kicking it – 31st March 2021

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Amanda DeLong – ko-fi

I don’t do cross stitch, but if I did, I would COMPLETELY do this one! There are also zines to download, but really, surely that cross stitch is enough to chuck a few quid over?

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Monnie Winslowpatreon

I do like her art!

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Our Stories Carried Us Here: A Graphic Novel Anthology organised by Green Card Voices (@GreenCardVoices)

(still funding) finishes Sunday, April 18 2021 6:00 AM BST

10 stories of immigrating to the US. I particularly like that the organisation have paired illustrators from the same linguistic, cultural and regional backgrounds. There are some strong artists here as well.

Craig Moodie’s illustration by Ana Hinojosa

We Reap What We Sow by Joel Davies

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 22 2021 5:57 PM BST

I like both the subject and the photos here.

Keeping Metres by Jimmy Brimmacombe

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 23 2021 11:19 AM BST

Strong set of images.

Unburying My Father by Zander Masser

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 29 2021 12:05 PM BST

An interesting photographer, but also an interesting look at an under discussed part of the AIDS epidemic, those with haemophilia that received infected blood products.

Photograph by Randy Jay Masser

The Homeless Activist Book by Sage Lewis

Written by someone that set up a homeless tent village on his own property, this is his insight into homelessness in America.

I’m still loving these Kickstarter

Less than a week to go

Blueboy Brown by David Greg Taylor (@davidgregtaylor)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, March 31 2021 9:30 PM BST

A fictionalised historical tale grounded in researched facts. Created by an old time underground cartoonist making his way back into (long form) comics. The artwork is outstanding and the story pages on show are full of interesting humanity and fascinating details

Honk: A comics story about bullying by a 7-year-old creator by Owen Claytor, organised by Ryan Claytor (@elephanteater)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 12:00 AM BST

I love kid’s art anyway, but this such a good little zine

Never Ending Books Collective (@NEBcollective)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 4:59 AM BST

sounds like it could end up being a nice space for lo-fi culture, or just fail, but I think it’s worth a shot at keeping out the usual corporate high- street filler

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Into the Wilderness by Gabe Cheng (@gabechengcomics) and Elisa Meneghel

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 5:00 AM BST

Firstly, I like the loose art style, it’s good cartooning. Secondly, tis looks like a solid all ages read, as i get older I’m appreciating all ages reads much more, less grim dark and more story, which I enjoy.

Moving Through by Anna Magdalena

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 12:57 PM BST

great design showcasing some very beautiful images

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A Wounded Landscape – bearing witness to the Holocaust by Marc Wilson (@MarcwilsonPhoto)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 3:00 PM BST

a project and book of immense scope – said best in the campaign ‘Since May 2015, I have sat for hours listening to Rita, Harry, Lillian and others share their stories with me. I have listened to stories of their parents and grandparents, their brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. I have listened to stories in English, French, Hebrew, Polish, Dutch and Russian. I have travelled to over 120 locations in 20 countries making ‘A wounded landscape – bearing witness to the Holocaust’.

The photos are incredible and the whole package seems to be of incredible quality.

Quindrie Press: the 2021 comic collection (@QuindriePress) – editors Eve Greenwood (@evegwood) Alex Assan (@alexassanart)

creators @verface, @toadlett, @jmiltondraws and @ThomasHeitler

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 5:00 PM BST

All four of these titles look like great comics, by which I mean beautiful art centred on storytelling and character driven storylines. All are individual, whilst all being recognisably contemporary in their styles

Jabberwoke Pocket Occult Collection published by jabberwokebooks

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 7:49 PM BST

they’re republishing The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen a very under appreciated writer of weird fiction. It’s a lovely cover as well.

ComicScene History of Comics Books 5 to 8 by @ComicSceneNews

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 9:00 PM BST

I have an eternal soft spot for histories and books/magazines about comics, what can I say!!

The Plague and Doctor Caim by @gegallas from @castironbooks

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 11:00 PM BST

Both comic and disturbing. I’ve liked the look of this for a while and was glad when Cast Iron Books took this over from Unbound

Out of this World by Steve Ditko and Robin Snyder

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 1:22 PM BST

Steve Ditko really is, for me, the best of america’s comic creators. His use of line and space and comics capabilities is just a thing of beauty to me.

Project image for OUT OF THIS WORLD by Snyder and Ditko

HITxHIT Art Magazine | Latin American Art Issue 01: Agustina Nuñez published by HitxHit

(fully funded) finishes Fri, April 2 2021 4:38 PM BST

strikes me as an interesting idea

Night Leaves by Josephine Kreischer

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 6:00 PM BST

This one, not to be rude, is all about the art, for me. I have a real soft spot for misty, mysterious forestscapes with fairy tale like animal characters.

Being a girl by David Metcalfe-Carr (@MetcalfeCarr) and others

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 6:30 PM BST

A subject set in an interesting time, dealing with cross-dressing and coming to terms with it in the 90’s.

Fiend Friends: Soul Arcade by Vic Hollins

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 3 2021 1:59 PM BST

really, it was this page and remembering that exact same feeling that won me over

Still got a while yet

2020: A Drawing A Day by Tim King (@TimKing88)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 8 2021 10:55 AM BST

Good art and an interesting approach – sketching on daily object relevant to covid, like hand-gel bottles and gloves.

The Magpie: Volume 3 by Bones McKay (@BonesMFleming) & Ursula Gray (@ursulaoctopus)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 1:30 AM BST

There’s not much to go on for the story, but I really like the look of the art for this

Bird Brained Zine Anthology edited by @karrtunes

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 9:54 PM BST

always want more zine collections in the world and the samples look cool

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The Penned Guin – Burnout by Alan Henderson (@Shadow1972)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 10 2021 12:00 PM BST

It’s just a lot of bad puns and jokes and who doesn’t like that?

Cry Punch Comics organised by Al Gofa (@gofa_al)

(fully funded) finishes Sunday, April 11 2021 1:06 AM BST

interesting creators and anything made over the funding target gets split evenly between the creators, always a fair bonus, I like the look of this one, it made me smile

Colour Works the 1980s and 90s by Homer Sykes (@HomerSykes)

(still funding) finishes Sunday, April 11 2021 12:59 PM BST

an interesting time period (to me) and some great shots

Sigue Sigue Sputnik band members Neal Whitmore aka Neil X and Jane Farrimond known as Yana Yaya at the bar of a Cherton Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Blanco Volume One: The Truth Shall Set You Free by Marco Lopez (@atomicrexent)

(still funding) finishes Tuesday, April 13 2021 4:24 PM BST

another one where a page won me over – just check out the storytelling ease on this.

