Thursday, January 11, 2024

Corinne Halbert, Acid Nun Creator, Interview

Corinne Halbert is the creator of the terror-ific comic Acid Nun (recently published in a hardbound edition by San Franciso's Silver Sprocket). The book is filled with colorful, lushly illustrated, horror-inspired images that tell the story of Annie, the Acid Nun, and her bad trip through a psyche crowded with trauma and pain. It's a spiritual, psychedelic journey to be sure. 

 Since this interview took place, Corinne has announced her plans to leave Chicago, her home of 18 years. She will be tabling at Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (aka CAKE — table #505B) on June 3rd and 4th. Stop by, say goodbye, and pick up a copy of Acid Nun! — Chris Auman

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Friday, January 05, 2024

James Stanton, Comics Artist, Interview

James "the" Stanton is a hardworking comics artist of the Pacific Northwest. He enjoys creating the many strange creatures you'll find in the forest if you're very, very lucky. Some pundits have called his comics "trippy." Others have used the term "psychedelic." Some have even gone so far as to say that Stanton's work is "dense, adroit and textural." In other words, it's far out! 

When he's not brewing kombucha at his day job, James is hard at work migrating the inhabitants of his forest brain onto paper. 

Stanton's recent book Gnartoons (Silver Sprocket) is a collection of sketchbook pages, posters, one-pagers, and longer stories Stanton has created over the preceding decade and then some. It's populated with weird, funny creatures that are kinda cute but gnarly in their own special way. 

 James agreed to the Reglar Wiglar interview this summer (2023), but first, he had to get married, which he did. So, for your reading pleasure, here's the James Stanton comics interview. —Interviewed by Chris 

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Thursday, January 04, 2024

RoosterCow Press Publishes Cassetty the Cassette Tape Comic

EXCITING NEWS: RoosterCow Press has published Chris Auman's new 28-page full-color comic book starring everyone’s favorite cassette tape Cassetty. This beloved cassette character has appeared in zines such as Used Records & Tapes, Reglar Wiglar, and Roctober as well as However, most of the strips included here were redrawn and colorized for this edition. 

 Whether you were there for the compact cassette tape’s rise to dominance in the ‘70s, were a part of the tape trading culture of the ‘80s, or geek out over the current tape craze, you’ll appreciate the antics of Cassetty. Gen X to Gen Z, with Millennials sandwiched in between, this comic appeals to all.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2024

Punk Rock Book Club: Under the Big Black Sun book by John Doe

Under the Big Black Sun book by John Doe delves into the burgeoning punk rock movement in Los Angeles and its transformation into hardcore punk in a unique and unprecedented manner. John Doe, a key member of the iconic band X, and co-author Tom DeSavia have skillfully crafted a captivating narrative that unravels the tale of the legendary West Coast scene from 1977 to 1982, utilizing firsthand accounts from those who experienced it. 

 The book presents chapter-length anecdotes from the authors themselves, complemented by personal essays from notable figures (both celebrated and notorious) within the scene. Interwoven with John Doe's commentary, the book guides readers through a journey amidst the noir-like sunshine of film, Hollywood's hidden corners, and the sprawling suburbs. Enhanced with 50 rare photos.

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"A collection of essays by a fraternity of key members of L.A.'s early punk scene between 1977 and 1982, before any of them experienced major-label interest and mainstream success…Stories of hardscrabble living, house parties and shambolic shows…Includes loads of photos and vintage gig fliers.” LA Weekly


"The new book from punk icon John Doe offers a history of the overlooked music scene…For anyone who thinks that punk rock was limited to the famed scenes in London and New York, Under the Big Black Sun offers hard evidence that the L.A. scene was just as important—and perhaps created an even greater, lasting impact…A great story about the underappreciated music that came out of the City of Angels during that golden period of 1977-1982.” Esquire


"Under The Big Black Sun opens up L.A.'s punk-rock underbelly…Culled from the personal remembrances of roughly a dozen of the city's most prized punk-rock figures, the book digs deep into the ugly, dangerous, but nonetheless fraternal nature of the burgeoning L.A. punk scene of the late '70s and early '80s. From Hollywood over to East L.A. and south to San Pedro and Huntington Beach, Under The Big Black Sun covers the scene's considerable sprawl, from the sketchy clubs and apartment dwellings to the bands and the drug and booze-fueled chaos that followed them…The dirt dished on the bands and the music is great, but the book wisely casts a wider net to capture broader aspects of early L.A. punk culture…You-had-to-be-there style storytelling.” — AV Club


Soft cover, 336 pages, 6 x 0.84 x 9 inches

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Everything Sucks: All Cats Go To Hell! by Michael Sweater

While the world adores cats, Noah harbors a unique perspective: he believes they possess a deviously cunning intelligence, are inherently untrustworthy, and might even grasp the intricacies of deadbolts. 

