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Beaches, Bars, and Birds by Marian Runk

Life Lived in Pictures

This week we add two great new titles by two great comics artists!

The fourth chapter of Melissa Mendes’ The Weight is now available! Borrowing memorable moments from her grandfather’s life, Melissa crafts the life of tom-boy Edie as she deals with problems at home, and mischief at school. Melissa captures small moments of both sorrow and joy with an amazing attention to detail.

Marian Runk’s collection of sketches, Beaches, Bars and Birds is a wonderful assortment of observations from her life. Sources of inspiration include a cruise in the Mediterranean, drinking alone at bars, and watching birds!

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The Weight by Melissa Mendes

Worth the Weight

Melissa Mendes is back with two new issues of her depression-era drama, The Weight. While this comic is full of difficult situations, we read these issues with a level of joy, savoring Melissa’s deft storytelling. Radiator Comics now proudly carries the first three issues of The Weight, which you can actually read online for free (or if you want, you can join Melissa’s Patreon). In fact, the first page of issue 4 was posted TODAY!

Why the heck would we point you to a free source for the comics we just added to our website?! Well, like Melissa, we think as many people as possible should read the Weight…but we’re also confident folks will want to be able to hold issues in their hands, and get lost in their sepia pages. So if you are craving the paper version of Melissa’s masterpiece, you know where to get them, friends.

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Clear Eyes, Full Hearts

This week we add two very different publications, both from the super-talented Melissa Mendes!

Can’t Lose, is a fanzine Melissa put together for her and her friends to profess their love for the television show, Friday Night Lights. It’s a fun collective love-letter to the high school football drama, featuring everything from speculative fiction to a scrap book of RJ Casey’s FNL-themed wedding proposal.

The Weight is a depression-era story based on the childhood of Melissa’s grandfather, Jack. We’re honored to be carrying the first chapter of what promises to be Melissa’s biggest and most impressive project to date. The Weight is full of the small patient detail that makes Melissa’s Freddy Stories so endearing. You can read it online as she is drawing it at http://www.mmmendes.com/partone/, and you can support her directly by giving to her Patreon account.

This weekend is CAKE! The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo! Stop by Radiator’s table, No. 52B. Caroline Picard will be staffing the table with all of her Fortuna minis (including THREE NEW ONES?!?!!!??!). Cathy Hannah will also be at the table from 2:00 – 3:00pm each day, and Jeff Zwirek is also planning to make an appearance (TBD). There are 16 other exhibitors that Radiator distributes, and four of the CAKE core staff members are distributed by Radiator. It’s a real family affair, and it’s Free! If you’re in Chicago, we hope you’ll make it to the Center on Halsted (3656 N Halsted), and say hello!

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Don't Cry Wolfman Chicago by Nate Beaty

Slices of Life

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.
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