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SUCCOUR FANZINE ISSUE #1AMERICA’S ONLY FANZINE PUBLISHED BY GRATITUDE PRESS AVAILABLE SOON COST TO PURCHASE: $0
Featuring: ~ a bunch of shit that I wrote elsewhere repurposed for a zine~ a drawing of a wizard on the cover by Dylan DRUG DOGS~ an exclusive ad for FOOD PORN (my favorite comic of last few months) that has no words so basically no potential to sell any copies of the comic ~some hamburger art from Owen
EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE from me RIPExpo and SPX.

SUCCOUR FANZINE ISSUE #1
AMERICA’S ONLY FANZINE
PUBLISHED BY GRATITUDE PRESS
AVAILABLE SOON
COST TO PURCHASE: $0

Featuring: 
~ a bunch of shit that I wrote elsewhere repurposed for a zine
~ a drawing of a wizard on the cover by Dylan DRUG DOGS
~ an exclusive ad for FOOD PORN (my favorite comic of last few months) that has no words so basically no potential to sell any copies of the comic
~some hamburger art from Owen

EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE from me RIPExpo and SPX.

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Tony Millionaire - Topper for “Army Days”
SALUTE TO THE LAST REAL TOPPER ALIVE.
Semi-relevant to image: Just this weekend my mom told me she heard Roz Chast on the radio talking about her new book and went to the book store. At the book store she described the content of the book as she recalled it from the radio - she didn’t remember the title or author. The lady at the book store recognized it, dug it out, and sold it to her. This old fashioned transaction brings a tear to my eye.

Tony Millionaire - Topper for “Army Days”

SALUTE TO THE LAST REAL TOPPER ALIVE.

Semi-relevant to image: Just this weekend my mom told me she heard Roz Chast on the radio talking about her new book and went to the book store. At the book store she described the content of the book as she recalled it from the radio - she didn’t remember the title or author. The lady at the book store recognized it, dug it out, and sold it to her. This old fashioned transaction brings a tear to my eye.

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John Stanley panel from “Nancy and Oona Goospimple’s Fireplace” 
Love Nancy’s diagonal line silhouette here.  Very effective snowblind silhouette.  Also love the blue shading used in those wide, soft strokes behind the snow and behind Nancy’s silhouette.  It looks like a literal sheet of snow has just descended over everything.  This panel is unlike anything I can picture seeing from Ernie Bushmiller and yet still so true to the spirit of Nancy.  Beautiful.

John Stanley panel from “Nancy and Oona Goospimple’s Fireplace” 

Love Nancy’s diagonal line silhouette here.  Very effective snowblind silhouette.  Also love the blue shading used in those wide, soft strokes behind the snow and behind Nancy’s silhouette.  It looks like a literal sheet of snow has just descended over everything.  This panel is unlike anything I can picture seeing from Ernie Bushmiller and yet still so true to the spirit of Nancy.  Beautiful.

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mansikx:

GIVE - Voodoo Leather
complete zine

Love this thing.  

(Source: thronesturnedtorust, via angelaowens)

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comicclubusa:

Someone’s been paying attention to what I like. Today’s comic package included a James Bond graphic novel written and illustrated by Mike Grell, one of my fave creators. That’s right, I shortened the word favorite. Deal with it.

I also got a Masamune Shirow book. I’ve got a bunch of the Appleseed books he did for Eclipse in the 80s, and this issue of Dominion will be very comfortable next to them. This book was turned into the anime Dominion: Tank Police, which I owned on VHS, and makes about as much sense as you’d imagine, given that title.

In the verb/noun title range, we have Blood Sword and Death Hawk. The latter has a cover by my friend (acquaintance of many years) Dave Dorman, and pencils by Adam Hughes whom I’ve never met (met once or twice). The former is the creative work of a lot of people whose names I can’t likely list or joke about without coming off as a racist sot, but also included a cryptic hand written note. If I were Nic Cage I’d use this note to justify some complicated B&E and destruction of historic art. I’m not Nic though, so I’m just going to post the pic on the Internet and practice my emoting.

Rounding out the envelope are some perilously old Gold Key Peanuts books that I may be forced to scan just for the Sluggo B stories.

The first package of comics I sent out for COMIC CLUB has been recieved. I can’t stop laughing about that note, it’s definitely my handwriting.  I must have used it for a bookmark years ago and left it in that comic?  I have no recollection of what any of that gibberish means on it though.

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Meghan Turbitt - “Food Porn”
Two points to make about this comic:
1. Josh Bayer nailed it on “Comics for Grownups" when he said the stories in this are like punk songs in that they are only long enough to make their point.  They get in and get out with no filler.  The drawing style is crude but very effective  and completely in service to the art as a whole.  Although the comparison does fall apart when you realize no punk songs are this funny.
2. The sexual fantasies depicted in this comic are clearly from the point of view of a woman.  And in general this is one of the real treats of comics in 2014.  When I think about the depictions of sex in the comics of Anya Davidson, Heather Benjamin, Lisa Hanawalt, Julia Gfrörer, or Lale Westvind they are so different from anything I have ever seen in comics before.  I’m not trying to lump these women together or put together a trend piece, but hats off to different perspectives in comics.

Meghan Turbitt - “Food Porn”

Two points to make about this comic:

1. Josh Bayer nailed it on “Comics for Grownups" when he said the stories in this are like punk songs in that they are only long enough to make their point.  They get in and get out with no filler.  The drawing style is crude but very effective  and completely in service to the art as a whole.  Although the comparison does fall apart when you realize no punk songs are this funny.

