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The Digest EnthusiastFebruary 8 Midnight Ramblings

The Digest Enthusiast book one is out. Interviews with editors Gordon Van Gelder (F&SF), Phyllis Galde (Fate) and Matthew Turcotte. Contributors include Joe Wehrle, Jr., D. Blake Werts, Tom Brinkmann, Rob Imes, Larry Johnson, Bob Vojtko, Michael Neno, Lesann Berry, Richard Krauss and more. Available in print for $5.99 from CreateSpace and Amazon and on Kindle for $1.99 from Amazon.

A little late with this news about Copy This! #11, but if you haven’t gotten yours yet, there’s still time. See the sidebar on our home page for ordering details. This one is the first All Art edition and it’s packed full of comix and illustrations by John Howard (cover), Daniel Elisii, Bob Vojtko, Howard Cruse, Brian Payne, Tom Brinkmann, Jaime Crespo, Joseph Tenney, Bob X, Maximum Traffic, Andrew Goldfarb, Andy Nukes, Delicia Williams, Gary Fields, Jim Ryan, Michael Neno, Scott Davis, Brian Leonard, Brian John Mitchell, David Robertson, O’Ryan, Mike Hill, R. Hendricks, Jim Siergey, Michael Tuz, RC Harvey, Edward Bolman, David Miller, Charles Brubaker, Nate McDonough, Tom Morley, Joe Wehrle, Jr., and Bill McKay (back cover).

Copy This! #11Editor D. Blake Werts is deep into work on Copy This! #12 already, featuring his interview with the prolific cartoonist, Colin Upton, who is based in Vancouver, BC.

Also out recently is Xerography Debt #36. Edited by Davida Gypsy Breier, featuring a Lovecraftian cover by Bojan/Botda and layout and design by Kathy Moseley, this 72 pager is jammed full of zine reviews and opinions from the usual clan of indie columnists and contributors.

Breier opens things nicely with her thoughts on support. “Oftentimes support is seen as strictly financial—buying zines or funding a Kickstarter campaign, but that isn’t always an option for everyone, nor the only option. In my eyes support is showing up at a reading to support not only friends but any author or publisher you respect. It means writing a letter to say how much you enjoyed a new issue (or book). It means writing a review 0r telling other people about zines you admire.”

Looking at Stuff is for ChumpsShe’s right. These things are not financial winners. In fact, most of the time they’re losers. Beyond the personal creative rewards, the primary reason these books are put into the world is to be read. Support for them is critical. “So show up and support in whatever way you can. It matters.”

For much more about Xerography Debt #36 see Leeking Inc., where you can click through to Microcosm and order a copy for $4.00.

Lauren Barnett send a copy of her latest comic, Looking at Stuff is for Chumps, featuring Barry the Blind Crow. Sixteen pages of pen and ink drawings of Barry and his brethren framed in watercolor backgrounds, with Barry’s entertaining, and often funny acidic quips and observations. Here’s one example, “People seem to think that nightingales have nice voices. But, let me tell you, the first and only time I ever heard one, I wished I was full-on Helen Kellered. My ears are probably bleeding now just from the memory.”

Looking at Stuff is for Chumps is published by Tinto Press LLC, where you can preview an interior page and purchase it for $2.00. You can read Barnett’s comics online at Me Likes You Comics.

Kill the FaceIn the late 1980’s a new comic book company, Ace Comics, was founded with a dedication to quality. Publisher Ron Frantz amassed a group of legendary artists, including Steve Ditko, Alex Toth, C. C. Beck, Pat Boyette, and gained rights to some classic Golden Age comics. Ace Comics has relaunched with new collections: Hot Rods, Skyman and now The Face.

There was a Golden Age for masked crime-fighters and The Face was one of the best... Decades later a new crime buster takes on the mantle and tradition of The Face, declaring a one man war on the city's gangs and corrupt politicians! With a million dollar bounty on his head from the mob and the police after him with shoot-to-kill orders, does the new Face stand a chance?

Ace Comics brings us a 64-page comic featuring the work of Joe Gill and Steve Ditko. With a cover by Alex Toth and an introduction by Ditkomania editor and publisher, Rob Imes, Kill the Face is available for $12.99 in print or $1.99 as a digital download.

The Believer #111The Believer #111 is out. Interviews with Robert Crumb and Roz Chast and much more. Celebrating the release of the recent Zap collection from Fantagraphics Books, Crumb talks extensively about his early days, the underground comix movement in San Francisco and the life and times of Zap Comix. Now 71, he says he ready to leave the stage and let the younger folks take over. “Comics is a young man’s game. You’ve gotta love it, you’ve gotta be really dedicated, it’s a lot of work. There’s very little reward for the amount of work you put in, in comics.”

