odditorium series as it familiarizes the reader with the central character, setting, and showcases the impressive art!
Horn Doghttps://punapress.com (multiple issues) is a various page count, full size, black and white comic written and illustrated by Iotekted. Published by Puna Press.
In this series we meet Horn Dog, an average sausage that works next to a bar where he frequents and chats about life with the bartender. Plenty of other meats are regulars at the bar too and their comings and goings don’t go unnoticed by Horn Dog. The different customers help set the tone for each issue and drive the narrative of the stories which are peppered with sausage puns and relationship woes.
Iotekted keeps the art simple which helps to give more emphasis to the dialogue between the characters. The simple, yet very effective art, is drawn with a lot of attention to detail and composition. At first glance it gives the impression of an amateurish attempt at comic making, but once you begin to read it becomes clear that Iotekted is a skilled storyteller and talented artist that knows exactly what he is doing with his sausage!
Zombie Bunnies #1: The Queen’s Planhttps://squareup.com/market/zombiebunnies/ is a 22-page, full color, standard size comic created by Jim Hillin (writing, pencils, inks, and cover art) and Joey Karwal (colors). Published by Cypress Pictures.
In a shadow world that exist alongside the reality known and experienced by humans, a Zombie Bunnie kingdom is ruled by the kind and benevolent, Queen Bethesda, ruler and royal of the fair world. She is assisted in all things pertaining to the throne by the Viceroy, keeper of all things Carrott. Together, they decide what to do with the human interlopers they steal through their closets at night! Typically, the human-types are funneled off to the Chamber of Sloth, where The Royal Masseuse will keep them blissfully asleep with his soft ears and bottle of warm sassafrass oil and a little Kenny G on the stereo. Unless a friend has a cold bucket of ice, the stolen interlopers are staying asleep!
In this first issue of the Zombie Bunnies saga the queen dispatches three of her greatest “sneaks” to find “the Dreamer” that once visited the kingdom all on her own. Something no one had ever done before or since! Now, unaware of the Zombie Bunnies on her trail, “the Dreamer” is going about her normal life in the humans’ world. She works, plays, and spends time with her young niece and her niece’s friends as they all enjoy a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong?!
Zombie Jesus vs Robot Hitlerhttp://13flames.com/store/ is a 24-page, full size, black and white, apocalyptic action/horror comic written ad lettered by Ira Hunter and illustrated by Joel Shelton. Published by 13 Flames Empire.
In a future not much more unbelievable than the reality we currently exist in, a corrupt government bent on seizing all power unleashes a robotic apocalypse in which the machines exterminate the humans in a battle for limited resources! Out of the radioactive wasteland one undead hero emerges to raise the lifeless, putrid bodies of the vanquished humans to fight the robots. The last savior of mankind… Zombie Jesus! And just how could the robots possibly hope to defeat the King of the Jews?! Well with their own Robot Hitler of course! What follows is a fight of epic proportions as flesh and steel meet in a melee of massacre and mechanical malfunction!
In this tale from Alabaster Pizzo a young mouse girl named Mimi dreams of a magical goddess as she maneuvers through relationships with old friends and new acquaintances. As Mimi’s bond with her mate begins to fall apart, she starts a new friendship with a wolf. This leads Mimi into an exciting world she’s never experienced before and also into other associations with wolves that her non-wolf friends are leery of. However, free of her mate and growing ever more comfortable in the company of wolves, Mimi explores her new found independence and the ways of wolves!
Alabaster Pizzo presents a mystical tale of friendships, connections, and the complex dynamics between domestic and wild anthropomorphic characters living among each other in cities and forests. The story explores the intricate dance between different personalities as they each attempt to achieve their own, often hidden, motives with the innocent main character, Mimi, at the center of it all.
John Orlando’s Comix and Storieshttps://www.facebook.com/HippyComixInc/ is a 48-page, black and white, digest size, perfect bound anthology written and illustrated by John Orlando. Published by Hippy Comix.
