Garish Zow Comics #1
You know, not to pick on this anthology unfairly or anything, but it seems kind of silly to me to number anthologies until you put a second issue out. If that happens, fine, the first one is automatically assumed to be #1, no big deal. How’s that for an utterly insignificant mini-rant? Anyway, this one isn’t bad, but it’s not great either. There are comics from Amy Allen and Samuel Kienbaum (I’m mentioning them because they’re already on the page and I like their work), and a really great one about friends drifting apart from Thien Pham. Other than that it was a mish-mash, ranging from good to not-so-good. Parts of it were worth a look, if nothing else to see Amy Allen do a comic that wasn’t about Zecord, and it looks good, with a full color section in the middle. Here’s a list of the rest of the contributors: Michael Allen, Tim Goodyear, Ian Ameling, Katherine Wien, Carlos Baltodano, Lou, T.J. Winslow & Nikolita, John Orloff, and Mark Thompson. It’s $3, send an e-mail to order.
Zecord Space Alien Explorer Volume 1
What this looks like is four crudely drawn wordless stories about an explorer and a series of mishaps. What it is… actually, that’s pretty close. The drawing may look crude, but it’s cute and incredibly expressive. The whole thing reminds me just slightly of Jim Woodring and his Frank stories, except these are a lot more coherent. In this volume Zecord battles three little aliens and tries to capture one, trips out on some otherworldly drugs, gets help from a really ugly alien and finds a temple of cat worship. These are, of course, my best guesses based on reading through it once. Whatever is really going on, this is a fun book that you could probably show to people at parties and have them demand more. E-mail Amyor just send her $3 at: Hidden Agenda Press 647 N. Santa Cruz Ave. Ste. E Los Gatos, CA 95030.