SKULLS An artbook by GEIST (@GeistArtUk)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, April 14 2021 1:00 AM BST

I love Geist’s art, and the variety of ways he can make images of skulls is incredible, this is going to be a beautiful looking book

Project

Typhoon Days organised by Francesca Carità

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, April 14 2021 5:00 PM BST

interesting subject matter and solid artwork

May be a cartoon

Eros + Venus: An Artbook by Rosielah by Rosie Alexander (@HeyRosielah)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 15 2021 6:00 PM BST

The artwork is just so amazing on this, or more specifically, the colour work really makes this something different.

Sonagi: A Korean Fable organised by Dr. Hall

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 16 2021 9:00 PM BST

I like the concept for the story and the backstory of how this came about

‘I am an English teacher in South Korea. I teach a class called the English Graphic Novel Project. The students in our wonderful class spent 16 weeks writing and drawing a complete graphic novel. The finished book was their FINAL EXAM.’

God Summoner – Chapter 1 by Dionysis Zogaris & Manos Lagouvardos

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 16 2021 10:00 PM BST

I just love that art.

Dwellings No. 2 by Jay Stephens (@kingpopgun) published by Black Eye Books (@blackeyebooks)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 17 2021 1:00 PM BST

Comics from a comics veteran; an amazing cartoonist

Incoming! edited by Gary Adams published by Incoming Magazine (@incomingmag)

(still funding) finishes Monday, April 19 2021 10:36 AM BST

Three very different art styles each of which is interesting @JustinMRyan87 @rayointhebottle @originalkrista and @Sebasti38998519

Black Stories Matter edited by Ramon Gil (@ramonsgil)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 22 2021 4:59 AM BST

The art alone looks varied and interesting and I know the work of both Mauricio Cordero and Trevor Von Eeden.

Off Limits: Berlin – Europe, 1992-1996 by Rab GP Lewin from Resipole Studios (@resipolestudios)

(still funding) finishes Saturday, April 24 2021 3:55 PM BST

The tagline says exactly why it’s interesting – ‘A photographic book documenting the European techno-traveller free party scene from 1992-1996.’ – interesting photos looking at a scene that was quite mythical in my youth – something i really wanted to be a part of secretly (despite hating the music)

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go look – Kirsten Slade

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go look – Sarah Horrocks

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So happy to see that we can still order some work in the UK!

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Goro Maxi #2 (Collects Issue 3 and 4)

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tumblr – mostly reposts of things Sarah likes

lazy sunday read – bildersturm

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regular posts all about photobooks – it sinks very closely to my tastes in photography, so it might yours as well

here are some articles about some of the books featured that I like

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Masao Yamamoto

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John Cohen

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SHOP! Stay Kind! distro

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Stay Kind! publish their own zines including perzines and various themed anothologies

As a distro -here are their own words

Stay Kind! is especially interested in publications related to racial justice, gender and sexuality, youth voice, animal rights, violence intervention and prevention, mental health, and personal narratives, as well as educational and informational publications.

Here are three titles that took my fancy

Ima Eat You! May 2016

I love a perzine and this includes something about Bravenet which, in reality is just a boring web service provider, but with that and the cover made me think of how you could use it as a great name for people confronting their own self-limiting learnt behaviours and I was off on a thought.

IEY1605

no salvation no forgiveness

the blurb totally caught my interest

It’s an elaborate fantasy about trapping Brett Kavanaugh in an elevator and forcing him to listen to me. It’s about being sad and weird and victimized in high school and growing up to be even sadder and even weirder and more victimized and being really, really fucking angry about that. By julia eff.

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Living Southerners December 2017

again – the blurb sold me, and the bit of interview you can see on the page below (from the zine)

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and the intro that you can also see because it’s so specific and I love that in a zine

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you can also check out their instagram and facebook

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foto friday – Leah Delacrux

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I don’t what she does with light, but there’s something so appealing about how she handles it and what it does to the colours in her photos.

I also admire how she manages texture and visual saturation within her photos, there’s always shapes and an instant appeal to appreciate, but there’s always more to dive deep into in the image.

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go look – vibrant.complexity.art

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this was actually a recommendation from a friend I got this week and it’s a beautiful looking account, with the recent post particularly catching my eye

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and this image really pleasing me

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kicking it – 24th March 2021

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David Greg Taylor patreon

David’s art alone is worth it, but the comic that he’s currently writing, Blueboy Brown, is shaping up to be a fascinating generational saga, currently set in post Civil War America.

Aim Ren Belandko-fi

Just a lovely style of art

Trapped (ZINE)

New this week

Honk: A comics story about bullying by a 7-year-old creator by Owen Claytor, organised by Ryan Claytor (@elephanteater)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 12:00 AM BST

I love kid’s art anyway, but this such a good little zine

Into the Wilderness by Gabe Cheng (@gabechengcomics) and Elisa Meneghel

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 5:00 AM BST

Firstly, I like the loose art style, it’s good cartooning. Secondly, tis looks like a solid all ages read, as i get older I’m appreciating all ages reads much more, less grim dark and more story, which I enjoy.

The Magpie: Volume 3 by Bones McKay (@BonesMFleming) & Ursula Gray (@ursulaoctopus)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 1:30 AM BST

There’s not much to go on for the story, but I really like the look of the art for this

The Penned Guin – Burnout by Alan Henderson (@Shadow1972)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 10 2021 12:00 PM BST

It’s just a lot of bad puns and jokes and who doesn’t like that?

Eros + Venus: An Artbook by Rosielah by Rosie Alexander (@HeyRosielah)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 15 2021 6:00 PM BST

The artwork is just so amazing on this, or more specifically, the colour work really makes this something different.

Sonagi: A Korean Fable organised by Dr. Hall

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 16 2021 9:00 PM BST

I like the concept for the story and the backstory of how this came about

‘I am an English teacher in South Korea. I teach a class called the English Graphic Novel Project. The students in our wonderful class spent 16 weeks writing and drawing a complete graphic novel. The finished book was their FINAL EXAM.’

God Summoner – Chapter 1 by Dionysis Zogaris & Manos Lagouvardos

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 16 2021 10:00 PM BST

I just love that art.

Dwellings No. 2 by Jay Stephens (@kingpopgun) published by Black Eye Books (@blackeyebooks)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 17 2021 1:00 PM BST

Comics from a comics veteran; an amazing cartoonist

Incoming! edited by Gary Adams published by Incoming Magazine (@incomingmag)

(still funding) finishes Monday, April 19 2021 10:36 AM BST

Three very different art styles each of which is interesting @JustinMRyan87 @rayointhebottle @originalkrista and @Sebasti38998519

Black Stories Matter edited by Ramon Gil (@ramonsgil)

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 22 2021 4:59 AM BST

The art alone looks varied and interesting and I know the work of both Mauricio Cordero and Trevor Von Eeden.

