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Low Spirits

This week we’re excited to add Sage Coffey’s minicomic, Wine Ghost Goes To Town, as well as the anthology Sweaty Palms, which they co-edited!

Wine Ghost is a short fun comic about a ghost who likes to get drunk and cause trouble for positive ends. Sweaty palms is a tome of autobiographical comic-essays on depression that are touching and require emotional fortitude. This combination is fun reminder that life can be both silly and difficult. We know you’ll find value in both!

This weekend we’ll be at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo in Cambridge, MA. If you’re in the area, we’d love to see you! We’ll be on the Eisner Level (basement), tabling next to Penina Gal, Luke Howard, and Ansis Purins! Dave Ortega will be joining us a few times during the weekend at our table as well!

Dave Ortega

Faith and Mole

We are thrilled to have received copies of the fourth issue of Dave Ortega’s Dias De Consuelo series! This very colorful issue follows Dave’s Abuela when she is five- and six-years old in intimate -yet formative- moments going to church, school, and moving in search for family and stability.

Dave’s storytelling and artwork are stunning, and we have grown so much with Consuelo and her family that we have formed a familial connection with them. Order this issue -and any issues you haven’t read yet- today!

In ten days, we’ll be in Boston for the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, and we’ll be tabling with copies of Dias De Consuelo, and Dave (who lives in Somerville), will be visiting our table. Dave will also be on a panel on Sunday, the 22nd about Comics and Migration! You wont want to miss that talk.

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This week we’re adding a new minicomic from Neil Brideau (that’s me, hi), In Trouble! It tells a story within the world of Neil’s minicomic series, The Plot, featuring the three sisters who bother Fib and Eena in issue 4 (and who have made appearances in all but one Plot comics so far). You don’t have to read the series to enjoy this goof-ball comedy of errors, but…you know…why not pick up issues 1 – 4 of the plot while you’re at it?

We were in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend for Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, which is one of our favorite comics festivals of the year. We consider it a not-to-be-missed event. What makes CXC unique is its dedication to having two days of programming before any tabling begins, so comics makers can be enriched and educated before setting up shop in Columbus’ beautiful main library. The programming days take place at Ohio State University’s Billy Ireland Collection, Hale Hall and Wexner Center, and send this author on a comics high that he hasn’t come down from yet. In addition to thanking everyone involved with CXC (which is a star-studded list, tirelessly donating their time for our benefit), Radiator Comics wants to thank Coco Picard, Marcos Pérez, Mike Centeno, and Sage Coffey for joining us at our table this year.

If you make comics, or enjoy comics, do yourself a favor and plan to attend Cartoon Crossroads Columbus 2018 (which is scheduled to take place around the same time as this year).

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We are back!

I really wish I didn’t have to ever post a “we’re back” announcement on the Radiator Comics website, but here we are! After the whirlwind of a festival CAKE was in June, we almost immediately started packing our bags to move to sunny (and hot and humid) Miami, Florida! And just as we were unpacking our boxes, and getting Radiator back up and running, we had to load up our car, and head north to avoid the historic hurricane Irma! Miami and our tiny corner of it fared very well, and our thoughts are with people in Houston and especially Puerto Rico and other Caribbean Islands hit hard by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, José and Maria.

We are really happy to be back doing what we love to do, spreading the word about fantastic self-published comics like Isabella Rotman’s latest minicomic, Long Black Veil! Based on a folk song from the 60’s, Isabella has recruited singer/songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs to help put her own unique spin on the murder ballad. Of course it’s a great little nugget from Isabella, and it’s enhanced by an accompanying cover of the song by Jenny, which can be heard/seen on her website here.

The Small Press Expo was last weekend, which marked the start of a busy season for us! Continue reading

We’re Moving To Miami

Our entire catalog of comics, zines, graphic novels, prints, greeting cards, buttons, and tote bags are packed up into boxes, and are in transit from Chicago to Miami! We will be apart from these awesome comics for a couple weeks as we and they take separate paths, winding southward from the Midwest to the East Coast.

That means we will be unable to fulfill any orders that come in until August 18. Please feel free to place orders before then, and yours will be one of the first to ship from our new home!

Chicago is a very special place for self-publishers and is a great home for several small-press communities. If you’re into comics-making, zine-shaking, and book-quaking, we highly recommend spending some time in the windy city. We are indebted to far too many people and institutions to name for years of education, mentorship, friendship, and support.

We really look forward to getting to know Miami, its creative communities, and how we can plug into the scene there.

See you soon!

Special thanks to Kenan Rubenstein for drawing the “moving to miami” art!