The Cartoon Picayune

…and we’re back

Hey, I know, it's been a while. This is just a tiny post to let you know that the hiatus is ending. I, Josh Kramer, will be exhibiting for The Cartoon Picayune at the Small Press eXpo next month in White Flint, but I will not have a new issue there. Instead, I'm rolling out a new theme next week and then will take submissions for that.

Oh, and you can also buy Issue #5, the Hard Work one in digital form from Comixology. Stay tuned!

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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.



Here's something new and exciting.

I've taken what I've done so far on and made a little black and white zine that's like a "director's cut" where I write about each piece. It's a nice chance to reflect on the format and some of stuff I had to leave out.

Anyway, they're half the size of The CP and half the pages. They've been mailed out to subscribers today in these colorful envelopes. Then I'll sell them at shows for $1 until they run out. There are only a hundred, and I'm not selling them online or through shops. Grab one at a show or become a subscriber. Your support helps me do this, plus you get awesome bonus stuff like this mini and you get your copy before anyone else. Really, I send out the subscriber copies before I send one to my mom.

They'll debut at the D.C. Zine Fest on Saturday, July 28th at St. Stephen's. This event is free, and it should be a lot of fun. Come say hi. I'll also have them at SPX, September 15th and 16th in Bethesda (where I'll be debuting Issue #4!).


The Fall Issue Is Now Available

Well, what a weekend that was. I got to host friends from Chicago, White River Junction (VT), and even Berkeley, and had a genuinely great experience selling my comics at SPX. I was also honored to be asked to donate my comics to the Library of Congress' Newspaper and Current Periodicals Reading Room as part of a new project with SPX.

Anyways, there's a new issue, and you can buy it! Copies of #2 are available starting TODAY, and can be bought on the updated Comics page above. Also, check out the new subscriptions page! You can now subscribe to The Cartoon Picayune like a magazine and receive handmade comics in the mail. Start today if you like and receive #2 as your first issue.

Oh, ho ho, what's this, dear reader? Why it's an excerpt of the story by James Sturm and Katherine Roy. It's all up on Slate, but we're proud to have it as part of The CP as well.

Thanks for the great quote, Steve! One last thing, if you're afraid of starting Fly by Night in the middle if you start with the new issue, you can read the whole first part here now, completely for free.


Valley Parents Cover

Not bad, eh? Just a quick post this week to show this off. Soon I'll blog about the amazing stories in the next issue and start some previews leading up to its release at SPX on Sept 9th. Trying to find a good rhythm while working on my feet full time.