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Title: Roadkill Magazine (1986)
Artist/Writer: John Holmstrom, J.D. King, Dave Coulson, Peter Bagge, Joanne Bagge, Dale Ashmun, Weiner
Publisher: Self-Published
Purchase: Not for purchase anywhere steadily
Review: 
I came across this comic at my local shop that has tons of comic backstock. I am prone to buying anything this old that looks self-published and lacks a barcode. I was already planning on buying this issue before I noticed that the name “Pete Bagge” was throughout the 16 page comic! I was especially surprised when one of his strips was dated 1982

The issue is just a really collaboration of what the artists were working on at the time, and older work. There are comics, a book review and a look into the creators at dinner. Dale Ashmun reviews the book Le Crapouillot: Les Monstres. We are given a full page spread of pictures from the book.
The comic tries to be offensive and grotesque, and it might just succeed it that. My personal favorite thing from this anthology comic is the use of photographs as panels. Then they are drawn all over and word bubbles are added. Done twice, once here, and again by Peter and Joanne Bagge.


J.D King gives us a one page story, and David Coulson uses his page to replicate a newspaper page giving us spoofs of The Family Circus, various other strips and even some puzzles which remind me of a proto Johnny Ryan. Like the cover says, Roadkill says to be a very rare comic to tract down, but if you ever get a chance to read it, take it!!

Title: Roadkill Magazine (1986)

Artist/Writer: John Holmstrom, J.D. King, Dave Coulson, Peter Bagge, Joanne Bagge, Dale Ashmun, Weiner

Publisher: Self-Published

Purchase: Not for purchase anywhere steadily

Review: 

I came across this comic at my local shop that has tons of comic backstock. I am prone to buying anything this old that looks self-published and lacks a barcode. I was already planning on buying this issue before I noticed that the name “Pete Bagge” was throughout the 16 page comic! I was especially surprised when one of his strips was dated 1982

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The issue is just a really collaboration of what the artists were working on at the time, and older work. There are comics, a book review and a look into the creators at dinner. Dale Ashmun reviews the book Le Crapouillot: Les Monstres. We are given a full page spread of pictures from the book.

The comic tries to be offensive and grotesque, and it might just succeed it that. My personal favorite thing from this anthology comic is the use of photographs as panels. Then they are drawn all over and word bubbles are added. Done twice, once here, and again by Peter and Joanne Bagge.

J.D King gives us a one page story, and David Coulson uses his page to replicate a newspaper page giving us spoofs of The Family Circus, various other strips and even some puzzles which remind me of a proto Johnny Ryan. Like the cover says, Roadkill says to be a very rare comic to tract down, but if you ever get a chance to read it, take it!!

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Title: The Blobby Boys
Artist/Writer: Alex Schubert
Publisher: Zine Police Books
Purchase: http://zinepolice.bigcartel.com/ (Seems to be out of stock)
Review: 
This is the beginning of comics I picked up at CAKE. The Blobby Boys had a look which reminded me of Sof Boy or Boy’s Club, some of my favorite comics. When I opened it it was the color palette that really convinced me to buy it. It was just so wonderful. 

I could individually list each color and just say how great they all are. The black outline perfectly complements it. Just a wonderful book to hold in your hands. The total squareness of every object too really pulls it all together.
The story is short, the comic only being 12 pages but it’s very funny quick hit. Titles such as ” Punk Dad in ‘Netflix Que’ ” and “Aging Hipster in ‘Drug Deal’ ” make obvious promises of at least a chuckle. Blobby Boys is another mini-comic in the vein of dry drug humor, like the above mentioned Boy’s Club. The Blobby Boys have a weird texture to them that gives them a uniqueness and worthwhileness to read about. While being weird creatures, the boys are active potheads and are smirky as hell. Scenes which seem to serve no purpose in a normal story pop in and out of the comic. It’s these scenes which give us a real sense of what the Blobby Boys life is like and how damn funny it is.

I scoured the internet trying to find purchasable links for more issues of Blobby Boys to find out Koyama Press is putting out a collection of more Blobby Boys this fall! I eagerly await this 52 page collection. But don’t worry about not being able to purchase this comic right away, for it’s first issue is readable for free online right here!

Title: The Blobby Boys

Artist/Writer: Alex Schubert

Publisher: Zine Police Books

Purchase: http://zinepolice.bigcartel.com/ (Seems to be out of stock)

Review: 

This is the beginning of comics I picked up at CAKE. The Blobby Boys had a look which reminded me of Sof Boy or Boy’s Club, some of my favorite comics. When I opened it it was the color palette that really convinced me to buy it. It was just so wonderful. 

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I could individually list each color and just say how great they all are. The black outline perfectly complements it. Just a wonderful book to hold in your hands. The total squareness of every object too really pulls it all together.

The story is short, the comic only being 12 pages but it’s very funny quick hit. Titles such as ” Punk Dad in ‘Netflix Que’ ” and “Aging Hipster in ‘Drug Deal’ ” make obvious promises of at least a chuckle. Blobby Boys is another mini-comic in the vein of dry drug humor, like the above mentioned Boy’s Club. The Blobby Boys have a weird texture to them that gives them a uniqueness and worthwhileness to read about. While being weird creatures, the boys are active potheads and are smirky as hell. Scenes which seem to serve no purpose in a normal story pop in and out of the comic. It’s these scenes which give us a real sense of what the Blobby Boys life is like and how damn funny it is.

I scoured the internet trying to find purchasable links for more issues of Blobby Boys to find out Koyama Press is putting out a collection of more Blobby Boys this fall! I eagerly await this 52 page collection. But don’t worry about not being able to purchase this comic right away, for it’s first issue is readable for free online right here!

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CAKE 2013!

So I traveled quite a ways to Chicago Alternative Comic Expo last weekend, but let me say it was worth it! Above is a photo of the expo itself, and on the right the stash of comics that I came home with! I spent a lot of money with no regrets. I went to all 6 amazing panels, they started strong with a conversation with Chris Ware and ended with fantastic Phoebe Gloeckner. I wish I could mention every amazing comic artist I met, perhaps I should…

While in Chicago of course I had to stop by Quimby’s! It was my first time in the store, and I was in awe. The store was a dream, mini-comics and zines as far as the eye can see. Chicago is truly a huge place for this medium, and it’s incredibly encouraging. It’s no wonder so many great artists call it home.

Keep a look out for reviews of many new comics which I am now in possession of!

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