“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.

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HIPHOP IS THE FUTURE: TIRED OF BEING MARGINALIZED

Comics

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.

HIPHOP IS THE FUTURE: EITHER WAY

Comics

by Matt Dojny

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

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

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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]

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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.

-Longfellow

“The Secret Life of Helen America” Returns!

Comics

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.

“Mr. Beltman”

Comics

Our artist Akiko Tamura–who is now Akiko Kawabe!–has been kind enough to send over some more of her short comics from all the way in Tokyo. We’re overjoyed to bring you the first of these shorts: “Mr. Beltman,” written in 2005.

Introducing Matt Dojny

Comics

Okay, so I might be a hypocrite. But you might be a literate heifer; there’s a lot that we don’t know about one another. But your bovine tendencies (bovinism?) is not the subject of this scholarly article (nor is my hypocrisy, but that’s neither here nor there).

I ranted about single-panel comics and then recanted my blanket statements and now I’m back to my general distaste for emptiness in lieu of context and can tell you with great certainty that both my English teacher would hate this sentence and also that Matt Dojny’s work is fucking great. His comic, HIPHOP IS THE FUTURE, is absurdism focused at a single point, like a pinhole camera’s viewfinder. Certain panels pull from silly, long untapped cultural moments that aren’t notable enough to ignite any nostalgia. Observe:

I do not remember who sang this song. But that’s what makes this funny[1]: it might as well have been some snakes. This rendering does not push against any preformed idea about this song other than referencing my knowledge of its existence. It helps that the lyrics are also total nonsense.

But Matt’s body of work (he makes a new comic every day. I don’t even brush my teeth some days) isn’t dependent on these sorts of references. Guys I don’t know what else to say. Read this in Kevin Smith’s voice: “He’s just fucking funny.”


Matt’s a novelist too-or rather mainly a novelist. (Nonsensical though the text in his comics may be, they are still concise and, in a weird way, beautiful.) His book, The Festival of Earthly Delights, is, like, for sale and shit. In book form.

We’ll be posting a few of his comics every Friday. You can see the strip updated daily over at HIPHOP IS THE FUTURE.

[1] Do things stop being funny once you explain why they’re funny?