Highlighting some great small press comics criticism being published, as well as other random things that have caught my eye over the past week.
* Leon K reviews Carta Monir’s SECURE CONNECT, in which “the autobiographical allusions and affirmative conclusion of the comic characterize the work as an act of self-care, the making of the comic allowing for the purging of unwanted thoughts or feelings on the creator’s part.”
* Marjorie Ingall on CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: CASS ELLIOT BEFORE THE MAMAS AND PAPAS, a book that’s “funny, sad, Jewy … and a little troubling.”
* Alenka Figa, Melissa Brinks, and Kat Overland review a group of small press books in the column SMALL PRESS BITES on WWAC. Featured this week are books by Pam Wishbow, Wendy Xu, Ens Current, and the zine Library Excavations #1
* Alex Hoffman looks at DRAW BLOOD by Ron Hotz, where the “characters’ movement through the scrap and clutter of the medical establishment pulls the reader deeper into the fear and anxiety that generated them in the first place.”
* Sam Ombiri reviews Dash Shaw’s COSPLAYERS.
* Philippe LeBlanc on Sloane Leong’s A HOLLOWING, a “dense and layered” comic.
* SMALL PRESS DAY 2017 has been scheduled in the UK for Saturday, July 8th. Andy Oliver talks details HERE and it sounds great. I wonder if there is enough interest and enough of a market to pull something like this off in the US? Or are we already saturated with small press conventions?