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?!
Mineshaft #37https://mineshaftmagazine.com/ is a 52-page, digest size, black and white, comic zine anthology, printed in the U.S.A. on off-set press. Edited by Everett Rand. Front cover art and design by Drew Friedman and Back cover art by R. Crumb!!!
This is the 20th Anniversary Issue! In this issue we’re treated to excerpts from R. Crumb’s “Dream Diary,” and several of his comics and drawings! Also included between the covers of Mineshaft #37 are a great collection of new works by Billy Childish, Mary Fleener, Bill Griffith, Art Spiegelman, Christoph Mueller, David Collier, Noah Van Sciver, Nicolas C. Grey, Max Clotfelter, Robert Armstrong, Gioia Palmieri, Peter Poplaski, and more!
Each featured piece really captures that underground look and feel. The art is full of detailed backgrounds and weirdly amusing characters caught up in bizarre and funny situations. The different styles of the various artists and the eclectic stories make Mineshaft a fun filled read full of surprises guaranteed to entertain! You can get your copy of Mineshaft at https://mineshaftmagazine.com/
Gravely Unusualhttp://gravelyunusual.bigcartel.com/ “The Most Unusual Illustrated Magazine!” is a 72-page, Black and White, horror themed magazine featuring comics, fiction, and interviews. Published by Terror Nosferatu Propaganda.
In “Clamor of the Bells” by Matthew M. Montelione (words), Pedro Lajud (art), and Eduardo Camacho (letters), an 18th century gentleman finds himself in a hellish, dream-like place somehow familiar yet foreign. Unable to utter a sound and surrounded by silence, he follows the strange ringing of bells…into the dark unknown!
In “Welcome to the Black Church” we get a change of pace as musical artist JakProgresso (AKA Jak Tripper) sits down for an interview. During the exchange JakProgresso talks about music, reading, movies, and his personal history with witches, gypsies, and the supernatural among other things.
Next a weary traveler stops to help a couple of kids in “Treppegeist” by Matt McGrath (words) and James English (art). The children claim their cat has run off into an old building. The traveler agrees to enter the creepy place to find the kids’ kitty…but things aren’t what they seem!
Then come two written pieces. First Adrian Encomienda treats us to a story about a family curse with a dark twist in Blank Page 237! Then Scott Hughes brings us a tale of two friends that venture out into the night to learn the dark secret of The Bone Box!
Returning to comics, Scott Bryan Wilson (writer) and Tom Napolitano (artist) conspire to give us The Unswerving Honesty of Reflections! In this tale a young man re-tales of a disturbing fateful family reunion that leaves its ominous mark on all involved over the course of decades!
At the Lexington Comics and Toy Convention the powers behind Gravely Unusual had the good fortune to briefly interview James O’Barr (The Crow)! In this quick Q and A you get a real feel for the type of guy O’Barr is and his general view of the comic book industry.
And in the final offering of this collection of Gravely Unusual stories, interviews, and comics we end with Deflower by Edwin Gallihan (story) and Sean Kelley (art)! This touching tale revolves around a young girl growing up to realize her childhood dream of one day being given away by her beloved father to…Darkness!
Gravely Unusual proved to be a unique pleasure to read and feast my eyes on! The horror theme bleeds across all 72 pages in dark delights of black ink on glossy paper. Long shadows cast their reach throughout the magazine touching a variety of characters, pulling them all into glorious gory peril sure to please the dark hearted!
Paper Rock Scissors n’ Stuff Wars #2 http://www.zelphacomics.com/Comicbooks.html is a 20-page, Black and White, 4-issue limited series, fantasy comic created, written, and lettered by Luanga A. Nuwame, with art and front cover by Hugh Rookwood. Published by Zelpha Comics.
An elite group of Scissors prepare to attack a small and isolated pack of papers. The Papers meanwhile muse over the Rocks apparent fear of being covered, and revel at the possibilities a new and mysterious liquid stolen from the Plastics offer. As these things go on the Rocks make some discoveries of their own to the shock and surprise of a lone member of the Scissors. Elsewhere the Plastics wait to see how things play out and the Anvils move into action!
I can’t praise the originality of this story enough. Pitting Rock, Paper, and Scissors against each other as disparate kingdoms each maneuvering to best the other is pure genius! The addition of other kingdoms such as the Plastics and Anvils only increases the possibilities and adds to the drama with unpredictable outcomes! The interactions between the different characters and keeping the rules of the game, such as Paper beats Rock by covering it, brings a sense of ridiculous humor to the story that keeps it fun amid the plotting and violence of battle! Hugh Rookwood’s art brings a polished look to the comic that reminds me a lot of Evan Dorkin’s Milk and Cheese, and that’s a great thing! Hugh manages to give these characters believable expressions and breathe life into them with bold, simple lines with excellent effect!
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!