Author Archives: Justin

[Dedicated To Dylan Williams] Post York by James Romberger: Set in a post-apocalyptic New York City that thematically values humanitarianism over sheer survival, Post York seeks to re-examine man’s relationship to the natural world. This was the offering from Uncivilized … Continue reading

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www.gingerrabbitstudio.com $3 Do you guys remember that film Life Is Beautiful, with Roberto Benigni playing a Jewish Italian who shields his son from the horrors of a Nazi Internment Camp by making a surreal elaborate game of it all? Yeah. That’s … Continue reading

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www.birdcagebottombooks.com $6 Loud Comix is billed as the brainchild of Jamie Vayda, wherein he marries his two passions of illustration and punk band fronting, to infuse the world of comics with the beloved DIY spirit and punk sensibility. He’s asked … Continue reading

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www.graememcnee.com 40 pages I like to think of An Afternoon in Ueno as a Japanese comics version of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It’s about a young girl who inadvertently ends up dodging her parents and playing hookie for the day. … Continue reading

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www.lailamilevski.com 56 pages $15 I was a little startled to discover the price point of $15, which I think might be cost prohibitive for a self-published black and white comic, but on the positive side it does contain a whopping … Continue reading

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www.brockart.storenvy.com www.brockart.net 12 pages $4 Creator Drew Brockington debuted this book recently at SPX, and it also serves as further evidence that there’s a thriving mini-comics and small press scene in Minneapolis, with fellow publishers like Jordan Shiveley’s Grimalkin Press … Continue reading

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www.robkirbycomics.com 24 pages $5 Snack Pak is a digest-sized collection of black and white diary comics which all function quite well. What I like about Rob Kirby’s approach is that he’s never afraid to reveal personal details, even if they … Continue reading

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www.ansispurins.tumblr.com 16 pages Magic Forest takes place in the world of Purins’ Zombre series, and it’s even suggested that this could function as Zombre #2.5, with the further adventures of Ranger Martin Elvis and a familiar magic forest. The pieces range from … Continue reading

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PROLOGUE First, some context… so when I got out of college, I started working in federal law enforcement at the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). Fast forward a few years and I’m recruited into the corporate security … Continue reading

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www.fantagraphics.com $29.99 Fantagraphics has filled a much-needed gap in the market by attempting to catalogue significant entries in the vast world of small print run, self-published, often regional and/or out of print DIY mini-comics. Yay! It’s an especially daunting task … Continue reading

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