PUPPYTEETH 3 Spotlight:
Above is a sample from Liz Suburbia’s contribution to PUPPYTEETH 3, debuting at SPX on September 15th.
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).