what you going do?

gah!
hear! hear!
its here!

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insect bath #1

spider yarns spun by zach hazard vaupen, sammy harkham, juliacks, max clotfelter, eamon espey, matthew thurber, jason t. miles and alex delaney
mister freibert provides the ole witch hat intro outro
alex degen and scott roller on covers

you can buy the thing HERE or HERE

or you can git it from yer local comix shop on feb 12th

progress is progressing on the adventures of tad martin #6 by casanova frankenstein
expect this heartbreaker to hit later this year from teenage dinosaur and profanity hill
here’s a couple teaser pages

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most of love wins 13 has been done for a while but been busy with the bath and tad
also i don’t know how i’m going to print it
here’s raw scans of some of it

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arty

and speaking of art…

been enjoying messing around with color
inspired by what anya davidson and lane milburn have been up to
they’ve been coloring comix whereas i’ve jest been coloring some drawings

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lineart layered over colored inks

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this ones inspired by a masamune shirow interview i recently read:

Dark Horse:
Some of your color work includes very unusual textures. How do you achieve these effects?

Masamune Shirow:
I use a color copy machine and copy rock or metallic images onto a “transparent film with an adhesive on one side,” (reversing or flipping positive and negative images, altering colors, and changing sizes), and then cut and paste them into the drawing. I usually use acrylic paint and apply several thin layers… I avoid a high contrast look with sketches, because when I draw very realistically “the flat, deformed, and unrealistic-looking” faces of my characters tend to dissolve into the surroundings there, and appear odd.

i did the lazy 21st century version of shirow coloring
grabing pics online and photoshop paint bucket

reading pile:

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skull #6 (1972)
1 story in 2 parts. 1st part (greg irons art) takes place in the 19th century, with a crazy scientist trying to grow a monster inside a lady. things don’t go according to planned but a mysterious figure with supernatural powers (asian stereotype) saves the day. 2nd part (richard corben art) takes place 200+ years later where the crazy scientist’s great grandson pays for ole granddad’s sins. creeper scripted by tom veitch. solid, traditional, horror comic splitter. poe, lovecraft vibe with some underground comic shockers. could do without the fu manchu bullshit. irons at the top of his game and corben’s corben = the real deal.

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cops (1989)
this guy, mark baker, asked cops to tell him their story, anonymously. then he brilliantly sequenced their stories. i’ve had this book for 10+ years… everytime i’ve thought about trading it in i start reading it and can’t put it down. i become obsessed. this book is nuts! raw dog brutal. very funny and very fucked. gotta check out his nam and women book.

weird how similar those 2 covers are…?

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homeward handbound

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still stuffing my brains back in my head after short run 2014
the third short run
they’ve all been great
my favorite small press show
my hometown show
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compared to other shows people at short run seem most curious about the handmade and unknown comics and zines
not just the internet buzz books and makers or machine manufactured books from businesses
and thats a vital distinction to me after 10 years of tabling small press shows

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i was very happy to have no me for the show
its been 2 heartbreaking years in the making
the most ambitious project i’ve attempted
i’m happy by the response
no me is all assembled by hand
guts photocopied
covers screen printed by yers
3 little books bundled with string
wonderful, wonderful contributors: josh bayer, marc bell, jean-michel bertroyas, jim blanchard, nikki burch, ben bush, adam buttrick, sean christensen, chris cilla, max clotfelter, mark connery, scott davis, marc deckter, austin english, eroyn franklin, gabrielle gamboa, julia gfrörer, tim goodyear, justin green, eric haven, cameron hawkeye, meghan hogan, raighne hogan, gerald jablonski, dunja jankovic, juliacks, patrick keck, keenan marshall keller, david king, bobby madness, jesse mcmanus, mr. mike, lane milburn, tony millionaire, tom neely, andy nukes, virginia paine, marc palm, léo quiévreux, luke ramsey, tony remple, helge reumann, xavier robel, james romberger, tim root, kevin scalzo, josh simmons, justin skarhus, ted stearn, conor stechschulte, ian sundahl, tom van deusen, noah van sciver, blair wilson, ajax wood storm, martine workman, chris wright, sophia yanow

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also new for the show was love wins 12
really excited by and about free papers
rich history there
love wins 12 is made up of 32 drawings
most of which were done last year during the week my grandpa was in hospice
big thanks to austin english, conor stetchschulte and open space for showing these drawings earlier this year in baltimore
big thanks to olivia mccausland, aidan fitzgerald, darin shuler and cairo for showing them a couple months back in seattle
its a big deal and new and scary to me to share grief in such a public way and their support along with others has been immeasurable

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and here’s another new jammer known as cool rool
although cool rool doesn’t appear anywhere in the zine
its a riso frankenstein zine by me, aidan fitzgerald and darin shuler
so much fun making this
discovering all the unintentional echos between the 3 of us
we each made 15 copies
many variants
i added a bunch of stuff to mine
no 2 copies the same
this ones history
no more available
maybe fitzy and d.shoe have some…?

ok

heres my haul:

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everything’s fucked

just about to send off love wins 11 to the mailing list. this issue is what love wins is all about. language of the heart.
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i make art to have fun and to learn. this issue is definitely more on the learning side of things which isn’t always fun. if you want to get on the love wins mailing list – paypal a couple bucks to jasontmiles at gmail dot com and be sure to include your mailing address.

here’s the first peep at the almost final cover by alex degen for insect bath #1.

