The Strong Baked Defenders #1https://buff.ly/3a7OCL7 is a standard size, full color, 28-page comic created by “Red” Fox and Matti V with line art by Zdravko Jandric, colors by Milan Rogulja (Cover) and El Zorro Rojo (Body), lettering by K’Eyi K’Ebero, character development by Rob Thibodeau, and modeling sheets by Vincent Marchesano. Published by Cor Industries.
This is the first issue of a three-issue volume that I’ll be writing about over the next few weeks. In this issue we’re introduced to a group of four friends going about their normal lives. One of the friends is convinced aliens are among us, another is being bullied at work, while another is struggling at university, and the final friend is most interested in staying stoned. Everything seems to be going well as the group make some decisions about the future…then they unexpectedly wander into the middle of what appears to be an unrelated ambush on a bridge!
The writing quickly establishes the setting and characters and provides just enough detail to make you comfortable with the unfolding story, but without overwhelming you with backstory. An effective hook is planted at the end of this issue to make you want to read the next and find out how this peculiar quartet will fare!
Poopsheet 5https://patreon.com/poopsheet is a 5-page/2-sided, black and white mini comic newsletter edited by Rick Bradford with artwork by Hal Mundane, Bob Vojtko, and Mark David Dietz. Published by the Poopsheet Foundation.
In this edition of Poopsheet Rick shines the spotlight on several minis complete with descriptions and ordering information! Featured in this issue are: White Buffalo Gazette (Tom Scarecrow); Mulmig (Marc Myers); Bearqueft Comix (Charlie Haggard); Stripburger; Insect Horoscopes (Blair Wilson); The Zine-ology Report, Comics Link Spotlight, and Imagination Workshop (Alan Sissom w/others); and King-Cat (John Porcellino). All this PLUS an update on the Poopsheet Foundation Mini-Comic and Fanzine Database and a neat comic by Bob Vojtko and groovy art by Hal Mundane, and Mark David Dietz!
Dr. Carl Willendorf: Psychoanalyst of Creatures, Monsters, & Other Beastshttps://grantthomasonline.com/shop is a 10-page, black and white mini comic written and illustrated by Grant Thomas. Price $1.
In this mini we pay a visit to the office of Doctor Carl Willendorf. There the good doctor talks to a reclining Minotaur about his unconventional family origins. Great line work, layout, and pacing! There are so many creatures, monsters, and beasts out there that clearly need counseling, I think Dr. Willendorf has a long series of minis ahead of him!
The saga of Medusa continues in this issue of Dodo as the snakes show her a new source of water and a betrayal brings out a darker side! Meanwhile, plans are hatched to defend against a Holy War! The issue concludes with four pieces dedicated to the Everglades titled The Forever Glades. In these four pages we’re treated to both clean, attractive line drawings of scenes from within the Everglades and a brief history of the region. Dodo serves up even more great storytelling and art from the very talented Grant Thomas!
Catte Belle and Macka and CAB Gets Inked 2019https://www.fuzzy-princess.com are each 20-page, black and white, minicomic, comic strip books written and illustrated by Charles Brubaker. Published by Smallbug Press.
These two black and white minis (the color image is a postcard) feature Charles’ 2019 Inktober work through a series of single and multiple panel cartoons. Familiar characters from Charles’ comic books and strips make appearances in short gag-themed strips showcasing Charles’ mastery of inking and storytelling! Each of these are great for a quick chuckle, but can also be viewed as a resource for learning about the anatomy of a cartoon. Charles does an excellent job of laying out multiple panels to set up a gag and then deliver with 100% satisfaction! A lot can be gleaned from these minis as well as any of Charles’ other comics!
Sombriahttp://kikomics.com.br/ is a 96-page, full color, horror comic written and illustrated by Kiko Garcia and published by Kikomics.
Kiko puts pen and brush to paper in Sombria and delivers a psychological drama that witnesses an artist’s slow decent into madness as he agonizes over which tool to use, the right line weight, page compositions, and everything else that fills his cluttered mind! But that’s not where this artist’s troubles end, oh no. His downward spiral into a mental breakdown extends to his hand. His hand that has taken to thinking for itself and deciding what the artist must do to attract readers and win over editors! This hand has its own thoughts on how things should be done and with it in charge things begin to change…but the change isn’t good for all involved!
Kiko does a great job of communicating the agony of the artist as he tries to please others while dealing with distractions, publishers, and overwhelming self-doubt. As the artist slips into insanity he goes to extremes for his art and to appease his sinister hand. Through it all Kiko uses vibrant colors with dramatic contrasts that really bring a feeling of dread and anguish to the pages. He also incorporates a series of black and white pages that adds even more drama to the overall story!
There are so many great things about this comic! On the surface you have an artist struggling with the art of making comics. The sketching, drawing, inking, and then you have the self-doubt and self-criticism. Then Kiko has even thrown the “Reader” in as a character that interacts directly with the artist, complaining about the art! Just great stuff with fantastic, bold artwork!