Frankly, leaving him alone with these feline masterminds seems ill-advised. In his latest comic, Everything Sucks: All Cats Go To Hell!, Michael Sweater seamlessly blends '90s animation nostalgia, classic sitcom humor, and a dash of stoner comedy to deliver a side-splitting experience.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

True Cat Confessions comic by Brandon Lehmann

True Cat Confessions comic by Brandon Lehmann illustrates a memorable day in the existence of an ordinary cat as it embarks on a mission to locate a suitable spot for its daily business. The narrative skillfully captures the spectrum of emotions experienced when entering unfamiliar territory, grappling with the emotional vulnerability of navigating unfamiliar surroundings, and mastering the art of social interaction. Buoyed by its triumph, the cat envisions grander aspirations, leaving readers with a highly relatable tale that is sure to elicit laughter, smiles, and a desire for a second read.

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Monday, December 18, 2023

PeePee PooPoo #420 by Caroline Cash

2022 Ignatz Award Winner for Outstanding Minicomic! Chicago comics creator Caroline Cash has become an influential figure in the indie comic scene for her comics that depict the everyday life of a twenty-something art school grad living in the Windy City. Explore Caroline Cash's contemporary, LGBTQ+ perspective on the '60s underground comic scene in this ongoing series! This edition features a cardstock foil cover and vibrant full-color comics. PeePee PooPoo #420 features the comics stories "Dinner Date," "I'm So Punk," "Tax Season," "Dyked and Confused," and more!

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Friday, December 15, 2023

Everything Sucks #1 Comic by Michael Sweater

In Everything Sucks comic #1, Noah and Calla find themselves in an elevated state, craving munchies, and contemplating venturing outdoors. Regrettably, the outside world proves less than appealing – even grabbing a burger poses the risk of the entire place going up in flames! Michael Sweater weaves together '90s animation nostalgia, sitcom humor, and a touch of stoner comedy in this fresh series.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

The Werewolf Expert comic by Brandon Lehmann

Envision your inaugural day at a prominent chain bookstore, and a customer strolls in, inquiring, "What do you know about werewolves?" Are you ready to assist them? You might discover that your knowledge goes beyond what you initially thought. Brandon Lehmann's concise yet impactful comic, The Wereworf Expert, is genuinely humorous, prompting audible laughter. Those who have experienced working in retail, encountered unforeseen customer service scenarios, or found themselves transforming into a werewolf without a clear explanation will find this tale incredibly relatable.

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Monday, December 11, 2023

The Magic Sword comic by Brandon Lehmann

Have you ever embarked on a quest, stumbled upon a magical sword beside a rat-gnawed corpse, and pondered its potential benefits? Is it a sword +1 or a sword +5, and does it make a difference? This cautionary, plot-twisting, and amusing short comic, The Magic Sword, by artist Brandon Lehmann is a delight for those who have clashed with a dungeon master or pawnshop proprietor, contemplated the true essence of an item's magical attributes, or grappled with uncertainty about whether the adventurous lifestyle is the right fit for them.

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Friday, December 08, 2023

Home Alone zine by Billy McCall and Dave Hankins

Zinesters Billy McCall and Dave Hankins express their love for the Home Alone movies in zine form. Trading off short essays, the two compare and contrast the films in the franchise and review all the films, video games, and the first film's novelization. 

24 pages, half-letter size, B&W, with a hand-stamped red house on each cover.

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Thursday, December 07, 2023

Buzzcocks: The Lasting Influence of Pete Shelley zine

Within this concise and unauthorized zine biography of Pete Shelley and the Buzzcocks, Colin Burrowes employs a blend of personal anecdotes and documented history to acquaint the uninitiated with one of British punk's pivotal figures. Delving beyond the surface, Burrowes examines Shelley's past, notably delving into his queer identity and illustrating how it reverberates and resonates with a myriad of other musicians.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Revenge of the Librarians by Tom Gauld

Tom Gauld is back with Revenge of the Librarians — his sharpest and most incisive assortment of literary cartoons to date. Impeccably crafted illustrations are interspersed with the artist's characteristic wit, targeting both high and low culture. Whether poking fun at Jane Eyre or Game of Thrones, Gauld navigates the literary landscape with ease. His satire takes aim at various figures, from the pompous procrastinating novelist to the commercially driven editor and the intentionally obscure poet. Witness the towering stack of bedside books, tremble at the relentless writer's elusive deadlines, and shrink before the critic's razor-sharp analysis of the manuscript. Most importantly, feel the pangs of envy in the face of the paragon of creative productivity! 

 Revenge of the Librarians surpasses even the levels of murder, drubbing, and castigation found in Gauld's previous works like "The Department of Mind-Blowing Theories" and "Baking with Kafka." This latest collection is a testament to Gauld's unmatched brilliance in delivering biting commentary through his distinctive illustrations.

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