SPX Pulls: Mini Comic Roundup 1 / by Alex Jarvis

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One of my favorite mediums for comics are the mini-comic, the form that so many young creators use out of necessity and, from what i can imagine, a deep love of Kinko's (in fact, my first comic is a mini comic!). We got a lot of mini-comics at SPX from really enthusiastic people, and we don't want their work to be eclipsed by bigger named, bound editions. With that in mind, here's a mini-comic roundup, focusing on three friends that I met in line while waiting to get my copy of Craig Thompson's Habibi signed. Check them out! Fun Time Funnies #0, By Geneva Hodgson

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Just so damn adorable. The art is cartoony but polished, and the characters are expressive and cheery. The art is reminiscent of the better works of John K, where each character really owns the panel. Plus, the inclusion of a Justin Beiber character (Justin Beaver) and fun nerdy puns about Apples that play music (and all their "Mega Bites") kept me grinning. The book is printed in high quality paper throughout. Great work, Geneva. Sorry about screwing up your name four or five times. Check out her work here, or find her on twitter as @CartoonFunTime.

Do What You can , By Jessi Zabarsky

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Short but sweet. The art is reminiscent to, but distinct from, Geneva's work, following a bunny and involving apples. I am not entirely sure what happened in the story, but I am not worried or anxious about it--it's a relaxing story with a satisfying last page that made me really happy. I'm sure Jessi will let me know if I am wrong in my relief. I especially enjoy that unique way that this was bound--using a string and much thicker paper, this is definitely an act of love towards the medium. This will find it's way into a bag-and-board for safe keeping right away. Jessi has got a Tumblr, if you want to reach her and check out more of her stuff. Great job.

Pilgrimage,  by Jory Griffis

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I am absolutely charmed by this story. It's hinting at a lot in its short presentation, and also has a surprising level of emotional depth in the final pages. The frustration of the character is brought out through phenomenal pacing, which is really the mark of talent when you are not given 22 pages to work with. His art style is also one I am most fond of--if he ever needs a writer, I'd be happy to work with him. That being said, he seems to have storytelling handled well on his own. Find him on Twitter and say hello!