June News 2024, 2nd Edition

PRIDE MONTH EDITION!

Here’s a roundup of what we’ve been working on at the Cartoonist Co-op–a collection of comics, zines, webcomics, and crowdfunding, plus all new articles, news and features. 

Want to join the Cartoonist Co-op? Send us your info here or email us at cartoonistcooperative@gmail.com , and become part of our community of indie comics creators! The Cartoonist’s Co-op is committed to helping build the community of comics artists and to improve and protect the labor rights of comic industry workers worldwide. 

 As a member, we’ll help you find collaborators, share resources, get the inside scoop on the industry, and have your stuff promoted in this very newsletter! Members of our cooperative gain access to career development resources, creative feedback and assistance, promotional campaigns for members’ comics, exclusive discounted benefits, and more.

Let’s dive into it!

Featured Comic Campaign: BLIX & VEGA, by Cori Walters

BLIX & VEGA
By Cori Walters

Slapstick pornography of transmasculine lesbians bothering each other! This compilation of two issues previously released online is an erotic comedy of two masc-of-center afab individuals constantly attempting to one-up each other in sexual situations.

For fans of trans pornography that’s as raunchy as it is fun, this campaign will continue up until July 1st, 2024!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/acidwashwerewolf/blix-and-vega-collected-edition

Featured Article: Sic Semper Artificibus: The Adam J. Elkhadem Story

SIC SEMPER ARTIFICIBUS: THE ADAM J. ELKHADEM STORY
Written by Isaac Roller

“Though everybody must die, man can live on and on forever, through his works.”

A musing from Octave, the titular star of Adam Elkhadem’s first graphic novel before his passing in the spring of 2023. The Cartoonist Cooperative is proud to share with you the memory of not only his work, but the cartoonist himself.

Isaac shares their memory of Adam and his work, along with what is to become of their unfinished 160 page second book.

Octave can be purchased online at https://caesura.squarespace.com/shop/p/octave-the-artist

CROWDFUNDING

FILTHY FIGMENTS
Art by @RyeHickman

Welcome to the Filthy Figments NSFW Trans & GQ Comic Bundle! This bundle features 10 12 enticingly erotic Transgender and Genderqueer comics and collections with 5x TransM titles, 4x TransF titles, and 3x GQ titles for a total of OVER 500 PAGES of comics! 

From genderfluid demons and amorous angels to bawdy butlers and alluring gadgets for getting in the mood, our bundle is packed to the brim with deliciously dirty tales to delight the senses! Whether you’re looking for sexy sports stories or sci-fi threesomes, hot trans femme wives or mature trans masc butlers, naughty bookshops or futuristic space stations, our comics will come to your rescue.

THE MASKED QUEEN
By Caragh McErlean

Queen Eleanor has been cursed since childhood – her touch is deadly and must be protected from her realm. Hidden behind silver masks and silk gloves, she had given up any hope of happiness, until the day she chooses a new knight to serve as her sworn protector.

If you’re a fan of slow-burn romances, medieval fantasy politics, forbidden magic, and the hand-flex scene in Pride and Prejudice (2005), you can read the story so far at themaskedqueen.com!

Queer Comics Corner 2024

Review comic by Jonah Leahy
https://www.amazon.ca/Northranger-Rey-Terciero/dp/006300738X

Review comic by Jonah Leahy
https://www.amazon.ca/Brooms-Jasmine-Walls/dp/1646142683

WEBCOMICS

SNAPDRAGON
By Berntkat

Abby Kitchner is living the dream. Well, mostly. By day she puts her botany degree to use, slinging seeds, starters, and soil for an hourly wage at her neighborhood garden store. By night she is wowing nearly-but-not-quite-sold-out crowds on the independent pro wrestling circuit as the fearsome brawler Abby Knox. Abby is content with things just as they are. That is until a chance encounter with the ambitious, enigmatic, high-flying lady of lucha libre La Reina Phantasma lands a devastating suplex… on her heart? Could they be the match of the century, or will Abby’s dreams be thrown off the top of a steel cage through a flaming table? Find out in Snapdragon!

NEW FROM THE CO-OP:

Wonder Right Where We Are: a review of Tokyo Alien Bros
Reviewed by Chids

I don’t read sci-fi. I want to get that out of the way first. I’m not a lover of space or its inhabitants. So imagine my surprise to find a story so intimately human, led not by one but two aliens.

Ports in the Storm: Building or Finding a Home for Your Webcomic
An interview with HikaTamika, written by James L. Sarandis

Hello, folks. We’re gathered here today with the wonderful artist HikaTamika, because Webtoon (by Naver), one of the largest and most lucrative webcomic sites, has decided to shit where they eat and introduce AI art tools to their site. Hika, it’s my understanding that you were [the] one who happened to unearth this fact. Could you tell us a bit about it?

Cartoonist Cooperative “Buy an E-Sim for Gaza” Donation Drive

E-Sims for Gaza

As you may know, Palestinians in Gaza are being subjected to internet and communications blackouts as part of the ongoing siege by Israel. Members of the Cartoonist Co-op are getting involved in a new way to combat this violence by offering art in exchange for those who donate e-SIMs to Palestinians through the Connecting Gaza Campaign.

This campaign has been running since early November, but we want to make sure that everyone who’s interested in our activities is kept up to date. Click here to see how you can contribute to these efforts!