So I just came back from the SCAD Mini-Comics Expo (where I dropped off a few flyers for TRO) and thought I’d share what I found.
My budget was pretty limited but I still got some great stuff.
The first is Another Stupid Cat Comic by Alyssa Ciaccio (lisserbliss.blogspot.com). It’s actually a little handmade flipbook with an adorably animated cat and some scatological humor.
Though it must be reprinted, it still somehow looked like it was drawn with pencil right in the book.
The second book, Boogers #1 by Kevin Burkhalter (kevinsjournalcomic.com) was a bit of unexpected high fantasy with low.. well, high in the nostril… er, characters. I made sure to get #1, since you guys know what a continuity freak I am. Don’t want to accidentally read Boogers out of order.
I liked how the pages counted with little boogers in this one.
The last one there is Inkdick #5, where I felt ok getting out of order since I also read the comic online. Pranas T. Naujokaitis (ghostcarpress.com/inkdick/) has been doing his journal comic for a long time and it was kind of weird getting this one, which contains a bit about the Obama election, and realizing it’s the happiest thing in the book.
Such a feeling of hope, something it doesn’t seem has stuck with us. In any case, I always enjoy Pranas’ work because his honest depictions of down times help keep me from feeling really alone when I’m sad.
I always love these kinds of things and I always feel bad that I don’t plan ahead to bring more to support the indie peeps. There was a lot of other interesting looking stuff there, but I ran out of the cash in my pocket quick.
I like that I came home with little books featuring three different binding techniques. There was even more ingenuity on display at the tables. It just goes to show – if you wanna make comics, you’re gonna make comics. No reason to let anything stand in your way.
Like many artists, I highly doubt any of these guys are breaking even on the printed stuff shown at the actual expo, but I hope they do well through their websites.
So check em out, show em some love!