I’m still loving these Kickstarter

Less than a week to go

Blackford Manor by J. W. Grey (@BlackfordManor)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, March 25 2021 10:00 PM GMT

Can’t say anything about the writing as there are no samples, but the illustrations look fun, the plot idea sounds interesting and I just like the whole tone of how the campaign has been written to be honest

The Day the Klan Came to Town by Bill Campbell (@RosariumBill) and Bizhan Khodabandeh (@MendedArrow) published by PM Press (@PMPressOrg)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, March 26 2021 10:59 PM GMT

A fascinating subject from a very reliable and trustworthy publisher and still very resonant today (sadly)

Planet Comics issue 2 by @JeffMcClelland and others

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 5:00 AM BST

this just has some fun looking cartooning and seems to be a fun read fro mthe pages on show

The Tay Bridge Disaster from David Robertson (@FredEggComics)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 4:58 PM BST

Another fascinating historical comic, this one a long boiling project for a UK small press stalwart in his signature low key style. (I picked this images, the latter because it made me laugh, and both as they give a good insight into the tone you’re likely to find throughout)

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Birdcage Bottom Books 2021 publishing slate!! (@BirdcageBottom)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 9:06 PM BST

Not to play favourites, but this is an absolutely great publisher and I would (if I could) buy everything of theirs without question.

Still got a while yet

Blueboy Brown by David Greg Taylor (@davidgregtaylor)

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, March 31 2021 9:30 PM BST

Another fictionalised historical tale grounded in researched facts. This time from an old time underground cartoonist making his way back into (long form) comics. The artwork is outstanding and the story pages on show are full of interesting humanity and fascinating details

Never Ending Books Collective (@NEBcollective)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 4:59 AM BST

sounds like it could end up being a nice space for lo-fi culture, or just fail, but I think it’s worth a shot at keeping out the usual corporate high- street filler

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Moving Through by Anna Magdalena

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 12:57 PM BST

great design showcasing some very beautiful images

Project image for MOVING THROUGH

A Wounded Landscape – bearing witness to the Holocaust by Marc Wilson (@MarcwilsonPhoto)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 3:00 PM BST

a project and book of immense scope – said best in the campaign ‘Since May 2015, I have sat for hours listening to Rita, Harry, Lillian and others share their stories with me. I have listened to stories of their parents and grandparents, their brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. I have listened to stories in English, French, Hebrew, Polish, Dutch and Russian. I have travelled to over 120 locations in 20 countries making ‘A wounded landscape – bearing witness to the Holocaust’.

The photos are incredible and the whole package seems to be of incredible quality.

Quindrie Press: the 2021 comic collection (@QuindriePress) – editors Eve Greenwood (@evegwood) Alex Assan (@alexassanart)

creators @verface, @toadlett, @jmiltondraws and @ThomasHeitler

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 5:00 PM BST

All four of these titles look like great comics, by which I mean beautiful art centred on storytelling and character driven storylines. All are individual, whilst all being recognisably contemporary in their styles

Jabberwoke Pocket Occult Collection published by jabberwokebooks

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 7:49 PM BST

they’re republishing The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen a very under appreciated writer of weird fiction. It’s a lovely cover as well.

ComicScene History of Comics Books 5 to 8 by @ComicSceneNews

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 9:00 PM BST

I have an eternal soft spot for histories and books/magazines about comics, what can I say!!

The Plague and Doctor Caim by @gegallas from @castironbooks

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 11:00 PM BST

Both comic and disturbing. I’ve liked the look of this for a while and was glad when Cast Iron Books took this over from Unbound

Out of this World by Steve Ditko and Robin Snyder

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 1:22 PM BST

Steve Ditko really is, for me, the best of america’s comic creators. His use of line and space and comics capabilities is just a thing of beauty to me.

Project image for OUT OF THIS WORLD by Snyder and Ditko

HITxHIT Art Magazine | Latin American Art Issue 01: Agustina Nuñez published by HitxHit

(fully funded) finishes Fri, April 2 2021 4:38 PM BST

strikes me as an interesting idea

Night Leaves by Josephine Kreischer

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 6:00 PM BST

This one, not to be rude, is all about the art, for me. I have a real soft spot for misty, mysterious forestscapes with fairy tale like animal characters.

Being a girl by David Metcalfe-Carr (@MetcalfeCarr) and others

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 6:30 PM BST

A subject set in an interesting time, dealing with cross-dressing and coming to terms with it in the 90’s.

Fiend Friends: Soul Arcade by Vic Hollins

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 3 2021 1:59 PM BST

really, it was this page and remembering that exact same feeling that won me over

2020: A Drawing A Day by Tim King (@TimKing88)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 8 2021 10:55 AM BST

Good art and an interesting approach – sketching on daily object relevant to covid, like hand-gel bottles and gloves.

Bird Brained Zine Anthology edited by @karrtunes

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 9:54 PM BST

always want more zine collections in the world and the samples look cool

Project image for Bird Brained Zine Anthology

Cry Punch Comics organised by Al Gofa (@gofa_al)

(still funding) finishes Sunday, April 11 2021 1:06 AM BST

interesting creators and anything made over the funding target gets split evenly between the creators, always a fair bonus, I like the look of this one, it made me smile

Colour Works the 1980s and 90s by Homer Sykes (@HomerSykes)

(still funding) finishes Sunday, April 11 2021 12:59 PM BST

an interesting time period (to me) and some great shots

Sigue Sigue Sputnik band members Neal Whitmore aka Neil X and Jane Farrimond known as Yana Yaya at the bar of a Cherton Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Blanco Volume One: The Truth Shall Set You Free by Marco Lopez (@atomicrexent)

(still funding) finishes Tuesday, April 13 2021 4:24 PM BST

another one where a page won me over – just check out the storytelling ease on this.

SKULLS An artbook by GEIST (@GeistArtUk)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, April 14 2021 1:00 AM BST

I love Geist’s art, and the variety of ways he can make images of skulls is incredible, this is going to be a beautiful looking book

Project

Typhoon Days organised by Francesca Carità

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, April 14 2021 5:00 PM BST

interesting subject matter and solid artwork

May be a cartoon

Off Limits: Berlin – Europe, 1992-1996 by Rab GP Lewin from Resipole Studios (@resipolestudios)

(still funding) finishes Saturday, April 24 2021 3:55 PM BST

The tagline says exactly why it’s interesting – ‘A photographic book documenting the European techno-traveller free party scene from 1992-1996.’ – interesting photos looking at a scene that was quite mythical in my youth – something i really wanted to be a part of secretly (despite hating the music)

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zine library! Scarborough Zine Library

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I love a zine library!

