Carrie McNinch looks back at her first girl kiss in this scene from “Toot Toot Heyyyyyyyy, Beep Beep.” Carrie is one the great heroines of the small press minicomics genre. Creators like her are in fact a major reason that I keep putting these comics anthologies together. We only have a couple more weeks to meet our goal on the Kickstarter campaign for QU33R, which will help bring this huge amazing book to light. Please help fund and/or spread the word if you can! xo
We’re delighted to announce the “Queer Pin-Ups” playing card set: a sexy deck of 54 cards by LGBTQ cartoonists, including art by Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, Gengoroh Tagame, Ariel Schrag, Maurice Vellekoop, Diane DiMassa, Robert Kirby, Cristy C. Road, Eric Orner, Carrie McNinch and lots, lots more!
The book I edited, QU33R (2014, Northwest Press) has been nominated for an Ignatz Award, in the Outstanding Anthology or Collection category, at SPX this weekend! If you’re attending SPX, consider a vote for QU33R! The awards ceremony will be held Saturday night, 9/13.
Here’s the last of the excerpts I’ve been running this week to celebrate the book and the nomination. Naturally a lot of the comics in QU33R focus on romance, sex, & longing, as in these pages from Carrie McNinch, Sina Sparrow, Justin Hall, Kris Dresen, and me, Rob Kirby. Once again, major props to Michael Fahyfor his gorgeous face-of-QU33R cover. Ignatz hype aside, I’m very proud of this book and grateful to all the creators who helped make it a success.
Here’s an excerpt from “Toot Toot, Heyyyyyyy, Beep Beep,” another autobio teenage lesbian tale from Carrie McNinch! Yet another example of the wonders that await in QU33R, coming this fall from Northwest Press, edited by Robert Kirby.
GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Small Diary and Carrie McNinch
Delaine Green of Small Diary and Carrie McNinch of You Don’t Get to There From Here will be sharing a table at this year’s LA Zine Fest.
Describe your work in two sentences or less.
DG: My Small Diary and Not My Small Diary are zines chock-full of personal comic goodness. The Small Diary empire started in 1993 and is going stronger than ever, bringing you every facet of real life in a visually pleasing way.
CM: You Don’t Get There From Here is a daily diary kind of comic, filled with cats, running with dogs, cappuccinos, and life in LA.
What are you working on for the Fest this year?
DG: I will be debuting a ‘Portable Not My Small Diary’ book filled with selected comics from Not My Small Diary issues 1-17. I will also have 5 other wonderful zines.
CM: A new issue of You Don’t Get There From Here will debut there and if I get my act together I’ll also have a new travelogue comic out about Japan.
Like the very small handful of superior comics diarists, like John Porcellino and Vanessa Davis, Carrie knows how to delineate a seemingly mundane anecdote and transform it into something universal and relatable. Using her pared down, high-contrast, black-and-white visuals, she can capture with zen-like simplicity rain pouring outside a window, a brilliantly starry L.A. night sky, or the poetry in a drunken midnight swim.
I got a shout out in the newest issue of Carrie McNinch’s great diary comics zine You Don’t Get There From Here (#34 to be exact). Carrie is an enormously respected and influential zinester & cartoonist, and her stories in my books and zines like QU33R, THREE, Tablegeddon, and Pratfall are all stellar work. Thanks, Carrie!!
My next zine, coming this fall, is a little anthology called PRATFALL, a new collection of stories by cartoonists recalling true painful and/or humiliating accidents & injuries. In this new collection of excerpts (from up top) Carrie McNinch recalls a bloody run-in with a car door in “Thumb Stitches,” a teenaged Tony Breed takes a rather elegant pratfall in “Tough Grrls,” Becky Hawkins has a major, (hilariously) painful accident in “The Quad Bike Story,” and Max Clotfelter gets punched in the stomach by an irate classmate (but his troubles don’t end there) in “Sonny!”
Pre-ordering info coming soon! See more excerpts from other artists here and here.
Carrie McNinch, author of the long-running zine You Don’t Get There from Here and definitive pioneer of the autobiographic comics movement, returns to the genre she helped create. Tracing a year in her life, I Want Everything to be Okay is a funny, tender, honest and ultimately, hopeful story of a woman haunted by depression and alcoholism as she rebuilds her life from the inside out.