<<•>> curated by Tom Neely <<•>> This compendium of 71 single-panel gag cartoons from the world of independent comics is a genuine goldmine of unique comics work. Who's in this comical compendium? Well, hold on to your hats for this partial list: Andrice Arp, Marc Bell, Chris Cilla, Michael DeForge, Kim Deitch, Theo Ellsworth, Robert Goodin, Juliacks, Kaz, Anders Nilsen, Jason Overby, John Porcellino (whose lead-off contribution had us wondering if perhaps he hadn't missed his calling as a New Yorker cartoonist), Jesse Reklaw, Zak Sally, Josh Simmons, Matthew Thurber, Noah Van Sciver, Dylan Williams, Chris Wright and more!!! In full color and black & white. Anyone who misses out on this will be kicking themselves for years to come. Don't let yourself be one of them!
<<•>> edited and published by David Youngblood <<•>> One of the highlights of the 2003 SPX, and one of the best anthologies of the year, this 160 page squarebound volume features a lot of great work by a lot of great people like Souther Salazar, Sammy Harkham, Josh Simmons, Kurt Wolfgang, Farel Dalrymple, Dylan Williams, Marc Bell, Paul Hornschemeier, Nick Bertozzi, and Pittsburgh's own Jim Rugg, among many others! The concept with this issue is that each story must begin with the sentence that the previous story ended with. This is one of the best out there: small press, community building, unique, original and good. Long out of print, but we just discovered that we have a secret stash! 2003 • 160 pages • B & W
Long out of print rarity! We have just a very few copies remaining. GONE!
<<•>> edited by Isaac Cates <<•>>
An ambitious, well thought out and nicely produced and printed new (well, kind of) anthology title, Cartozia Talesfeatures an ongoing series of related, sometimes interconnecting tales all set in the same fictional world. It's a bit more complex than this cursory description allows, but readers will quickly discover this on their own. There is a regular ongoing group of artists and writers who return each issue. This group includes series editor, Cates, Shawn Cheng, Sarah Becan, Tom Motley, Jen Vaughn, Lupi McGinty, Lucy Bellwood and Mike Wenthe. This core group is then joined each issue by special guest artists, which so far include Dylan Horrocks, James Kochalka, Corinne Mucha, Luke Pearson, Matt Weigle, Sally Madden, Kevin Cannon and many others. Each 6" x 9" issue runs 40-44 pages and is printed on heavy off white stock with card stock covers. Some issues include added bonuses such as cardboard cut-out "paper dolls" with their own cut-out paper outfits (#2), fold out maps (#5), a board game (#6). This is a engaging and well done series that shows continued promise; it also stands to fill the vacancy left with the demise of the similarly excellent, but sadly erstwhile comics anthology, Papercutter. Well worth a look!
It took a little longer than usual this time around, but the new Now is here! Featuring another 112 pages of (mostly) color comics by a cohort of today's top creators. This time around we have the latest from Tommi Parrish, Theo Ellsworth, Kurt Ankeny, Chris Wright, María Medem, El Don Guillermo, James Romberger, Kate Lacour, Keren Katz, Nick Thorburn, Noah Van Sciver, and Nathan Cowdry. Cover by Will Sweeney.