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go look – Ian Miller

I know he’s not really small press, self publishing etc, but he’s been published by me in a small press anthology and his work is awesome, so I’m going to bend my own rules just like that!

prints from Alison Eldred

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Reviewer Revue – Ryan (Pocket Thoughts)

ZL – Hi Ryan, thanx for agreeing to talk to us!

Let’s start with a bit of an introduction, can you tell us your name, where you live and what site(s) and how long you have been reviewing?

RE – Hi, my name is Ryan, and I live in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  I publish Pocket Thoughts zines and co-host the Zinespiration Chat with Craig [Atkinson] from Five O’Clock Zines.  It’s like I’m Regis and Craig is Kathie-Lee.  Don’t let him tell you otherwise.

ZL – When and where did you publish your first review?

RE – I think the first real Zinespiration chat was with Richard Larios from Feral Publication.  It was really rad, because after a year or so of reading his work and engaging in text messages via Instagram etc, it was just so cool to have a face-to-face video chat in real time. And really, it’s felt similar with all the zinesters I’ve interviewed since.  Like, how cool is that?

ZL – What kind of work do you review and what would you say are your two or three biggest comfort spots for work when reviewing?

RE – I make a point of checking out any and all zines.  I personally find different kinds of inspiration from them, even if the content isn’t something I’d normally be interested in reading.  I love other individuals’ viewpoints, but also from a design standpoint, it’s neat to see someone else’s creative process and how they may approach an idea or topic differently than I would, or another zinester friend of mine would.

ZL – Describe your approach to a review. 

RE – The whole point of the Zinespiration Chat show is to show off and promote zinesters’ work to those who may not ordinarily discover them. Most important during the chat process is that the guest feels comfortable being there – ensuring ahead of time that we’re pronouncing names correctly, using their requested pronouns, and also pre-discussing any off limits topics to not bring up.  Otherwise, the goal is that we all have some fun and some laughs and let the zinesters’ personalities shine thru.

ZL – What would you say are the key things a creator should do or think about when asking for reviews of their work

RE – A little research goes a long way.  Recently I had a band ask me to do a review of them in one of my zines, which is not something I do in my own zines, even tho there are lots of zines that specialize in rock-show and punk reviews as the meat and potatoes of the pages. I wish them all the luck in the world, but also, like, why are they asking me to review their band? I’m the dude who dressed up hot dog weenies in Halloween costumes, y’know?

ZL – Can you tell us about the review you’re most proud of and why that is?

RE – I dig ‘em all.  I just feel very fortunate to have gotten to know so many expressive and creative zinesters over the last few years.

ZL – Lastly, as Weirdo Brigade was an influence on how I’ve set this site up I thought I’d post this below!

ZL – Thanx so much for your time!

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go look – Tristan Wright

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lazy sunday read – Ryan C.’s Four Color Apocalypse

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header art by Liesbeth De Stercke

Ryan does an amazing job of covering the small press, he’s like a machine with the amount he gets reviewed!

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great interview about an interesting anthology

also LOTS of reviews about zines, mini comics, and self-published and small press comics

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SHOP! Colossive Press

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NOTE – I have been published and distributed by Colossive Press – I won’t be highlighting those publications

I have loved Colossive Press’ zines since I first saw Croydon Spaceport (a hugely enjoyable and funny zine about the UK’s first failed spaceport) and High Precision Ghosts – one of the most interesting formats for a zine I’ve ever seen.

With the Cartographies series they’ve really found a fascinating format to show case creators.

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foto friday – Cris Romagosa

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It’s his recent work on this account that I enjoy the most, more experimental and poetic and manufactured. It feels ethereal and enigmatic, like photographic poetry

you can also find him

at this insta, on his website

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go look – Lucy Sullivan

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kicking it – 17th March 2021

Subscriptions

Katriona Chapmanpatreon

@katchapman

check out the below, it says it all pretty well!

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New this week

Cry Punch Comics organised by Al Gofa (@gofa_al)

(still funding) finishes Sunday, April 11 2021 1:06 AM BST

interesting creators and anything made over the funding target gets split evenly between the creators, always a fair bonus, I like the look of this one, it made me smile

SKULLS An artbook by GEIST (@GeistArtUk)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, April 14 2021 1:00 AM BST

I love Geist’s art, and the variety of ways he can make images of skulls is incredible, this is going to be a beautiful looking book

Project

Typhoon Days organised by Francesca Carità

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, April 14 2021 5:00 PM BST

interesting subject matter and solid artwork

May be a cartoon

Colour Works the 1980s and 90s by Homer Sykes (@HomerSykes)

(still funding) finishes Sunday, April 11 2021 12:59 PM BST

an interesting time period (to me) and some great shots

Sigue Sigue Sputnik band members Neal Whitmore aka Neil X and Jane Farrimond known as Yana Yaya at the bar of a Cherton Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne.

I’m still loving these Kickstarter

Less than a week to go

Gods of Aazurn by Gary Scott Beatty (@garyscottbeatty)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, March 19 2021 1:00 AM GMT

If I’m honest, I can’t label why I like this, it’s partly the ideas and how they just lean in to pulp’s lurid distortions of other cultures, partly it’s the sturm und drang approach to the art and it’s heavy lean into EC influenced underground comics and it’s also just got a sense that this is a person getting on and having fun with their own influences and obsessions.

Paragon issue 27 by Dave Candlish (@DAVEYCANDLISH)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, March 20 2021 12:43 PM GMT

a good old fashioned strip zine, with some classic uk strip zine strips!!

Weird Work #1 by @Jordan_J_Thomas (writer) and @shaky_kane (artist)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, March 22 2021 6:00 PM GMT

it’s Shaky Kane drawing!!

Still got a while yet

Blackford Manor by J. W. Grey (@BlackfordManor)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, March 25 2021 10:00 PM GMT

Can’t say anything about the writing as there are no samples, but the illustrations look fun, the plot idea sounds interesting and I just like the whole tone of how the campaign has been written to be honest

The Day the Klan Came to Town by Bill Campbell (@RosariumBill) and Bizhan Khodabandeh (@MendedArrow) published by PM Press (@PMPressOrg)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, March 26 2021 10:59 PM GMT

A fascinating subject from a very reliable and trustworthy publisher and still very resonant today (sadly)

Planet Comics issue 2 by @JeffMcClelland and others

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 5:00 AM BST

this just has some fun looking cartooning and seems to be a fun read fro mthe pages on show

The Tay Bridge Disaster from David Robertson (@FredEggComics)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 4:58 PM BST

Another fascinating historical comic, this one a long boiling project for a UK small press stalwart in his signature low key style. (I picked this images, the latter because it made me laugh, and both as they give a good insight into the tone you’re likely to find throughout)

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Birdcage Bottom Books 2021 publishing slate!! (@BirdcageBottom)

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 9:06 PM BST

Not to play favourites, but this is an absolutely great publisher and I would (if I could) buy everything of theirs without question.

