03/06/2017

We begin the week with Ryan Cecil Smith on risograph printing; Adam Griffiths on ReDistricted; the passing of Jay Lynch; the coming of Conosaurus; some thoughts from Hellen Jo; and much more!

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Frank Santoro interviews Ryan Cecil Smith for Part 3 of his Risograph Workbook on The Comics Journal.

FS: Ryan, legend has it that you were one of the first American small press comics makers to employ risogragh printing of your comics, and that you basically introduced the process to the States. I remember you were in Japan making comics around 2008. Can you give us your “Risograph Origin Story”?

Smith: I heard that risograph was “a thing” but I didn’t know what it was. I guess I’d heard that Mickey Z was using it and Ryan Sands was using it. I discovered that my office workplace (in Japan) had this weird photocopier that was used for mass handouts on cheap paper. It was manufactured by “Ricoh” not “Riso,” but I eventually figured out it was the same technology. (This was 2008.) I loved how the prints from this machine lay on the paper; they seemed to soak into the paper, yet they lay flat and matte. They weren’t glossy or threadbare like laser prints/Xeroxes tend to look. So I was very happy that I had this machine that could make prints which didn’t look like anything else I’d ever seen! I made several books and tens of thousands of prints on my office risograph machines over the next few years.

Read the rest HERE!

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Final page of the Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo publication, 2017

Jay Lynch passed away yesterday (Sunday, March 5th 2017). The Comics Beat has some details about his life – but it is the Facebook messages of folks like Caitlin McGurk (Associate Curator at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and John F. Kelly (Executive Director at The ToonSeum) whose testimony and heartbreak speaks most eloquently about the impact Jay Lynch had on their lives and on the alternative comics scene. Rest in peace, Jay.

Carol Tyler’s tribute to Jay Lynch, drawn for the cover of the Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo publication, 2017

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Staying Stylish by Adam Griffiths and Matt Dembiki

Take a stroll around ReDistricted – an online comics anthology focused on lesser-known historical stories about Washington, D.C. Most recently Adam Griffiths was the featured comics artist on the story Staying Stylish, about the DuPont Circle Fountain. You can see the comic and download a printable PDF HERE.

Adam Griffiths recently spent a week in Pittsburgh for a Rowhouse Residency – read his thoughts about the experience HERE and check out more details about the Comics Workbook Rowhouse Residency.

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 Hellen Jo riffs on Taiyo Matsumoto, Love and Rockets, and Steven Universe. Over at the House of Vans. (You know, the shoe people?) Jo’s got some great stories in that interview. Dig into it.

Did you have a first comic shop you haunted? What did you fill your comic art hunger with?

Being a super sheltered teen with not-great social skills, I was lonely my first semester, so I would lurk at Cody’s Books and Comic Relief every single day after classes.  I read the entirety of Xaime Hernandez’s Love & Rockets volume, The Death of Speedy one afternoon at Cody’s, and it literally made me high; I was so hooked.  I amassed some massive credit card debt buying and reading as many amazing comics as I could those first (and only) couple years of school: all of Los Bros Hernandez’s Love & Rockets, Dan Clowes’ Eightball, Julie Doucet’s Dirty Plotte comics, Peter Bagge’s Hate series, Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan, Charles Burns’ Black Hole, Taiyo Matsumoto’s Black and White, Junji Ito’s Tomie and Uzumaki volumes… I could not believe the scope and breadth of the alternative comics genre, and the stories were so insanely good; they literally mesmerized me. I was so obsessed; I even skulked around the tiny comics section at UC Berkeley’s Moffitt Library in search of books I hadn’t read, and amid the fifty volumes of Doonesbury strips, some sick university librarian had included an early English translation of the Suehiro Maruo collection, Ultra Gash Inferno.  That book blew my tiny mind about a hundred times; it’s totally fucked up erotic-grotesque horror porn, but the art is unbelievably beautiful.  I read that entire thing sitting on the floor in the aisle, feverishly praying to God to forgive my sins after I finished the book, because I was way too ashamed to check it out of the library.

You can read the whole interview with Hellen Jo HERE.

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Do you do the wretched long haul of comics show after comics show? Eking out a pittance trying to just get your comics and zines into the hands of others? You’ll want to check out Conosaurus

Conosaurus is a resource that helps independent creators and fans manage their convention schedules. You’ve been grinding on that custom made Google Doc of yours, synced with google alerts… This might make your life a little easier. There are quite a few convention databases already in existence, but not all of them are exactly as useful as they could be for exhibitors. The team building Conosaurus, Stephanie Zuppo, John Wotjtkielewicz, and Kazimir Lee, is designing it to be as useful to exhibitors as possible… And most importantly, it’s free to use and it will stay that way!


As of yesterday, the first ever Conosaurus convention digest is here. Sign up for weekly updates HERE.

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Bread & Butter

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The Spring Semester of the Santoro Correspondence Course for Comic Book Makers starts March 7th! There is a rolling start date for this semester of the course, so we will continue taking applications beyond that date.

The course is 8 weeks long – 500 bux – payment plans are available.

More details can be found HERE – or email santoroschoolATgmail to apply.

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Blinkers – 3-6-2017 – by Jack Brougham

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Suzy and Cecil – 3-6-2017 – by  Sally Ingraham

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Joanie and Jordie – 3-6-2017 – by Caleb Orecchio

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Cozytown – 3-6-2017 – by Juan Fernandez

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