Hi All and welcome to the October 2014 edition of our Small Press Picks, which is the slightly changed name of our column where we sit down as a group and tell you about books we think you'd like to read, but either did not get time to do a full review or are just excited about the comic and waiting for our own chance to read it!
After starting this last month, we're still tweaking the format a bit. Unfortunately, unlike major publisher that can use lead time of months, small presses often are a bit closer to the vest, and that goes double for the folks who are out there publishing mini-comics, often between their paying jobs.
So instead of being used to preview stuff that's coming out soon, we're going to instead make this more about picking books that are new(ish) that we want to highlight.
We hope you like this slight shift, which may be the format going forward, we'll have to wait and see. What you don't have to wait for are this month's selections. As we did last month, these are in alphabetical order. Lining up for the column this month are James Kaplan (JK), Rob Kirby (RK), Rob McMonigal (RBM), and Guy Thomas (GT). Let's get started!
available here. $4. (RK)
Northwest Press. $4.99. (RBM)
Puppyteeth 4 by Paula Almeida, Jon Gott, Laura Knetzger, Jenn Lisa, and Jess Wheelock. Anytime there's an anthology with people I like (in this case, Knetzger) put out by someone who's got a great reputation in comics (Kevin Czap), it's going to put me on notice as something worth seeking out. Five stories spread out across 56 full color pages, ranging from re-imagining yourself in an anime to Applebee's decorations trying to free themselves from being stuck forever near mediocre food and beer. If that sounds interesting to you, then make sure you look for this at your local store, at a show, or online. Czap Books. $12. (RBM)
RIP Meghan by Meghan Turbitt. In this world of increasingly slick, chrome-colored art and digital fonts, I find Meghan Turbitt’s scrawly, wildly expressionistic drawings and comics a refreshing, in-your-face change of pace. Wacky, ribald, and sometimes gross (yay for gross!), Turbitt strikes me as a sort of newfangled, millennial Aline Kominsky-Crumb. I look forward to watching as she further develops. Self-published, available here. $5. (RK)
Strong Female Protagonist by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag. Originally a successful webcomic, Strong Female Protagonist has been well-received as a funny, entertaining, insightful superhero comedy series from the perspective of a teenaged girl with super powers. The collected edition should make for a terrific read. Top Shelf. $19.95
Ninth Art Press. $15. (RK)
Tales of Good Ol' Snoop Doggy Dog by J.T. Yost. Haven't we all had dreams about Snoop Dogg? The second printing of J. T. Yost's mini, collecting his recollections of a few dreams he had featuring the rapper, as well as a fictional story about him as well, just came out. No more excuses, it's worth your time. Birdcage Bottom Books. $3. (GT)
Tiny Pencil. £11. (RBM)
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