Debut Comics 2013
MICE has comics for all ages and all interests. Here’s a preview of the latest and greatest you’ll find at this year’s show! Exhibitors with new comics will have an official MICE Debut cheese wedge to point out their new books.
The Adventures of Painless Parker
Dr. Edgar Parker only moved to New York to make a digniÞed living as a dentist – but when his friend Bill Beebe decides to take him under his wing, Dr. Parker must make an unexpected house callÉ With treatments and tactics too outrageous for polite society, Painless Parker is no ordinary dentist! The Adventures of Painless Parker is a comic tall tale inspired by the real life of Dr. Edgar “Painless” Parker, the most irreverent dentist of the 20th century.
Going, Going, Dragon!
The finale of GUINEA PIG PET SHOP PRIVATE EYE series – the Eisner-nominated mystery series for kids (and awesome adults) – GOING, GOING DRAGON! will be debuting at MICE. Guinea pig detective Sasspants and her hamster sidekick Hamisher have decided to retire from sleuthing, but when the pet shop is in danger of going bankrupt they return for one last case to save all their friends. http://www.colleenaf.com/bookscomics
A monsters kid friendly anthology in two colors by Dan Moynihan, Rachel Dukes, Owen Heitmann, Clayton McCormack, John Lechner, Ansis Purins, Jef Czekaj, Michael Lee Harris, Greg Cook, Eric Boeker and Jerel Dye. With an amazing Cover by Bob Flynn. The Hellbound Horror Comics Anthology is part of The Boston Comics Roundtable. Published by River Bird Comics.
Barbarian Lord: The Draugr
Barbarian Lord visits the local mead brewery and and encounters an unruly visitor. This is the second Barbarian Lord short story issue and the second to debut at MICE.
The Snapdragon Queen
The Snapdragon Queen is a fairy tale about mysterious forces, malevolent courtiers, and a very brave ruler. Set in an idyllic nation in a distant past, it plumbs nature’s power and the force of human will. (And the joys and perils of gardening!) Written in timeless verse, it’s a story to savor again and again.
5.5″ x 8.5″, 42 pages, $4, B&W with full color cover.
Parental guidance recommended – more towards the Grimm end of the fairy tale spectrum than the Disney one!
Action, mystery, and revenge combine as a team of ex-child slaves are reunited to return to the prison that transformed them into vicious soldiers. Michael LaRiccia, author of Black Mane and TOO FAST, returns with his love letter to the Dark Age of comics. www.michaellariccia.com
Flutter, Volume One: Hell Can Wait
Flutter, Volume One: Hell Can Wait is the full color, 110-page graphic novel, published earlier this year by 215 Ink. Flutter is about a 15 year-old girl who shape-shifts into a boy to get the girl. Chaos ensues from pretending to be someone she’s not. While coming to terms with who she really is and what she’s done, Lily learns that life as a boy is just as difficult.
The Advocate calls Flutter one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013. Flutter is for ages 15 and up. More information, including a free preview of the entire first chapter, is available here: http://flutter.215ink.com/
Jesus Loves Lesbians, Too: Volume Two
The memoirs of a Bisexual Christian, her lesbian sister, and two Boston Terriers. Not kid-friendly, unfortunately. http://jesusloveslesbianstoo.com/
Therman is just an ordinary vacuum flask trying to make his way in the world. It turns out that it’s not so easy for an insulated storage vessel out there. Will Therman find out what really moves him? Find out in my MICE debut comic.
This is an all-ages/kid friendly comic.
Look for some preview images here: http://rickpinchera.tumblr.com/
Most people would heed the warning sign above a deep hole that says “Enter Not!” Most people…
Jonathan is a 14 year old artist making his MICE debut with “Dungeon Master”.
This is an all-ages/kid friendly comic.
The Devil & Jack O’Brien
Jack O’Brien has a chance to win the girl of his dreams. But, like all good love storiesÉIt’s complicated. How can an ordinary guy hope to defeat the Devil himselfÉand just how far will he go for love?
(There is some adult language; it’s not an ‘adults only’ book, but it’s not for kids)
A Stray in the Woods
The story of a cat, a mysteriously empty house, and a dark foreboding forest.
During its original run as a webcomic on Tumblr, this comic was a collaboration between me, Alison Wilgus, and its readers. After each update, I took suggestions as to what Cat should do; when I sat down to draw, I would read through all of the ÒcommandsÓ that had been submitted and select one as the basis for the next page.
You can read the entire comic online at: alisonwilgus.com/astray/
all ages, paperback, 256 full-color pages, 5 x 7
Visiting NASA #1
Originally featured on Tor.com, this nonfiction minicomic details the two days I spent at Kennedy Space Center earlier this year, meeting NASA scientists and engineers and learning about satellites, space communications, regolith mining, the future of spaceflight and what goes into the launch of an Atlas V.