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i love this. you can read and see more about insect bath here.

Imagetim goodyear the teenage dinosaur and i are publishing the adventures of tad martin #6! seriously fucking honored to be a part of this book. casanova frankenstein (formerly known as al frank) is one of my favorite cartoonists. the adventures of tad martin ran 5 issues and was published by caliber/iconografix in 1991 (all 5 issues in 91!). if you like full speed down stroke punk comics then track these down. here’s what my eternal-guiding-light-dylan-williams sed about casanova’s comix:

Al Frank is another totally fucking amazing punk comic artist. Bobby [Madness] took what people like Crumb or Holstrom were doing, mixed it with street art and made it his own. Al took Raymond Pettibone [sick] and combined it with a different aspect of street art and came up with another, completely unique style. He did a book called Tad Martin in the early 90s for the most punk friendly publisher at the time Iconografix and has continued to do the most down to earth, fucked up, funny shit around. They were both interested in the art around them in their communities that wasn’t being force fed to them.

look at this fucking cartooning!

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we’re getting close on this one.

Imageand then there’s no me. i sparkplugged no me after doing some art auctions to benefit sparkplug comic books after dylan died. i was feeling a lot of grief and energy and needed to put it somewhere. so i sent out a call for no me and got a huge response. this thing is very close to being finished. its huge. something like 60 artists and over 250 pages.
all handmade. you can see preview images here. hoping to have this finished for short run in november. these pics of no me are just my dummy mock ups.

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if you like language of the heart art then you gotta check out bread and wine by samuel delaney and mia wolff.

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Imagevery happy and fortunate to have edited this book. i think it turned out real good. its one of the most romantic pieces of art i’ve ever experienced. it really gets that excited terrifying feeling of falling in love.

reading pile:

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isn’t this cover disgusting! raw power 2 by josh bayer. dude keeps connecting. i love the way he makes images and pages and his stories feel weird and familiar. i remember way back reading about novels that used real people as characters – which seemed like a cool idea. and now it seems fan art is a really big thing. maybe its always been big but i’m seeing a lot more of it. anyway, josh seems to be doing those things while transcending them too – filtering his experience through books and comix and celebrities and just the medium in general. like william s. burroughs doing marvel comics in the 70s.

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monster edited by paul lyons. this is one of the most exciting anthologies i’ve seen since jordan crane’s non 5. its got three books wrapped in a killer screen print. each book has a blind deboss and the guts are 2 colors. i’ve only read the first book so far because i want to slow jam this thing. all the stories and art are fucking great and mike taylor’s is one of the best horror comix i’ve ever read. serious spine chiller. so good!

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castle & wood is by my good friend darin shuler. there are 6 issues to date. the 7th may be ready for short run. darin is an elemental. i’ve read these comix so many times. i love them. i love the way he draws and his characters and the seriously silly quest for enlightenment they’re on. i’m fortunate to know darin so when i read his comix i hear him doing the voices for his characters in my head. pee wee’s playhouse forever!

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kelly jones’ hammer really took me by surprise. i read his deadman back in the day but then got into berni wrightson which killed my… jones for his art. i picked up a grip of his hammer for a dollar and really like it. when jones writes his stories he loses the wrightson influence and tells a killer yarn. very fun lovecraftian horror. if you like dan o’bannon’s style of horror then this is for you. jones makes some great ghouls and creatures and hammer has this weird alien creeper dude that hugs his melon, hence the phallic helmet…

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i’m still diving into manga. lots of discovery for me there. i really like almost everything i’ve read by tezuka except astro boy. i love the way astro boy looks and all the robots and monsters but the stories don’t satisfy me. i picked up urasawa’s revisionist astro boy manga, pluto, for a buck and loved it. lots of consequence and character and flow. seriously elevating pulp stuff. crazy readable.

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reading pluto i couldn’t help but think of beto’s maria m. book one. i edited this book for fantamagraphics and it’s a movie adaptation as graphic novel of beto’s poison river. beto’s recent meta/film/graphic novel adaptations of his older comix really fuck with my head and make me feel alien to my own experience and memories of the original stories, which i’ve read a thousand times. it’s amazing how his comix continue to grow and crystalize and grow again.

since yer on the computer click here to check out karissa sakumoto’s rude comics shop. also check out profanity hill!

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