Weekly Top 10

1. Slingshot 2011 Small Organizer (Slingshot Collective) $6.00 – Your daily dose of peoples history, menstrual calendar, tips for dealing with the police, radical contact list…all in perfectbound pocketsize form.

2. Endeavour 2011 Nikki McClure Calendar $16.00

3. Maximumrocknroll #331 Dec 10 $4.00

4. Diamond Comics #5, ed. by Jason Leivian (Floating World) $3.00 – Full color chaos. Stanley Lieber, Michael DeForge, Benjamin Marra, Cleon Peterson, Pete Toms, Panayiotis Terzis, Derek Ballard and a frantic cover by Skinner. You’ll probably cry if you miss this.

Diamond Comics #5

5. Gaylord Phoenix #5 by Edie Fake $4.00 – What do I have to say for myself? This is the pre-history-flashback issue of that homosexual birdman comic I draw. Try it, you just may like it- if you don’t, you know where to find me. -EF

6. Boobs by Sam Sharpe $3.00

7. Powr Mastrs #3 by CF (Picturebox) $18.00

8. Picture This: The Near Sighted Monkey Book Learn How to Art with the Near Sighted by Lynda Barry (D&Q) $29.95 – Although I doubt this book needs any introduction, I’ll go ahead and quack a little about Lynda Barry’s exciting follow up to What It Is. These books are sort of a portable pair of life-coaches on the means and meaning in personal artistic process. Where Scott McCloud tries to crack open all the formal and technical elements of comics-making step-by-step in his “Understanding Comics” series, Lynda Barry is using rather sub-conscious processes to burrow deep into the intuitive realms of how and why content is created. It’s a pretty amorphous thing to get a handle on and Barry’s collaged approach reflects the subtleties of the fog while still assembling a book on “how to draw”. Picture This allows her to dig into the core of creating without being didactic or judgemental, writing the secret missing chapter to every “How to Draw Comics” book ever published. -EF

9. Buildings & Bodies by Ryan Dodgson $10.00 – What would your friends look like if they were houses? What would your houses look like if they were your friends? Here’s a version of that being incredibly well-drawn and all taking place in Toronto!

10. Giant Robot #68 $4.99