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Update for 11/25/20

New review today for The Audra Show #5 by Audra Stang! So hey, if you order anything from the store over this holiday gap, I’ll throw in something extra. A few comics, maybe some original artwork I have laying around, something. Maybe that will be the tiniest incentive to convince people to stay home for Thanksgiving? Eh, probably not. Oh, and since I’m selling some non-store small press stuff on eBay, I should probably include that link here. You know, if you were looking for comics by Julie Doucet, Jason Lutes, Chester Brown, Peter Bagge or Adrian Tomine. I’ll be adding more stuff soon probably, it’ll basically be the “hey wait a minute, I already have these books in a collected edition” comics…

Update for 11/23/20

New review for Maids by Katie Skelly! And here’s hoping nobody reading this is dumb enough to go to a Thanksgiving dinner with people other than the ones you’re already living with. And, if you are, please send a letter to your local hospital saying that you understand the risks and want to give your future bed up to somebody who at least tried to stay safe. Hey, it’s just being true to your principles, right?

Update for 11/18/20

New review today for Two Stories by Brian Canini, and if all goes well I should be back next week with more reviews. Keep those comic orders coming! I’m really dreading telling the few people who haven’t sold any comics over the years the bad news. It’s not their fault, it’s my crappy store, but still…

Update for 11/16/20

One solid month! I did not mean to be gone for that long, but presidential year elections are a madhouse even in states where the result, sadly, wasn’t that close. I’m going to ease back into things with a couple of reviews this week; today it’s for Dogs by Tim Brown. If I can manage to avoid covid (fingers crossed, but be careful out there everybody) I should be able to get through most of the review backlog over the next month or so. Oh, and I’m still planning on shutting the store down at the end of the year, and thanks to a few orders I’m getting a lot closer to all of the comics being listed for sale as actually for sale and not dusty mirages of a broken store…

“Update” for 11/2/20

Vote tomorrow! Either vote for four more years of covid or at least an attempt at getting the virus under control, but vote. In theory I should be able to get back to reviews next week, assuming there’s no martial law…

Update for 10/15/20

New review today for The Follies of Richard Wadsworth by Nick Maandag, and just in case I get totally swamped at work and disappear for a few weeks, this is the perfect book to leave at the top of the page. Still, I’m going to try to avoid it!

LAST CHANCE FOR THE ONLINE STORE!!!

My online store is busted. Anybody who has tried to use it knows this already, but please know that I know that too. Since the store is basically a time capsule at this point, I’ve decided to shut it down at the end of the year, at which point I’ll be paying everybody whose books have sold (be prepared for some disappointment, artists!) and sending back whatever books didn’t sell, if they still want them. Meaning that if there’s anything that anybody would like to buy, you have a little over 3 months to do it. As the store is busted, you can’t just click and have it add them up, you’ll have to copy and paste them all into an email and send them to me. But on the bright side, there are some real gems in there, things that are just about impossible to find now. I mean, I still have two copies of Bogus Dead left, one of my all time favorites, just to name one example. So! I’ll be mailing stuff out weekly (all I can manage at the moment), and I’ll try to check the stock once or twice a week to give people a chance to substitute other books if they want. Contact info on the sidebar is good, so please use that. Oh, and I’m also selling other stuff not in the store (like all my Hate by Peter Bagge books; I’ll be getting the fancy hardcover edition when it comes out so they’ll be superfluous), so if you’re curious about that stuff just ask, otherwise it’s going onto eBay. Thanks everybody!

Update for 10/13/20

I know, I know, but like I said, this is going to be a crazy time for me. Go vote, by the way! If you can in your state, get your vote in early. New review today for I Know You Rider by Leslie Stein, in what ended up being an unintentional Drawn & Quarterly week. Whoops!

LAST CHANCE FOR THE ONLINE STORE!!!

My online store is busted. Anybody who has tried to use it knows this already, but please know that I know that too. Since the store is basically a time capsule at this point, I’ve decided to shut it down at the end of the year, at which point I’ll be paying everybody whose books have sold (be prepared for some disappointment, artists!) and sending back whatever books didn’t sell, if they still want them. Meaning that if there’s anything that anybody would like to buy, you have a little over 3 months to do it. As the store is busted, you can’t just click and have it add them up, you’ll have to copy and paste them all into an email and send them to me. But on the bright side, there are some real gems in there, things that are just about impossible to find now. I mean, I still have two copies of Bogus Dead left, one of my all time favorites, just to name one example. So! I’ll be mailing stuff out weekly (all I can manage at the moment), and I’ll try to check the stock once or twice a week to give people a chance to substitute other books if they want. Contact info on the sidebar is good, so please use that. Oh, and I’m also selling other stuff not in the store (like all my Hate by Peter Bagge books; I’ll be getting the fancy hardcover edition when it comes out so they’ll be superfluous), so if you’re curious about that stuff just ask, otherwise it’s going onto eBay. Thanks everybody!

