OUT NOW!!! Graduating from the days of a super thick zine with rubber band binding, Bill Brown doubles the size of this issue and treats us with so much magic inside the cover of this handwritten object of hand-size art. A wander philosopher, Bill tells us funny stories and anecdotes – St. Roch, the patron saint of lost causes, whose church is littered with discarded crutches and prosthetic limbs. “I begin to wonder if the body parts St Roch cured stayed strong and healthy, even as the rest of the person who was healed grew old and frail.” We are also treated to the tale of Mother Goose, an older lady who wears a long skirt and floppy sunbonnet who storms into local restaurants and sings nursery rhymes until someone kicks her out. “In Austin it was impossible to go on a simple errand without falling in love. Every time I mailed a letter or went to buy a loaf of bread, I’d end up with a broken heart.” and “Jerry makes me hold [an instrument] before he tells me it’s an indian hunting club made from an Alaskan walrus penis bone.” His way of explaining things are simultaneously laugh out loud funny as well as engrossing and captivating. This is gold. ISBN 0-9770557-8-7
OUT NOW!!! Nate Powell’s (Soophie Nun Squad, Boomfancy, Tiny Giants, It Disappears, Walkie Talkie, Conditions, Wonderful Broken Thing, Schwa Sound, Playground Messiah) intricate black & white art focuses on the terrors and pleasures of growing up. Poignantly plumbing the existential angst of youth, he invokes great coming-of-age novels with only a few dozen words. This book collects his self published zines and comics dating back to 1992, his first two graphic novels (Tiny Giants and It Disappears), and new work. These stories build vignette by vignette into a rich tableau of lofty dreams and Deep South disappointment, car crashes and love letters, first kisses and four-tracks. Powell’s work is a reminder of the persistence of wonder against all odds.
This book is printed imperfectly so it’s $8 instead of $18 with a coupon for a correct copy for an additional $10. We have scanned a few pages from both the originals and misprinted book, so you can see for yourself.
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