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Next World Tarot Envisions Revolutionary Love and Justice

Cristy C Road’s Next World Tarot has been celebrated since 2017 for its detailed envisioning of justice, resilience, accountability, and reclaimed magic.

Featuring body outlaws, endangered cultures, and anti-colonial belief systems, the Next World Tarot envisions a world where justice relies on respect and revolutionary love.

The Fool’s Journey is about smashing systematic oppression, owning their truths, being accountable to the people and places that support them, and taking back a connection to their body that may have been lost through trauma or societal brainwashing.

The Next World Tarot is a visual spectacle of both the battle cry and the re-connection between outcasts and their criminalized identities.

The deck will be immortalized this summer as an oversize (9” x 12”) full-color hardcover art book with accompanying essays expanding upon each of the 78 illustrations, in English and Spanish, from radical indie publisher Silver Sprocket.

The Next World Tarot began as a project that would vary in media based on Roads’ time and resources, evolving into a complex series of drawings created with micron and gel pens, markers, white out, and whatever acrylic paint she could get her hands on; illustrated on sheets of bristol vellum paper ranging in size from 11” x 14” and 18” x 26”.

It’s cast of electric queer characters evolved into a disarray of minds, bodies, and souls; who triumph through societal challenge.

This summer will also see the release of the iconic deck and reader in a “pocket edition” for easier transportation and shuffling at 2.6” x 3.5”.

Hardcover art-book: 176 full-color pages; 9″ x 12″; SRP: $50; ISBN: 978-1-945509-384
Pocket deck: 78 cards and booklet; 2.6″ x 3.5″; SRP: $20; ISBN: 978-1-945509-37-7
Original deck; 78 cards and booklet; 4″ x 6″; SRP: $50; ISBN: 978-1-945509-29-2

Silver Sprocket is Posting Comics Online for Free

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Silver Sprocket comics catalog is being posted online for free easy reading. This includes nearly everything Silver Sprocket has ever published, from Eisner and Ignatz Award-nominated hits like Your Black Friend by Ben Passmore, Catboy by Benji Nate, and Pinky and Pepper Forever by Ivy Atoms, to new releases and out-of-print classics.

This is primarily a community service for bored nerds under quarantine or social-distancing in need of quality indie comics to keep our minds sharp.

Read them. Take joy. Share. Make memes. There isn’t anyone who can stop you.

The publisher has started with Big Punk by Janelle Hessig, and will continue posting every day. These will join the hundreds of comics already on their website.

Though their physical space is temporarily closed by government mandate, they will continue sending mail-order every day from their online store with free shipping for orders over $25, and just launched a Gumroad profile for PDF downloads.

Comics they will be posting online include:

As You Were, Vol 1-5, curated by Mitch Clem
Be Your Own Backing Band by Liz Prince
Big Punk by Janelle Hessig
Catboy by Benji Nate
Daygloayhole (volumes 1-3) by Ben Passmore
Emotional Data by Abby Jame
F*ck Off Squad by Nicole Goux and Dave Baker
Girl In The World by Caroline Cash
High and Shy by Abby Jame
How to Make Comic Zines by Ivy Atoms
I Think Our Friend Dan Might be a Dolphin by James the Stanton
Lizard Daddies by Abby Jame
Lorna by Benji Nate
Morsel by James the Stanton
No Better Words by Casey Nowak
No Romance in Hell by Hyena Hell
Our Best Shot by anonymous
Pinky and Pepper Forever by Ivy Atoms
Please Destroy My Enemies by Michael Sweater
Please Destroy The Internet by Michael Sweater
Radlands by Liz Suburbia
Satanic Feminism by Seth Katz
Siren School by Isabella Rotman
Sleepwalking by Lauren Monger
Snowbird by Erin K Wilson
Squatters of Trash Island by James the Stanton
This Must Be The Place: A Please Keep Warm Collection by Michael Sweater
Turnstile Comix #1: The Slow Death by Mitch Clem
Turnstile Comix #2: Lemuria by Mitch Clem
Turnstile Comix #3: World/Inferno Friendship Society, by Mitch Clem
Your Black Friend and Other Strangers by Ben Passmore
You Can Try Again by Oliva Walch

Silver Sprocket Announces their Spring Publishing Season

Silver Sprocket has announced its upcoming slate of releases. On top of these, there’s more to come from Ashley Robin Franklin, Benji Nate, Ben Passmore, Caroline Cash, Jenn Woodall, Micheal Sweater, and Travis Rommereim.

Big Punk by Janelle Hessig

Fed up with wealthy techies destroying the formerly gritty culture of Fog City, a punk lady moves out to the sticks to soothe her soul. Though she is only looking to escape, a mysterious and hairy stranger disrupts her plans and causes her life to change in unexpected ways.

18 full-color pages; 5.5″ x 8.5″; SRP: $5.00; ISBN: 9781945509421; Diamond: OCT192066

Big Punk by Janelle Hessig

No Romance In Hell by Hyena Hell

Disappointed with her romantic prospects in Hell, a demon ascends to Earth’s surface on a quest for loving tenderness from human men. Disappointment, disintegration, and hilarity ensue in this brimstone-infused roasting of modern romance.