You can read the entire comic online at: http://www.tor.com/stories/2013/07/nasa-comic-alison-wilgus
all ages, non-fiction, 32 pages, B&W
The Good Kind of Crazy
My response to a class of high schoolers looking for advice on how to make comics, for a living or otherwise.
8 B&W pages, one-sheet mini
SLOVAKIA: Fall in the Heart of Europe
ONE RABBIT’S QUEST FOR FAMILY AMONG THE ROOTS & RUINS OF THE OLD WORLD
With his trusty travel sketchbook and ukulele in hand, Rabbit stumbles into one adventure after another along the backstreets and breakfast tables of Eastern Slovakia. But as he hunts down old family stories, forgotten graveyards, ancient artwork, and modern fairy tales, he finds himself crossing hidden ethnic fault-lines with unexpected results.
COLLECTING 2 YEARS OF STORIES FROM THE “COFFEE+DUMPLING+KOMIKS” WEBCOMIC
What’s for Breakfast? The Forty After That
What’s for Breakfast? is a single panel gag strip that’s published every week in The Dig. This is the third volume that collects strips 81-120 that appeared in The Dig between 7/18/12-4/14/13.
12 pages/full color – $3.50
The previous volumes are: WFB-The First Forty and WFB- The Next Forty
The Abridged History of a Moon
Dogs run from their owners and flee the city. People are spontaneously ripped off the ground and sucked into the atmosphere. The world is ending and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Originally created for the 2013 Comicsworkbook Composition Competition “The Abridged History of a Moon” follows two people brought together by a secret crush and the end of times on a road trip to the ocean.
16 pages/full color $4.00
Jet Brick and the Half-Chaste Date
A guy in his 20s goes on a date that starts amazingly well in this 30-page black and white minicomic. Not for kids!
Oscar’s Kitchen #2: Eat at Joe’s
The second installment of the Oscar’s Kitchen series. The kitchen staff get help with their demon troubles, but it turns out divine intervention only makes things more complicated.
Partially online at: http://oscarinhell.com/oscars-kitchen/part-2-eat-at-joes/
In a Single Bound #3
The third issue of the Boston Comics Rountable’s Boston superhero anthology, In a Single Bound. All super-hero stories, all set in Boston… and issue #3 is the all-female creator issue! Stories by Donna Martinez & Lindsay Moore, Aya Rothwell, Maria Photinakis & Lavinia Minkowsky, Line Olsson, Cathy Leamy, Alizee De Pin, Cara Bean, Mattie Glenhaber & Catalina Rufin!
Urban Nomad #4
Urban Nomad is a series of short, auto-biographical stories about living in NYC. Issue #4 includes a terrible bus ride, my first time at a hardcore show and silly observations of daily life.
Logjam: The Best F***ing X-Man Ever
Logjam is a vulgar, bootleg X-Men comic. Follow Logjam as he employs his reprehensible nature to the task of navigating society, never failing to come out on top.
Burn the Bridges of Arta (Part I)
In Aristaios, architecture is everything. When Apollonia Ford, youngest daughter of the city’s most renowned architect, discovers the family handyman may know the whereabouts of her older sister, Elektra (missing since her wedding last year), she uncovers more than she bargained for about the nature and sacrifice of Aristaian architecture and the mysterious Guild of Arta.
Thematically and verbally probably PG-13 (for a couple swears and, like, human sacrifice, haha)
Doors at 8: Devil Went Down to Open Mic Night
The legend of the Jersey Devil says he was born the 13th son of a Mrs. Leeds, and that he eats children, plays guitar, and wears a leatherÉ or at least that’s how we heard it. Join the Doors At 8 guys on this mystery adventure deep into the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens in ÒDevil Went Down To Open Mic NightÓ.
Biff Boff Bam Sock: Issues 1, 2, and 3
Biff Boff Bam Sock is a serialized zine featuring comics, fun facts, illustrations, and trinkets. You can see the entire series up at BiffBoffBamSock.tumblr.com.
Nico Bravo: New Tales of the Old Gods
When you’re a god, you can shop almost anywhere, but mythical creatures the world over know: for price, quality and service, Vulcan’s Celestial Supply Shop can’t be beat! As the shop’s only employee, Nico Bravo finds himself in one adventure after another! Suitable for all ages, the “Nico Bravo Collector’s Pak” debuts at MICE containing 5 issues of The Phoenix Comic featuring Nico Bravo, 3 buttons, 1 sticker, Cubeecraft ™ paper sculptures of Nico and Vulcan, and a custom printed envelope to hold it all, for only $25. LIMITED QUANTITIES! (visit www.mikecavallaro.com)
A short, sweet, and sad one-page mini about a cat, initially drawn in August 2013. All-ages appropriate.
