This 16 page risograph magazine edited by Blaise Larmee -- with Jake Terrell lending a helping hand -- is completely devoted to interviews with women comics creators in their 20s who live(d) and/or work(ed) in the NYC area: Aidan Koch, Lala Albert, Leah Wishnia, Sab and Nou, who drew the cover for this issue. Each of the interviews is illustrated, both with drawings by and photos of (most of) the creators. Eschewing the standard physical magazine format, this issue is simply 8 sheets of heavy, white 7 1/2" x 10" paper, printed in blue on both sides (with red added on the front cover sheet) with a single staple through the top left corner. Laid back in approach, this little mag nevertheless yields some engaging results.
The theme of this issue of š! #25 is 'Gaijin Mangaka', and it's proven to be a very fruitful theme, as this is one of the best issues yet! Co-edited by Berliac, who also contributed the cover illustration, it opens up with an introductory essay by the celebrated British comics scholar, Paul Gravett and features new work by these fine comickers hailing from Europe as well as both North and South America: Andrés Magán (Spain), Aseyn (France), Ben Marcus (USA), Berliac (Argentina), Daylen Seu (USA), Dilraj Mann (UK), GG (Canada), Gloria Rivera (USA), Hetamoé (Portugal), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Luis Yang (Spain), Mickey Zacchilli (USA), Nou (USA), Vincenzo Filosa (Italy), xuh (Poland).
The work here ranges far and wide in tone and technique: from the action-packed surrealism of Vincezno Filosa's "Don't Touch This Gamela" that opens the book to GG's taught and controlled "Lapse" to Mickey Zacchilli's loose and ratty-lined untitled work to Nou's lush and sensous "Ring Mark" and the many excellent pieces inbetween the only unifying characteristic is a dedication to the limitless potential of manga. Recommended!
Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, high quality and environmentally friendly Munken paper.