The highlight of this issue has to be the cover feature, Graham Annable's twisted tale. It is the only work we can think of that comes close to clothing the corpus of the classic EC tradition in the garb of contemporary comics sensibilities. It delivers a compelling theme with an extreme economy that is simply only possible in comics. It's pretty much an instant classic (apparently, Lynda Barry agrees, as she selected this tale for inclusion the 2008 America's Best Comics Anthology). And that's just the highlight! We also have on hand Elijah J. Brubaker (Reich), whose contribution tells the story of a pair of artists who wander a rainy city looking for beauty, inspiration... and doughnuts. And then there's the one and only Lilli Carré (Tales of Woodsman Pete), who presents a short piece about a man born with a mandolin for a head.
This issue features a wide range of material. The cover and lead feature are by Corinne Mucha (My Alaskan Summer) who tells the story about a time in her life when she was haunted by a coven of traveling witches. Jeremy Tinder (Black Apple Ghost Factory) cuts loose with a story about a man embarking on the craziest night of his life. Elijah Brubaker (Reich) returns to Papercutter to share a glimpse at the coolest kids in high school. Additional art by Nate Beaty.
TUGBOAT SEZ: "The hauntingly beautiful ninth issue of the acclaimed anthology series dedicated to showcasing the best young, underexposed and emerging comic book artists is here. Aron Nels Steinke (Big Plans) presents the featured story about a young couple living in a haunted house and the strange dreams that plague the owners. Elijah Brubaker (Reich) tries to find hope while in line for the ATM. And Hellen Jo (Jin and Jam) tells the tale of the spookiest back street in San Francisco." Inside front and back covers by stalwart Tugboater, Nate Beaty.