For The Love of Indie #40- Bottoms Up, Work Through It, What is Left

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Created/edited by, Josh Trujillo
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 Collected/edited by, J.T. Yost
Published by, Birdcage Bottom Books

Illustrations by, Daniel Irizarri
Published by, Lion Forge/Buño

Written & drawn by, Rosemary Valero-O'Connell
Published by, ShortBox

Written & drawn by, Kate Leth
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 Written and drawn by, Luke Howard
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 Written & drawn by, Nicky Soh
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 Written & drawn by, Charles Burns
Published by, Kitchen Sink Press

Written by, Charlie Stickney
Drawn by, Conor Hughes
Colors by, Fin Cramb
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Comic releases for November 1st, 2017

Serial Obsession

An article by, Aaron Burton

At work this week my coworkers have been talking about a website that serves as a database for serial killers and other brutal murders. The office has been bubbling with odd stories of violence and psychopathy. We are about halfway through October, the month set aside for the spooky, scary and supernatural. It looks as though Halloween is coming to my workplace sooner than expected.

Americans seem to be obsessed with murder. What was once reserved for campfire stories and slasher movies is now a cultural phenomenon. True crime shows are popping up on every channel. Murder-based podcasts are finding their way to the top lists. We can’t seem to get away from tragic and dramatic forms of violence. The rare and mysterious darkness of the human psyche is certainly an intriguing topic.

Nailbiter is a comic written by Joshua Williamson with art by Mike Henderson. The book is published by Image Comics. The book premiered in May of 2014. Nailbiter’s final issue came out in March of 2017. The series ran a total of thirty issues which were also collected into six trade paperbacks. The comic can be categorized as horror-crime or horror-drama. It is no surprised that the book is self-described as “Twin Peaks meets Se7en”.

The series attempts to answer the question that has piqued the curiosity of many Americans: “Where do serial killers come from?” All signs point to Buckaroo, Oregon as the breeding grounds for America’s most prolific murderers. After receiving a call for help from his investigator friend, NSA Operative Nicholas Finch heads out to Buckaroo to see what is really going on. It is there where he teams up with local police officer Sharon Crane to figure out the truth behind the “Buckaroo Butchers”.

The atmosphere of this book is incredible. It provides a perfect mix of gumshoe drama, eerie small-town slice of life, and slasher horror. The story never gets boring as the plot continues to unravel. The truth is hard to keep straight as the backstory is told through a mixture of police examination, flashbacks, and neighborhood folklore.

Nicholas and Sharon make a capable team as they work well together while also embodying the “Odd Couple” dynamic. Nicholas is used to getting what he wants through force. There is no such thing as secrets when all information can be coerced or beaten out of people. Sharon, having grown up in Buckaroo, excels at using her relationships with the townsfolk to get the job done. She cares about the people of Buckeroo where Nicholas may not. Together, the two offer an interesting combination of strength and diplomacy.

Henderson utilizes some creative techniques in the artwork for Nailbiter. There is one scene where the lights are flickering as the crew investigates the local morgue. Henderson accomplishes this effect by alternating the regular panels with black panels showing only the illumination of the coroner’s computer monitor. This gives the comic the same tension found in horror movies. The readers do not know what will happen once the lights come back on.

Another interesting component of Henderson’s art is the use of greyscale flashbacks. This helps the reader jump in and out of the main story. The only part of the flashbacks that are not drawn in greyscale is blood. The popping red on top of the black and white assists the horror elements of the story.

I remember wanting to read Nailbiter when it was a newer series. By the time I was aware of the series my local comic book shop had already sold out of the earlier issues. The book eventually slipped my mind and I began reading other stories. It was not until recently where I was recommended the book by an old friend. The book encompasses my favorite parts of both detective and horror stories. This, paired with a case of interesting and often outlandish characters, makes for a great read. I have only read the first volume at this point in time, but I definitely plan on reading the entire series. If you are in the mood for a gritty and unique serial killer story, I suggest you do the same.

