Small Press Spotlight is closing out June with a look at SLG Publishing’s (Milk & Cheese, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac) release of Mr. Butterchips. The publisher is now relaunching the long-running monthly webcomic by Alex Schumacher as an ongoing weekly feature on its website.
Read a synopsis of Mr. Butterchips here:
Mr. Butterchips illustrates the day-to-day antics of a prickly organ grinder’s monkey set in a surreal fictional West Coast town, which is populated by an array of quirky characters. It’s through this satirical hallucinogenic lens that the pitfalls of a “gig economy” are examined while touching on such timely issues as class disparity and intolerance; amplifying the absurdity of what it means to be alive in a world which seemingly becomes more insane by the second.
The webcomic first appeared in the online literary magazine Drunk Monkeys in April 2016. In 2020, SLG Publishing released Mr. Butterchips: A Collection of Cantankerous Commentary, which included the initial run along with a 22-page standalone “acid trip of a story” called “Psychotropic San Francisco Sojourn.”