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Alternative Comics' flagship anthology returns with more pages showcasing the best indie, web and zine artists of today's underground. Cover art by Mike Bertino (Trigger). Comics by Theo Ellsworth (The Understanding Monster) & Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi), Sam Alden (Eighth Grade), James Kochalka (SuperF*ckers), Sam Henderson (Magic Whistle), Noah Van Sciver (The Hypo), Grant Snider (Incidental Comics), Alex Schubert (Blobby Boys), Andy Ristaino (Adventure Time), and Allison Cole (Never Ending Summer). Inkstuds interview with and comics by David Lasky.
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The new book from the acclaimed author of Guilty, Whatever and The Lodger. Failure collects Karl Stevens' beautifully rendered humorous comic strips from The Boston Phoenix. His slice of life vignettes and surreal anthropomorphic experiments are revealing sketches of urban America and beyond.
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Sam Henderson's 1996 collection of his early mini-comics is revised and available once again. See what his work looked like back when he was poor(er). Henderson's drawing is intentionally crude, but it has the same kind of energy you see in the work of today's best gag cartoonists, whose drawing also tends to be a little basic. Extremely low-brow humor that almost parodies low-brow humor - it's enjoyable on either level.
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Alternative Comics presents the digitally re-mastered edition of Joel Orff's 1993 self-published Strum And Drang #1. In his signature dark and dreamy style, Orff delivers tender stories of self-realization from the antics of childhood memories to the misremembered senility of the elderly and lonely. Joel follow-up book Strum and Drang: Great Moments in Rock 'n' Roll was nominated for the 2004 YALSA Paperbacks for Young Adults list. Orff's book Thunderhead Underground Falls was selected as one of Booklist's Top Ten Graphic Novels of the year in 2008. Since August of 2005 his weekly comic strip Great Moments in Rock `n' Roll has run in various free weeklies, currently appearing every Friday in The Pacific Sun of Marin, California.
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Great moments in rock 'n' roll. Everyone has at least one. For three years, Joel Orff collected people's stories, illustrated them, and posted them on his web site. Though several of these comics feature well-known musicians, they aren't necessarily about music. They may be life-defining experiences, or they may be small and sublime occurrences that the narrator has never forgotten, or moments that they would have liked to have forgotten, but couldn't, because they made too good of a story. Nominated for the YALSA 2004 Popular Paperbacks Young Adult booklist, Strum and Drang is a funny and sometimes poignant book about people struggling with and celebrating their circumstances, often through unlikely forms of self-expression.
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