Nix Comics Influences: Norton Records

Really? A Record Company Influenced our Comic Writing? Yeah, really. More than even EC Comics or Warren Magazines. I’m 99% sure that the first Norton Record I ever bought was this copy of Hasil Adkins “Out To Hunch” at Used Kids Records in Columbus in 1989 or 90. It was probably $4 despite being in really nice condition, because almost every used garage rock record at Used Kids was priced to move. I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew that The Cramps version of “She Said” was one of the wilder rides on vinyl and someone had let me in on the fact the song had originally been written and performed by Hasil Adkins. If the affordable price tag didn’t seal the deal, the notes on the back off

Artist Spotlight: Mark Rudolph

The Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE) has always been good to me. Beyond normally making decent money for a comic show, I almost always meet someone who I admire and want to work with on future comics. For instance, the very first year I exhibited at SPACE, I met Mark Rudolph. Mark is a prolific artist who does illustration work for bands and magazines including Decibel Magazine, Carcass, Paradise Lost, Metal Hammer Magazine, Autopsy, Broken Hope and many others. His self published comics and zines are well crafted and exciting reads. His posters and non-narrative artwork is a catalog of stunners. If that's not enough, he is also a noted podcaster! Anyways... Shortly after

Tales From The Crate Extra

Tales from the Crate is a zine for all of my record collector friends. Every issue is filled with pictures and written commentary on the records I purchase in a single trip to a specific record store or sale with a $50 budget. Keeping with the spoofy title, every cover is a rip off of an EC Comics pre-comics code cover. You can buy the back issues here: You can pre-order the new issue here: To give you an idea of what an issue looks like, here’s a run down of a recent trip I took to one of my favorite shops in the world, Used Kids Records About the shop: Used Kids Records has been a Columb

The story behind Nix Comics Quarterly #10's Cover

I've received a lot of compliments already on the cover for Nix Comics Quarterly #10. I'm glad. especially because this was the cover that almost didn't happen! After meeting her through the process of publishing the reprint of Look Mom Comics Pure Entertainment, Pat Redding Scanlon quickly became one of my better friends and more favorite collaborators for Nix Comics. We've co-created a great recurring character: Ana Satsura. the World's Greatest Sinner. A lot of people told me they loved the first full length Ana story in issue #9, so I really wanted to Pat to do a cover for the new issue with Ana featured prominently fending off her nemesis, the Hellhounds. (Nemeses? Nemesisses? Nemes

A Book of Art 'n Haiku...? Hahahaha. Good One, Eppstein

Beauty Found In Darkness 128 page color book of Art and Poetry 8.5x11" flip book format By Kent Grosswiler, Rob Jones, Alli MacGregor Release date: May 25, 2018 Cover Price: $25 Pre-Order now on Kickstarter for $20 Part of 2018 De-Luxe subscription package for $65 Also available with original art pieces by all three artists! Link: In 2012, when I told my friend Aaron that I was releasing a Western Comic, he thought I was joking. He wasn't alone. A lot of people thought I was joking because they didn't see the connection between the garage rock tinged horror and humor of Nix Comics Quarterly

Darren Merinuk's Rockin ' Bones #3

"Zombie Dad" is a mishmash of the '50s ideas and imagery I was obsessed with back then, mixmastered into a frantic (and hopefully at least vaguely amusing) cocktail o'wackiness. The promise of a sequel at the end was just a gag but I later concieved a gory horror take on the same idea to be called "Dad, the Impaler". I haven't yet found a sufficiently tasteless venue for that concept yet but maybe someday...

Darren Merinuk's Rockin' Bones #2

Looking at this old Rockin' Bones stuff for the first time in 25 years, there is one thing I gotta say about it: Back when I drew this stuff I was in that situation they talk about where you don't even know how much you don't know; there were so many things about making comics that I had no idea how to do, or even that you were supposed to do 'em, but when given the opportunity to write and draw my own comic book I just jumped right in like a kamikaze caveman and started making comics. I think that's actually kinda cool. Also maybe kinda stupid, but still... "Rocket X" is a takeoff on the traditional '50s style space exploration movies (plus a stiff shot of Wally Wood/EC sci-fi atmosphere).

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