24 b&w pages; 6″ x 9″; SRP: $5; ISBN: 9781945509476; Diamond: DEC191857

No Romance In Hell by Hyena Hell

Radlands by Liz Suburbia

Salivate over a motley crew of sexy punks, weirdos, and extraterrestrials in The Radlands, a collection of pin-ups by “Sacred Heart” and “Cyanide Milkshake” indie comic superstar, Liz Suburbia. 

*Not liable for uncomfortable stirrings in your nether regions.

24 b&w pages; 5.5″ x 8.5″; SRP: $5.00; ISBN: 9781945509513; Diamond: FEB201977

Radlands by Liz Suburbia

Stolen Sharpie Revolution by Alex Wrekk

The go-to guide for all things zine related, this book contains everything you need to get started creating your own zines and participating in zine culture. Includes thoughtful lists and step-by-step guides on everything from definitions of a zine, where to find zines, and why zines are important.

Brand new sixth edition published by Silver Sprocket.

152 b&w pages; 4.25″ x 5.5″; SRP: $10.00; PB ISBN: 9781945509452; Diamond: FEB201978
Hard-cover (for libraries) ISBN: 9781945509483

Stolen Sharpie Revolution by Alex Wrekk

You Will Be Okay by Meggie the Ramm

An anti-anxiety pocketbook that tells you that you’ll be okay at least eight times.
It’s filled with coloring pages, simple thought exercises, advice and resources to help you get through anxiety attacks.
Anxiety attacks can be scary. But whatever happens, you will be ok.

38 b&w pages; 4″ x 4″; SRP: $5.00; ISBN: 9781945509506

You Will Be Okay by Meggie the Ramm

One Million Tiny Fires by Ashley Robin Franklin

Fusing sexual intimacy with cosmic dread, this queer horror tale follows Briana and Cassie, a couple in an isolated Texas farmhouse, whose rural fantasy has soured into a tense nightmare. After discovering an unknown object that had crash landed from the sky, Briana begins to suspect that something uncanny is happening to her partner.

Limited printing of 2,000 pieces with metallic silver foil cover.

40 b&w pages; 5.5″ x 8.5″; SRP: $10.00; ISBN: 9781945509544

One Million Tiny Fires by Ashley Robin Franklin

Yes I’m Flagging by Archie Bongiovanni

Queer Flagging 101: How to signal the sex you want using the hanky code. 

You *know* that cutie with the red bandana around their neck is wearing that hanky on purpose—but WHY!? This zine will break it down for ya!

28 full-color pages; 5.5″ x 5.5″; SRP: $5.00; ISBN: 9781945509537

Yes I’m Flagging by Archie Bongiovanni

Gnartoons by James the Stanton

Collecting hundreds of pages from Seattle, WA, celebrated indie comics artist James the Stanton. Trippy, drippy, psychedelic fun like a Hannah-Barberra mushroom trip, including sought after comics that have been out-of-print for years in glorious CMYK plus neon Pantones. 

272 full-color pages; hard-cover; 6″ x 9″; SRP: $29.95; ISBN: 9781945509414

Gnartoons by James the Stanton

Next World Tarot: Pocket Edition & Art Book by Cristy C Road

Following up on the breathtaking “Next Word Tarot” deck by queer-punk-feminist-latinex icon Cristy C Road, we are pleased to present an over-sized hardcover art-book with expanded card descriptions in both English and Spanish, along with an economically priced “pocket edition” of the original deck at standard Tarot deck size.

Featuring body outlaws, endangered cultures, and anti-colonial belief systems, THE NEXT WORLD TAROT envisions a world where justice relies on respect and revolutionary love. The Fool’s Journey is about smashing systematic oppression, owning their truths, being accountable to the people and places that support them, and taking back a connection to their body that may have been lost through trauma or societal brainwashing. The NEXT WORLD TAROT is a visual spectacle of both the battle cry and the re-connection between outcasts and their criminalized identities.

Hardcover: 176 full-color pages; 9” x 12”; SRP: $50.00; ISBN: 9781945509384
Pocket deck: 78 full-color cards and guide-book; 2.5″ x 3.75″; SRP: $20; ISBN: 9781945509377

Next World Tarot: Pocket Edition & Art Book by Cristy C Road

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

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Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Conan the Barbarian #3 (Marvel) – The first two issues were fantastic and the third is most likely more of the same. One of the best new series in 2019.

Daredevil #1 (Marvel) – A hell of a debut which gets Daredevil back to basics.

Die #3 (Image Comics) – A great spin on roleplaying games, Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans, and Clayton Cowles have been knocking it out of the park.

Female Furies #1 (DC Comics) – A mini-series focused on the Female Furies? Yeah, we’re in.

G.I. Joe: Sierra Muerte #1 (IDW Publishing) – Michel Fiffe takes on G.I. Joe, that’s all you need to know.

