Not My Small Diary is always such a pleasure to read and this issue is even more enjoyable than usual because it’s about The Power of Music! As a music lover myself, I’m always interested to learn how others are moved by the tunes. Specific songs, live performances, or just artists that somehow connect, the power music has on so many people is just incredible. Within these pages Delaine Derry Green collects a wide range of individual musical experiences from over 50 artists and writers and shares their stories as told by their own hands! The finished work is a rhythmic composition of beautiful styles spanning the breadth between the roughness of old-school underground to the polished draftsmanship of commercial work! The personal experiences shared through these stories really hit home for me. Music has been such a big and important part of my life it’s easy to relate to the various tales. Even my mother-in-law’s friend (and terrific singer in my opinion), Slim Whitman, gets a mention in this comic! The variety of stories and experiences couldn’t be any better!
If you dig music, art, and comics, then you’ll want to join Colleen Frakes, Joe Decie, Andrew Goldfarb, Androo Robinson, Aaron Brassea, John Porcellino, Rob Kirby, MariNaomi, Julia Wertz, Jenny Zervakis, Jonathan Baylis, T.J. Kirsch, Simon Mackie, David Lasky, Noel Franklin, Misun Oh, Danny Noble, Fafá Jaepelt, Billy McKay, Chad Woody, Max Clotfelter, J.T. Yost, Ben Snakepit, J.M. Hunter, Jason Marcy, Steve Wallet, Jesse Reklaw, Ken Bausert/Steven Anderson, Michael Kraiger, George Erling, Joseph Cotsirilos, Aimee Hagerty Johnson, Jason Martin, Kevin Van Hyning, Pete Wentzell, Josh Medsker, Roberta Gregory, James Burns, Brad W. Foster, M. Jacob Alvarez, Tom Scarecrow, David St. Albans, Peter Conrad, Maddie Fix, Joel Orff, Dave Kiersh, Donna Barr, Sally-Anne Hickman, Missy Kulik, Jim Siergey, J Gonzalez-Blitz, Jennifer Hayden, and Carrie McNinch in the pages of Not My Small Diary No. 20 – The Power of Music at https://www.etsy.com/listing/788277285/not-my-small-diary-20-the-power-of-music
Freaky, Strike Threehttp://theslowpoisoner.com/freaky.html is a 60-page, full size, Black and White, comix magazine anthology printed on glorious News Print! Featured artists include Carl Alessi, Johnny Brewton, Kyle C. Bridgett, Nik Caesar, Tommy “T-Shirt” Cannon, (An) Eel, Casanova Frankenstein, Paul Friedrich, I. Kinzer, E. Francis Kohler, Billy McKay, Darren “‘King” Merinuk, Karla Paloma, Dalton Vaughn, and Editor-in-Chief Andrew “The Slow Poisoner” Goldfarb. Whew, that’s a lot of groovy people!
What do you get when a guy like Andrew “The Slow Poisoner” Goldfarb brings together a bunch of talented artists with a penchant for the unusual and let’s their collective insanity spill out onto paper? Freaky Magazine! It’s like a two-dimensional asylum for the artfully inclined !
I dig indie comix that embrace the weird and Freaky does exactly that! This collection of insane comix is overflowing with weirdos, monsters, beatniks, and bozos. Every page is a twisted treat of the bizarre, the odd, the curiously peculiar that grabs you by the neck and pulls you into its altered reality of ink and absurdity! There’s just so much here it’s nearly impossible to do it justice with words. Aliens, mouth creatures, and an Onion Head are just a few of the delights that await you freaky fishes that like to swim outside the mainstream! But don’ just take my word for it, visit Freaky Magazine at http://theslowpoisoner.com/freaky.htmland check out some of the inards of this rag for yourself!
Not My Small Diary #19 (Unexplained Events)https://buff.ly/2nm3BLu and https://buff.ly/2nw9c1M is a 104-page, B&W anthology edited by Delaine Derry Green with cover art by John Porcellino and illustrated contributions from 43 artists!
What a great collection of spooky and weird stories all artfully illustrated by a bunch of talented people! Now, I’ll state this right up front, I am a huge skeptic of anything supernatural. I love scary stories, horror movies, and a good fright, but I just can’t bring myself to believe in anything that seemingly violates the laws of nature. However, with that said, I did thoroughly enjoy Not My Small Diary #19 (Unexplained Events)! The stories cover all sorts of strange occurrences from mysterious sounds, to doors opening by themselves, to actual sightings of unexplained things! The great variety of topics (aliens, ghosts, curses, and more) and illustration styles make this a fun read no matter what you personally think about the subject of “unexplained events.”
The contributors to this issue are really a who’s who of the small press comics world too. Gracing the pages of Not My Small Diary #19 are: Carrie McNinch, Peter Conrad, Noel Franklin, David Lasky, Jason Martin, Kelly Froh, Jenny Zervakis, Donna Barr, Max Clotfelter, Andrew Goldfarb, Colleen Frakes, Mark Campos, Rob Kirby, Ben Horak, Joe Decie, Asher Craw, Missy Kulik, Misun Oh, Rachel Scheer, Simon Mackie, Charles Brubaker, Graeme McNee, George Erling, Elmore Buzzizyk, Chad Woody, Brad Foster, Lee J. Green, Jason Young, Liz Prince, J.T. Yost, Andrew Willmore, Jim Siergey, Patty Leidy, Pete Wentzell, James Burns, Fafá Jaepelt, John Porcellino, Micah Liesenfeld, MariNaomi, Kevin Van Hyning, Roberta Gregory, Mike Kraiger, and Adam Pasion! All this talent bundled together in over 100 pages of weird, bizarre, and strange stories is almost too good to be believed!
Have you seen this crazy thing? It’s a full-color jam comic by 25 artists in which each artist only saw the page before theirs. When all the drawings were done Billy McKay wrote a story around them (in rhyming verse even). The other artists are Billy McKay, Marc Palm, Max Clotfelter, Jeff Heidel, Dale Martin, Ryan Holgerson, Micah Liesenfeld, Chad Woody, Henry Knoth, Warren E. Elliott, Jimbo Easter, Nate McDonough, Andrew Goldfarb, Adam Yeater, Jesse Thomas, Oryan McGowan, Joseph Tenney, Pam Bliss, Suzanne Baumann, Carrie McNinch, Jason Young, Bruce Orr, Bob Corby, Tom Cherry and Bob Vojtko. Pretty great list!
Copy This! #46, a 28-page, B&W info/news mini comic zine published by D. Blake Werts. Cover by Andrew Goldfarb, also includes Andrew’s 8-page minicomic Weird Beard!
In this installment of Copy This! Blake sits down with Andrew Goldfarb. The two discuss Andrew’s musical career as The Slow Poisoner, the influence of monster movies, sibling rivalry leading to drawing, early comic creations, getting into self-publishing, Eraserhead Press, unicorns with upset tummies, trading through mail, collaborations and comic shows, process and tools of the trade, expanding mental boundaries, and weird things!
Then, in the mini Weird Beard, Andrew gives us the story of a wayward beard in search of a clean-shaven face!
Finally in the community news and info section we get treated to the offerings of: Charles Brubaker (The Fuzzy Princess); Ian Shires (Time Trvlr); Jaime Crespo (Los Punkers); John Porcellino / Pascal Girard (Apartment Number Three); Kelly Froh & Max Clotfelter (Stewbrew); Matt Feazell (Board of Superheros, and Five O’Clock Shadow); and Matt Jones (Silas, Intergalactic Stoner Slug).
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