This feature was originally posted at Your Chicken Enemy. Go there for more great small press comics coverage.
Highlighting some great small press comics criticism being published, as well as other random things that have caught my eye over the past week.
(Editor’s note: Sorry about missing last week, but things … you know … happen sometimes)
* John Seven also looks at Liana Frinck’s PASSING FOR HUMAN, “a book that’s filled with fables, inundated with questions, one where the mysteries pile on and what answers you find are poetic ones that pose further thoughts rather than impose an ending to the process.”
* Alex Thomas on FOLLOW ME IN by Katriona Chapman, “a truly wonderful read with a really poignant heart to it”
* Joe McCulloch interviews JIM WOODRING about Poochytown and his “living process“.
* Alex Dueben interviews IVAN BRUNETTI about his new children’s book, 3X4, “the relationship between art and numbers, and what he’s thinking about next.” Dueben also interviews SUMMER PIERRE about her new book, All The Sad Songs.
* Kelly Froh has a comic over on Popula called HOW IT IS NOW.
* If there’s a new Seo Kim comic on Vice, I’m damn well going to link to it. This one is called SMOKE ALARM.
* Jyni Ong on DINNER FOR FEW by award-winning animation artist Nassos Vakalis, “an allegory for how ‘the system’ appears to run like a well-oiled machine when actually, as Nassos tells us, this system ‘solely feeds the select few who eventually and foolishly consume all the resources while the rest survive on scraps from the table'”.
* lark pien’s IMMORTAL CHICKEN.
* Jessica Plummer has this list of 25 OF THE BEST QUEER COMICS for BookRiot which misses the enormity of queer books coming from Small Press Publishers and the Self-Published world, but I applaud Plummer for at least making a stab at this (and including a link to the Queer Comics Database).
* Over on The Beat, Philippe LeBlanc has a pretty good round-up (or run-down?) of the 2018 IGNATZ AWARD WINNERS AND SPX CONTROVERSIES. Personally, I’ve got a few things to say about both of these things, but I’ll save them for whenever I finally find the time to do a write-up (or throw-down?) about all things SPX.
* Tony Wei Ling has this intimate piece on WWAC called YOU YOURSELF ARE AN OBSOLETE COMPUTER: READING CARTA MONIR.
* Deena ElGenaidi writes THE VIEW FROM THE NY ART BOOK FAIR ZINE TENT: 8 ZINES YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT.
* If you read nothing else on this list of Whatnots, please take a look at Alexandra Petri’s SOME INTERPERSONAL VERBS, CONJUGATED BY GENDER.