By Helen America


“1-800-KRAVLOX” by Isabel Reidy (NSFW)

Comics, Shorts

I am super happy to present some work by our newest artist, Isabel Reidy.  Isabel’s short work will be going up every so often and I heard from a fairly reliable source (myself) that there might be a syndicated comic coming up from her as well. Note: I’m going to be taking a more in-depth look at Isabel’s body of work in the next few days.




Owing to my having been very, very drunk in order to celebrate the, uh, something of my country, here’s a late edition of HIPHOP IS THE FUTURE by the one and only Matt Dojny.

New Short by Akiko Kawabe

Comics, Shorts

by Akiko Kawabe


Here’s an unnamed short by Akiko Kawabe (neé Tamura). It’s a fold-out minicomic, as you can see above, but not terribly much is lost by translating the story into a flat digital format (…as fun as flipping pages can be). That’s not a bad thing; some stories are just that adaptable. It is nice being able to carry this charming little thing around to show to others, though. As always, click the image to see a larger version of the comic.



“Young Jeffrey Dahmer” by Derf (really)

  • Turns out our artist Alejandro Bruzzese is a skilled multitasker. Here’s a short clip of him at work.
  • NPR has a list of 5 comics for summer (because, you know, Chris Ware is seasonal).
  • This is relevant to my research: the top five comics about serial killers. Apparently five is the largest number of comics people can handle on one list.
  • In celebration of pride week and America finally getting its head on straight (heh) and repealing DOMA, here’s a short piece about LGBT characters in comics. The author’s assertion that it’s “hard” to find non-webcomics featuring LGBT characters is total nonsense, though.
  • The Comics Journal has a lovely tribute to the late Kim Thompson.



by Matt Dojny

"Sweden Neutral"! I made out something in a HHITF background!



[1] “Sweden Neutral”! I made out something in a HHITF background!


Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita,
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,
ché la diritta via era smarrita.

When I had journeyed half of our life’s way,
I found myself within a shadowed forest,
for I had lost the path that does not stray.

Dante, The Inferno, Canto I, lines 1-3[2a]


Mezzo Cammin

Half my life is gone, and I have let
The years slip from me and have not fulfilled
The aspiration of my youth, to build
Some tower of song with lofty parapet.
Not indolence, nor pleasure, nor the fret
Of restless passions that would not be stilled,
But sorrow, and a care that almost killed,
Kept me from what I may accomplish yet;
Though, half-way up the hill, I see the Past
Lying beneath me with its sounds and sights,–
A city in the twilight dim and vast,
With smoking roofs, soft bells, and gleaming lights,–
And hear above me on the autumnal blast
The cataract of Death far thundering from the heights.



News & Links

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Courtesy of Scott Dutton

  • Ivan Kocmarek gives a great quick look at Canadian comics artist Jack Tremblay’s work from the 1940s through the mid-70s. The resemblance of his work to 80s DIY underground black-and-white comics (work from
  • Check out more about the “Canadian Whites” comics,[1] which were low quality (in terms of print quality; see the misaligned printing above) because the WWII era brought about a trade embargo in Canada for certain items. The Canadian library system has a really thorough exploration of Canadian Whites:

Government intervention in the [Canadian] economy broadened with the introduction of the War Exchange Conservation Act. […] It was primarily designed to conserve American dollars by restricting the importation of non-essential goods. Among the items banned were fiction periodicals, a category that encompassed pulps and other newsstand magazines, including comic books. The government had inadvertently laid the groundwork for a Canadian comics industry.

  • Buzzfeed (yeah, yeah) actually put up a well-written and -researched feature: “60 Comics Everyone Should Read.” The list is super thorough and has some great related reading suggestions under each of the authors’ picks. Well done, Summer Anne Burton. While you’re on the site check out “53 Pieces of Evidence that Prove Amanda Bynes’ Legs Are Forks” and “Do You Remember Those 3 Seconds In the ’90s When Vitamin C Was Famous?”

[1] Called so because the comics were frequently printed with a black-and-white interior. I thought it was a white supremacist group at first.

(I think it’s kind of hilarious that the name of this section hasn’t changed, but such is life. It shall remain “Here Are Some Cool Things.”)

“The Secret Life of Helen America” Returns!


Helen America is back with more of her diary comic The Secret Life of Helen America. Here’s what’s happened so far:

The Secret Life will now return to its regularly scheduled release every Wednesday.


News & Links


Matt Oppenheim and Bill Turpin

  • Yesterday, May 30, I stopped by the Adam Baumgold Gallery on the East Side for the opening to a show of portraits by Charles Burns. Burns (whose work Black Hole is so awesome that I couldn’t muster up the cojones to say hi in an otherwise empty room) is the cover illustrator for the Believer magazine, which is what the images in the gallery show were made for. You can check out pretty detailed images of Burns’ portraits on the gallery’s site, or in person in NYC through July 26. Also check out the Believer if you haven’t before–I worked for a bit helping out with archiving the magazine’s articles and now you get to do what I did and procrastinate by reading said articles. FULL ONES. Yeah. That’s right.


  • If you look over at the portrait site above you’ll see a few pages from Black Hole at the bottom. The images are before-and-afters of characters in the book who catch a disfiguring STD. But why imagine what these gnarly kids would look like in real life when you can have realistic prosthetics show you? Thanks to photographer Matt Oppenheim and prosthetic artist (“prosthetiartist,” I’ve decided) Bill Turpin for saving us the trouble.


  • A ghostwriter over at CBC’s book section (CBC has a book section? …CBC has a book section that cares about comics?) did interviews with Canuck creators Chester Brown, Jillian Tamaki, and Seth. They’re good interviews, for a Canadian. (Sorry, I had to. Nothing personal, entire country of people.)


  • To redeem myself after that one, here’s a bunch of audio recordings of panels at this year’s Toronto Comics Arts Festival taken by Jamie Colville. There are photos too, which just go to prove that all of the cool kids are in this business and that you should be, too.