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Juan and Andrew with an invitation to participate in 2018’s #30dayscomics Juan here! November is right around the corner which means that not only will I finally let myself turn on the heat at my apartment in Pittsburgh, but #30dayscomics will soon be upon us! As the weather chills and most of us become indoor […]


Anne Carson; Boiled Angels; Gabe Fowler; Mary Ann Caws ————————————————————————————————— “Flaubert Again” Anne Carson has a piece of fiction in the most recent New Yorker issue: Once, she and Martha had gone to Greece together, to an international writers’ conference. While they were there, she’d renounced writing. Instead, she made sketches in a sketchbook and […]


Caleb Orecchio here with The Black Diamond Effect no. 3. ————————————————————————————————— The Black Diamond Effect no. 3 by George P. Gatsis, 1991 Look at this comic. This comic is a mess, yet it is visually electrifying. I love looking at this. It is like a digital/analog collage. It almost looks like something Michael Comeau would […]


Sally Ingraham here with two recent reads – Kate Gavino’s ‘Sanpaku’ and Maggie Umber’s ‘270º’! ————————————————————————————————— A summer interview in Paste Magazine with Kate Gavino put her new comic – Sanpako – on my radar. When it turned up at Copacetic Comics I read it eagerly. As I had suspected, the intricate backgrounds of each page (inspired […]


Juan here with a mid-October weekend recap: the Idea Factory and the Eighth Annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair Last weekend was a brilliant doozy here in Pittsburgh. I mentioned that it was a busy one, so you knew something was coming! I was programmatically double booked, with a cartooning program, the Idea Factory, from 10am-4pm at […]


Mid-October Process Post ————————————————————————————————— I was out of town last week. As with my last trip, I wasn’t really able to work on comics, but I tried to keep busy with sketching when I had the chance. Mostly quick exercises with negative space, nothing too intense. I was drawing in sketchbooks I made out of […]


Caleb Orecchio here with a story. ————————————————————————————————— I show my comic strip to another syndicate editor. Their smiling face quickly turns to curiosity. Then to confusion. Then to bafflement. They say the usual, “It’s great! But it will never sell. We need something a little more universal. Have you read the new Nancy strip? It’s funny, […]


Sally Ingraham here with a look at Rina Ayuyang’s “Blame This on the Boogie”- plus other news of note! ————————————————————————————————— In Rina Ayuyang‘s new memoir – Blame This on the Boogie (Drawn + Quarterly Nov. 2018) – bright colors and glamorous dance moves leap off of the page. They’re a sort of dazzle camouflage, nearly disguising […]


Caleb Orecchio here with some comics I bought from The Billy Ireland’s overflow collection. ————————————————————————————————— This year at CXC, The Billy Ireland Museum was selling comics, magazines, fanzines and books from their collection. These were items that they had multiples of and needed to purge to make space. It was a treasure trove. I passed […]