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20 pages. Black and white. Includes "Yorkie Roomies," "'Me' Time," and "Yorkie Schoolmates." 5-1/2" x 8-1/2". 2004.

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24 pages. Black and white with silk-screened card stock cover. Includes "Gray Ghost (Part II)," and "Bitter Fruit." 5-1/2" x 8-1/2". 2007.

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28 pages, black and white. Silk-screened color cover. Includes mini-mini comic, "A Case of the Negative Nancies."

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2012, the comic, is truly  the end of the world and it features Jackie Chan and vampire sexing, which all the kids are into these days. Featured in Conor Stechschulte's and Closed Caption Comics' anthology, Sock, Sam Gaskin proves the Mayans were right.

The Factual Opinion's Nina Stone writes:

"Gaskin riffs off of a multitude of philosophies and end-of-the-world hypotheses with everyone from Roy Orbision to Nostradamus, from the Hopi Indians to a horny Dracula over to the duo from Rush Hour. (I've left out a bunch of others intentionally because hey, I don't want to totally spoil it for you, right?) It's clever, hilarious, AND he finds a way to tie them all together into one great 2012, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it scenario...

At first, I felt like I might not be smart enough to review this. But then I realized that it wasn't intelligence that I was thinking about, but the results of my intelligence--meaning I thought that this was a comic worthy of a great review, a review that would make people want to read it and experience it and laugh at it as much as I did. I wanted to be able to write the sort of thing that could compare and contrast it to other artists and comics in ways that would make people want to read along with me.

I figured out what all those feelings meant, eventually. It just meant that I am a Sam Gaskin fan.

And that I think you should be too."

24 pages, 8x10in, Two color.

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Sean T. Collins, Attentiondeficitdisorderly, writes:

“I’ve been writing about the similarity between the horrific and the sublime for (God help me) over a decade now, but it's rare for me to come across a comic that makes that connection as frequently and as subtly as John Brodowski’s Curio Cabinet... The message is both troubling and comforting: It implies a connection between the individual horrors we experience and the very fabric of existence, yet it also suggests that perhaps an enlightenment is possible whereby this waking nightmare can be appreciated, if never fully understood. More like this, please.”

Curio Cabinet 5 is a bold and daring change of direction from alt-horror to alt-action, with a cast fit for the Expendables. Can four action icons find peace? What the hell would that peace even look like? There's plenty of guns and ammo in John Brodowski's infrared vision of our best, and bloodiest, heroes on the high octane path to redemption.

32 pages, 12x8in, Two color.

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“This comic is weird and absurd and silly and baffling in the best ways possible. The humor is as strange as they come, but importantly, it does it all with a straight face, there’s no winks to the audience, beyond of course just how silly it all can be. This is the kind of thing that’s right up my alley.”

- Kevin Czap, Comix Cube

Featuring guest appearances from the likes of Sigmund Freud, Scott McCloud and the Hotrod “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Wayward Girls came to life as a semi-weekly web comic by mysteriously pseudonymous authors working under the moniker Slechtemeisjes. We’ve since uncovered at least one actual name, Michiel Budel, an art school graduate and citizen of Netherlands. This is his first comic, which is shocking considering his skill, and to be expected, because there is simply nothing like Wayward Girls anywhere.

Stitch bound comic. 24 pages. 7" x 10". Full Color.

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Edited by Annie Murphy.

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Weather marks the return of Gabby Schulz's signature comics avatar, Gordon Smalls. It's a bit of a departure for both Gabby and Gordon, being the first time Gabby's ever used any color in a print comic, and what has to be the first occasion in which the normally verbose Gabby and Gordon keep their mouths pretty well shut. Short, hilarious, beautiful and nasty, Weather makes a for a quick read and endless re-reads.

2012. 18 pages. 8" x 10". Full-color.

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Published by 2D Cloud. Foreword by Christopher Butcher. Including comics by Michael DeForge, Zak Sally, Emily Carroll, Maurice Vellekoop, Noah van Sciver and MariNaomi. Edited by Raighne Hogan. Full color.

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52 pages. Silk-screened cover. The conclusion to Edie Fake's Gaylord Phoenix saga.

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It seems we didn't learn well enough after the first issue of Wayward Girls because we have returned to scene of the crime with Wayward Girls 2, the latest print edition of Michiel Budel's web comic, Slechtemeisjes. Nominated for Bleeding Cool's "Comic Most Likely to Need Defending by the CBLDF in the Nest Twelve Months" Award and hailed as the "Greatest Comic of all Time" by CBR,  Wayward Girls was definitely dangerous. Like most sequels, the volume gets turned up a bit for this one. Wayward Girls 2 is longer, harder and deeper than the first.

