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Fatalistic Funnies Included in Mega-Mini Comics Anthology

While I was an art student in Bloomington, I spent some of my time making mini-comix under the label, Fatalistic Funnies. Mini-comics were 8-page comic books (sometimes called 'newave' mini-comics) made from a single, double-sided 8.5x11 sheet, usually traded for other mini-comics in the mail (they fit perfectly in a regular envelope). The main place for finding out about them was in Factsheet 5, a zine which reviewed basically everything anyone sent it, and which was therefore full of information on all sorts of wild-ass ephemera. Some of you might remember seeing copies of my mini-comix in shops around Bloomington and at Repeat Performance in Muncie around 1985.

I am honored to say that one of my mini-comix ('underground' mini-comics), The Comix That Asks Y? [#1], was included in the just-released mini-comics mega-anthology (close to 900 pages!) from Fantagraphics, Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s, edited by Michael Dowers, a mini-comics artist himself (bringing an observation from the comments up here: he found me again through Musical Family Tree!). The book just got BoingBoing-ed a day or two ago, which made me happy because I'm also a fan. The book's nice and fat and filled with lots and lots of mini-comics art (the strategy was to reproduce entire mini-comics, not just selections). In particular, I was happy to see the work of Jim Ryan, who has a great, chunky, graphic style.

You can get the mini-comics anthology from, Fantagraphics (includes video preview, table of contents, PDF preview, and editor's intro), or your local book store. (Fair warning: it includes plenty of sexual and scatological material! Who'd have thought that?)

LINKS. the Fantagraphics Flickr set for the book
REVIEWS. (20 jan 2010) | The Comics Reporter (4 feb 2010) | comicsgirl (9 feb 2010) |
Win Wiacek, Now Read This! blog (1 mar 2010) |
Michael Steenton Avoid the Future blog (1 mar 2010) first in a series, reviewing every item in the collection
HONORABLE MENTION. Midnight Fiction (feb 2010) | Quimby's Books (13 feb 2010)
INTERVIEWS. "Michael Dowers on Mini Comix: We Don't Know How to Stop" (29 jan 2010)
"Talking Comics with Tim: Michael Dowers" interview by Tim O'Shea for CBR (15 feb2010)
CONTRIBUTORS' POSTS. Marc Arsenault | T. Motley | Wayno 1, 2 | Kurt Wilcken |

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Tags: art, artwork, book, books, comic books, comics, dowers, dyi, fantagraphics, fatalistic funnies, More…graphics, mini-comics, ryan, scene, self-published, underground, underground comics, xerox, zine, zines


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Comment by Fat Tim on February 6, 2010 at 4:12pm
Good job Ed! You're now comic geeks at least! I remember seeing those comics in underground type places. I'm not sure if I was even aware they were your doing! Fat Tim
Comment by Ed on February 4, 2010 at 11:29am
Contributors get copies of the book--and everlasting fame, of course.

As for the contact--in fact, the editor found me through Musical Family Tree! Isn't that wild?
Comment by Kurt/Yukki on February 4, 2010 at 11:02am
Weird coincidence, a friend (Boing Boing addict) pointed this book out to me just day before yesterday.

Congrats! That is awesome!

Did they contact you about inclusion? Do you get any payment?

Either way, awesome!
Comment by Zac Burke on February 4, 2010 at 12:10am

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