These days we’re trying to make some smaller stuff and post more frequently. Making books is our main focus, and we’re putting the final touches on our next one, The Seeker, but we’ve been experimenting on the side. Here’s the latest.
When we first got to Chicago, we knew we had a lot of great comic shops to visit and boxes to thumb through. The walls of new comics in shops like Chicago Comics and Graham Crackers Comic Books are great indicators that the comics industry is chugging along, but it was the discounted archives in the dusty, dank basements underneath that provided the most fascinating look into a medium that has always found a home in obscurity.
A lot of boiling-over occurred in 2015 when it came to protests against police violence in the black community and the anger of an exploited middle class. Chicago saw the clashes up close. Lumpen Magazine # 127 is an edition that applauds the efforts of community activists and those willing to stand up to the injustices of a corrupt political system.
‘Action and Apathy Blues’ is our addition to the issue and touches on the malaise of believing something needs to change and what we can do about it.
Get your hands on a copy here or for free at over 300 Chicago locations.
The story, characters, visual style and… well just about everything in ED#1 was the result of an evolution process. We had a lot of ideas, scratched most of them, and crafted the best ones draft after draft. Below are some of those ideas and Matt’s sketches that didn’t make it into the final book.