Juan stepping in for Sam here with comics and comments from Austin English and Mari Naomi!


Where I’m Coming From (Part 2)

Another excellent exploratory archive post comes to us from Austin English over on The Comics Journal. Grab a coffee and dig in.

The first half of this column explained the intentions behind it, but let’s rehash things for a moment: as we all converge together to discuss, draw, or simply read comics, most of our knowledge is shared (Peanuts, a vague notion of Wimpy requesting things he cannot afford) whether we endorse or react against it—but our experience of zines is a personal one. Geography, a personal pantheon of aesthetics, varying levels of enthusiasm for continuing to amass piles of paper into one’s life: all of this contribute to a unique archive of “containers of human creativity” (to use a phrase cartoonist Jason T. Miles once employed to describe zines).

I was intrigued by people’s reactions to the first installment of this series. Some expressed excitement at seeing one of the first zines by artist Margot Ferrick. The work in question is from 2012, not ancient history in the least, but Ferrick’s work has changed considerably since that moment. As I said before, zines disappear arbitrarily and without warning. A reader’s favorite artist may have made something deeply heartfelt in the very recent past, but the work and the attitudes expressed may forever be obscured. With this in mind, for the final installment in this series, I’ve tried to write about a great many zines, in the hopes that works that have moved me might open up forgotten corners of what is possible in cartooning (which is the not so secret intention of this column in general).

You can read it all here.
(After you’re done, start working on your next zine.)


Mari Naomi offers up an illustrated backstory of the Cartoonists of Color and Queer Cartoonists databases. This comic originally appeared in NEW FRONTIERS, an anthology published by SI Universe. Big ups to Mari Naomi for managing this huge project.


Collected from the thousands of pages of material that Frank has left scattered all over the digital landscape, these 4 PDF collections contain Frank’s best writing on comics and comics making from the past decade. Theory and process, reviews and discoveries, journeys both physical and spiritual.

Check out the “Best of Frank Santoro” PDF collections, available HERE!

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Juan Fernández

Juan Fernández

Juan José Fernández is a Pittsburgh comics community organizer, most recently named as one of “Pittsburgh’s Creative Forces: 12 People to Meet in 2017” in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and one of seven 2016 Fuerza awardees by Café Con Leche for providing Pittsburgh Latinx leadership. He co-organizes the annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair, leads the Pittsburgh Comics Salon, and provides educational outreach for the Comics Workbook and the ToonSeum. He currently works at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.
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