August 17, 2013

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SPX Spotlight 2013: David Yoder

Welcome to another entry in the 2013 SPX Spotlight series!  For the next month, I'll be highlighting creators and publishers who will be at the best convention, the Small Press Expo.  You can check out all of my spotlights for SPX from both this year and prior years here.

I'm not sure who introduced me to David Yoder, but I think it was Panel Patter favorite Joey Weiser (who will be getting his own Spotlight later this month). While he's not as prolific as some other mini-comics creators I follow, Yoder's work is a lot of fun to read. His subjects tend to be a bit off-beat, such as a story about giant baby and how it changes a neighborhood or a mini-comic expressing his love (and concern for) Community.

My personal favorite of Yoder's is Mr. Ryland and Mr. Yoder, a loving tribute to the days of vaudeville told in a way that's firmly tongue in cheek. It's full of great details, like how other classic acts deal with the pair and not a few veiled references to being a cartoonist.

Yoder's line work is pretty familiar to anyone who reads mini-comics from graduates of the two major cartooning schools. There's an emphasis on character emotion and bringing as much as possible to the page without overdoing the line work. The image above is a pretty good example, and is indicative of Yoder's sense of humor at the same time.

David has noted on Twitter that he'll have a revamped journal comic for SPX this year, for those who are fans of the genre. If you click on the link, you'll see a rather amusing cover!

If you like quirky mini-comics with a sense of humor, check out David Yoder at SPX this year.

Can't make SPX? That sucks! But you can find David Yoder's website here, with links to his comics for sale.