Update for 10/2/20

New review today for Peculiar Paper People #1 by Billy McKay, happy weekend everybody!

LAST CHANCE FOR THE ONLINE STORE!!!

My online store is busted. Anybody who has tried to use it knows this already, but please know that I know that too. Since the store is basically a time capsule at this point, I’ve decided to shut it down at the end of the year, at which point I’ll be paying everybody whose books have sold (be prepared for some disappointment, artists!) and sending back whatever books didn’t sell, if they still want them. Meaning that if there’s anything that anybody would like to buy, you have a little over 3 months to do it. As the store is busted, you can’t just click and have it add them up, you’ll have to copy and paste them all into an email and send them to me. But on the bright side, there are some real gems in there, things that are just about impossible to find now. I mean, I still have two copies of Bogus Dead left, one of my all time favorites, just to name one example. So! I’ll be mailing stuff out weekly (all I can manage at the moment), and I’ll try to check the stock once or twice a week to give people a chance to substitute other books if they want. Contact info on the sidebar is good, so please use that. Oh, and I’m also selling other stuff not in the store (like all my Hate by Peter Bagge books; I’ll be getting the fancy hardcover edition when it comes out so they’ll be superfluous), so if you’re curious about that stuff just ask, otherwise it’s going onto eBay. Thanks everybody!

Update for 9/30/20

New review today for The New Normal by Grant Thomas, and yes, it is about the pandemic, why do you ask?

LAST CHANCE FOR THE ONLINE STORE!!!

My online store is busted. Anybody who has tried to use it knows this already, but please know that I know that too. Since the store is basically a time capsule at this point, I’ve decided to shut it down at the end of the year, at which point I’ll be paying everybody whose books have sold (be prepared for some disappointment, artists!) and sending back whatever books didn’t sell, if they still want them. Meaning that if there’s anything that anybody would like to buy, you have a little over 3 months to do it. As the store is busted, you can’t just click and have it add them up, you’ll have to copy and paste them all into an email and send them to me. But on the bright side, there are some real gems in there, things that are just about impossible to find now. I mean, I still have two copies of Bogus Dead left, one of my all time favorites, just to name one example. So! I’ll be mailing stuff out weekly (all I can manage at the moment), and I’ll try to check the stock once or twice a week to give people a chance to substitute other books if they want. Contact info on the sidebar is good, so please use that. Oh, and I’m also selling other stuff not in the store (like all my Hate by Peter Bagge books; I’ll be getting the fancy hardcover edition when it comes out so they’ll be superfluous), so if you’re curious about that stuff just ask, otherwise it’s going onto eBay. Thanks everybody!

Update for 9/28/20

New review today for The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist by Adrian Tomine. Yeah, I talk about “big name” cartoonists once in a while too, so what?

LAST CHANCE FOR THE ONLINE STORE!!!

My online store is busted. Anybody who has tried to use it knows this already, but please know that I know that too. Since the store is basically a time capsule at this point, I’ve decided to shut it down at the end of the year, at which point I’ll be paying everybody whose books have sold (be prepared for some disappointment, artists!) and sending back whatever books didn’t sell, if they still want them. Meaning that if there’s anything that anybody would like to buy, you have a little over 3 months to do it. As the store is busted, you can’t just click and have it add them up, you’ll have to copy and paste them all into an email and send them to me. But on the bright side, there are some real gems in there, things that are just about impossible to find now. I mean, I still have two copies of Bogus Dead left, one of my all time favorites, just to name one example. So! I’ll be mailing stuff out weekly (all I can manage at the moment), and I’ll try to check the stock once or twice a week to give people a chance to substitute other books if they want. Contact info on the sidebar is good, so please use that. Oh, and I’m also selling other stuff not in the store (like all my Hate by Peter Bagge books; I’ll be getting the fancy hardcover edition when it comes out so they’ll be superfluous), so if you’re curious about that stuff just ask, otherwise it’s going onto eBay. Thanks everybody!

Update for 9/24/20

New review today for Nine Faces of Nothing by Eli Bishop (Hob, for long time readers). And I’m probably going to keep posting my meandering thoughts about the upcoming end of my online store in these updates, so get yer scrolling finger ready if you’ve already seen it!

LAST CHANCE FOR THE ONLINE STORE!!!

