Guest Strip: Josh Blair and Ray N.

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semi_tzJosh Blair is the editor and publisher of Candy or Medicine, a quarterly mini-comic anthology, which has featured the likes of Matt Feazell, Noah Van Sciver and Ed Choy Moorman. When he’s not making comics, Josh works in marketing and spends time with his three children. He recently purchased a house in Erlanger, KY, in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio. Josh would need to sell nearly 1,500 comics to afford one mortgage payment, so visit http://www.candyormedicine.com today!

Upcoming projects: Candy or Medicine Volume Ten (out July 2010), Candy or Medicine Volume Eleven (out October 2010) and Rejected (aka Postal b/w I Yam What I Yam), written by Josh Blair and illustrated by Ray N. (out fall 2010).  Upcoming appearances: Cincinnati Comic Expo, September 18, 2010

Ray N. lives, works, and plays in Hampton, GA. His weekly manifesto can be read at http://theraynexperience.blogspot.com/

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Guest Strip: Stephanie O’Donnell

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gb_tzStephanie O’Donnell is a New York based comic artist who is currently drawing weekly webcomic, Perfect Agent.

Growing up with a poet mother and an oil painter father, O’Donnell learned on her own how to create funnies (with just a little bit of hereditary help).

Her personal site and portfolio can be seen at http://crownofdonegal.com.

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Standing in Line…

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Art by Joseph Remnant. Supplementary text below.

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Remembering Harvey Pekar

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[Updated, 7.13.10 11:32 EST.]

As I mentioned earlier, I hope to get my own thoughts and feelings on Harvey Pekar’s life—and passing—on paper later today. There will be enough cut-and-paste tributes to the man in the days to come. The last thing I want to do is add to that glut.

Of course, it should be pointed out that the fact that stories have been pouring in from every news outlet large and small is a testament to just how great his influence was, particularly from an era when independent comics were, at best, a mainstream curiosity.

So, while I struggle to pen something longer, I’ll let some of my cartoonists friends do the talking for me. I’ve asked a number of artists and industry professionals to send in their thoughts, memories, and condolences.

If you’re a cartoonist who would like to add his or her thoughts or art to the list, please send me a note at dailycrosshatch@gmail.com. We continue to add to the post as long as people keep sending stuff in.

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Guest Strip: Dakota McFadzean

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dakotatzDakota McFadzean is from Regina, Saskatchewan, where he has spent much of his time drawing. Sometimes his comics appear in local papers and magazines. Occasionally they appear elsewhere in galleries, magazines, and cigarette machines. He lived in Montreal for a couple of years, where he self-published two 24-page comic books, both of which he wished didn’t exist now, but nonetheless led to new adventures.

To keep himself emotionally stable while working a day job, Dakota began drawing a daily sketchbook comic on January 10, 2010. The comics are usually posted to his blog every Sunday.

Dakota is currently packing for his move to Vermont where he will pursue his MFA at the Center for Cartoon Studies.

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http://blog.dakotamcfadzean.com (updated weekly!)
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Guest Strip: Douglas Noble

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whowillanswertzDouglas Noble grew up in the Scottish borders, and writes stories of geographic terrorism and unfriendly romance.  Whether one is influenced by the other, he‘s not saying…  His comic is called Strip for Me, and has contained such fondly remembered stories as The Silent Choir, Live Static and A Man of Certain Talents.  He is currently working on a collection of his strips, to be entitled Back Again to Break Your Heart, as well as his ongoing story of the destruction of humanity, Complex.

You can find out more at www.strip-for-me.com, where Complex updates twice a week.

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Guest Strip: Noah Van Sciver

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noah2tzCirca 2008, Noah Van Sciver emerged from nothingness to mild obscurity when his comic series Blammo caught the attention of several notable comics blogs, including this one.  Now, two years later, he’s just released his sixth and best issue of Blammo.  In it, “Chicken Strips” becomes almost tolerable.  I know.  You have to see it to believe it, folks.

Van Sciver looks forward to releasing his next mini-comic called Noah Novella with Grimalkin Press and continues to work on The Hypo, a much anticipated comic about everyone’s favorite president, Abraham Lincoln.

He maintains two websites, two facebook pages, and one secret family in Celebration, Florida.  Sorry, Van Sciver, the truth is out on you.

But seriously folks, send this guy some money.  Secret families don’t get fed on gratis guest strips alone.  BUY!

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Guest Strip: Sarah Morean

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LSD002tzIt’s been awhile since I received a guest strip submission from any of you and even longer since I made a comic.  That said, won’t you please forgive me for posting this ridiculous thing, and take it as encouragement to show me you can do better?  Guest Strip submission criteria can be found on our site HERE.

This gag comic represents my submission to the limited-edition Lutefisk Sushi D mini-comics anthology box set.  It’s kind of a special endeavor here in Minnesota to participate in Lutefisk Sushi.  It requires the contributor to make 160 copies of their mini, which takes countless hours of preparation, and at least one night of hard drinking at the opening, which requires hours of recovery the day after.  The word your are looking for is “commitment.”

The Lutefisk Sushi release party is scheduled for August 6, so be ready to hear more about it then.  For now, I’ll just talk about how I arrived at this awesome moment: the day I completed my Lutefisk Sushi submission.

My LSD comic was going to be pretty special.  The idea for it came to me in a dream, actually, and I woke up in the middle of the night just to write it down.  I was going to attempt things I’d never before seen in comics.  I mean, it was going to be mind-blowing, in accordance with the acronym.

Somehow though, my great idea turned into a flyer-sized gag comic.  Because once you’ve blown all your free time doing other, valuable things, that extension date will likely pounce when you least expect it.  However, an extension was made for folks like me.  Felicity!

I present to you this thing I made.

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Guest Strip: Marc Palm

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Marc_tzMarc Palm lives in Seattle and is a cartoonist and designer. He’s been cartooning for most of his life and making and self-publishing comics for more than ten years. Influenced by Edward Gorey, Mobieus, Jim Woodring, and David Attenborough, he creates comics that feature strange creatures that are usually creepy yet charming.

During the month of April, Palm will be featured in a group show at the Sequential Art Gallery in Portland, OR.  The show is being held in part to honor of the city’s official Comic Book Month which famously culminates in the Stumptown Comics Fest each year.

Palm recently released a collection of 300 daily comics which were created between 2007 and 2008 titled Swellzombie’s Lair of the Psychic CreatureThis collection can be purchased through Lulu.com for $20 + s/h. You can check out more of his comics on his blog at swellzombie.blogspot.com.

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Guest Strip: Aaron Bir

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aaronbirtzAaron Bir is from Austin, TX. It’s a city. It has people and cars and things. He is currently working on Thomas, a personal work of fiction; The Best of You, The Best of Me, written by Len Wallace; and several anthologies. You can find stuff of his to look at and spend money on at sequentialstutter.com.

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