June 2020 Reading List

Here’s a list of all the comics, graphic novels, comic-related books, zines, and other small press publications that I read in June 2020 with brief descriptions and information on where I found each publication. Graphic Novels The Beats: A Graphic History >Harvey Pekar (w), Ed Piskor (a), and othersThis “graphic history” is broken up intoContinue reading “June 2020 Reading List”

Notes on the Term Indie

Choosing to go with the term indie was a bigger decision than I anticipated when I first set out to create this blog. In considering my title, I worked through a number of the terms mentioned previously, and I explored some of the ways that comics people describe comics. In this post I work through some of that terminology to help readers see why I choose indie.

Using Zines in Schools

I wrote this piece as part of an academic conference workshop where I tried to show other college writing professors and K-12 language arts teachers what zines have to offer students and how teachers and professors might bring them into their classrooms. Alongside the presentation—of which this was a part, workshop participants tried their hand at creating zines. I reprint this piece here knowing that folks who read Indie Creator Explosion aren’t the primary audience. I am sure that you know much more about zines than I get into here. Still, you might not know how or why a college professor or K-12 writing teacher would be interested in them or what folks in academia might be doing with them. I get into a bit of that here.

Fanzines about Small-Press Comics

Below I list U.S. publications that focused most of their coverage on small press, independent, and/or minicomics and their creators from the early 1970s to today. This list does not include publications that featured only artwork or strips, though some of them include comics. The publications on the list featured news, interviews, ads, reviews, con reports, and columns on small press and independent comics. Oftentimes, they also included articles on how to create, publish, and distribute comics.

Small Press Comics News Sources

Below you’ll find a list of print and online resources that should tithe you over in between reading and making comics. Each of the resources provides intelligent information about comic books, comic creators, and the craft of comics/cartooning.

Note: I only include resources that devote a substantial portion of their coverage to indie creators. There are plenty of sites and social media accounts that focus on Marvel and DC. They don’t interest me in the slightest. If those publishers interest you, Google them.

June 2020 Kickstarter Campaigns

I want to draw your attention to two awesome Kickstarter campaigns that are currently underway. I support both campaigns. First, Jim Rugg has a campaign to fund his black-light comic book called Octobriana 1976. The comic features the devil woman as she battles robot Stalin. To learn more about the character and her history asContinue reading “June 2020 Kickstarter Campaigns”

On Barry Blair, Founder of Aircel Comics

In this post I address Barry Blair’s history as a professional artist and comic book creator from the 1970s to the late 1990s, including his self-published work through Night Wynd Productions, the rise and fall of Aircel Comics, his resurrection of the Night Wynd imprint, his work for WaRP Graphics on various Elfquest titles, and his transition away from comics into fetish and kink illustration. I conclude by raising questions about Blair’s lasting impact on comics and addressing where his work stands today.