John loads up his Comix and Stories with highly detailed
and dynamic art, full of neat and exaggerated characters! The art alone makes
this comic a great page flipper, but John delivers even more entertainment with
a wide variety of stories! He starts us out with some strange tales from his
autobiographic “My Paranormal Life!” In these stories John hears
voices, develops an odd relationship with fire, fights off bugs, and encounters
something weird in the kitchen! Later John gets some relief from the spooky
business that has enveloped his life from a mysterious lady with unusual
abilities! Then, traveling back in time, we find the namesake of this comix and
his friend Troy receiving the word of god from the kicking end of a boot. Not
content with letting the assailant get off scot-free, the two plot revenge!
Next up we’re treated to a little horror story about a considerate corpse concerned
with feeding his worms, then some short pieces about time, shit, breast feeding
and even some spotlighted underground comix from Hippy Comix!
The Seashttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/iestynpettigrew/the-seas is a 49-page, A5, landscape, color anthology with an aquatic theme. Created by Ian Miller, Dave Crane, Mister Zinester, Gareth Hopkins, Iestyn Pettigrew, Miranda Smart, Sophie Ell, Vacuum Books, Jaime Nyx, Motobus, and Simon Russell and published by Body Parts.
Ride the waves of The Seas with an eclectic group of creators as they chart a course of self-exploration and navigate their way through mysterious waters with the use of words and images! Each story in this collection is a unique piece completely different from the next. The only commonality is the individual voice that resonates like a flowing stream, running through the pages and emptying into The Seas! The narrative styles and artwork are truly original and combine to form imaginative compositions that reveal personal stories and splendid art unlike anything you’re likely to find elsewhere!
Extra Good Stuffhttps://lastgasp.com/products/extra-good-stuff is a 64-page, full size, black and white, adult-oriented autobiographical Trade Paperback written by Dennis P. Eichhorn with art by Ivan Brunetti, Tom Van Deusen, Michael Arnold, Gerald Jablonski, Aaron Lange, Dame Darcy, R.L. Crabb, Pat Moriarity, David Collier, Colin Upton, Max Clotfelter, J.R. Williams, Noah Van Sciver, David Lasky, Sean Hurley, Ashleigh Talbot, and Stan W. Shaw. Published by Last Gasp.
This is Dennis P. Eichhorn’s last book. He died in 2015 and Last Gasp released Extra Good Stuff shortly thereafter. In this collection of reprints and new stories Dennis and his artistic accomplices explore Dennis’ everyday world of sex, drugs, and weird experiences that make the lives most of us live look like a quiet evening at the local library. In these stories Dennis offers us an honest glimpse into a life lived to the fullest. From taxiing prostitutes around to prospecting for gold, Extra Good Stuff provides unique observations as related by a talented story teller and illustrated by an assemblage of some of the best indie artists in comics today!
The stories all resonate with a truth that cuts to the quick of the human experience. Uncertainty, desperation, struggles, and poverty all serve as too common yet realistic backdrops to situations wrapped in dark humor and offbeat misadventures. Each artist masterfully captures the essence of the tale being told with exquisite line work and attention to detail. The variety of styles and the diversity of stories make Extra Good Stuff an entertaining comic that’s hard to put down!
This comic is awesome! Each page is a collection of different, single panel gag cartoons. The subjects of the cartoons range from the absurd to the ridiculous, with plenty of sordid bits thrown in! Some of the characters gracing the pages are known, recognizable figures, while most are exaggerated, peculiar beings rendered in fantastic detail! Sergio’s mastery of the line is on full display from cover to cover! His drawings are full of expressive elements that beg to be scrutinized by the reader so as not to miss a thing. This dude can lay down the ink in the most satisfyingly weird way!
Mr. Do 2 is a 20-page, black and white, digest size comic created by Cameron Forsley, Beatnick, Christopher Holt, Mike Lutz, Macgillicutty, and Sarah Forsley. Published by Steady Ebb Comics.
Mr. Do ponders by a pond and takes a walk through the forest with a blacked-out butterfly. While walking he encounters a talking mask that ask a bunch of questions until a helping hand intervenes with a well-placed rock. A rat makes off with the mask and a demon takes an interest in Mr. Do! All this and Mr. Do’sMushroom Forest, a flying severed finger (that may also be the blacked-out butterfly?), neat underground art, strange stories, and the ultimate question Pink Floyd asked us all! What more can you ask for?!