Blueboy Brown by David Greg Taylor (@davidgregtaylor)

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, March 31 2021 9:30 PM BST

Another fictionalised historical tale grounded in researched facts. This time from an old time underground cartoonist making his way back into (long form) comics. The artwork is outstanding and the story pages on show are full of interesting humanity and fascinating details

Never Ending Books Collective (@NEBcollective)

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 4:59 AM BST

sounds like it could end up being a nice space for lo-fi culture, or just fail, but I think it’s worth a shot at keeping out the usual corporate high- street filler

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Moving Through by Anna Magdalena

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 12:57 PM BST

great design showcasing some very beautiful images

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A Wounded Landscape – bearing witness to the Holocaust by Marc Wilson (@MarcwilsonPhoto)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 3:00 PM BST

a project and book of immense scope – said best in the campaign ‘Since May 2015, I have sat for hours listening to Rita, Harry, Lillian and others share their stories with me. I have listened to stories of their parents and grandparents, their brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. I have listened to stories in English, French, Hebrew, Polish, Dutch and Russian. I have travelled to over 120 locations in 20 countries making ‘A wounded landscape – bearing witness to the Holocaust’.

The photos are incredible and the whole package seems to be of incredible quality.

Quindrie Press: the 2021 comic collection (@QuindriePress) – editors Eve Greenwood (@evegwood) Alex Assan (@alexassanart)

creators @verface, @toadlett, @jmiltondraws and @ThomasHeitler

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 5:00 PM BST

All four of these titles look like great comics, by which I mean beautiful art centred on storytelling and character driven storylines. All are individual, whilst all being recognisably contemporary in their styles

Jabberwoke Pocket Occult Collection published by jabberwokebooks

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 7:49 PM BST

they’re republishing The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen a very under appreciated writer of weird fiction. It’s a lovely cover as well.

ComicScene History of Comics Books 5 to 8 by @ComicSceneNews

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 9:00 PM BST

I have an eternal soft spot for histories and books/magazines about comics, what can I say!!

The Plague and Doctor Caim by @gegallas from @castironbooks

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 11:00 PM BST

Both comic and disturbing. I’ve liked the look of this for a while and was glad when Cast Iron Books took this over from Unbound

Out of this World by Steve Ditko and Robin Snyder

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 1:22 PM BST

Steve Ditko really is, for me, the best of america’s comic creators. His use of line and space and comics capabilities is just a thing of beauty to me.

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HITxHIT Art Magazine | Latin American Art Issue 01: Agustina Nuñez published by HitxHit

(fully funded) finishes Fri, April 2 2021 4:38 PM BST

strikes me as an interesting idea

Night Leaves by Josephine Kreischer

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 6:00 PM BST

This one, not to be rude, is all about the art, for me. I have a real soft spot for misty, mysterious forestscapes with fairy tale like animal characters.

Being a girl by David Metcalfe-Carr (@MetcalfeCarr) and others

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 6:30 PM BST

A subject set in an interesting time, dealing with cross-dressing and coming to terms with it in the 90’s.

Fiend Friends: Soul Arcade by Vic Hollins

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 3 2021 1:59 PM BST

really, it was this page and remembering that exact same feeling that won me over

2020: A Drawing A Day by Tim King (@TimKing88)

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 8 2021 10:55 AM BST

Good art and an interesting approach – sketching on daily object relevant to covid, like hand-gel bottles and gloves.

Bird Brained Zine Anthology edited by @karrtunes

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 9:54 PM BST

always want more zine collections in the world and the samples look cool

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Blanco Volume One: The Truth Shall Set You Free by Marco Lopez (@atomicrexent)

(still funding) finishes Tuesday, April 13 2021 4:24 PM BST

another one where a page won me over – just check out the storytelling ease on this.

Off Limits: Berlin – Europe, 1992-1996 by Rab GP Lewin from Resipole Studios (@resipolestudios)

(still funding) finishes Saturday, April 24 2021 3:55 PM BST

The tagline says exactly why it’s interesting – ‘A photographic book documenting the European techno-traveller free party scene from 1992-1996.’ – interesting photos looking at a scene that was quite mythical in my youth – something i really wanted to be a part of secretly (despite hating the music)

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go listen – Breakfast in the Ruins

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ok – so this might not be for everyone, it’s quite specifically centred around Michael Moorcock, but it’s all done in a very engaging tone and branches out into some general territory, like Sven Hassel and growing up in the 80’s.

also – I love Michael Moorcock, so it’s all good for me!

Breakfast in the Ruins is One Year Old!
art by @hf_tf

start here which it the whole run in chronological order

this is the introduction

this is a great episode with Kek-W and touches on many 2000AD matters as well

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go look – Stefan Alexander

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Reviewer Revue – Warren E Elliott

ZL – Hi, thanks for agreeing to talk to us!

Let’s start with a bit of an introduction, can you tell us your name, where you live and what site(s) and how long you have been reviewing?

WEE – Hi! I’m Warren E. Elliott and I currently live in southeast Arizona near the Mexican border. I post my reviews to my Blog and to The Poopsheet Foundation. I’ve been reviewing zines and comics (and for a while music and movies) since late 1999.

ZL – When and where did you publish your first review?

WEE – Ah, the first review. In the winter of 1999 I was serving on active duty in the U.S. Army and deployed to Kosovo. While experiencing my first Balkan winter I responded to an online request for a reviewer for a zine called Muuna Takeena published out of Finland. I was bored during my downtime and just wanted something interesting to read. I agreed to review whatever was sent my way and the zine’s editor/publisher agreed to send me packages of zines and comics. It was a great relationship that continued for about a year. After I moved back to the states I continued to send reviews to Muuna Takeena and, with the editor’s blessing, I began posting reviews online too. 

Seeing my reviews published in Muuna Takeena was exciting and it allowed me to engage with readers. As I recall readers would write letters/emails to the editor commenting on each issue and several were regarding my reviews. It was nice to interact with people like that and encouraged me to keep reviewing things.

ZL – What kind of work do you review and what would you say are your two or three biggest comfort spots for work when reviewing?

WEE – I started out reviewing anything indie creators wanted to send my way, but for the past few years I’ve focused mostly on comics and comics related zines. I’m a comics creator and cartoonist myself, so pretty much anything related to comics or art will resonate with me. I really enjoy studying how others create. The page compositions, linework, design, it all grabs my attention. I sometimes take way too long to write a review because I’m so busy studying every line on every page. I can easily get lost in the details.

ZL – Describe your approach to a review. 

WEE – I read the comic/zine cover-to-cover. Then I go back and make notes on things like pacing, story telling, and art. I try to give an overall, brief description of what I’m reviewing. I’ll call out the things that impress me, but I won’t bring attention to things I don’t like. That’s not what I’m about. I want to promote what others are doing, not harp on their weaknesses.

