Eye of the Majestic Creature #3

In issue #3, Larry goes home to Chicago to visit her family. She spends time with her bubbly mom, catches up with old friends, and endures an awkward dinner with her dad. Meanwhile, Marshmallow is at home keeping himself busy. Stein’s cartooning, incredibly detailed stippling, and dry sense of humor together create a wonderfully unique and immersive story.

Leslie’s Website

(36 interior pages, 6.5″ x 10″, black and white newsprint with accented color cover, self-published)

Eye of the Majestic Creature #1
Eye of the Majestic Creature #2
Eye of the Majestic Creature #5
Yeah, It Is!

Eye of the Majestic Creature #2

Larry is realizing something about living in the middle of nowhere: it’s helped her anxiety, but she’s getting bored…and lonely. In this issue, she tries out a new entrepreneurial venture in the hopes of finding a sense of community. Stein’s cartooning, incredibly detailed stippling, and dry sense of humor together create a wonderfully unique and immersive story.

Leslie’s Website

(28 interior pages, 6.5″ x 10″, black and white newsprint, self-published)

Eye of the Majestic Creature #1
Eye of the Majestic Creature #3
Eye of the Majestic Creature #5
Yeah, It Is!

Eye of the Majestic Creature #1

This is a loose, funny, and charming quasi-autobiographical comic that skillfully combines quirky fantasy and hard reality. Larry, our heroine, lives in the country with her talking guitar, Marshmallow, in a state of relative peacefulness…but what will happen when her friend Seashell comes to visit? Stein’s cartooning, incredibly detailed stippling, and dry sense of humor together create a wonderfully unique and immersive story.

Leslie’s Website

(12 interior pages, 6.5″ x 10″, newsprint B&W interior with color cover, self-published)

Yeah, It Is!
Eye of the Majestic Creature #2
Eye of the Majestic Creature #3
Eye of the Majestic Creature #5

Vortex #3

Welcome to the psychedelic space fantasy cosmos of the Hyperverse, a realm filled with immensely powerful beings who battle over worlds with strange geologies and hoard advanced technologies left by ancient starfarers. In this issue, the Miizzzard is lost in the Vortex dreamworld, his fate unknown. What will become of him? Read on to find out!

William’s Website

(36 interior pages, 7″ x 10″, black and white, The Gold County Paper Mill)

I’ve enjoyed Cardini’s development as an artist and the refinement of his heavily Mat Brinkman-influenced style. Cardini works big in this sci-fi/fantasy battle comic, but more interestingly, he uses a deliberately artificial-looking style of line. You can see the dots and pixels on the page, giving the whole thing a cold and digital quality that is trying to separate the reader from Brinkman’s warm, organic and oozing imagery. That slight distance and primitiveness of the line quality (as opposed to the drawings themselves) adds a certain extra comical layer to a story that involves a wizard quite graphically and viscerally biting off the arm of a monster. The whole thing has a light-hearted feel, much like the rest of Cardini’s work, odd as it may appear on the surface. Working bigger certainly suits him, and I enjoyed looking at the images as images.” Rob Clough, High-Low

Vortex #1
Vortex #2
Vortex #4

Sky in Stereo #2

Sky in Stereo #2 continues the tumultuous chronicle of Iris, a teenage girl living in early 1990s Manchester. In this issue, Iris experiments with hallucinogens, pines over Glen, fights with her parents, and contemplates how she fits into the world. This issue also has a startling ending that will leave you anxious to find out what happens next. Mardou perfectly captures the feeling of being seventeen and at odds with everything; keep an eye out for her next installment of Sky in Stereo.

Mardou’s Website

(48 interior pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, B&W with color cover, Yam Books)

Sky in Stereo #1
Anais in Paris
Manhole #3

It’s Snowing Down South #1

It’s Snowing Down South is a creative grab bag of a zine: on any given page, you’ll find an unflinchingly honest diary comic, a silly gag joke, a doodle or a full-page drawing, a bizarre ongoing comic skewering the dating process — and more! With her zine, Andrice Arp has given us a window directly into her brain.

(28 interior pages, 4″ x 5.25″, B&W, self-published)

Windy Corner Magazine #1
Bound & Gagged

Retail Break #4

This quirky comic will have any retail worker groaning in commiseration with every page! Briana draws the customer as a thick empty outline onto which the readers can project their least-favorite customer memory, while the protagonist and background are drawn in beautiful detail. The comic consists of conversations between an old man and his awful customers. Retail Break #4 is a steal — only one dollar!

(12 interior pages, 4.25″ x 5.5″, black ink on blue paper, self-published)

Zirp #4

Zirp #4 further explores the story of Rezzo and Elisabeth. This issue won the Independent Comic Award for Best Self-Published Comic at the Munich Comic Festival in 2011. Zirp is in German with an English translation at the bottom of each page.

(28 interior pages, 6.75″ x 8″, B&W interior, color cover with French flaps, self-published)

Zirp #3

Zirp #3

Zirp #3 features the introduction of the ongoing “Rezzo & Elisabeth.” This look at a failing relationship is surprisingly whimsical and poignant. Zirp is in German with an English translation at the bottom of each page.

(28 interior pages, 6.75″ x 8″, B&W interior, color cover, self-published)

Zirp #4

Galactic Breakdown #4

Here’s the fourth issue of Galactic Breakdown, which is full of fights, craziness, and an awesome guest artist gallery featuring Jim Rugg, Pat Aulisio, and Tom Neely!

Keenan’s Website

(36 interior pages, 6.5″ x 8.5″, full color, Drippy Bone Books)

Galactic Breakdown #1
Galactic Breakdown #2
Galactic Breakdown #3