1. 2012 Slingshot Large (Slingshot Collective) $12.00 – The planner with a daily dose of radical history, infoshop contact list, useful essays, menstrual calendar, address book, everything basically. This large size is spiral-bound.
2. 2012 Slingshot Small (Slingshot Collective) $6.00 – The planner with a daily dose of radical history, infoshop contact list, useful essays, menstrual calendar, address book, everything basically. Perfect-bound pocket size.
3. Optic Nerve #12 by Adrian Tomine (D&Q) $5.95 – 1. Optic Nerve #12 by Adrian Tomine (D&Q) $5.95 – Two pitch-perfect stories of rejection, imperfection, and relationship drama, each ending on a surprisingly uplifting note. “Hortisculpture” pushes Tomine into a stylistic camp with Sammy Harkham, Jordan Crane, Chuck Forsman and Kevin Huizenga – perhaps more than ever before. The story works with a “Chalky White”-ish suburban everyman and his tempered ambitions, but camps up the visual style into a Marmaduke-y newspaper strip aesthetic. The effect is similar to the trickiness of his wedding planning comics. The second half is a repolishing of his “Amber Sweet” college girl mistaken for porn star plot. Plus we get a glimpse into Tomine’s sad-sack mailbox, and some self-aware griping about putting out comics issue by issue. -EF
4. The Death Ray by Dan Clowes (D&Q) $19.95 – 2. The Death Ray by Daniel Clowes (D&Q) $19.95 – Coming-of-age-as-comic-book-parable-told-as-comic-book. Another Clowes mindfuck, conveniently in gorgeous hardcover.
5. Ganges #4 by Kevin Huizenga (Fantagraphics) $7.95 – From the author of Curses and Supermonster. The adventues of Glenn Ganges continues.
6. My Aim is True #1 by Carrie $1.00 – My Aim Is True continues where Carrie’s perzine Brilliant Mistake ends (note the matching Elvis Costello titles). Funny musings on feeling guilty and not feeling guilty, book reviews, crushings and Truma Capote. -EF
7. Big Questions Extras Outtakes and Random Scraps Book Tour Zine Thing by Anders Nilsen $5.00 – Hey, just in case the nearly 600 pages of collected Big Questions and accompanying adenda wasn’t enough for you, here’s another 24 pages of formative doodles, unpublished sketches, alternate draftings and bookplate designs! Eat until you’re full my completist friend! -EF
8. Savages Rab City $1.00 – Folds out to reveal 3 different drawings.
9. Wanderlust Herbal $2.00 – Scrapper witch Violet lays out a dense herbalist guide to 19 good friends in the plant kingdom….who they are what they do, and how you find ’em when you’re crawling around in the world. -EF
10. Butch Nor Femme #2 by Lynne $1.50 – Butch Nor Femme #2 begins and ends with sharp essays/musings about self-definition, assumption and gender labelling, tethered directly to the title. These bookend more laid back reports from a trip to Michigan and quitting the Facebook, thinking about internet socializer frameworks. Bright Queer Focus, Hella Articulated. -EF