Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Molly Colleen O'Connell's Top Ten Comics / Zines / Phamphlets of 2013

As is our annual tradition, we invited a number of our friends who are also cartoonists, comics publishers and editors to tell us what their favorite comics of 2013 were. We'll be publishing them all over the next few weeks.

Molly Colleen O'Connell's books include Difficult Loves and Vajazzlin'. Visit her website.

School Spirits by Anya Davidson (Picturbox Inc)
Anya is not messing around. I want to keep copies of School Spirits in my ponytail so I can drop a copy on unsuspecting oddball teens. I can not express enough love for these pages and my hopes that they will shape new young comic readers' minds.

Infomaniacs by Matt Thurber (Picturebox Inc)
Anyone can write an internet joke, but Thurber composed a digital era / social media comedic opus. There are literally joke banners on top of jokes. If M Night Shyamalan ghost wrote "She's All That", who's to say Thurber didn't hack the Singularity?

Windowpane 2 by Joe Kessler (Breakdown Press)
Joe Kessler is rollerblading with brushes and pens on his elbow and knee pads, giddy as a toddler as he spills out the beautiful drawings in this book. The chaos is contained by innovative design choices imposed in the gorge printing. Psyched on Breakdown Press!

Alley Cats: Vol 1 by Kingsboro Press
A curated collection of the most memorable moments of essential rock bios. A cheat sheet to intimacy with prophets, punks and fools from Marianne Faithful to Steve Ignorant to Anthony Kiedis.

Hypermaze by Brian Blomerth (Dotcom And Shit)
Pepsi's carnivorous sexual appetite is mirrored by the Schnauzer's lust for violence & destruction. The cinematic pacing and incredibly detailed environments make this Blomerth's greatest output to date.

Express Less by Lale Westvind
The innocuous scale of this zine does not prepare you to be hit by a bullet train with wheels made of tongues. Pour in more coal as the speed is set to "engorge".

Field Studies by Aidan Koch (Floating World Comics)
Become a talisman traveling in AK's pocket, unearthed each time she is transfixed by a marble hand, a frog's spine, or a winding staircase.

The Weight of My Prayers by Michael Comeau (Colour Code Printing)
Really beautiful exploration of toner, collage and Son of Satan's inner demons.

Z-1 by Marisa Takal (Rock512Devil)
This zine accompanies Marisa's solo painting show of the same name currently up at Rock512Devil in Baltimore. An important memento of a beautiful show. Go to 512 W Franklin if you have yet to see it!

Delinquent by Heather Benjamin (Floating World Comics)
I really enjoy HB's explicit works (her other release this year Exorcise Book is best kept under your grandmother's mattress). The large format confronts you with every tooth, thorn and pube. I accidentally got blood on my copy, but I think it is for the best.

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