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January 11 Midnight Ramblings

The Digest Ethusiast

Are you a fan of digest magazines like F&SF, Fate or the Archie Digest Library? Send your email to 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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