Bergen Street Comics happens to be one of my favorite all-time comic shops, and it's been fascinating to watch them grow their carefully curated small press operation. ComicsAlliance has been pretty vocal about our love for Bergen Street's first offering, Michel Fiffe's Copra, and so it's surely unsurprising that we're just as excited about Copra Round 2, shipping and arriving in shops next week.
Bergen Street is also working with Chuck Forsman on his series violent vigilante series Revenger, and a special Revenger Armory zine is being offered exclusively with preorders for Revenger #2.
Oily Comics Available From: Oily Comix Website Price: $20 for a Three Month Subscription, for a total of 15 mini comics
We've spotlighted the comics of Charles Forsman in the past. His work on The End of the F***ing World, recently released in a collection from Fantagraphics, ranks among our favorite books of 2013. But in addition to his own work, Forsman runs Oily Comics, a mini comics publisher which has produced work from creators like Michael DeForge, Melissa Mendes, Jessica Campbell, Alex Kim, and Forsman himself, among others.
And Oily Comix offers a subscription service, which is not only a way to make sure you don't miss out on some quality comics, but also a great way to support a small publisher.
Charles Forsman’s recently concluded 16-part miniseries The End of the F**king World(or TEOTFW in Fantagraphics’s upcoming bookstore-friendly collection) is a rare bird, especially in today’s near-completely Balkanized comic book market; a genuine crowd pleaser. I’ve worked in comic book shops since before I started high school, and what pains me the most consistently about the otherwise delightful years I’ve put in is how little comics communicates with itself. The way so many comic book readers retrace their footsteps every Wednesday to the same superhero comics they bought last week, or the same mini comics they bought last week, or the same “indie” comics, or whatever is most familiar. As a fan of comics the medium more than any one set of stylistic gestures, I always just wish that everyone would reach across the aisles and try a little bit of everything. Of course, the reading public is hardly to blame for walking around in the blinders clapped on by an industry more comfortable with rehashing the stories that played five years ago or cannibalizing the signifiers of so-called “nerd culture” than creating books that honestly appeal to a wide group of people.
For the past year and change, though, TEOTFW did exactly what I wish every comic had the ability to do: grabbed anyone who took a look and forced them into a deeply compelling story much easier to stay inside of than leave.
Charles Forsman got our attention last fall when he imagined Raiders of the Lost Ark in the style of Popeye, but the Snake Oil creator's latest movie/comic strip remix casting Charles Schulz's Peanuts gang in Steven Spielberg's Jaws might be even more endearing. Though he's a fan of the Jaws novel at heart, Forsman illustrated movie scenes for fan familiarity. All seven strips depicting key moments
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