What we have here is a very nicely produced, full color, perfectbound comics anthology out of Cleveland, OH that features work by midwest creators, many of whom will be familiar to anyone who has attended PIX and/or the Pittsburgh Zine Fair: Kevin and Matt Czapiewski; Liz Suburbia; Alex Martin; Brandon B; Cherry Au; Eric Kubli; Jessi Zabarsky; Jory Griffis; Katherine Verhoeven; Keith Pakiz; L. Nichols; Liz Valasco; Mandy Sampson; and Niki Smith. As much as we like this anthology, we have to go on record as being mystified by the choice of cover art, as not only is it the opposite of eye-catching, it does not represent the contents well either. So, our advice is: Please ignore the cover. There's a lot of nice work showcased here, much of which can be previewed on the editor's Tumblr. Definitely worth a look.
At last! Sacred Heart is here. Liz Suburbia has long been a staple of the hand-made photocopied, slice-of-punk-rock-life mini-comics scene, and we've been enjoying her comics for years here at Copacetic. Now her long-in-the-works -- and long-awaited -- 300 page-teenage-punk-rock-coming-of-age graphic novel has arrived, featuring some of the tightest B & W line art this side of Jaime Hernandez. We posted a quick preview of some interior spreads on Ello, HERE.
BACK IN PRINT!
The (tearful) Farewell Issue of CM. Liz Suburbia reflects on her life – choices, directions, ideas, the implausibility of it all, etc – in 24 pages filled with her sharp(ie), cleaner-than-clean line comics. Sexy, fun, deep and silly all at once, Cyanide Milkshake has made for a unique reading experience. The issue's conclusion included an intimation of a future collection of the entire series, which will give those mourning its end something to look forward to. Let's hope there will be more comics making in her future!