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New artwork from Lauren Monger on display as part of our Dealing With It art show opening this Saturday April 4th at Mission Comics in San Francisco, running through April 26.

Other artists include Andy Warner, Charlotte Drury, Doc Popular, James the Stanton, Janelle Hessig, Josh Frees, Julia Wertz, Lauren Monger, Lindsay Watson, Liz Prince, Melanie Matranga, Michael Friedman, Nomi Kane, Rachel Dukes, and Sarah Duyer.


I’ve finally made it. designer Julia Rothman and CEO Tina Roth Eisenberg claim to have created their “Party” wrist watch temporary tattoo independently of mine, which is possible, but I sincerely doubt it given how simular the designs are and how much older my design is than theirs. If they didn’t copy me, they didn’t do the most basic of checking to see if this exact concept didn’t already exist when designing theirs.

When I had the idea to make these, I searched first to see if anyone else was doing it, and I went ahead with my own after finding that they didn’t already exist. 

This is a concept I’ve been using for a few years, first with physical watches and now with the tattoos. A Google search with the words “party” “watch” and “tattoo” brings up my work as the first result, and has for six whole months before the Tattly design was released. 

Tattly wrote back to my emails, which I appreciate, but still said they wouldn’t stop making (what I think is) their copy of my design. Instead of being respectful designers they kept suggesting that I talk to their lawyer if I have a problem with it. There isn’t really anything I can do about this. 

Feel free to buy mine way cheaper than theirs if you want:


Cathy G Johnson has been nominated for this year's Ignatz Award in “Promising New Talent” for damn good reason. Visit her and vote next month at SPX 2014. Here’s her seriously good (and unfortunately timely) comic from As You Were #3. Visit this Tumblr next week for our interview with Cathy and more arts!

As You Were is a punk-comix anthology series featuring new stories by our favorite independent artists from punk communities around the world. The theme for issue #3 is “Big, Big Changes”, available for [purchase here from Silver Sprocket].

We’re all excited about Liz Suburbia‘s SACRED HEART which will be coming out next year from Fantagraphics. But what do we do until then? If you yelled “Adorn ourselves with clothing and our walls with prints featuring her artwork” then I have a punch in the mouth for you because you are correct! This fall Silver Sprocket released a rad back patch called “Organized Sports” (above), they also have some of her work in the anthology As You Were.

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They are also selling this sweet screen print called “House Shows” (11.75 x 15.75") for only $14!

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Meanwhile, Out of Step Arts also sells some of Suburbia’s prints AND some sweet threads. This Old. V. A. shirt features an Tarot-like card design coupled with military olive green or a warm gray. These are also limited edition shirts so once they are gone, they are gone! The truly monied people can drop some fliff on her original art pages (guaranteeing that she continues to make more great comics!) and keep your eyes open for our pre-order.

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Hi! This is a music video I co-directed and animated with the super-gr8 Krystal Downs for the band, Blackbird Raum.

I dunno what else to say. The subject matter is bleak as hell and it was really fun to make!

Want a free Clementine poster? We print rad art on the backs of all our catalogs, this is our first with a fancy matte finish. This original artwork was in of our recent “Dealing With It” show at Mission Comics in San Francisco, and is the follow-up to the previous Lauren Monger poster/catalog shown below.
Get yours with any [mail-order of Clementine stuff] from Silver Sprocket (or just ask for one, they’re free).

There’s a certain gritty, self-deprecating vibe to the characters in Lauren Monger’s comics; her main character is Clementine, a punk rock opossum, and the rest of the ensemble includes characters that are equally angst-y and heartwarming, all at once, with bonus points for animal faces. In addition to themes of class, mental illness, and finding your way through the shitstorm that is life, these comics sort of smack you in the face in the best kind of way with their raw presentation and straightforward and vulnerable subject matter, while still managing to be funny and surreally weird slash strangely uplifting.

Read on to find out what inspires L. Mo, how she started making comics, and what other kinds of art she dabbles in.

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