2. The sexual fantasies depicted in this comic are clearly from the point of view of a woman.  And in general this is one of the real treats of comics in 2014.  When I think about the depictions of sex in the comics of Anya Davidson, Heather Benjamin, Lisa Hanawalt, Julia Gfrörer, or Lale Westvind they are so different from anything I have ever seen in comics before.  I’m not trying to lump these women together or put together a trend piece, but hats off to different perspectives in comics.

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This Masumune Shirow landscape looks like it would fit very comfortably into a Brandon Graham “Multiple Warheads” comic.

This Masumune Shirow landscape looks like it would fit very comfortably into a Brandon Graham “Multiple Warheads” comic.

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"AdHouse House" bookmark by Doug Fraser
This was the best bookmark available at MOCCA this year and came free with Katie Skelly’s new book (“Operation Margarine”).  The bookmark spent some time in that book but was not actually “used” because the comic was read in a single sitting.
Following "Operation Margarine" this bookmark fell in with "Dune" and then a Murakami novel before posing for this photo proped up against a banana.  I wasn’t much surprised at the bookmark’s indifference between prose or comic book place marking.
I did note a certain pleasant dissonance between the symmetrical shape of the bookmark itself and the asymmetry of the house’s placement and indeed even the asymmetry of the simplified mid-century home in the image.  I’ve heard authorial intent is a mug’s game but Doug Fraser most likely designed this bookmark for AdHouse’s banner image on it’s website and may have been surprised at how well the asymmetry lends itself to the bookmark format.
This will most likely end up on my year end’s list of best bookmarks of 2014 along with a movie stub to the Lego Movie and a Delta boarding pass for a flight to Las Vegas.

"AdHouse House" bookmark by Doug Fraser

This was the best bookmark available at MOCCA this year and came free with Katie Skelly’s new book (“Operation Margarine”).  The bookmark spent some time in that book but was not actually “used” because the comic was read in a single sitting.

Following "Operation Margarine" this bookmark fell in with "Dune" and then a Murakami novel before posing for this photo proped up against a banana.  I wasn’t much surprised at the bookmark’s indifference between prose or comic book place marking.

I did note a certain pleasant dissonance between the symmetrical shape of the bookmark itself and the asymmetry of the house’s placement and indeed even the asymmetry of the simplified mid-century home in the image.  I’ve heard authorial intent is a mug’s game but Doug Fraser most likely designed this bookmark for AdHouse’s banner image on it’s website and may have been surprised at how well the asymmetry lends itself to the bookmark format.

This will most likely end up on my year end’s list of best bookmarks of 2014 along with a movie stub to the Lego Movie and a Delta boarding pass for a flight to Las Vegas.

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Noah Van Sciver - “The Lizard Laughed”
You may know Noah Van Sciver from his acclaimed biography of Lincoln’s early days as a mopey lawyer in “The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln”, or the hundreds of other things he has done.  This one, “The Lizard Laughed”, came in the new Oily Comics bundle.  I like his comics most when they get a little less introspective and more jokey.  The funniest comic he did was “Hallelujah” in Alternative Comics #4 where an acerbic 19th century cartoonist walks around with a bad attitude.  I also like when he stretches his drawing beyond scruffy looking losers to illustrate landscapes or action scenes.   "The Lizard Laughed" isn’t really funny.  In it a loser comes to town to meet his even bigger loser deadbeat dad. They go out in the desert and look around and that night the son contemplates murdering his father but changes his mind. The narrative is spare but the landscapes are eye catching and combined with the tone and pacing really let the comic breathe. There is something about the way Noah Van Sciver’s tight little scratchy line opens up to show these landscapes that is visually interesting and adds a layer of emotional depth that might not have registered as strongly otherwise.

Noah Van Sciver - “The Lizard Laughed”

You may know Noah Van Sciver from his acclaimed biography of Lincoln’s early days as a mopey lawyer in “The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln”, or the hundreds of other things he has done.  This one, “The Lizard Laughed”, came in the new Oily Comics bundle.  I like his comics most when they get a little less introspective and more jokey.  The funniest comic he did was “Hallelujah” in Alternative Comics #4 where an acerbic 19th century cartoonist walks around with a bad attitude.  I also like when he stretches his drawing beyond scruffy looking losers to illustrate landscapes or action scenes.   "The Lizard Laughed" isn’t really funny.  In it a loser comes to town to meet his even bigger loser deadbeat dad. They go out in the desert and look around and that night the son contemplates murdering his father but changes his mind. The narrative is spare but the landscapes are eye catching and combined with the tone and pacing really let the comic breathe. There is something about the way Noah Van Sciver’s tight little scratchy line opens up to show these landscapes that is visually interesting and adds a layer of emotional depth that might not have registered as strongly otherwise.

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SPOILER: True Colors was on the boat going to the UK to play shows and ran into Herr Seele. They talked for a while and he apparently used to go to hardcore shows in the ’80s so he was amused to meet a current day hardcore band. They half-jokingly asked him to draw them a cover and he did it. It was used for a limited edition cover for their “Perspective” 7”.
ME: Did they recognize him by sight?

SPOILER: Oh yeah. He’s a well known TV celeb in Belgium, as is Kamagurka. He’s also easy to spot since he looks like a cross between William Burroughs and a skinhead.

SPOILER: True Colors was on the boat going to the UK to play shows and ran into Herr Seele. They talked for a while and he apparently used to go to hardcore shows in the ’80s so he was amused to meet a current day hardcore band. They half-jokingly asked him to draw them a cover and he did it. It was used for a limited edition cover for their “Perspective” 7”.

ME: Did they recognize him by sight?

SPOILER: Oh yeah. He’s a well known TV celeb in Belgium, as is Kamagurka. He’s also easy to spot since he looks like a cross between William Burroughs and a skinhead.