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!
Future Corpsehttps://buff.ly/2rWvyOO is a 20-page, digest size, full color cover with black and white interior, anthology covering themes of feminism, anxiety, punk rock, immortality, labor, and robotic vacuums! Written and illustrated by Eva Muller. Published by Birdcage Bottom Books.
So here I am reading Future Corpse by Eva Muller and in occurs to me we’re all really different yet connected. I mean, sure the paths we follow through life define us, but the circumstances that put us on those paths is often beyond our control. In Future Corpse Eva illustrates a piece about growing up as a feminist in ‘90s Germany. She relates vignettes on bullying and music and general acceptance. Although I assume I’m a bit older than Eva, I too lived in Germany in the ‘90s, as an artist and an American soldier. I remember the punks, skinheads, and mopeds she writes about and here I am decades later reading her comic! Kinda neat.
Anyway, in addition to her recollection about coming of age in Germany, Eva goes on to share other interesting pieces such as the roamings of a Roomba, words of wisdom from a yoga posing Karl Marx, the sweet, sweet feeling of buying new clothes when you should really be buying food, and a silent piece about a Japanese demon anxiety snake!
Bell Timehttp://www.fredeggcomics.com is an 80-page, digest size, mostly two-tone with some full color pages, time travel comic written and illustrated by David Robertson. Published by Fred Egg Comics.
The bulk of this comic is made up of the main story, “Bell Time.” In that tale a young man is having a bad day at school when he hears a mysterious bell ring. Soon his life is turned upside down as he realizes he has become older all of a sudden and is now an adult in the same school! As he works out what is happening he also must contend with unruly and disrespectful kids that only see him as yet another authority figure! About halfway through Bell Time David takes an intermission and inserts a series of single page comics titled “School Tales.” Each of these provide short anecdotes about school life that is delivered from the pupil’s perspective. Then it’s back to the main story where our hero continues his struggle to make sense of things, figure out where that strange ringing is coming from, and keep bratty kids in an orderly line!
Malarkey #4https://buff.ly/36aXpdS is a 28-page, digest size, full color, autobio comic written and illustrated by November Garcia. Published by Birdcage Bottom Books.
In the pages of Malarkey #4 November shares several personal stories. Among her confessionals is one story about becoming obsessive over a band discovered a little late in life and another, which all comic creators will relate to, is about taking the plunge into comics and not getting the expected splash you anticipated! November goes on to offer travel tips from Tokyo and a not so romantic look at the loss of virginity while avoiding frogs! She continues by providing a brief look at the lengths her mother and others will go to for beauty, and the long shadow religious indoctrination casts. November closes things out by offering some words of advice to her younger self!
The stories are all written and drawn in a lighthearted manner that keeps the comic fun and upbeat, even when dealing with some self-deprecating subjects. The colors really work throughout this comic. At times color is only used as a background while at others it’s used to frame and bring attention to the subject. The palette also varies from pale tones that almost fade from notice to patches of vibrant and clashing hues that grabs your attention!
Calamine Prunt in Would A Turkey Vote For Christmas is a 34-page, single sided, mini size, illustrated anti-voting zine published by The Bubblegum Dada Corporation.
In this little mini zine Mr. Prunt receives some sound advice on voting as he prepares to go to the polls. Among the advice offered are helpful bits of wisdom such as voting only empowers a new master, keeps you in chains, and is like a hanged man begging for a more comfortable rope! You can indulge your anti-establishment tendencies in such insightfulness by contacting: