someone sent me a fan mail thing asking me what my favourite indie comics/zines are and i figured it might be fun to draw them all tiny because one of my favourite things to do is draw tiny books. Anyways here are some words about them:
1) Fantasy Basketball - Sam Bosma: I only read this a few hours ago so it’s still very fresh in my mind but i can tell i’m going to be thinking about it for awhile. It has great pacing and humour and the art is beautiful. It reminds me of a parallel universe studio ghibli adventure with hints of dragon quest thrown in for good measure. I want/need some more adventures featuring Wiz, she was super charming! Sam is a crazy good illustrator, the worlds he creates all feel so alive.
2 & 3) Kuš - Various: these guys put out some of my favourite comics anthologies (š!) full of comics from talented folk from all over this big weird planet. they’re also pocket sized and super cute (certainly the cutest comic anthology going around these days!). This is one of the best ways to discover new comic artists, i think, especially those from other countries. My favourite so far has been #9 which i carried around in my bag for like 7 months until it got water damaged when i got stuck in a storm, it’s still good though. Bonus Story: I was reading Kris Mukai’s comic in #9 in a laundromat in new york city and laughed out loud and an old lady gave me a weird look.
4) Klaus - Richard Short - I think i’ve mentioned a few times in the past how much i love Klaus. This book was pretty important for inspiring me to really want to get into making comics seriously. The strips are funny, charming, honest and beautifully crafted. Short has such a dry sense of humour, which is very appealing to me and makes the comics really shine. Klaus also features one of my all time favourite characters: Lovely Horse!
5) Internet Comics: Maré Odomo: Maré makes beautiful comics, his words are almost like poems or song lyrics or something and his illustrations make me always feel like i’m reading a dream. Internet Comics is no different, it’s great and moving and honest which is everything i want in a comic.
6) Sunday in the Park with Boys: Jane Mai: This is one of the most honest comics i’ve ever read, it’s beautifully illustrated and Jane has such a unique voice and way of writing comics, easily one of my favourite books ever and one i recommend tracking down. Plus Jane is just great even though she’s an actual living and breathing ball of grease. True story.
Anyways i could have gone on and on and included a bunch of other equally great comics but words are hard so that’s it, thanks for reading.