Here’s the condensed version of my favorite nonfiction comics of 2013 list.

The Heroines issue in Symbolia

Josh Neufeld’s story in The Nib

The comics journalism issue of inkt|art

The comics journalism series in truthout

Art Hondros in The Washington Post

Susie Cagle in The Grist

Emi Gennis in Bitch Magazine

Andy Warner in Slate and elsewhere

Gabby Schulz with this piece 

Mike Freiheit’s comic Monkey Mind

“Gordon Smalls Endures the Wasteland” by Gabby Schulz on What Things Do! Finally! I talked to Schulz for Filling Spaces (my podcast that I’ve only done one episode for because I’m the worst and don’t have time anymore except time to sit on here and read comics? Please don’t be angry with me.) and I’m happy I did because since then, I’ve seen more and more and more of his beautifully done stuff. I love his controlled mania. It’s as if his emotions live in his hand and his brain keeps a check on it so it doesn’t just fly all over the page, but wanders until it’s an inch from breaking.

Debuting at TCAF 2016 - Sick by Gabby Schulz

Publisher: Secret Acres
ISBN: 9780996273916
Specs: 84 pages, 8.60 x 11.90 inches
Price: $28.50 CAN

The award winning author of monsters explores the political issues that affect our personal health in his new book, Sick.

“Last year, he got our attention for his disturbingly brilliant graphic novel Monsters… . Gabby Schulz has gone on to create a similarly unnerving web comic series titled Sick."—Flavorwire

The author of the perennial classic, Monsters (written as Ken Dahl), Gabby Schulz returns with a new graphic novel, Sick, which Hicksville author Dylan Horrocks calls "a punch in the face and well worth reading.” Like Monsters, Sick focuses on health and social policy, this time expanding from the subject of STDs and their stigma to the larger, hot-button issue of national healthcare.

Severely ill, uninsured, alone, and confined to his bed for weeks, Schulz was left searching—only to find himself. Sick documents his discovery in gory, glorious, water-colored detail, finally completed and collected here for the first time in a beautiful, album-sized hardcover edition.

Since Monsters, Schulz has produced a host of online comics including SEXISM, a viral sensation written up everywhere from the Stranger to Scientific American. The web-serialized Sick was an Ignatz Award nominee for Outstanding Online Comic. His work has appeared on and BuzzFeed and in Arthur magazine.

Gabby Schulz, sometimes known as Ken Dahl, grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. His graphic novel, Monsters won two Ignatz Awards, was an Eisner Award nominee, and was a Best American Comics selection. His other works include the collection Welcome to the Dahl House and the web comic Sick, an Ignatz Award nominee for Outstanding Online Comic. Schulz currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.

For more info on all books debuting at TCAF 2016, please visit our Debuting Books page:

Above: Arthur No. 33—Buckminster approves. Photo: Brooke S.

Thurs Jan 3, 6-10pm Portland, Ore.: ARTHUR RE-LAUNCH PARTY at Floating World Comics

WHO: Arthur No. 33
WHAT: Magazine release party and art exhibit
WHEN: Thursday, January 3, 6-10pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.

Come celebrate the release of Arthur’s first new issue in four years at a free party on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Floating World Comics, Arthur’s new co-publisher. We’ll have original comic art on display from contributors Rick Veitch and Gabby Schulz. FWC honcho/Arthur co-publisher Jason Leivian will be there, and Arthur Art Director Yasmin Khan is rumored to be stopping by. Plus: Betel nuts, and other surprises.

If you can’t make it, order a copy online—$5, pretty cheap. Info here.

Pay Attention To This: Gabby Schulz

By Juan Fernandez

“I guess I’m still really attracted to that autobiographical stuff – dirty secrets, gossip, voyeurism; getting a peek underneath the veneer of someone’s public persona to the really awful and disarming and pure, lovely, human mess that convention and sanity can’t expose. All the things that civilization is designed to snuff out, diminish or regulate, basically – the urges, vulnerabilities, fears, and dreams that hinder the smooth gear work of hierarchy, convenience, and tepid industrial business-as-usual.” - Schulz in a 2007 interview with Steve Bissette

Gabby Schulz/(pen name: Ken Dahl) is a gifted story teller whose cartooning work is jarringly incisive. It’s a real shame that not that many people know his work. 

Here’s your chance to learn more.

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