Our goal was to see what amazing comics and beautiful art we could trade for copies of our zine. We were NOT disappointed. Check out our favorite samples from the bounty:
1. Hawd Tales by Devin Flynn
A wonderfully deranged crime story by the cartoonist of the Y'All So Stupid web series.
2. Alamo Value Plus by Rusty Jordan
An interesting comic about three supermarket employees taking a smoke break and the strangely moving childhood story told by the oldest of them. Published by Revival House Press.
3. Buttons and stickers by Killer Acid
4. Earaches and Eyesores by Justin Melkmann
The theme of these comics is punk rock and alcohol. Turns out the cartoonist also plays in a band called World War IX and is a producer for The Daily Show. That's a busy guy!
5. The Māuiminster Kiwi Club by Alexandra Beguez
Proof that great things come in small packages, this silk-screened book shows that it's possible to be flightless and fabulous!
6. Womanimalistic No. 3: "Phoenix Burning, Phoenix Rising" by Caroline Paquita
This book bristles with vibrant color, mesmerizing textures, and shamanistic energy.
7. Boy Dies by Kim Ku and Nikki Hung
This small unassuming book entertains with dark humor and puts the power to choose the course of the action in the reader's hands. But be warned: Boy does indeed die.
8. X-Men by Alden Viguilla
Viguilla's version of everyone's favorite band of mutants layers gorgeous silk screening on one long, accordion foldout. The uncanny thing is how fun his version of these popular characters is.
9. Stranger Than Bushwick by Jeremy Nguyen
From bedbugs to rooftop drinking, Nguyen perfectly captures the trials and joys of living in NYC's most rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. A love-hate relationship for the ages.
10. Shape of Things by Aya Kakeda
A story of love, loss, and moving on. A girl travels through a world of color, rhythmic patterns, and sumptuous feasts.
11. Wolverine print by Greg Kletsel
12. Fight, Fight, Fight by C.M. Butzer
Full of over-the-top violence and audacious color, the action in this book comes out swinging and never stops!
13. Late Era Clash! No. 26 by Mike Taylor
Taylor's brushed strokes vibrate with energy and, despite even the black-and-white interior, pages that seemed filled with color.
14. Born Not Raised by Sophia Wiedeman
Alternating between ink and pencil drawing, Wiedeman explores dreamlike scenes that grow unpredictably nightmarish.
15. All My Anime Boyfriends by Kali Ciesemier
This is the perfect zine for anyone who has ever had an unrequited love affair with an animated character. With these illustrations, Kali Ciesemier perfectly captures the perks and pitfalls of dating beautiful, anime men.
16. Inventory Vol. 1 by Sam Bosma
This pocket-size zine holds countless inventory items every wayward adventurer is sure to need, from a "hand of glory" to "berserker shoes." And who doesn't need those?
17. Charis 8 by Aimee Fleck
Charis 8 is a cool schematic to the fictional Charis designated ships. The zine, full of character and item designs, is done in a simple and effective two-tone color scheme, and leaves you wanting to know more about the story of this ship.
18. Street Code by Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby is known for his work as co-creator of many infamous superheroes and superhero teams like the X-Men and the Hulk. With this zine, the Jack Kirby Museum has put together a great way to reintroduce people to a great comic artist. Full of original artwork, rough sketches, and artist notes, this zine is a great find for anyone who loves comic art.
19. The Subjective Way by Jonathan Rotsztain
This funny, tongue-in-cheek look at life in the serving industry was taken from the artist's own personal experiences as a Subway employee.
20. Heaven's Dreamtown! by Wren McDonald
This futuristic sci-fi comic is about a day in the life of a factory worker who uses an Oculus Rift–esque video game to get through the monotony of his day. Printed in black and blue, Wren's transition between real life and the video game world is captured through the use of very creative paneling.
21. Weeping Flower, Grows in Darkness by Kris Mukai
Mukai's new comic follows two preteen kids through their family drama and the unsettling discovery of creepy, alien-looking plants under the porch. Mukai carries us through the narrative by easing us between between red, purple, black, and green.
22. Lemon & Ket by Natalie Andrewson
23. Sherk print by Gavin ???
24. Savage Brute by Pat Dorian
This epic tells the story of Savage, an inhabitant of a primitive, dystopian Queens, New York, who tries to protect his family and hunt mutant animals. It features a beautiful screen-printed cover with colors that catch your attention from across the room.
25. Adventure! by Mike Freiheit
Freiheit discusses his thoughts and experiences in this mini comic. He explores life meanings, what it takes to be punk, and jobs that open up different points of view.