According to creator and artist Claire Scully, “Desolation Wilderness is part of an ongoing project looking at landscape and memory – our relationship with the environment, effects we have on the world and space around us and in turn its profound affect on our own memory and emotions. Each of these landscapes is a starting point to a much bigger adventure that strives to answer the question of what lays beyond the horizon.”
This book is the second part of a series that began in Internal Wilderness, Claire’s 2016 piece examining memory and imagination through visual ideas and explored the idea that within the space on each sheet of paper a world can be created either from a distant memory of a childhood holiday or from the desire to see parts of the world that for now are only dreamed about.
Through the pages of Desolation Wilderness Claire continues to explore environments and relationships with a series of detailed and expressive pen, ink, and digital drawings. Each page is an intricate landscape study composed of hatching, crosshatching, and a subtle palette of earth tones used to beautifully color the silent pages.
For mini-comic Monday…it’s Ask a Cat Digest #11http://www.gocomics.com/ask-a-cat/
a 12-page, digest size, Black and White, all-ages, humor comic written and
illustrated by Charles Brubaker.
Charles’ comical cat invites readers to ask any questions that the
furry feline can call on its whiskered wisdom to answer. In this installment
the Cat explains such things as: the many methods you can use to send in your
questions; favorite types of pasta; the wacky world of Japanese commercials; the
mysterious elasticity of cats; the magic world inside of sofas; how to know
someone’s really your friend; cat apps; diaries; knocking things over; and
enemies and black holes!
Unibrow #1: It’s Alive! https://unibrowzine.bigcartel.com/product/unibrow-zine-1
is a 28-page, full size, black and white, lowbrow illustration, ADULTS ONLY,
comix zine anthology featuring the art of 1000STYLES, Bakerzduzen, Butt Coffin,
Craig Gleason, Scott Wygmans, Edward Kelley, Eric J. Eckert, Joel Abad, Junk
Yard, Keith Caves,
KyleBunga, Matt Stikker, Max Colson, Nerd Gore, Peachmunkey, Eric Reed,
Sketchy Tank, Terminal Radness, Tom Joyce, Two Dimes, Unsunghero, Wizard Cleave,
Wizard of Barge, and YYYYs!
In this, the third and final installment of the series, the focus is on
Bela’s closet relationships, with singer songwriters Jenny Mae and Jerry
Wick. The comic begins with Bela’s account of Jenny Mae, a restless
soul seeking the comfort of companionship but not the commitment. As Jenny’s
story unfolds Bela paints a picture of a woman moved by music but plagued by alcohol.
Bela himself appears to be the only stable thing in Jenny’s life as their paths
remain intertwined throughout Jenny’s wanderings and downward spiral.
Next Bela recounts his friendship with Jerry Wick and explores Jerry’s
musical ambitions and success as guitarist and lead singer of Gaunt. Bela delves
into their childhoods and reveals Jerry as a passionate artist that desperately
wanted to make a mark in this world, and although he may not have realized,
This issue includes: The Vicar: The Night Has 1000 Eyes (by Ken Eppstein and Michael Neno) in which Alberto and the Vicar face down an otherworldly presence in the suburbs! Then Ana Satura Meets Josephine Six-Fifteen (by Ken Eppstein and Pat Redding Scanlon) where Ana makes a friend and future travel partner after giving a hellhound a lesson in etiquette! Next Eddie and Squid Return from the Dead (by Ken Eppstein and Gideon Kendall) when a cop looking for revenge gets more than she bargained for when she hires a bokor to bring Eddie and Squid back from the grave! Rounding up the stories is Did It Really Happen? Klaus Nomi Pays in Grass (by Ken Eppstein and Mark Rudolph) finds the late, great German countertenor doing what has to be done for his music! Finally Bus Stop Ned is Off the Grid (by Matt Miner and Matt LeJeune) and Bus Stop is Worried About His Appearance (by Ken Eppstein and Liz Valasco) gives us two Bus Stop Ned encounters while waiting for the local mass transit!
Ken and crew deliver another amazing comic with Nix Comics Quarterly #10! The stories and art pull you in and rock your socks off with the turning of each page! Ken even provides a recommended listening list to help you enjoy the full experience!
For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Copy That! #58! This issue is a 28-page, Black and White info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts.
In this issue Blake sits down with Charles Brubaker! Blake talks to Charles about how he manages to put out so many comics; working in animation and storyboarding; cameras; early memories of comics and comic creations; Ask the Cat and The Fuzzy Princess; webcomics; tools of the trade and process; hobbies; influences; and projects in the works!
In the News and Info section we’re treated to offerings from: Alan Sissom (Sizzo-Links); Andy Nukes (The Andy Nukes Newsletter); Blair Wilson (Yard Beasts); Charles Brubaker (CAB Gets Inked); Everett Rand (Mineshaft); Gordon Lindholm (The Trivial Tales of Luna Lesser); Marc Myers (Elephant); and Pukka Joint Massif (Peristalsis Jonquil Mandible).
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Mineshaft No. 36http://www.mineshaftmagazine.com/store.html is a 48-page, digest size, black and white, comic zine anthology, printed in the U.S.A. on off-set press. Edited by Everett Rand, front and back covers by Robert Crumb.
In this issue of Mineshaft you’ll find “Excerpts from R. Crumb’s Dream Diary” and “The Wandering Mind” by Crumb! “Knockers Up!” by Mary Fleener! “Bad Poetry by Billy Childish! And Justin Green Reviews Crook! Plus new work by Christoph Mueller, Denis Kitchen, David Collier, Noah Van Sciver, Tommy Trantino, Aleksandar Zograf, Rika Deryckere, Mick Guffan, Peter Poplaski, John Porcellino, Leonardo da Vinci, Pat Moriarity, Robert Armstrong, and more!
This is a great comic zine always full of an eclectic mix of stories and art. The artists/writers that contribute to Mineshaft are among some of the most recognizable from the underground and alternative comics’ scene! If you dig great, old school art and enjoy well written pieces on a variety of subjects, then you should be exploring Mineshaft!
For Mini-Comic Monday it’s…Copy That! #57! This issue is an 8-page, Black and White info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts.
In this issue of Copy That! Blake foregoes the interviews and loads up the community news and info section with offerings from: Adam Yeater (Mutants); Alan Sissom (HMPH!); Andrew Goldfarb (Freaky); Andy Nukes (The Andy Nukes Newsletter); Charles Brubaker (The Fuzzy Princess); David Robertson (Break the Cake); George Erling (Carton Loonacy); Ian Shires (Time Trvlr); Jeff Clayton (The True Adventures of JepComix); and Matt Jones (Squad Car APA #5).
Also included with this copy of Copy That! is Verl Holt Bond’s 36-page, black and white, action mini Defenders of Mars! This mini is packed with quality art, high adventure, and solid storytelling, all spread out over three chapters!
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Have you ever wished you could glimpse into the lives of strangers – those anonymous faces passed in the produce aisle of the local supermarket, those shadows lurking behind the closed curtains of their homes? Would you be surprised by the rich mixture of personalities, the strange habits and the unexpected insecurities? Perhaps like you they’re also baking blind, no recipe to follow. You might produce a perfect cake, or you might end up throwing the mix in the trash and starting again. And again. And again.
Marble Cake, the debut graphic novel from acclaimed British author and artist Scott Jason Smith, cuts a slice through everyday life and takes a bite out of the layers concealed beneath the icing, all told with the acerbic wit and keen eye of a truly exciting new creator.