Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Newave!: The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s

This February, Fantagraphics Books will release a compilation of 1980s minicomic art in their anthology Newave!: The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s, edited by Michael Dowers. The hardcover volume contains nearly 900 pages of self-published work from dozens of artists who formed a loose underground network in the pre-Internet days. Planning for Newave! began well over a year ago.

These little eight-page Xeroxed books were sold and traded through the mail and were rarely published in editions of more than a hundred or so copies.

Two of my efforts, Festive Desperation and Mondo Howie #5, are included in their entirety. I may have one or two additional pages somewhere in this monster.

There's also an exhibit of original art from many of the book's artists to open at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery in Seattle around the book's publication date.

I'll have two pieces in exhibit, previewed below.

We’re Number 1
approx. 4.28” x 5.6”
Ink on Paper, 1987
Originally published in Festive Desperation

Slobbering Monster Howie
approx. 5.68” x 7.38”
Ink on Paper, 1989
by “William Bunch” (pseud.)
Originally published in Mondo Howie #5


  1. Ah-ha, finally, confirmation that all of Mondo Howie 5 was all Wayno! It took me a long time to start figuring that out, don't know why I never asked. It's a really sharp issue too.

  2. Yes, it's finally out in the open!

    Now, can you figure out where the pseudonyms came from?