Printed by Paul Lyons and Roby Newton for Hidden Fortress Press of Providence, RI, this year's incarnation of Monster is comprised of three volumes, each printed in blue and red and each sporting engraved, heavy-stock covers, and all wrapped together in a silk screened slipcase. All three covers and the slipcase art are by Heather Benjamin. The three volumes run 64 pages each – for a total of nearly 200 pages of comics – and include work by Lale Westvind, Jordan Crane (amazing!), Brian Ralph, Mollie Goldstrom, Paul Lyons, Mat Brinkman, Roby Newton, Walker Mettling, Andy Neal, Kevin Hooyman, Thomas Toye, Edie Fake, Brittany Hague, Jon Vermilyea (nice!), Leif Goldberg, Mike Taylor, Sam Dollenmayer, Michael DeForge, Keith Jones, Mickey Zacchilli, Marc Bell, Molly O'Connell, Seth Cooper and Devin Flynn. Limited to 500 copies. These always sell out, so don't snooze on this one... in fact we sold out - but managed to get fresh copies so now it's SOLD OUT, AGAIN!
This issue's highlights include: the only full-length interview with one-of-a-kind comics poet/genius, John Hankiewicz, that we are aware of, conducted by his pal and confidant, (Jeremy) Onsmith; A color pastel comics meditation on Alex Toth by Dylan Williams; an appreciation of the art of Lois Lenski by Austin English, who also contributed two short comics pieces; more!