Review Day Tuesday… in Video!

Today I want to try something new.


I’ll tell you.

I’m reviewing THREE new comics in a new format: as a vlog!

Now you can click the video below and watch my new reviews:

The links to these comics I talk about are listed below:

Ranger Pugsly’s Camp for Adventurous Youth AND The Good, The Bad and the Pugsly by Jonathon Wallach.

Taken Literally by Joshua Chappell. (This one may not be online).

What did you think of the video? Want me to do more Review Day Tuesdays like this? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Thanks for watching!

You. Are. Awesome.

Commissions are Closed

There’s a feature on this site of mine that I like, that I unfortunately had to take down temporarily.

The feature announced my availabilty to do commissions, and linked to my prices.

I’m temporarily taking it down for a few reasons.

First, I’m swamped with work! Between two part-time jobs on top of making and reviewing comics, I have a lot on my plate. I need to finish a few things first before I take on any new commissions from anyone.

Second, once I AM available for them again, there is a sale I plan on having for my commissions. There are a few sales ideas floating around in my mind, and by the time I’m available for commissions again, I can safely announce them.

Third, I’m also making other things to sell through my Storenvy store.

There are a few things already done and good to go. Including FOUR new mini-comics: Duck for Dinner, Paintings at Night, Ladies with Mohawks, and Mr. Dino and Friends! I will also be getting new Johnson & Sir prints listed soon.

Fourth, I’m coordinating with the printer to finally get the first book of Johnson and Sir printed! The book is currently on pre-order (I’ll put the link at the bottom of the post) so you can reserve a copy.

The goal is to have print books ready and available by February 13th. But I’m having issues contacting the printer. I’m gonna blame the blizzards that have been blowing in recently.

So, yes, I have a lot going on. But these are good problems to have.

Thank you for your support in everything I do! Readers like you are the reason I’m able to make comics and write about them. Seriously. You’re the best.

I’ll see you tomorrow with a new post.

P.S. Here’s the button to click to pre-order your very own copy of Johnson & Sir (which is $10 and covers shipping and handling).

A 5-Part Update

This post is coming to you in 5 Parts, so let’s get right to it!

Part 1. If you did not see it yet, I finally posted something on the Women Warriors Project. You can check that out here.

Part 2. My awesome friend Chloe sent me volumes 1 and 2 of The Heroic Legend of Arslan and I am SUPER EXCITED, because we both mutually love Hiromu Arakawa and it’s great to see her work on other manga.

the heroic legend of arslan manga volumes 1 and 2 and jak and elsa fanart
Chloe also sent me some fanart a classmate of hers made, which also looks fabulous.

I’m going to write and post a review of volume 1 this upcoming Tuesday, reviving a feature I introduced last year, “Review Day Tuesday.”

Speaking of recurring segments on the blog, that brings me to,

Part 3. Favorite Artist Friday!

I’m going to rename this feature “Featured Artist Friday,” so it’s not just my favorite artists being featured.

Featured Artist Friday is going to feature lots of different types of artists. So expect to see comics artists, painters, mixed media artists, sculptors, or just people I find while I flip through my stack of business cards I’ve accumulated over the years from conventions.

Speaking of art, though,

Part 4. New Mini-Comics!

I made and finished a new mini-comic recently called “Duck for Dinner.” It’s a short little autobiographical story.

duck for dinner mini comic
Duck for Dinner… the mini-comic!

It’ll be up for sale on Storenvy soon.

If you would like a digital copy of the comic for, say, $0.99 (US Currency) please leave a note in the comments. I’ve been thinking of offering short 99 cent digital comics for sale through Gumroad, but let me know what you think?

Speaking of Storenvy, though, that leads me to,

Part 5: Crafting Stuff!

So I had a ton of excess paper and decide to bind some new books (because bookbinding is one of my new hobbies). I used a new technique I found the other day called the Slot-&-Tab method, which requires no thread or gluing.

bookbinding handmade books slot and tab method
Hand Made Books!

The thing is, I don’t have a use for these (although I’m keeping the grid paper book), so I’m thinking of selling them as filler notebooks or something on Storenvy. If you’re interested in getting one of these, drop a comment below.

And if you would like to see a tutorial, let me know about that, too, in the comments.

So what other things am I crafting?