My online store is busted. Anybody who has tried to use it knows this already, but please know that I know that too. Since the store is basically a time capsule at this point, I’ve decided to shut it down at the end of the year, at which point I’ll be paying everybody whose books have sold (be prepared for some disappointment, artists!) and sending back whatever books didn’t sell, if they still want them. Meaning that if there’s anything that anybody would like to buy, you have a little over 3 months to do it. As the store is busted, you can’t just click and have it add them up, you’ll have to copy and paste them all into an email and send them to me. But on the bright side, there are some real gems in there, things that are just about impossible to find now. I mean, I still have two copies of Bogus Dead left, one of my all time favorites, just to name one example. So! I’ll be mailing stuff out weekly (all I can manage at the moment), and I’ll try to check the stock once or twice a week to give people a chance to substitute other books if they want. Contact info on the sidebar is good, so please use that. Oh, and I’m also selling other stuff not in the store (like all my Hate by Peter Bagge books; I’ll be getting the fancy hardcover edition when it comes out so they’ll be superfluous), so if you’re curious about that stuff just ask, otherwise it’s going onto eBay. Thanks everybody!

Update for 9/22/20

Sorry again, but chances are this will be a rough few months on the update front because of my job at the Board of Elections, so please bear with me. New review today for Banal Complications (the last of the current mini kus books) by Marc Bell! Oh, and bear with me for an announcement about the online store here below. If you have no interest, carry on!

LAST CHANCE FOR THE ONLINE STORE!!!

My online store is busted. Anybody who has tried to use it knows this already, but please know that I know that too. Since the store is basically a time capsule at this point, I’ve decided to shut it down at the end of the year, at which point I’ll be paying everybody whose books have sold (be prepared for some disappointment, artists!) and sending back whatever books didn’t sell, if they still want them. Meaning that if there’s anything that anybody would like to buy, you have a little over 3 months to do it. As the store is busted, you can’t just click and have it add them up, you’ll have to copy and paste them all into an email and send them to me. But on the bright side, there are some real gems in there, things that are just about impossible to find now. I mean, I still have two copies of Bogus Dead left, one of my all time favorites, just to name one example. So! I’ll be mailing stuff out weekly (all I can manage at the moment), and I’ll try to check the stock once or twice a week to give people a chance to substitute other books if they want. Contact info on the sidebar is good, so please use that. Oh, and I’m also selling other stuff not in the store (like all my Hate by Peter Bagge books; I’ll be getting the fancy hardcover edition when it comes out so they’ll be superfluous), so if you’re curious about that stuff just ask, otherwise it’s going onto eBay. Thanks everybody!

Update for 9/8/20

New review today for Little Circle and the Wishing Fairy by Samantha Ann Peartree (actually Andrew Davis). Everybody have a good holiday weekend? Anybody dumb enough to have indoor holiday parties without masks? If so, please send me as much money as you can before you go into the hospital. I promise to spend all the money on comics…

Update for 9/4/20

New review today for Mount a Rescue by David Robertson and a gaggle or artists. Or is it a murder of artists? Happy weekend everybody! Enjoy if you’re in one of the countries where it’s OK to leave the house!

Update for 9/2/20

New review today for Egle and the Snake by Joana Estrela, one more from the mini kus pile. In other news, I’m doing a Chester Brown reread at the moment because hey, why not? But I’ve noticed that somehow I ended up with Louis Riel #1-9 out of a 10 issue series. Anybody have a line on how I could get a copy of the 10th issue? Drawn and Quarterly, sadly, doesn’t have it in stock, and the internet is greatly confused when I search for individual issues…

Update for 8/31/20

New review today for Across the Diner by Brian Canini. Hey, I’d review your comics as often as I reviewed his if you put out a dozen or so books a year too, you know…

Update for 8/26/20

New review today for Crime at Babel by Martins Zutis, another one of my week of mini kus reviews that could really just be a series of question marks. Oh, and I should mention this somewhere: August is the anniversary of Optical Sloth, and this makes it 19 years. 19! Here’s hoping that what I lack in quality I make up for in sheer longevity. And yes, I do have some plans for the 20th anniversary, provided we all live that long. Will those plans come to pass? I don’t have the greatest track record with such things, but maybe!

Update for 8/24/20

Ach, sorry, work is really picking up (get your voting plan ready now!) and real life has been a mess too, leaving not much time or energy for talking about comics. So I decided to come back and make it a short mini kus week, but the two I picked basically defy description, so enjoy (?) my attempts at reviews. New one today for Violent Delights by Hetamoe!

Update for 8/6/20

New review for Not My Small Diary #18 edited by Delaine Derry Green, and featuring every small press comics person that you like. Go ahead, check the list, see if I’m wrong!

Update for 8/4/20

New review today for (extra) Ordinary by Roberts Rurans, another from the mini kus pile!