Initially created during 24-hour comics day 2012, Rat King is a story about exploration, monsters, and tough decisions we make to protect the people we care about.
Bit scary, but fine for brave YA readers!
Oh, The Things You Won’t Know!
A Seussical ode to a drunk girl’s night out, the details of which she’ll know nothing about!
A full-color parody of the classic book of advice, offering a practical tale of the imbiber’s worst vice.
24 Hours from Sometime
24 Hours from Sometime begins after Claire Wilcox has suffered five days of sleep depravation. She is hearing voices and experiencing hallucinations that star classic Hollywood characters – James Bond, Rick Blaine, Margo Channing, and Mr. Pink to name a few. Frightened, she admits herself to a psychiatric hospital where she begins to show signs of improvement – however not enough to be released.
The Ice Fisher
A woman beset by the food shortages of her Soviet city begins to watch an ice fisher with unusual habits. For middle-grade readers and older. More images here.
The Wild One
On her way home from school, Camila inadvertently discovers a magical and dangerous being in the forest, who thereafter she cannot escape. For middle-grade readers and up. More at this link.
Dirty Diamonds #4: Break-Ups
The fourth installment of DIRTY DIAMONDS! Featuring 12 stories about BREAK-UPS with boyfriends, spirituality, virtual pet gaming sites, and other subjects guaranteed to make you feel a little uncomfortable.
The limited edition version features a custom woodblock print cover on archival paper. It looks awesome!
Alisha Davidson * Ashley Austin * Carey Pietsch * Claire Folkman * Cyn Why * Dre Grigoropol * Jess Ruliffson * Jenny McKeon * Jillian Fleck * Kelly Phillips * Sam Johns * Win Evans
Dog City Issue 2
Dog City is a small press comics magazine dedicated to publishing quality minicomics. Each issue of Dog City consists of a curated selection of minicomics packaged in an artfully designed cardboard box.
The Specksynder is 60 pages of systematically planned psychedoolia. Drain the swamps.
Nothing Should Be Precious
It’s a regular hodge-podge! A sh!t – show! (Not for kids, though.) FIFTY TWO PAGES of comic strips and stories!!!
Mangy Mutt Comics Sampler
Murray the mutt and Shmedley the cat – a couple of flea-bitten philistines just tryin’ to live their crusty little lives day-by-day! Follow them to each wild adventure’s side-splitting dead end! Meet sweet, sweet Patsy and her drunk dad! Explore the mysteries of the unknown! Assorted comic strips, Sunday pages, and full-color poster!
The Day and Night Drawing Book
A unique sketchbook full of imaginative drawing prompts.
Every page is designed to inspire new ideas.
This book is for creative kids and adults of every single age.
Created by cartoonist, Ira Marcks. iramarcks.com
This is a story of the sea-side town, St. Forget.
It is a very old tale, full of love and superstition.
Full of monsters and magic. And like every old tale,
it is full of holes.
This book is appropriate for all-ages.
MAGIC FOREST #1
This new work from Ansis Purins features the forest and characters from his Zombre comic book series. This a “prequel” to the upcoming Zombre #3. 16 pages in full color. (features one swear word and one panel of a naked mermaid)
Callie is half-centaur but looks totally human, since she takes after her dad. How can she get in touch with her centaur roots?
$6. 28 pages. 5.5″ x 8.5″. Black and white. Various cover colors.
Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond “Gay” and “Straight”
From confessional, personal accounts to erotic flights of fancy to undersea identity politics, this collection of comics invites the reader to step outside of the categories and explore the wild and wonderful uncharted territory between ‘gay’ and ‘straight’.
$30. 216 pages. 7″x10″. Full color covers and interior.
Poupoule – Issue 1
Poupoule the cat is always a cold! That’s why he wears his hat and scarf everywhere. Luckily this doesn’t stop him from going on adventures and meeting another special cat. Appropriate for all ages, kid friendly.
Mr. Ledbetter’s Vacation
A comic adaptation of an H. G. Wells story. The story of the vacation that changed Mr. Ledbetter’s life forever. Appropriate for all ages.
An autobiographical story about a filing temp job that lead two college girls to develop an unlikely friendship.
Looking to cut back on the booze? Why not give mindfulness a try! Cathy Leamy digs into drinking habits and gets advice on slowing down and being in the moment from an unexpected source: A sloth! A new health info comic from the creator of Diabetes is After Your Dick!. 20 small pages, black and white. $2.00.
Animals with Hats (a lil’ coloring book)
A little coloring book featuring animals…with hats. Plain and simple. 24pages $2