For The Love of Indie #39

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Artist: Keezy Young
Colors: MJ Erickson
Letters: Ariana Maher
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 Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jack Cole
Publisher: Boom! Studios

Writer/Artist: Tillie Walden
Publisher: First Second

 Writer/Artist: Ben Templesmith
Publisher: IDW Publishing

 Writer/Artist: Shae Beagle

Writer/Artist: Dash Shaw
Publisher: Fantagraphics

 Writer/Artist: Jamie Coe
Publisher: Nobrow

Publisher: Dynamite

Artist: Alexis Ziritt
Publisher: Adhouse

Artist: Galaad
Publisher: Image Comics

Comic Releases for October 18th, 2017

Back to School

An article by, Aaron Burton

For weeks now I have seen Back to School sales and supplies at nearly every store I have been to. I have walked in to see rows of fresh backpacks and outfits. I have seen the endless bins of pens and pencils by the registers. I have been out of academia for quite some time, but the beginning of September always takes me on the proverbial Memory Lane excursion.

College was a crazy time for me. I know a lot of people who have said the same. Keeping up a GPA while developing your adult self can be quite the undertaking. I was lucky to go to a small college where the social life was a bit more intimate than larger schools. On the other hand, the closeness made the groups and cliques feel even more dividing, especially with school being filled with children of wealthy families. As a humble punk-rocker it took some time for me to find my place in the sea of expensive clothes and trust funds.

Giant Days: Year One is written and drawn by John Allison. Many of you may be familiar with his popular web comics such as Bobbins and Bad Machinery. The book would best be described as a drama or ‘slice of life’. The book is published under Allison’s label Scary Go Round. The book was released in February of 2011 and has a total of three issues. This mini-series serves as a prequel to series’ main storyline.

Esther, Susan and Daisy are three very different young women who are starting college. They quickly bond and become a threesome of best friends. Their first few weeks at school are filled with excitement as they have run ins with the popular girls, noisy neighbors and extra-curricular clubs.

The artwork of Giant Days: Year One is a bit different than the main story. Year One takes on an aesthetic which is closer to Allison’s web comics. What sets this book apart is the coloring. Apart from the cover and inserts, the first issue is completely drawn in shades of blue. It is amazing how shades of one color can take on a life of their own. The second and third issues are drawn in bright popping colors.

The story itself is a fairly realistic coming of age dramedy. It is easy to put yourself into the character’s shoes. However, there are some surreal exceptions. One prime example of this is the O’Malley-esque fight scene between the protagonists and the popular clique. These parts do an excellent job of keeping the readers on their toes. You never quite know what is going to happen next.

Even though the prequel is only three issues long, Allison does a outstanding job with both character development and telling a self-contained story. Since the characters are starting college, they are shedding their high school personas in order to make room for their next incarnation. Freshman year at college is often a time for personal reinvention. It is many teenager’s first time away from the comfort of their own home. Such a big transition can facilitate identity changes at an accelerated rate. This setting allowed for Allison to develop the characters at a faster pace than other stories. Readers will get to know the main characters pretty well before starting the main storyline.

This book hit close to home for me. The first few weeks of school away from home can be intimidating. This is particularly true when you are searching for a new group of friends in an unfamiliar area. I went into this book completely blind. Prior to reading Giant Days: Year One I had no background knowledge of the author/series. When I purchased Giant Days: Year One I thought the series was only three issues long. I was very sad to see it end. I had no idea that there five volumes worth of issues contained in the main storyline. I can now say that I am happily continuing my journey with Esther, Susan and Daisy.

John Allison’s web comics can be found on his website: The website also has ways for purchasing his published works. His books can also be purchased on Comixology.

For The Love of Indie #38- My Friend Dahmer, Fetch, Magical Beatdown

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Writer/Artist: Jenn Woodall
Publisher: Silver Sprocket

 Writer/Artist: Derf Backderf
Publisher: Abrams ComicArts
Who is Jeffrey Dahmer? (just in case)
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 Writer/Artist: Jess Fink
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Writer/Artist: Nicole Georges
Publisher: Mariner
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Comic Releases on October 11th, 2017