Well, I have some T-shirts I don’t wear anymore…

t shirts
These shirts either don’t fit me or are just too bland.

I’m going to repurpose these into tote bags. Because tote bags are awesome, and you can totes (HA) use them in lieu of plastic bags when you shop, which is my favorite thing to do.

I’m not confident enough in my sewing skills to consider selling the finished totes, though, so it may be a while before I offer any for sale.

That’s all for today, but come back tomorrow, when I talk about a new artist for Feature Artist Friday!

How I Got Into Zines and Mini-Comics

Last week I talked about my reading list (and of course it has changed since then. I can be a quick reader).

This week I’d like to talk about zines, mini-comics, what they are, and how I got into them.

To the casual reader, what I just said probably wouldn’t make sense. You might be thinking, “What’s a zine? What makes a mini-comic different from other comics? What are you talking about?”

Let’s start with “What’s a zine?” The answer to this will explain a lot.

A Zine is a very independently self-published work.

I don’t mean, “I raised the money to get this book printed at a comic book printer,” self-published (that’s what’s usually meant in the comics scene when you say “self-published,” anyway).

I mean taken-to-the-photocopier-at-Staples-and-stapled-together self-published. Very indie. So indie that only a handful of bookstores across the United States actually sell them like they would at any other book store or magazine rack.

Zines are a labor of love, and not made for any kind of profit.

Zines are like magazines, and can cover a wide range of topics, from vegan recipes to feminist rants.

Mini-comics are the comics version of the zine, and can cover just as large of a variety of topics.

This is not a new phenomenon, either. The 1970s underground comix movement started as zines and mini-comics, so they have had a long, rich history, even if they have been subversive and underground.

So how did I get into them?

Well, it started before I was even aware of what I was doing, back in middle school.

In middle school, I had a small circle of friends, and we would fold up paper into pages and doodle and write jokes and stories all over them. We called these zines “The Little Books of Nuffin.” Except one time, when we made a zine called “The Little Book of Somethin’.”

But then I moved to a new school, and forgot about them.

Later, I purchased a book, called “Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine? The Art of Making Zines and Mini-Comics” by Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson.

Whatcha Mean What's A Zine book

I was in high school, and I just came around to the idea of wanting to make comics for a living. At time time, I wanted to get into manga (excuse me while I laugh at myself), but I figured, “Hey, zines and mini-comics would be a great way to get my feet wet and make comics to maybe give to friends or something.”

I didn’t actually make any zines until college, in my freshman year, when I made “The Top Hat Club.”

The Top Hat Club self published comic

It was short-lived – I only ever made two issues, even though at the time I wanted to make more. The story was kind of weak and the art was not at the level I wanted it to be.

So I abandoned “The Top Hat Club” and moved on.

I joined the Bowling Green Comics and Cartooning Club, where half of the artists in the club made zines and minis in their spare time. Once a year they would collaborate on one zine together, the Cartooning Club Anthology, and sell copies at a campus event, Arts X, a fundraiser for the different art departments on campus.

comics and cartooning club anthology volumes 1 and 2

I participated in the Anthology for two years, until the club dissolved, and then I joined urban nu-sense.

Urban nu-sense was all about underground hip-hop, zines, and subversive art. I was involved for at least two semesters there, sharing art and open letters.

urban nu-sense the rant zine

And then, in my final semester at school, my friends and I went on a class trip to Chicago.

And there, we went to one of the (if not THE) mecha of zines and mini-comics, Quimby’s Bookstore.

I spent over $50 on zines and minis and I REGRET NOTHING.

zines and mini comics acquired from Quimby's bookstore in Chicago

I still make mini-comics occasionally. I started with “Breakfast for Dinner,” and moved on to “Ghost”, “Jumper” (which I will probably never make public), and more recently, “Mr. Dino & Friends.”

Breakfast for Dinner mini comic breakfast for dinner mini comic breakfast for dinner mini comic ghost mini comic ghost mini comic ghost mini comic mr dino and friends mini comic

I also have one still in the works…

rubber duck the reckoning mini comicSo I still enjoy making mini-comics. They’re tiny, they’re easy to make, and they’re a lot of fun!

It’s a wonderful, tiny world to get involved in.

So have you read any zines or mini-comics? Which ones were your favorites? Please let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on Wednesday!