ZL – What would you say are the key things a creator should do or think about when asking for reviews of their work?

WEE – For me, always provide ordering/contact information! I hate to receive something and not know how to tell others how to get it. Other than that I would say be patient. Most reviewers have other commitments in their lives so it may take a long time to get to your publication. If you really need a review fast, tell the reviewer.

ZL – Can you tell us about the review you’re most proud of and why that is?

WEE – Ha! I’ve been doing this for so long it’s hard to narrow favorites down. I’ve received feedback from creators thanking me for my reviews and telling me I’ve given them the encouragement they needed to keep going. That’s always a rewarding feeling and motivates me to keep reviewing. But the one review I’m most proud of is one from several years ago and it has nothing to do with what I wrote, but rather what I posted on my own website. It was a queer zine that had a drawing of a nude man’s torso revealing his penis. When I posted the cover image along with the review it seemed innocent enough to me. I mean males of just about every species have some sort of a penis, but at least one other person thought otherwise. 

This guy, who is still active in the small press comics scene, took to numerous message boards to spread lies about me and claim that I had set the small press back a decade by daring to post a zine cover with a penis on it! Although at the time I was pissed about the lies, now I can say I’m proud to have evoked such a reaction. 

ZL – Lastly, can you tell us where to find your reviews please!

You can find my reviews at:

Mini comics by Michael Neno

ZL – Thanks so much for your time!

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lazy sunday read – Classic UK Comics Zines

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organised by David Hathawy-Price

From his own Fanscene

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To classic fanzines (this one’s Arkensword)

ARKEN SWORD 30

to strip zines (Litratrip – cover Tony Schofield)

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SHOP! Shelflife (Cardiff)

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foto friday – South of the River by Luke Banks

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an ongoing project documenting the neighbourhoods of South London

there’s a stark look to them that I really enjoy

photos are by Luke Banks

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kicking it – 11th March 2021

all the kickstarters that are catching my eye at the mo (and sometimes other things to back as well)

another bumper week of new kickstarters to add here.

Also, it’s odd when you start looking at these, because there are some projects you look at and think must be doing huge numbers just because they are clearly such high quality and then you see that there are only a few backers and they have some modest amount that they’re aiming for. I don’t want to diminish what they a re achieving, but it seems amazing to me that there aren’t larger numbers on some of these, so occasionally I’m going to pull one out to highlight at the top here.

This time it’s going to be Blueboy Brown by David Greg Taylor (@davidgregtaylor)

Just look at some of this art for a start, it’s beautiful. I’ve only got the story pages I’ve seen online to go by, but they feature interesting characters and a high level of story telling from what I’ve seen.

This comic looks amazing and should, to my mind, have hundreds of backers.

Subscriptions

Solradpatreon

@SOLRAD_mag

however you’ve encountered them, they’re an excellent group doing great things to promote comics so well worth your support. they’re publishing great comics and reviewing and interviewing interesting creators, what more could you ask for!

comic by Ellen O’Grady

Russell Mark Olson – patreon

@russell_m_olson

this one is specifically for Gateway City, which is a great read a the art is stunningly cool, so you can just enjoy that!

The opening page of Gateway City Volume 2 by Russell Mark Olson

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A Wounded Landscape – bearing witness to the Holocaust by Marc Wilson (@MarcwilsonPhoto)

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 3:00 PM BST

a project and book of immense scope – said best in the campaign ‘Since May 2015, I have sat for hours listening to Rita, Harry, Lillian and others share their stories with me. I have listened to stories of their parents and grandparents, their brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. I have listened to stories in English, French, Hebrew, Polish, Dutch and Russian. I have travelled to over 120 locations in 20 countries making ‘A wounded landscape – bearing witness to the Holocaust’.

The photos are incredible and the whole package seems to be of incredible quality.

Quindrie Press: the 2021 comic collection (@QuindriePress) – editors Eve Greenwood (@evegwood) Alex Assan (@alexassanart)

creators @verface, @toadlett, @jmiltondraws and @ThomasHeitler

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 5:00 PM BST

All four of these titles look like great comics, by which I mean beautiful art centred on storytelling and character driven storylines. All are individual, whilst all being recognisably contemporary in their styles

Out of this World by Steve Ditko and Robin Snyder

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 1:22 PM BST

Steve Ditko really is, for me, the best of america’s comic creators. His use of line and space and comics capabilities is just a thing of beauty to me.

Project image for OUT OF THIS WORLD by Snyder and Ditko

The Plague and Doctor Caim by @gegallas from @castironbooks

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 11:00 PM BST

Both comic and disturbing. I’ve liked the look of this for a while and was glad when Cast Iron Books took this over from Unbound

Jabberwoke Pocket Occult Collection published by jabberwokebooks

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 7:49 PM BST

they’re republishing The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen a very under appreciated writer of weird fiction. It’s a lovely cover as well.

HITxHIT Art Magazine | Latin American Art Issue 01: Agustina Nuñez published by HitxHit

(fully funded) finishes Fri, April 2 2021 4:38 PM BST

strikes me as an interesting idea

Night Leaves by Josephine Kreischer

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 6:00 PM BST

This one, not to be rude, is all about the art, for me. I have a real soft spot for misty, mysterious forestscapes with fairy tale like animal characters.

Being a girl by David Metcalfe-Carr (@MetcalfeCarr) and others

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 6:30 PM BST

A subject set in an interesting time, dealing with cross-dressing and coming to terms with it in the 90’s.

Fiend Friends: Soul Arcade by Vic Hollins

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 3 2021 1:59 PM BST

really, it was this page and remembering that exact same feeling that won me over

2020: A Drawing A Day by Tim King (@TimKing88)

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 8 2021 10:55 AM BST

Good art and an interesting approach – sketching on daily object relevant to covid, like hand-gel bottles and gloves.

Blanco Volume One: The Truth Shall Set You Free by Marco Lopez (@atomicrexent)

(still funding) finishes Tuesday, April 13 2021 4:24 PM BST

another one where a page won me over – just check out the storytelling ease on this.

I’m still loving these Kickstarter

Less than a week to go

Love Her Madly and Other Stories by Rob Wells (@RobertDWells)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, March 11 2021 8:01 PM GMT

he’s very funny and quite dark, what more do you need

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The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town by Robyn Smith (@RoBroSmo) from Black Josei Press (@BlackJoseiPress)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, March 17 2021 3:59 AM GMT

an interesting and very insightful look at being a black person in a mainly white area, treated with honesty and humour in the pages they show. it also has a clever and beautiful cover

Still got a while yet

Gods of Aazurn by Gary Scott Beatty (@garyscottbeatty)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, March 19 2021 1:00 AM GMT

If I’m honest, I can’t label why I like this, it’s partly the ideas and how they just lean in to pulp’s lurid distortions of other cultures, partly it’s the sturm und drang approach to the art and it’s heavy lean into EC influenced underground comics and it’s also just got a sense that this is a person getting on and having fun with their own influences and obsessions.

