Isn’t it cool to get a completely unexpected gift from someone. I got two of those this year. The first came in the mail on Christmas eve, a gift from a cartoonist friend of mine. Friend is probably a stretch. We took a few weeks of improv classes together a couple years ago, so we’re more than acquaintances. But I believe we could be friends if didn’t live a couple hours away from each other. Anyyywayyy, Dale Martin is the artist/author of Watusi the Talking Dog. (If you scroll down a bit, you can find a link to Watusi on the left side of the page.) He sent me a very cool Christmas card and a copy of Dime Bag Comics.
Dime Bag Comics is an anthology of 10 different, mostly one-page stories by seven different cartoonists. Each story is inspired by an actual item found at a local thrift shop. A pretty fun idea. The items include a diary, a dvd remote, matching cat cheese knives, a children’s tie, and a programmable talking Ken doll. As with any anthology, some of the pieces are going to speak you, and some aren’t. One page is not a lot of space to tell a story with words and pictures. But most of these artists reached me. A few of the pieces I loved. And, a couple of these comics, I’m not proud to say, went right over my head. But overall, this was a very fun experience.
The book is well produced. There’s a cool overcover (word I just made up) made of paper bag material, as well as photos of all the items throughout the book. It’s a nice package. This comic had a print run limited to 50 copies. I don’t know if there are more out there or not. But I know where you can find out.
I encourage you to support independent comics in 2015. If you just treated yourself once a month, it’d be like Christmas eve 12 times a year.