“It was surprising news - Budel's talent and vision are undeniable, but it was a little tough to believe that this weird stuff of all things had come due for a luxe treatment by one of alternative comics' most exciting imprints. Holding the eventual printed product was, however, enough to make a believer out of anyone.”

- Matt Seneca, Robot 6

The returning cast includes the likes of Sigmund Freud, Scott McCloud and the Hotrod “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, but we can add the Iron Sheik to the list now.

24 pages. Full color.

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5 3/8" x 6 3/4". 40 pages. Published by Retrofit Comics.

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5 3/8" x 8 1/2". 68 pages. Featuring work by Sean Christensen, Theo Ellsworth, Amy Kuttab, Catherine Peach and Stefan Saito.

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8" x 5.25". 16 pages. Black and white with color card-stock cover. 2012.

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2013. 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". 56 pages. Black and white.

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Eschew deploys a truly immaculate, almost inhumanly perfect line to depict us at our messiest and most human. Every story takes an unflinching look at the unfortunately familiar stupidity that comprises modern existence. These are those little moments, when no one is looking, that make you laugh out loud to remember, that you would think twice before sharing and that are the building blocks of wisdom.

The second installment of Eschew, first published by Dylan Williams’ Sparkplug Books, was nominated for an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic in 2010, and selected for inclusion Best American Comics 2011.

Rod Lott, of Bookgasm writes:

“This black-and-white anthology goes for the absurd, more often than not, starting with “Flying Squirrel,” in which a squirrel indeed flies, but unwittingly so. It’s wordless, save for one laugh-aloud line at the end... And you’re an asshole if you laugh. Like I did.”

40 pages. 5" x 7 1/2". 2013.

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The first installment of this visually uncanny series was selected as one of the thirty best mini-comics of the year by The Comics Journal. Expanding on themes of loneliness, ennui and commercialism, Sequential Vacation 2 follows the romantic beach fantasy of a man spending his weekend alone, with all the (way too) close-ups and entrancing textures that are the visual hallmarks of Sar’s comics. All this and a beach barbecue bonus for true believers. Have yourself some quality me-time with Sequential Vacation 2.

32 pages. Black and white. 5" x 6 1/2". 2013.

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While both Sleeper Car and The Understanding Monster, which the New York Times’ Douglas Wolk described as “imagination turned up to fire hose intensity,” are works of fiction,Capacity has always been a true story. This latest installment is no exception. As Theo Ellsworth would tell you, everything really happened – in his mind. If you’re familiar with his comics, you know that you’re going to be part of the proceedings as well, or as the Village Voice wrote: “Ellsworth seeks, again and again, to transform the reader into his silent witness and co-conspirator.” He’s done it again with Capacity 8.

40 pages. 6" x 9". Black and white with color cover.

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96 pages. Black and white with full-color cover. 7 3/8" x 7 1/2".

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40 pages. Full color. Edited by Edie Fake.

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Facebook IconJuly 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

The thing about Mike Dawson's newest graphic novel, Angie Bongiolatti, is that it's daunting at first glance but kind of impossible not to identify with its characters. Well, you could somehow not identify with them, and that's your right, but you'd probably be completely insane. Rob Kirby, writing for the Comics Journal, writes about Angie Biongiolatti so well, that he might just be the ideal reader for this one. He's sensitive, empathetic, politically conscious and he likes to party. He also nails Angie, the character, who can come across as enigmatic or aloof, but it's her faith and her clarity, as Rob puts it (and we're paraphrasing), that make her the best barometer ever for the most difficult of times and the craziest of people. The key, though, is Rob writing that he knows these folks and he's partied with them. It would have been a lot easier for Mike if he'd had an agenda when he drew these people. Yeah, we might have recognized the ideas, but maybe we wouldn't have recognized these people. Poor Rob! He's one of THEM! Thanks, TCJ, and Rob, especially. This was a really good one.

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A varied group of twenty-somethings sort out political beliefs and interpersonal relationships in post 9/11 New York City.

