Saturday, July 6, 2013

Pencil Fight 8

Working at Copacetic Comics today in Pittsburgh. Bill has an impressive selection of mini-comics and zines from the last 20 years or so on sale. What's amazing to me is how many of these folks are no longer making work. I mean, it takes so much effort *just* to draw a comic book - let alone publish it - and then push it along so that it finds it's way to this store. Some of the folks in the small press section are still making work - some very successfully - but most are not doing any work at all anymore. The ratio must be about 100 to 1. It's kind of depressing. What's more depressing is the other day this woman came in who works for a big newspaper in town. "I'm doing a story on so and so who does the mini-comic called such and such", she said "and I want to talk to people who have read it." She explained to me that this person was a friend of hers and that she wanted to write about this friend's work for the paper. A big local newspaper. I told her that no one has bought that particular small press endeavor. Zero sales. She seemed surprised. I said "do you know who Shia LaBeouf is? Young Indiana Jones? Well, he makes comic books and they don't sell either. Just saying."

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Pencil Fight 7

My current favorite "forward thinking" cartoonists. This list is by no means complete - just thinking out loud.

Connor Willumsen
Joe Kessler
Warren Craghead
Angie Wang
Jocelyn Gravot
Michael Olivo
Dash Shaw
Andrew White
Bill Boichel
Derik Badman
Oliver East
Simon Moreton
Blaise Larmee
Jason Overby
Aidan Koch
Julie DelPorte
Lala Albert

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pencil Fight 6

Tired of rebel origin stories - the beats - the hippies - hollywood in early 70s - punk rock in america in early 80s - comic books aren't for kids anymore mid 80s - small press revolution in comics in 90s - fort thunder/kramers paradigm shift in 00s - let's stop celebrating the same touchdown over and over again - "we were young and now we're old"  - Tell me a new story -