Paragon issue 27 by Dave Candlish (@DAVEYCANDLISH)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, March 20 2021 12:43 PM GMT

a good old fashioned strip zine, with some classic uk strip zine strips!!

Weird Work #1 by @Jordan_J_Thomas (writer) and @shaky_kane (artist)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, March 22 2021 6:00 PM GMT

it’s Shaky Kane drawing!!

Blackford Manor by J. W. Grey (@BlackfordManor)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, March 25 2021 10:00 PM GMT

Can’t say anything about the writing as there are no samples, but the illustrations look fun, the plot idea sounds interesting and I just like the whole tone of how the campaign has been written to be honest

The Day the Klan Came to Town by Bill Campbell (@RosariumBill) and Bizhan Khodabandeh (@MendedArrow) published by PM Press (@PMPressOrg)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, March 26 2021 10:59 PM GMT

A fascinating subject from a very reliable and trustworthy publisher and still very resonant today (sadly)

Planet Comics issue 2 by @JeffMcClelland and others

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 5:00 AM BST

this just has some fun looking cartooning and seems to be a fun read fro mthe pages on show

The Tay Bridge Disaster from David Robertson (@FredEggComics)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 4:58 PM BST

Another fascinating historical comic, this one a long boiling project for a UK small press stalwart in his signature low key style. (I picked this images, the latter because it made me laugh, and both as they give a good insight into the tone you’re likely to find throughout)

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Birdcage Bottom Books 2021 publishing slate!! (@BirdcageBottom)

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 9:06 PM BST

Not to play favourites, but this is an absolutely great publisher and I would (if I could) buy everything of theirs without question.

Blueboy Brown by David Greg Taylor (@davidgregtaylor)

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, March 31 2021 9:30 PM BST

Another fictionalised historical tale grounded in researched facts. This time from an old time underground cartoonist making his way back into (long form) comics. The artwork is outstanding and the story pages on show are full of interesting humanity and fascinating details

Moving Through by Anna Magdalena

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 12:57 PM BST

great design showcasing some very beautiful images

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Never Ending Books Collective (@NEBcollective)

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 4:59 AM BST

sounds like it could end up being a nice space for lo-fi culture, or just fail, but I think it’s worth a shot at keeping out the usual corporate high- street filler

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ComicScene History of Comics Books 5 to 8 by @ComicSceneNews

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 9:00 PM BST (no joke!!)

I have an eternal soft spot for histories and books/magazines about comics, what can I say!!

Bird Brained Zine Anthology edited by @karrtunes

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 9:54 PM BST

always want more zine collections in the world and the samples look cool

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Off Limits: Berlin – Europe, 1992-1996 by Rab GP Lewin from Resipole Studios (@resipolestudios)

(still funding) finishes Saturday, April 24 2021 3:55 PM BST

The tagline says exactly why it’s interesting – ‘A photographic book documenting the European techno-traveller free party scene from 1992-1996.’ – interesting photos looking at a scene that was quite mythical in my youth – something i really wanted to be a part of secretly (despite hating the music)

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go listen – five o’clock zine

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there’s more than 300 of them to view, all promoting zines

(NOTE – I’ve been reviewed on here – yes the link is at the bottom)

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go look – Natalie Dupille

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Reviewer Revue – Micah Liesenfeld

ZL – Hi, thanx for agreeing to talk to us!

ML – Sure! I love talking about comics.

ZL – Let’s start with a bit of an introduction, can you tell us your name, where you live and what site(s) and how long you have been reviewing?

ML – Micah Liesenfeld … I live in the city of St. Louis in the U.S.A. I’m publishing an anthology called “After That!” which is a continuation of Copy This! started by D. Blake Werts. The current regeneration is at issue 61. The site is here

After That! Is an anthology that interviews creators, but I have been funneling the actual “updates from the community” to Rick Bradford’s Poopsheet site to try and keep After That! publication costs down. Plus it helps keep the community of mini comics creators from becoming stretched too thin by having all these different places that essentially do the same thing.

ZL – When and where did you publish your first review?

ML – In 1994, I made a fanzine called “Pavement.” I was 17 years old. My reviews sounded like this: “Bone #14. If you haven’t read Bone, you’re nuts.” It was made on 11×17 sheets of paper and because it was in color, I’m sure I made only 1 copy… which I probably passed around at school and asked for my one copy back after people had read it. It also featured reviews about Star Trek and the Lion King. I was super cool.

ZL – What kind of work do you review and what would you say are your two or three biggest comfort spots for work when reviewing?

ML – I enjoy “reviewing” mini comics and handmade books. Mainly because that’s what I make. I’m passionate about how a book gets made, so I really enjoy looking at the binding, the stitching (if any) and just looking the piece over that someone put effort into making both content and handcrafting the material.

ZL – Describe your approach to a review. 

ML – My style isn’t to critique. I like to “report” on what I’m seeing without adding my opinion about the work. Sometimes I can’t help sing its praises if it’s really great, but otherwise I don’t talk negatively about the work. I approach it as if I’m an archaeologist uncovering a time capsule and describing the artefact for my notes.

ZL – What would you say are the key things a creator should do or think about when asking for reviews of their work?

ML – When it comes to fanzines and minicomics, I don’t believe in gatekeeping quality. I’ll be happy to report on any little book regardless of whether the creator was age 5 or 95.

ZL – Can you tell us about the review you’re most proud of and why that is?

ML – I guess I liked this review I did about a pack of 5 minicomics I received from Mission Mini-Comix, because I was trying to carefully describe what I was seeing regardless of my lack of understanding about what I was seeing. Just because it wasn’t personally interesting to me doesn’t mean it might not be interesting to somebody else.

ZL – Lastly, can you tell us where to find your reviews please!

ML – Sure, here’s more specifically where my reviews are at on the Poopsheet:

ZL – Thanx so much for your time! Check out some of Micah’s other reviews here

A postcard submitted to Jessica Maybury’s postcard zine. 

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go look – Ken Eppstein (Nix Comics)

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lazy sunday read – Avery Hill Publishing

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Avery Hill Publishing put out some of the best UK comics made. They have a whole section on their site dedicated to 8-page previews of their comics.

There are some great reads just in these previews, I’ve included three of my current favourites.

