From the shores of Maine to the deserts of New Mexico, we’re welcoming new collections of previously-published comics by Liz Prince and Alec Longstreth!
Liz’s Be Your Own Backing Band collects a ton of comics about punk music, which were published on If You Make It* and in Razorcake! This book is published by Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club!
Alec’s Phase 7 No. 023 collects a ton of comics from anthologies, plus a pretty punk-rock story of turning a skeptic onto the magic of Harry Potter!
Fun trivia…Liz and Alec are good friends, and their mutual friend, craft-genius, Claire Sanders makes cameos in both Be Your Own Backing Band and Phase 7 No. 023!
Liz has a brand new comic out from Boom!Box!, Coady and the Creepies! Check it out!
Alec, Liz’s publisher (Silver Sprocket), and Radiator Comics will all be at DINK, in Denver, CO April 8 & 9! Alec will be presenting a comics-making workshop, and Radiator & Silver Sprocket will be on a small-press publishing panel!
It’s always a pleasure to add a new issue of Phase 7 by Alec Longstreth to the Radiator catalog! Issue 021 is in stock, and it’s a hairy one! For those unfamiliar with Alec and his beard…Legend tells, when embarking on an epic quest to be a fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies, and to complete his epic all-ages graphic novel, BASEWOOD, Alec Longstreth shaved his head and prized beard, and vowed not to cut or shave again until Basewood was COMPLETE!
Issues 005 – 009 of Phase 7 were devoted to the story of Basewood, and issue 020 featured behind-the-scenes sketches as well as the lyrics & a CD of the Basewood rock-opera! This issue brings an ELEVEN-YEAR process of putting out Basewood to a close, and it’s a great read!
ALSO! Congratulations to Alec and his wife, Claire for becoming PARENTS just a couple days ago! Also! Also! Alec just recently launched a webcomic, the Isle of Elsi, which you should totally check out as well!
No new comics this week, but we wanted to talk about a category of publication that’s near and dear to our hearts, but may be overlooked, as this is a comics distro…zines!
For those who may not know, a zine is a self-published periodical. It’s usually made by one or just a few people, who see the publication from the seed of an idea to putting it in people’s hands. In fact, the vast majority of the titles Radiator carries should be considered zines, minicomics are just a comic book version of a zine.
But we also carry 27 publications that are mostly words, with little or no sequential art, and we’d like to highlight them some of them!
We’ve got Alec Longstreth’s comics!
We’ve got Jon Chad’s comics!
NOW…we’ve got DROP TARGET, a zine all about pinball co-authored by Jon Chad AND Alec Longstreth!
The nerdy enthusiasm and the exuberant attention to the mechanics of how a game is played and built is at pinball wizard-levels here, friends. If you haven’t checked this zine out, you really should, it’ll make you want to spend all your laundry quarters at the nearest bar or arcade, or wherever the heck there’s a pinball machine!
Hey! We’re in the middle of that annual exercise in treasuring those closest to us…if for no other reason than their body heat (it’s COLD out!). I want to wish everyone a great holiday season, and very happy New Year! Radiator Comics turned five-months old yesterday, and it’s been a ton of fun so far. Thanks for a great time to all the folks we’ve met at Redmoon events, or Youth Library Services workshops, or online via orders, emails tweets and, Facebook-thumby-things. 2015 is going to be a really exciting year.
We’re gonna be away from our comics for a couple days, so any order placed this week will ship on Saturday, December 27.
This week we welcome Alec Longstreth to the Radiator Comics family, and reveal our plans to set the city of Chicago on fire!