Reviews: Three mini comics that deserve your attention today

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Ley Lines: Made With Love In Hell by Mimi Chrzanowski From it’s dayglo pink cover, through all its cranberry-red rendered interior, this portrait of a visit to hell is definitely inspired by Hieronymus Bosch — the back cover confirms this, but it seemed apparent to me from page one — by way of the kawaii […]

Review: Aidan Koch and Paloma Dawkins look inward and far out

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After Nothing Comes by Aidan Koch This collection from Koyama Press of Koch’s early mini comics speaks to what makes Koch stand out. With an art style that might even be called slight, often featuring faint lines that at times have an unfinished feel, others that feel as if they are fading from the page, […]

The History of Zines: Poopsheet Foundation is now online

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Oh yeah, speaking of zines (look it up kids) something called The Poopsheet Foundation is now online, and it’s one of those 90s things that was what passed for social media back in the day: The Poopsheet Foundation began in 1993 as Poopsheet, a small publication that reviewed other small publications. The zine eventually became […]

Review: Retrofit offers tons of excellent comics by women

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Bear, Bird, and Stag Were Arguing In The Forest and Other Stories by Madeline Flores Flores offers three philosophical shorter works that come together well in their examination of knowing yourself, living purposefully, understanding where you stand in the universe, seeing the potential in yourself, and lots of other good things, but without being heavy. Instead […]

Review: The darker beauty of Cathy G. Johnson’s ‘Gorgeous’

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This short, spare, poetic, emotionally brutal piece from Cathy G. Johnson and Koyama Press captures the intersection of three lives, and the unlikely self realization that two of them enact on one. The story begins with two punks at a music show exhibiting destructive manners that disrupts the shows and gives them an opportunity for […]

Review: Melissa Mendes’ ‘Lou’ charts family dynamics in a charming, honest way

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Massachusetts cartoonist Melissa Mendes has a knack for comics that not only center on kids, but present the world from their points of view with an unromantic honesty. Her first major work, the Freddy Stories collection, and her most recent project, the serialized webcomic The Weight both show off her prowess, and Lou, a collection […]

Review: How did I miss Andrea Tsurumi???

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  I’m ashamed to admit that prior to reading Why Would You Do That? from Hic and Hoc, which will debut at TCAF this weekend, I was completely unfamiliar with Andrea Tsurumi’s work. How does this happen? She’s been in the New York Times, the Nib, plenty of other places.  I have no good explanation […]

Review: Czkaj’s R2-D2 strikes back; Bangs & Beard Diary offers a whole new ‘He says/She says’

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Bangs & Beard Diary Melinda Tracy Boyce and Aaron Whitaker are cartoonists living in Los Angeles. They’re also a couple and collaborators in an interesting way, as this collection culled from their web diary comics shows. This is a friendly shared flip comic from Birdcage Bottom Books featuring the two, with a front cover on […]

Review: mini kuš! are diverse, challenging, exciting

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An off-shoot from the Latvian anthology š!, mini kuš! is a series of short single works, released in blocks of four as standalones. As always, this latest batch is a mix of bizarre and somber, outrageous and poetic that worth embracing, even if you find some of the ultimate meanings of the pieces to be distant from […]

Review: Kelly Froh & Dan Mazur’s two non-fiction delights

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The Weekend Casserole Collection by Kelly Froh Froh brings together a number of short pieces from various sources — anthologies she’s contributed to, some of her own minis, as well as some previously unseen work. Covering incidents from all parts of her life — childhood sleepovers, high school crushes, strangers on buses, work acquaintances — […]