The Comic Exotic: SAG by Leo

A semi-regular column about great comics you probably don’t know about. These could be Indie comics, comics with small print runs, or foreign comics. As reader and lover of comics for over 35 years, I’ve accumulated a huge collection. And this collection runs deep with the weird and the esoteric. SAG by Leo almost seems like a magical object delivered to me from some parallel universe. The fact that it’s written in French only adds to it’s other-worldliness.             SAG is a four issue series, and each issue is twenty-four pages long. The first issue was released in 2000. The only reason I found these comics is because a wonderfully weird store, called […]

The Comic Exotic: Sad Sex by Heather Benjamin

A semi-regular column about great comics you probably don’t know about. These could be Indie comics, comics with small print runs, or foreign comics. As reader and lover of comics for over 35 years, I’ve accumulated a huge collection. And this collection runs deep with the weird and the esoteric. Heather Benjamin is genuine talent that everybody in the “Art World” should be talking about.  Not just people who are into zines and comics, the actual, goddamn Art Illuminati should know her name and display her work in the finest galleries. Why?  Because she is doing some of the most confrontational, powerful, jaw-dropping art that I have ever seen.  Her work […]

The Comic Exotic: Endless Quest & Wormwood by Timothy Truman

A semi-regular column about great comics you probably don’t know about. These could be Indie comics, comics with small print runs, or foreign comics. As reader and lover of comics for over 35 years, I’ve accumulated a huge collection. And this collection runs deep with the weird and the esoteric. Timothy Truman has been making great comics for a long time now. Back in the early 80’s, Truman began his professional career as an illustrator for TSR, the Dungeons & Dragons people. His style was perfectly suited for creating detailed characters and the fully-realized worlds they could inhabit. One of my favorite things that he illustrated is this ENDLESS QUEST […]

The Comic Exotic: Scout: Interlude by Timothy Truman

A semi-regular column about great comics you probably don’t know about. These could be Indie comics, comics with small print runs, or foreign comics. As reader and lover of comics for over 35 years, I’ve accumulated a huge collection. And this collection runs deep with the weird and the esoteric. Timothy Truman has been making great comics for well over 30 years, and let me tell ya’, he doesn’t get nearly the level of respect he deserves. Back in the 80’s, he re-invented Hawkman in a three-issue prestige format series called HAWKWORLD. With lush artwork, extravagant world-building, and jaw-dropping plot twists, HAWKWORLD ranks right up there with WATCHMEN and DARK […]

The Comic Exotic: KICKPUNCHER #1(Community Season 1 DVD extra)

A semi-regular column about great comics you probably don’t know about. These could be Indie comics, comics with small print runs, or foreign comics. As reader and lover of comics for over 35 years, I’ve accumulated a huge collection. And this collection runs deep with the weird and the esoteric. Ah, KICKPUNCHER. Just the name puts a smile on my face. KICKPUNCHER. Born out of the weird, wonderful, gone-too-soon sitcom known as Community, KICKPUNCHER is the name of a fictional movie that features prominently in an episode from season one. I won’t bore you with plot details from the show, but I will urge you to seek out Community if […]

The Comic Exotic: U.D.W.F.G.

A semi-regular column about great comics you probably don’t know about. These could be Indie comics, comics with small print runs, or foreign comics. As reader and lover of comics for over 35 years, I’ve accumulated a huge collection. And this collection runs deep with the weird and the esoteric. UNDER DARK WEIRD FANTASY GROUNDS is a 150-page, black-and-white anthology that features five very unique artists doing serialized stories. Michele Nitri, publisher and editor at Hollow Press, has distinctive taste. U.D.W.F.G. started as a way of bringing his favorite independent creators to a larger audience. But not too large of an audience. Only 700 copies of each issue of U.D.W.F.G. […]

The Comic Exotic: TOXIC PSYCHO KILLER by Paolo Massagli

A semi-regular column about great comics you probably don’t know about. These could be Indie comics, comics with small print runs, or foreign comics. As reader and lover of comics for over 35 years, I’ve accumulated a huge collection. And this collection runs deep with the weird and the esoteric. Hollow Press is the best! Seriously, publisher and editor, Michele Nitri, has put out some of the best, most interesting comics of the last few years. These are beautiful but unpretentious art comics. Small print runs but huge ideas! I will talk more about other Hollow Press titles in the weeks to come, but let’s start with TOXIC PSYCHO KILLER […]

The Comic Exotic: Detour thru Thailand

A semi-regular column about great comics you probably don’t know about. These could be Indie comics, comics with small print runs, or foreign comics. As reader and lover of comics for over 35 years, I’ve accumulated a huge collection. And this collection runs deep with the weird and the esoteric. While on vacation in Thailand, in a small town about an hour south of Bangkok, I was lucky enough to find a Thai comic shop.     The shop was stocked deep with Thai translations of popular manga. Lots and lots of manga!     Complete runs of One-piece, Naruto, and my favorite, Cobra, were all available for rent. That’s […]

The Comic Exotic: Empire of Blood by Enrique Alcatena

A semi-regular column about great comics you probably don’t know about. These could be Indie comics, comics with small print runs, or foreign comics. As reader and lover of comics for over 35 years, I’ve accumulated a huge collection. And this collection runs deep with the weird and the esoteric. Enrique Alcatena is one of the most exciting artists working in comics today. He has an extensive library of graphic novels to his credit, mostly published in Europe and South America. He’s also done some amazing work for American publishers, his Conan stories being some of my personal favorites.        Recently, Graphic India started publishing EMPIRE OF BLOOD, featuring Alcatena […]

The Comic Exotic: BATMAN by Josh Simmons

A semi-regular column about great comics you probably don’t know about. These could be Indie comics, comics with small print runs, or foreign comics. As reader and lover of comics for over 35 years, I’ve accumulated a huge collection. And this collection runs deep with the weird and the esoteric. Comic creators sometimes like to play with characters that aren’t theirs to play with. Jeffrey Brown famously did a Kitty Pryde and Wolverine comic and sold it at conventions until Marvel asked him to stop. Michel Fiffe did a wonderful, personal recreation of his favorite comic, Suicide Squad, which (due to its rarity and Fiffe’s rising popularity) has become one […]