June News 2024, 3rd Edition

JUNE NEWS, 3rd 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!

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SULFUR
By River Gabriel

A comic about growing up between heaven and hell.

SULFUR is River Gabriel’s first comic, an 8 page story about growing up between heaven and hell. Mature themes. The book also contains several full page artworks.

THE TEMPTATIONS OF FATHER BASIL

By Ram Lightly

https://ramlightly.itch.io/the-temptations-of-father-basil

Father Basil knew better than to enter the door to Hell that haunted his village, but when it becomes clear that it’s the only way to find his lost friend Sage, then the priest is forced to do the unthinkable. 

But instead of arriving in the lands of brimstone and torment he expected, Father Basil finds himself in the Gardens of Malum, a lush flowery estate where demons indulge in their lechery and hedonism. He is soon hunted by strange bloodthirsty demons and, much more to his horror, tempted by the the shadowy smug demon Dandelion, whose desires for Father Basil extend farther than the priest’s soul.

COILED TO STRIKE

By Akira B. 

https://www.wildstarpress.com/product-page/coiled-to-strike-physical

If you see a snake with the devil’s horns, you better pray you don’t meet their gaze.

A smart man will tell you it’s best not to cross an angry viper. A wise man will tell you that the ‘Viper with Devil Horns’ is named Emory Graves and is the most dangerous of them all. No one truly knows who or what, Emory Graves is, but much like a wildfire, rumors spread. Are they seeking revenge for family? A lost love? Maybe they really are the Devil’s Aid, sending the unfortunate to death’s door with the venomous bite of their bullet. Or are they just a cowboy getting their kicks causing trouble?

Queer Comics Corner 2024

Review comic by Jonah Leahy

https://store.silversprocket.net/en-ca/products/the-chromatic-fantasy-by-h-a

WEBCOMICS

MANA

By Ottobre

This webcomic revolves around the events that involve Malena Naktòs – also known as Mana -, a muscled and extrovert woman that works for the most powerful and influential man of the metropolis Derstam, Kim Sideris, his benefactor.

The encounter with a mysterious man, an yrtare in disguise as a human, will trigger a series of events that will change the course of their lives.

The second chapter is now available for Patreon and Ko-Fi

https://www.patreon.com/posts/en-page-14-mana-105478617

https://ko-fi.com/i/IF2F3YX2Y7

FUNNY FARM

by R. Smith and Jeff Johnson

Harkening back to days of classic funny animals comic books, Funny Farm carries on the tradition of anthropomorphic mayhem with six housemates enduring 30 page adventures and stories. Each separate tale explores finding identity and tackling queer representation amidst the ongoing chaos of their lives. 

Currently in Pyramid of Prizes, friends find themselves in competition amongst each other in a game show extravaganza! Check it out now from the beginning at https://www.funnyfarmcomics.com/comic/94

SIR, BUTLER AND BOY

By Tab Kimpton
 

A sneaky glimpse into the secret lives of three Victorian Men: A groundskeeper, a valet, and their young master. Behind closed doors they swap their places and invert roles, becoming the Sir, Butler and Boy of the series title.

“This comic is pretty filthy. It won’t be 18+, but the implied smut is STRONG in this one.”

CROWDFUNDING

ZETA GALAXY OUTLAWS #1 | An anti-capitalist space western

By Kenneth Laster

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/disasterlaster/zeta-galaxy-outlaws-1-an-anti-capitalist-space-western

Humanity has taken to the stars, pioneered by the elite few in the search for unending profit. When it comes to protecting and serving the status quo of the new frontier, the Rangers of the Zeta Galaxy stand ready. These celebrity peacekeepers bleed, fight, and kill to deter any outlaws and agitators who would dare challenge the bottom line of the Conglomerate.

When the opportunity arises for a second-generation spacer from a dead-end mining planet to become the first Black Woman in their ranks, Tex Wyatt leaps at the chance to make galactic history. Enhanced with cybernetics and sponsored by the wealthiest arms manufacturer in the galaxy, Tex’s first assignment puts her on a collision course with the radical outlaw, Vega Corazón. But in a world where the line is blurred between outlaw and activist, Tex will need to question her worldview to become the greatest “hero” the galaxy has ever seen.

ZETA GALAXY OUTLAWS combines the sharp satire of Sorry to Bother You with the space western genre fusion of Cowboy Bebop. Writer/Artist Kenneth Laster (Try Not To Die, Champions of the Wolf) brings you this dynamic 24-page first issue that opens the door to a galaxy-spanning story about Black excellence, commodification of identity, and finding another way to live.

RENT-A-THUG: LA COSA GLASNOTRA

By Jeff Martin

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jeffmartin/rent-a-thug-la-cosa-glasnostra-one-shot

“When you meet the god of death, tell them they will meet Rastovich one day. When we meet, they and I… we will compare scores.”

Crime meets the gig economy with Rent-A-Thug, the premiere app for hiring henchmen. In La Cosa Glasnostra, arms dealers Rastovich and Red Ilsa have an easy deal set up to buy military weaponry misappropriated by a would-be plutocrat in the former Eastern Bloc. Using the Rent-A-Thug app to replace one of their regular goons seems like a convenient solution, until things go catastrophically awry in this tale of post-Soviet noir, deranged lovers, and splatterpunk violence. 

Rent-A-Thug – La Cosa Glasnostra is a one-shot comic story for mature readers. It is the standalone story of arms dealers Rastovich and Red Ilsa trying to buy weapons looted from the former Eastern Bloc’s arsenal, and the ensuing bloodbath when that goes awry. Can their love survive betrayals and hails of gunfire, or will they drown in the sea of blood they’ve created?  

Rent-A-Thug began in 2005 as a comic strip in the University of Alberta newspaper, The Gateway. It ran until 2010, with hundreds of strips and pages of blood-soaked mayhem. Now, nearly 20 years later, it returns with La Cosa Glasnostra. A Rent-A-Thug graphic novel is currently in the works, and La Cosa Glasnostra is the first work paving the way for that book, aiming to reinvent the visual style and reintroduce readers to the world.

OF INTEREST:

Keeping You and Your Art Safe from Scammers

Written by Virginia Paine

Illustration by Pa-Luis

Scamming is a universal experience for artists of all levels but it’s an issue that can be mitigated with knowledge. I’m happy to share what I’ve learned, some tips to prevent getting scammed and two examples of recent scams I’ve seen. 

I have two rules of thumb when it comes to scam awareness. First, absolutely trust your gut. If you don’t feel comfortable in a situation, don’t do it. No commission will be worth it. A good, professional client will not dodge questions, refuse contracts, or demand sensitive information from you.

Bunt!: Striking Out on Financial Aid by Ngozi Ukazu and Mad Rupert
A story of finance, friendship and finding yourself

Written and drawn by Louisa A A Danquah

Check Please! and Sakana are two of my fave webcomics, which is why I was super excited to hear that their creators were teaming up on a graphic novel! Filled with gorgeous art, queer found family, and a protagonist you can’t help but root for, Bunt! asks the reader: is art school (or more specifically student debt) worth 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!