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Facebook IconJuly 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Well, folks, Edie Fake has arrived! This newest LA native gets a very warm welcome indeed from Joshua Michael Demaree at the LA Review of Books. It's both a full-blown interview, a complete history and in depth review of Memory Palaces, Edie's latest and our first ever art book. If you're worried about Edie going Hollywod, go ahead and worry since Demaree has christened him a "flourishing celebrity." At least, he's a flourishing celebrity in the queer art world. There's some stuff in here that rarely gets discussed, including Edie's background as a video artist and the influence of that medium on his comics work. We even get a mention in the story of how we met Edie, which almost didn't happen. Plus, and this was news to us as well, Edie's return to Chicago (after "going feral") coincided with the death of Michael Jackson. But was it a coincidence? Thank you, Joshua, for all your super thoughtful work here (and for making another dream come true and writing up a Secret Acres book for the LA Review of Books). Go and read this very funny and very serious career retrospective right now!

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Joshua Michael Demaree on the career of Edie Fake.

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Facebook IconJuly 17, 2014 at 4:06 pm

We do realize it's all Corinne Mucha and all Get Over It! all over all the time these days, but we just had to share our joy over this latest rave from Joseph Erbentraut at the Huffington Post! Yes, that Huffington Post. Complete with an actual excerpt, Joseph gives a brief rundown of the rules regarding breakup recovery times, citing scientific studies and How I Met Your Mother, no less. We're not entirely sold on the sciences here, mostly because the science of love seems to make everyone feel bad for being insane. Let's face it, love is not just blind, but very stupid. As for HIMYM, we're playing catch up with that one, but their rule seems to fit pretty well. However, if you want the real, straight up survival guide to heartbreak, look no further than our Ms. Mucha. SHE KNOWS. Thanks, Joseph and HuffPo! Have a look at the link below.

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How Long It REALLY Takes To Get Over A Breakup

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Once the romance fades and the relationship is over, how much time does it take to officially get over it? Science says a year and a half. One 2009 study suggested it takes nearly 18 months for divorcees to feel ready to move on after a split is f...

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Facebook IconJune 17, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Hooo boy... WELL. Corinne Mucha is not shy with the Philadelphia Inquirer, it seems. Tirdad Derakhshani, talking about Corinne's new book, Get Over It!, asks the ever important question when it comes to autobiocomics: did that REALLY happen? And, to quote Corinne, "I didn't add or make up anything." Really, one would hope that in the making of comics, the finest medium there is, about one's actual life, that the cartoonist behind them would be brutally honest. Get Over It! is surely that. Let's face it, heartbreak is ugly as love is beautiful. And who the hell would be able to identify with a clean breakup? Does that even happen? Our favorite part of this Inquirer inquiry is the origin story that sneaks its way in. No, Corinne wasn't super into Wolverine as a kid. She wanted to be a REAL artist. The comics all started by accident, it seems, in Rome. Like Rome, Italy. Also, speaking of the other half of the (not in) love story of Get Over It! you can get That Guy's reaction to the book here, too. In other words, you pretty much have to read this.

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Graphic novelist Corinne Mucha gets over her First Big Romance in 'Get Over It'

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'I mean, I want to get married someday," Corinne Mucha's boyfriend told her, a few months after persuading her to give up her life on the East Coast and follow him to Chicago. "Just not to you."

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Facebook IconJune 16, 2014 at 3:52 pm

ICYMI, as the kids say, here at last (after some more technical difficulties - and, yes, between this and our Friday night love-in at Bergen Street Comics being rained out, we are having technical difficulties galore) is Tom Spurgeon, aka the Comics Reporter, doing his Sunday Interview thing with Mike Dawson. As we can attest, these interviews are a lot of work, and require a ton of thought, so count yourself lucky that Mike is a thoughtful guy. There's plenty of shoptalk here, lots of stuff on process and the like. Angie Bongiolatti, Mike's latest graphic novel from us, was a long time in coming. There are plenty of ideas in this book, though, in a sense, it's about one thing and a certain time and place and age in post-9/11 New York. There was a lot of experimentation involved in finding a style that would both corral and express the ideas and move the narrative along, too. After all this, there was a lightning quick turnaround, with Mike finishing the book in January and us getting books printed by April. Angie Bongiolatti is catching up with its audience about now. Meanwhile, Mike has been all over the place, on tumblr, on Slate, on TCJ Talkies, and Tom has Mike talking about the future quite a bit, too. If you like Big Questions for cartoonists, this is a good place to be. As for Angie Bongiolatti, well, ask Mike says, " I think people just sort of have to read it." So go read it!

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