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!
This week we add two books I’ve been hoping would join the Radiator catalog for a while now. Don’t Cry Wolfman Chicago by Nate Beaty collects a frenetic and biting look at modern adult life in a bustling city. Freddy Stories by Melissa Mendes collects quiet and fun, moments in the life of a tom boy. Each book is the culmination of looking at life from a particular angle, and each is delivered in pitch-perfect styles appropriate for the stories they tell.
And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve added a tote bag, in which you can place these books.
This week Radiator’s honored to add a new comic from three of Chicago’s comics stars! Marnie Galloway’s long-awaited second volume of her three-part graphic novel, In the Sounds And Seas is here! Sam Sharpe collects previously published stories of love and life in The Love Particle! Jeff Zwirek’s releases the sixth issue of his one-man anthology, Black Star, collecting both previously published, and brand new comix!
Coincidentally, Marnie, Sam, and Jeff, along with Leslie Perrine and Grace Tran will be featured artists at Radiator Comics’ kiosk at the Great Chicago Fire Festival, this Saturday! Continue reading
I can’t think of an odder pair of new comics to add to Radiator Comics than the works of Leslie Perrine and Trubble Club. Coming out of the zinester community, Leslie makes sad comics dripping with the hope of a better tomorrow. Trubble Club, on the other hand is a super-star studded collective of Chicago-based comics artists who get together on a weekly basis and draw collaborative comics about the grossest subjects possible! Both artists’ comics are fun to read, and I hope you’ll check them out.