I’ve put together this helpful diagram to convey the information of where to find my table this weekend at CAKE in Chicago (table 89B, that is). The graph also conveys the exciting data that proves this general location is the best and happiest place to be at the show. The evidence is as follows:
Debuting at TCAF (this Saturday!), preorder your copy now!
All preorders will be shipped when I get back to Ohio, next Tuesday.
One of the things I’m most excited about in the coming year is the next issue of PUPPYTEETH, which will debut at TCAF this year! Many more details to come, but I can say this: PUPPYTEETH 4 will include brand new work by:
Will have more details in the following months, including an official cover and preorder information.
Didn’t get PUPPYTEETH 3 this weekend even though you really wanted to? What about all those cool Liz Suburbia zines?
Guess what?! You can order them online! Czap Books - get ‘em now!
Hello my dear friends. The above graphic indicates a couple of things, chiefly that myself, Liz Suburbia and Matt Czap are going to LARGE at SPX this weeked. Find us at table F5, close to the entrance. We’ll have lots of great stuff for you, including some brand new comics from Liz, but what I’m most excited about is the debut of PUPPYTEETH 3. This is the best thing I’ve ever put together, with the help of the best comics artists I know. I really hope you’ll come by and take a look for yourself, and we’d all love to say hi.
This SPX is kind of like the debutante ball for me, as I’ll be making my first steps on quivering Bambi legs as small time pub/distro Czap Books (website forthcoming). To inaugurate the occasion (purely by chance), I’ll be selling copies of the fantastic, two-time Ignatz Nominated Ojitos Borrosos by Inés Estrada. This book is a knock out, you need it in your life. I’ll have a handful of those for sure (also can be found at the Koyama Press table [J7-10]), and if things shake out I’ll also have some stuff from John G as well. Cool.
The PUPPYTEETH fun continues, since a whole bunch of the contributors are going to be hanging about the Expo as well. Marked in red on the map you’ll find the tables of Mandy Sampson (G11) and L. Nichols (I8). Both will have brand new stuff of their own that you’ll for _sure_ want to grab, including L.’s new book from Retrofit (H11), Flocks vol. 1. Roaming the grounds, you’re also bound to run into Jessi Zabarsky, Eric Kubli, Brandon B. and friend of PUPPYTEETH Geneva Hodgson! I know that Brandon is going to have some cool stuff with him, so seek him out for sure. Off the map above but still very much at SPX will be PUPPYTEETH 3 cover artist Cathy G. Johnson at W63 with table-mate Olivia Horvath. And how can we forget everyone’s friend, Darryl Ayo, reppin at H12?
Then those yellow tables there (W1-5), right across from us, that’s where the DC Conspiracy will be camping out, and selling copies of the book I’m in, District Comics. They should also have copies of the local paper Magic Bullet, which both Liz and I have contributed to in the past.
All in all, looking to be a hum-dinger, I tell you what? Could there be even more surprises in store? You’ll just have to see, because I don’t know!
Where would we be without Liz Suburbia? One of closest friends for a long while, Liz is also one of the most straight-up talented cartoonists that I know, personally or otherwise. I’m thinking that some of her first public work was in the form of a charming autobio-with-a-twist webcomic in the early 00s which, for the sake of Liz’s nerves, I won’t link to but I encourage the curious to do some internet sleuthing. After ending that series in 2005, Liz hunkered down and began continuing to develop her craft and do some growing. Somewhere in this period she put together a short run of a full-page zine called Cyanide Milkshake. Around 2008, Liz started actively using livejournal to put stuff on the internet again and eventually start showing off what would become her current series, Sacred Heart.
Sacred Heart is really a home-run comic, a perfect showcase for Liz’s stellar art and writing. Concerning a particular period in the young punk Ben Schiller’s life when being a teen is hard enough without dead bodies starting to pile up in her strangely adult-less town (based loosely on our shared hometown of Northern VA), Sacred Heart is over 200 pages in and still only partway through the first arc of what’s to be a life-sized epic. It’s been a real pleasure watching Liz’s style mature as her confidence in the comics language has grown over the past two years. She’s never one to half-ass anything, and each new page is a gob-smacker of beauty.
Of course, it would be enough for Liz to just give us Sacred Heart but for the past year or so, Liz has also been dominating the mini comic form as well. In addition to reviving the Cyanide Milkshake zine series as a one-woman anthology type deal (now in its fourth installment), Liz has also been putting out a number of one-shot minis, including one of my all-time favorites “Eat or Be Meatball.” In the past few months she’s released a whole new batch of comics, with the potential for another one to be put together before SPX next week. Liz is a real soldier of comics, constantly on the grind, studying the masters and pushing herself. There’s no denying that it is paying off big time.
And then, of course, Liz is my right-hand when it came time to start PUPPYTEETH. Her contributions have always been among the highlights of each issue, and I am so excited about the newest one, shown above. It manages to encapsulate all the best qualities of the work Liz is doing right at this moment, and is just damn fine fucking comics. Thanks be to Liz.
Liz has contributed to all three issues of PUPPYTEETH, co-edited the first two, and is the co-founder of the anthology (She came up with the title).