The interview with Roz Chast centers on her memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? and her relationship with her parents. Chast’s graphic novel about the care of her parents during their final years is a finalist for a National Book Award.


January 11 Midnight Ramblings

Are you a fan of digest magazines like F&SF, Fate or the Archie Digest Library? Sign up at Larque Press for updates on The Digest Enthusiast, coming in January from Larque Press.

Copy This #10Copy This! #10 came out a few weeks ago. This edition features my interview with indie icon Steve Lafler and includes two bonus trading cards with paintings by the talented Mr. Lafler. Plus, Copy This! publisher and minicomix patron D. Blake Werts brings us up to speed with Daniel Elish, Delicia Williams, Tom Davidson, Brian Payne, Jeff Clayton, Suzanne Baumann, Cullen Beckhorn, Kelly Froh, Edward Bolman, Blair Wilson, Robert Jennings, Nills Balls, Brian Leonard, Alexander Lay, Micah Liesenfeld, Billy McKay, Charles Brubaker, Everett Rand and Andrew Goldfarb.

Emi Gennis was kind enough to send a copy of her recent comix, and I’m a bit tardy in getting it posted here. Trepanation is subtitled Elective Surgery You Need Like a Hole in the Head! And yes, that’s exactly what it’s about. Gennis enlightens readers about the procedure, its history and the current day movement advocating its benefits. Fascinating stuff, perfect for a documentary comic, nicely researched and rendered. It’s digest-size, with a two-color cover that wraps around 16 B&W interior pages. Visit Emi Gennis Comics for more of her work and a link to her Etsy shop where you can order Trepanation ($4.00), other comics, totes, etc.

Trepanation and A Theory

Clark Dissmeyer sent a copy of A Theory: overthought leading towards aetheral clarity. Written and drawn by Lara McCoy-Rolofson, it’s a digest-size comix in the direction of Michael Roden or Jamie Alder, but with its own unique style and thrust. Lara blogs at Larathustra, where you may be able to get in touch with her about this comix.

Treasury of Mini Comics Volume Two

Congratulations to Michael Dowers and Fantagraphics Books on the release of Treasury of Mini Comics Volume Two. This one is dedicated in the fond memory of Kim Thompson, Macedonio Garcia, Gary Arlington, Bruce N. Duncan and Tom Hosier. You can read all about it at Fantagraphics Books. It’s another must-have for serious mini comics readers.

Maximum TrafficTruth Be Known by Maximum Traffic (art scanned) Ricko describes it as "a pretty trippy project and, I believe, the final bow of Maximum Traffic. It contains one long narrative that incorporates (complete) comics, strips and art by Steve Willis, Edward Bolman, Marc Myers, Mike Hill, Joel Orff, Clark Dissmeyer, Mark Campos and others. Thick book, somewhere between 100-200 pages, 8 x 10.5 inches, published by Maximum Traffic in 1999." Still a few copies left for $15.99 from the Poopsheet Shop.

The Baltic Comics Magazine #19 is out as of December 2014. Cover: Ernests Kļaviņš (Latvia) Contributors: Alexis Beauclair (France), Amanda Baeza (Chile, Portugal), Dace Sietiņa (Latvia, The Netherlands), Dāvis Ozols (Latvia), Ernests Kļaviņš (Latvia), Joaquín Aldeguer (Spain), John Pound (USA), José Ja Ja Ja (Spain), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Laura Ķeniņš (Canada, Latvia), Liisa Kruusmägi (Estonia), Līva Kandevica (Latvia), Markus Häfliger (Switzerland), Martín López Lam (Peru, Spain), Mārtiņš Zutis (Latvia), Pixin (Singapore), Renee French (USA), René Rogge (Germany), Roope Eronen (Finland), Ville Kallio (Finland), Zane Zlemeša (Latvia). 4" x 6", 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, English, includes free bookplate and postcard. Worldwide shipping included for $14.00 from Kushkomikss.

Baltic Comics Magazine #19 and The Bands of Ball Point

Sucker StreetSuzanne Baumann sent a couple of comix, including a classic mini, The Bands of Ball Point, filled with sketches of bands. This was $1.00 when published in 2013, but may no longer be available. However, the more recent Sucker Street, from March 2014 should be. It’s a legal-size digest (7” x 8.5”) with eight interior pages of comics, plus cover. Priced at $3.00 a copy.

Visit Fridge-Mag for more about Baumann’s projects and check out her catalog for lots and lots titles.

The last Midnight Ramblings included mention of my adventures at Short Run 2014. And mere hours after it was posted, I noticed Rob Kirby's report on the event at Festival Season.


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