Last weekend, we had the privilege of tabling next to Penina Gal and Betsey Swardlick at RIPE! They are two of the most fun folks making minicomics these days. They are full of positive energy, they make great comics and they also know where to find really good baked goods in Providence.
Today we are stoked to add Penina & Betsey’s new issue of Glamera to our catalog! The half-glam-rock-star/half-kaiju-monster is back, and defending their GLAMESSENCE from five ghosts known as the GLAMURAI! You don’t want to miss this fabulous chapter!
We’re also excited to add the new full-color version of Ben Passmore’s comic, Your Black Friend to our catalog! Published by Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club, this new version is pretty much the same as the original, though laid out in a letter-digest format, and now saturated in the vibrant colors Ben is known for!
Ben Passmore debuted Your Black Friend at CAKE a couple weekends ago, and he needed a long-arm stapler to bind them, so he asked if he could come over and use mine. So we’re sitting in my dining room, and I said
“I’m excited about this comic, the pages you posted online look awesome.”
And then Ben explained the origin, that he’s been reading a lot of Frantz Fanon, and thinking a lot about Pan-Africanism, and how he lives in this liminal state of being black, but not identifying with mainstream “black” culture. That he and another black friend have been having some long conversations about that precarity, and that this comic was based on those conversations, an attempt to talk about his own experiences being black in the 21st century U.S.
And in a normal conversation it would have been my turn to say something, ask Ben a question, or talk about my own thoughts or experiences. Anything! Anything could have come out of my mouth, but instead I turned red, and started sweating, and said “huh” through the lump in my throat and nodded, and picked up the comic and leafed through it hoping to find…I don’t know what. And then I saw at the bottom of the third page Ben had written “What white ppl fear most is ‘making things awkward.'” Continue reading
When you hang out with other comics artists, the question “have you read anything good lately?” comes up a lot. Goodbye by Ben Passmore was a minicomic that came up among a number of friends over the past year, with exclamations of agreement as to its superb quality! What followed would be an exasperated attempt to articulate into words why it was such a good comic. Great art can be identified by its ability to articulate through its medium ideas that can’t just be articulated through words. In that regard, Goodbye is the cream of the crop.
We were heartbroken when our supply of Goodbye ran out, and Ben told us he too was out. But we were then rejuvenated by the news that Record Label, Silver Sprocket would be reprinting it as a tiny little book! What luck! And now it’s in our hands, and we can place it in yours. So what are you waiting for? Get this killer comic, and then throw your hands up in frustration when you can’t explain to your friends why it’s so dang good!
Education opportunities after the jump…
Friends, we are thoroughly stoked to add one two three four five six SEVEN new titles by New Orleans-based comics artist, Ben Passmore!
Ben’s comics possess a complexity that make them so much fun to read. The same title can be terribly serious and laugh-out-loud funny. It can be snarky and accusatory while at the same time introspective and honest. It can argue one side of an issue, and in the next breath, completely defeat that argument. It can be drawn with superb control and subtle line work, but look like it was drawn in seconds.
I think what I like the most about Ben’s comics is that he never takes himself too seriously, and that allows him to express risky ideas! Ben’s comics come highly recommended!