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also, check out out interview with them here

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SHOP! Good Comics / Good Zines

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LDN by RAMZEE

personally recommended by me

Petrichor by Gareth A Hopkins

Novelty by Mohar Kolra

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kicking it – 3rd March 2021

all the kickstarters that are catching my eye at the mo (and sometimes other things to back as well)

this week feels like there’s absolute TONS of stuff I could splurge money on (seriously someone sponsor me to buy and review these things!!)

we do seem to have a week for fascinating historical subject matter here with no less than 3 this time round

Subscriptions

Erika Price (@erikapriceart)

very dark work exploring psychological dissonance through body and demonic horror in an evocatively symbolist manner, leaning into psychedelia as much as terror and gross out art

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Patreon here

Resonance FM (@ResonanceFM)

Resonance is a ground breaking 24/7 radio station which broadcasts on 104.4 FM to central London, DAB to Greater London, nationally on Radioplayer and live streamed to the rest of the world.

Most specifically of interest is Alex Fitch’s Panel Borders (@panelborders) and Dr Jude Cowan Montague’s (@JudeMontague) The News Agents both of which feature some great small press creators.

Isolation Vacation - 1 March 2021 (Finland)

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New this week

Gods of Aazurn by Gary Scott Beatty (@garyscottbeatty)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, March 19 2021 1:00 AM GMT

If I’m honest, I can’t label why I like this, it’s partly the ideas and how they just lean in to pulp’s lurid distortions of other cultures, partly it’s the sturm und drang approach to the art and it’s heavy lean into EC influenced underground comics and it’s also just got a sense that this is a person getting on and having fun with their own influences and obsessions.

Paragon issue 27 by Dave Candlish (@DAVEYCANDLISH)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, March 20 2021 12:43 PM GMT

a good old fashioned strip zine, with some classic uk strip zine strips!!

Blackford Manor by J. W. Grey (@BlackfordManor)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, March 25 2021 10:00 PM GMT

Can’t say anything about the writing as there are no samples, but the illustrations look fun, the plot idea sounds interesting and I just like the whole tone of how the campaign has been written to be honest

The Day the Klan Came to Town by Bill Campbell (@RosariumBill) and Bizhan Khodabandeh (@MendedArrow) published by PM Press (@PMPressOrg)

(still funding) finishes Friday, March 26 2021 10:59 PM GMT

A fascinating subject from a very reliable and trustworthy publisher and still very resonant today (sadly)

The Tay Bridge Disaster from David Robertson (@FredEggComics)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 4:58 PM BST

Another fascinating historical comic, this one a long boiling project for a UK small press stalwart in his signature low key style. (I picked this images, the latter because it made me laugh, and both as they give a good insight into the tone you’re likely to find throughout)

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Birdcage Bottom Books 2021 publishing slate!! (@BirdcageBottom)

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 9:06 PM BST

Not to play favourites, but this is an absolutely great publisher and I would (if I could) buy everything of theirs without question.

Blueboy Brown by David Greg Taylor (@davidgregtaylor)

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, March 31 2021 9:30 PM BST

Another fictionalised historical tale grounded in researched facts. This time from an old time underground cartoonist making his way back into (long form) comics. The artwork is outstanding and the story pages on show are full of interesting humanity and fascinating details

Never Ending Books Collective (@NEBcollective)

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 4:59 AM BST

sounds like it could end up being a nice space for lo-fi culture, or just fail, but I think it’s worth a shot at keeping out the usual corporate high- street filler

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ComicScene History of Comics Books 5 to 8 by @ComicSceneNews

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 9:00 PM BST (no joke!!)

I have an eternal soft spot for histories and books/magazines about comics, what can I say!!

Off Limits: Berlin – Europe, 1992-1996 by Rab GP Lewin from Resipole Studios (@resipolestudios)

(still funding) finishes Saturday, April 24 2021 3:55 PM BST

The tagline says exactly why it’s interesting – ‘A photographic book documenting the European techno-traveller free party scene from 1992-1996.’ – interesting photos looking at a scene that was quite mythical in my youth – something i really wanted to be a part of secretly (despite hating the music)

I’m still loving these Kickstarter

Less than a week to go

The Thing That Stops The Badness by Steve Thompson (@Kloob) and Daniel Bristow-Bailey (@bristowbailey)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, March 3 2021 12:46 PM GMT

I’ve seen Daniel posting work from this on social media for what seems like a long time and it’s always looked good

His recent art has stepped up a notch to be something very cool and exciting

Floodland by Jonathan McBurnie (@king_of_nails) from Argle Bargle Books

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, March 3 2021 5:01 PM GMT

There’s something very odd and definitely personal about this andit’s al to the good as far as I’m concerned, an interesting one for sure

Gross! Press – Issue One by Gross Studio

(still funding) finishes Sunday, March 7 2021 11:09 AM GMT

it’s got a good line of creators that I’ve not seen before

Bridging the Balkans: Portland Meets Serbia by Miriam Kercher

(still funding) finishes Tuesday, March 9 2021 4:43 PM GMT

the idea of a zine about the artists and creators of Serbia sounds cool and the art samples look nice

Still got a while yet

Love Her Madly and Other Stories by Rob Wells (@RobertDWells)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, March 11 2021 8:01 PM GMT

he’s very funny and quite dark, what more do you need

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The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town by Robyn Smith (@RoBroSmo) from Black Josei Press (@BlackJoseiPress)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, March 17 2021 3:59 AM GMT

an interesting and very insightful look at being a black person in a mainly white area, treated with honesty and humour in the pages they show. it also has a clever and beautiful cover

Weird Work #1 by @Jordan_J_Thomas (writer) and @shaky_kane (artist)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, March 22 2021 6:00 PM GMT

it’s Shaky Kane drawing!!

Planet Comics issue 2 by @JeffMcClelland and others

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 5:00 AM BST

this just has some fun looking cartooning and seems to be a fun read fro mthe pages on show

Moving Through by Anna Magdalena

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 12:57 PM BST

great design showcasing some very beautiful images

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Bird Brained Zine Anthology edited by @karrtunes

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 9:54 PM BST

always want more zine collections in the world and the samples look cool

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go listen – The Zine Collector

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Nyx – The Zine Collector does Happy Mail Monday – there are a lot to get through and DISCLOSURE – there are episodes mentioning my zines and one with me contributing

But Nyx is lovely and fun to listen to and has such a great range of zines to see

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A fun one

The community one (with me in it) (you’ll have to watch it all to find me, don’t be lazy!!)

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go look – Rachael Ball

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It’s mini zine March peeps

Hello – the wonderful Nyx started this 6 years ago and I really like it, so check it out! If you’re making mini-zines why not let her know or use the #minizinemarch tag on social media (or just follow it yourself to see what others are up to)

Mini zines are anything smaller than A5.

Here’s a short video explaining it all

She’ll also be posting a mini-zine review each day on her site

The first review is up here:

go look – Nick Prolix

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