The Cartoon Picayune

SPX and Issue 4 Debut

SPX is probably my favorite time of the year, not least of which because there's a brand-new issue of The Cartoon Picayune. It is only right that the issue with a theme like "Distress" should arrive the day before its debut, but it's here! Issue 4 is hot off the presses and now available in the store. If you're in the area, come to SPX out in North Bethesda this weekend, it's really going to be an amazing show this year.

Here's a page from Matt Diffee's amusing and interesting piece "Rattled," click to view bigger.

And here's a splash-page from Jess Ruliffson's amazing feature story "Bethesda." Just a taste of the stories in this issue.

One more thing. I re-did the Paypal buttons so now you can add multiple items to a "cart" and check out all it once, and decided to make a small change. Since I started The Cartoon Picayune, the price of postage has been raised and I've come to realize how much Paypal actually takes out of each transaction as a fee. Going forward, each issue will ship for $1.50 instead of a dollar. Subscription prices will stay the same, and the retail price of the comic will remain $4 online, in stores, and in person.


Announcing Issue #4: Distress

There's a new issue of The Cartoon Picayune on its way, and it has a theme: "Distress." That's not to say that reading it will prove to be a stressful experience, in fact, I think it's going to be a great issue! Just look at that cover by E. N. Rodriguez of The Illustrated Press. Let me take you through the stories you can expect to see when this comic debuts at SPX next month:

- Matt Diffee, a bonafide New Yorker Cartoonist, has this story about his experience at a Texas rattlesnake race. It previously appeared in Texas Monthly, and it's actually funny, which is something different. But that shouldn't be a surprise since Matt's a pretty funny cartoonist.

- My story "Derecho?" will be included.

- Darryl Holliday and E. N. Rodriguez are back with their story from this month's issue of The Progressive. It's a great insight into nuns protesting the deportation of undocumented workers. Did you know that those guys are making a real book and it's almost done? You're gonna wanna buy that.

- Colin Tedford, a real stand-up New Englander and organizer of The Trees & Hills Comics Group, has a story about Morris Dancers that you are really going to have to read to believe. I don't want to ruin anything, but it's kinda incredible. Here's some video of the group Colin's piece is about.

- Finally, Brooklynite Jess Rullifson traveled with the Joe Bonham Project to Walter Reed in Bethesda, Maryland. She met 1st Lt. Michael Rhoads, a wounded marine and a fascinating person.

There you have it! It's going to be quite an issue. There is no way to pre-order, but subscribers will get their copies the soonest.