20 pages. Black and white with silk-screened cover. 5-1/2" x 8-1/2". 2006.
28 pages. Black and white with silk-screened cover. 5-1/2" x 8-1/2". 2006.
Single fold-out poster page with silk-screened cover. Closed: 4" x 6". Open: 11" x 17". 2007.
Xeric Award winner. 24 pages, newsprint (black and white). 11" x 17". 2007.
20 pages. Black and white with silk-screened cover. 5-1/2" x 8-1/4". 2005.
24 pages. Black and white with color cover. 5-7/8" x 8-1/4". 2007.
20 pages. Black and white. 5-7/8" x 8-1/4".
36 pages. Black and white with color cover. 8-1/4" x 11-3/4". 2005.
20 pages. Black and white. Includes "Yorkie Roomies," "'Me' Time," and "Yorkie Schoolmates." 5-1/2" x 8-1/2". 2004.
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.
28 pages, black and white. Silk-screened color cover. Includes mini-mini comic, "A Case of the Negative Nancies."
2007. 30 pages. Newsprint.
2011. B&W newsprint. 44 pages.
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, 8 x 10 in, Two color.
Download a preview here.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
52 pages. Silk-screened cover. The conclusion to Edie Fake's Gaylord Phoenix saga.
20 pages. Silk-screened cover. A new ongoing series from Edie Fake!
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.
5 3/8" x 8 1/2". 68 pages. Featuring work by Sean Christensen, Theo Ellsworth, Amy Kuttab, Catherine Peach and Stefan Saito.
8" x 5.25". 16 pages. Black and white with color card-stock cover. 2012.
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.
You can download a pdf preview here.
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.
A pdf preview can be found here.
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".
5 1/2" x 8 1/2". 32 pages. Black and white with color cover. 2013.
5 1/2" x 8 1/2". 32 pages. Black and white with color cover. 2013.
4 1/4" x 5 1/2". 24 pages. Black and white with silk-screened cover. 2011.
7" x 8 1/2". 56 pages. Black and white with some color. 2012.
7" x 8 1/2". 48 pages. Black and white with some color. 2011.
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It's that time of year again! The Best American Comics 2014 edition is out there and there are plenty of folks, like the Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon and the Stranger's Paul Constant calling this book the best of the series so far. It's the first time out for new series editor, Bill Kartalopoulos, and it has a new format of sorts, devised by edition editor, Scott McCloud, of Understanding Comics and Zot fame. McCloud groups the main selections, making a map of the current comics landscape. Broader than previous installments, it includes specific instructions to read the entire book, rather than browse through it - and you should do just that. Our very own Theo Ellsworth's the Understanding Monster Book One is included in the section titled EVEN STRANGER ADVENTURES (of course), and there are FOUR Secret Acres artists in the BAC Notable Comics section: Eamon Espey's Songs of the Abyss, Edie Fake's story from Monster Vol. 1, Robert Sergel's Eschew 3 and Sar Shahar's Sequential Vacation 2. Not bad, huh? We've got Bill K's blog post below, but you'll want to sit and read this one cover to cover. Thanks, Bill and Scott for all your hard work and congratulations on putting a great anthology together!
And Theo Ellsworth's the Understanding Monster Book Two has its very first ever review, from RE:Views Media's Max Szyc! It's a rare thing that a review makes us laugh out loud, or LOL, as the kids say. If you've read the first book of the Understanding Monster, you'll understand that reading doesn't begin to describe the experience of this story. The logic of this world, like most psychedelics, takes a minute to kick in. Like Max says, "A few more pages and then I think my mind may have reached some sort of subconscious arrangement with the material, meaning I think I 'got it'. Perhaps the book is so futuristic that it actually has the psychic power to make me think I’m understanding it." Cue us giggling. It is a long, strange trip indeed for toy mouse-bodied Izadore and his consciousness, but the sheer force of Theo's art will move you along with him. You may even start to identify with him. You can thank Max for capturing these feelings so well by reading his review. Thanks, Max!
We survived yet another Small Press Expo. This is no mean feat. Between the thousand deep gang of exhibitors and the crush of so many attendees, it's a wonder we're still standing. Credit Corrinne Mucha for pulling us through. In the absence of Theo Ellsworth (DNP - Fatherhood), Mike Dawson (DNP - Bachelor Party) and Brendan Leach (DNP - Get well soon!), Corinne sketched out everybody's books. We mean everybody's. Even Sean Ford's books. And Sean was there. Secret Acres made bank, yes, but we hardly got to see anybody, or so it felt. This might explain how we escaped the con crud which is laying so many folks out after SPX. This year's show was really all about the Breeders, meaning the band, not folks making babies. Corinne, you see, had not heard of the Breeders. We can see not having heard of, say, U2. But the BREEDERS? COME ON. Also, fair warning, we don't dare dish on our SPX 2014 Celebrity Comics Mule, Tucker Stone. In fact, we're terrified of what he must be saying about us right now. Check out the blog, and you can also get some details on this Sunday's event, the Brooklyn Book Festival! It's going to be a star-studded affair at the Secret Acres-Koyama Press megatable...
OKAY. Summer's over and we're heading back to school, or at least back to our Scuttlebutt blog. It's been a while and a half, but we've been busy, sitting by the pool, giggling, eating watermelon. Included in this post is a rundown of our trip to RIPE, our first ever internet kerfuffle, SPX news and switcheroos, and one rather ridiculous Secret Acres baby boom. Boy, oh, boy are we looking forward to SPX. We know we promised you the second volume of Theo Ellsworth's the Understanding Monster. The good news is that the book WILL be at the show and it will be beautifully sketched and signed. The bad news is that Theo is skipping out - but he'll be coming out to Comics Art Brooklyn to officially debut his new book. He has a a good reason (note the mention of a baby boom above). We do, however, have Sean Ford, Eamon Espey and Corinne Mucha coming to comics camp with us and they will armed with new minis, prints and even little paintings. Our guest comics mule for the road trip will be Tucker Stone, so we'lll have plenty of gossip to dish when we get back. You get yourself to SPX! See you this weekend...