Synopses & Reviews
Fantagraphics’ 2010 NEWAVE! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s was such an unexpected hit that it inspired this first of a two-volume set chronicling the art of the mini-comic from the late 1960s to present—The Treasury of Mini Comics. The Treasury of Mini Comics charts the evolution of the art of mini comics over four decades of deliberate cartoon rebellion. This volume will reproduce some of the best mini comics ever produced by some of the most creative DIY creators in the world (many of whom, of course, have gone on to become familiar names among contemporary comics connoisseurs): Leonard Rifas, Justin Green, Gary Arlington, Mark Connery, Jim Siergey, Larry Rippee, Richard Krauss, Bob Vojtko, Par Holman & Clark Dissmeyer, Matt Feazell, Matt Howarth, Steve Willis, Ronald Russell Roach, Edd Vick, Bruce Chrislip, Brad Johnson, Tim Corrigan, Macedonio Garcia, David Miller, Colin Upton, Robert Pasternak, David Lee Ingersoll, Roberta Gregory, John Porcellino, Dylan Williams, Eric Reynolds, Molly Keily, Blair Wilson, Jim Blanchard, Chris Cilla, David Lasky & Jim Woodring, Marc Bell, Ron Rege Jr., Leela Corman, David Heatley, Laura Wady, Fiona Smyth, Karl Wills, Onsmith, Travis Millard, Mark Campos, Nate Beaty, Peter Thompson, Carrie McNinch, Mark Todd, Esther Pearl Watson, Andy Singer, Noah Van Sciver, Kelly Froh, Aaron Norhanian, Max Clotfelter, and Marc J. Palm. In a do-it-yourself world, anything goes…boundaries are crossed, envelopes pushed, wounds opened. From the silliest fart or boob jokes to the most deeply felt “EMO” style poetry, mini comics creators have been uninhibited in their efforts to strive for something fresh, raw, and vital. The Treasury of Mini Comics will be just as groundbreaking as Newave! was disseminating this creative work to a wider and appreciative public.
"Following on Newave! The Underground and Mini Comix of the 1980s, Dowers takes the reader on another tour of the rich world of mini-comics, covering the evolution of the form from the '60s on. Operating outside the strictures of mainstream comics, these artist-authors explore a wealth of subjects, personal and otherwise. This dense, bricklike tome provides a bewildering variety of works: some, like that of John Porcellino and Mark Campos, seem superficially crude; others, like Dave Miller's, are honestly repellent; and still others, like that of Steve Willis, take more iconic or conventional approaches. The mini-comics presented range from profound to obscene, from funny to grimly serious, from realist to absurdist. But in all of them there is a fire lacking in more commercial works, a vision incompatible with a mass audience. Dowers provides commentary for the benefit of those new to the field; sadly, it is sabotaged into near unreadability by a tiny font size and faint ink. Despite this flaw, the book stands as a remarkable repository of modern art." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The first of two volumes collecting minicomics from the 1960s till the present, created by pioneers and champions of the form.
About the Author
Michael Dowers (b. 1950) is an editor, publisher, and writer living in Washington State.