The Small Press Spotlight is going back to the awesome ‘80s this week. Black Eye Books recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for John MacLeod’s The Mundane Adventures of Dishman on the Canadian platform Fundrazr. Collecting issues 1 through 10 of the hugely successful 1980s mini-comic, as well as the previously digital-only issues 11 and 12 from 2018, this edition will be the most complete Dishman ever published.
“I never exactly thought of Dishman as a superhero satire. I felt like it wasn’t so much that I was satirizing superheroes, but more like by treating them as rigidly realistic as I could, I gave them the opportunity to satirize themselves if people wanted to read it that way. I wasn’t trying to say that superheroes are ridiculous. I just wanted to say they weren’t realistic,” MacLeod stated in an interview with Mel Taylor.
Dishman launched as an eight-page mini-comic in 1985, near the height of the decade’s small-press comics boom. As one of the top-selling minis of its time, ten issues were published between 1985 and 1990, and Eclipse Comics released a collection of the first six in 1988. Two more issues were published digitally in 2018.
Read details from Black Eye:
“The book is perhaps best described as a combination “slice-of-life character/superhero study”. It’s the story of Paul Mahler, a schoolteacher who—after years of washing radioactive Fiestaware—suddenly gains the power of instantly cleaning dishes and putting them away by telekinesis, and his attempts to launch a career as a costumed crimefighter. It’s the superhero comic for people who don’t like superheroes. Dishman’s satirical absurdity comes from playing everything absolutely straight, so feel free to laugh.”
This limited-edition collection is prestige black and white from cover to cover, with a matte laminated printed hardcover and deep blacks on 100 lb uncoated paper inside. To date, it will be the most complete edition of the popular series.