Magical Beatdown #1 (Silver Sprocket) – Hyper violent street harassment revenge fantasy in the style of Sailor Moon about about an average schoolgirl who transforms into a foul-mouthed and rage-fuelled Magical Girl. Yeah, we’re sold.

Marvel Action: Avengers #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue was solid all-ages fun and we’re expecting the same from this second issue.

Red Sonja #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Mark Russell taking on Red Sonja? Yeah, we’re intrigued.

Vindication #1 (Image Comics/Top Cow Productions) – We’re nervous and intrigued on this one which seems to be taking on police corruption and our broken judicial system.

The Wrong Earth #6 (AHOY Comics) – One of the best new series in the past year from the best new publisher wraps up its first story arc.

Review: F*ck Off Squad

There is something surreal and beautiful about stories which examine just one day. One of the most memorable series is the “Before” film trilogy which star Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. The films start with a chance meeting and find these two people over different times of their lives getting to know and catch up with each other over a course of a day. The first film encompassed the beauty of young love. The second film examines how one becomes more cynical about love and relationships. The third film examines the flaws that the concept of love encompasses and the very institution of marriage in all its complexities.

Not all stories that revolve around one are about love and just like life, it should not be alone. Sometimes a good story can be just about three friends having one great day. In Dave Baker and Nicole Goux’s F*ck Off Squad, we get one such fine day.

We meet Jimmy, Megan, and Clark, three friends who could not be more different but bond over their love of skateboarding and the many challenges of being a teenager. We follow this tri of friends as Megan as she heartbreakingly falls for the lead singer of her band, Teenage Switchblade, begins to dissipate, while Clark tries to get Jimmy to talk about her breakup with her girlfriend, a relationship she hoped was going somewhere. We also find Clark catching feelings for a girl on his high school basketball team, Saanvi, as his attraction to her reaches a fever pitch.  Meanwhile, Jimmy has secretly been seeing her ex-girlfriend, Kate, keeping it a secret from her friends, trying to avoid the judgment from her friends. By book’s end, we find out more about Clark’s home life, Jimmy does what is best for her, and they all realize that relationships suck.

Overall, it’s one of the best slice of life comic books I have read in a very long time. It will make you fall in love with each of the characters and you’ll become engrossed in their beautifully flawed world. The story by Dave Baker is relatable, funny, and heartbreaking. The art by Goux is stimulating and vibrantly drawn. Altogether, this duo proves that sometimes your friends is all the family you need.

Story: Dave Baker Art: Nicole Goux
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Facebook Censors the Critically Acclaimed “Your Black Friend” Animated Film (Updated)

On Friday January 26th, Facebook took action against an animated short film made by a black artist, about anti-black racism, posted by independent comic book publisher Silver Sprocket.

The animated adaptation of Ben Passmore‘s award winning Your Black Friend comic book received positive attention when it was posted last Monday, garnering more than 130,000 views between YouTube and Facebook.

Based on Passmore’s comic book of the same name that in 2017 was nominated for an Eisner Award and won the Ignatz, Dinky, and Broken Frontier awards, and coveted spot on NPR’s 100 Favorite Graphic Novels list.

The animation was produced by Silver Sprocket and Doggo Studios to promote Passmore’s upcoming hardcover collection, Your Black Friend and Other Strangers, collecting 120 pages of comics from VICE, The Nib, and various other publications to be released in March of 2018 and available for pre-order now from Silver Sprocket’s online store.

Though unavailable on Facebook, the video remains on YouTube.

Update: Facebook says it was taken down in error.

Your Black Friend is Now an Animated Short Film

Ben Passmore‘s critically acclaimed Your Black Friend indie comic book is now a 3-minute animation courtesy of Silver Sprocket and Doggo Studios, with narration by Passmore himself.

Addressing topics of racism, identity, and alienation, the comic is a necessary contribution to the dialogue around race in the United States.

The print version of the comic won numerous awards in 2017 including the Ignatz, Dinky, and Broken Frontier, as well as an Eisner Award nomination, and coveted spot on NPR’s 100 Favorite Graphic Novels list.

The video precedes the release of Your Black Friend and Other Strangers, a 120 page hardcover collection of Passmore’s comics previously published by VICE, The Nib, and a variety of independent outlets, to be released in March of 2018 by politically charged indie comics publisher and art-crew Silver Sprocket.

Review: Your Black Friend

I can proudly say now that I am a “bookworm”, as this has not always been a tag I would have said aloud before. As I not only read books that my parents and my family have told me to read, but teachers as well. One of the books I have read growing up which not only my teachers made required reading but also members of my family, did, was Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man.” I am not going to lie, this first time I read it, I did not quite know what to make of it, nor did I understand their insistence.

It was not until years later, back home in NYC, when I was 14, and got stopped by the police for the first time, and subsequent times since, that a stop like this for a person of color, can be a matter of life and death. Then it sunk in, as his book, and books like Claude Brown’s Manchild in The Promised Land made me comprehend what society thought of me and yet I can still write my own narrative. Which lead to like Dr. Francis Cress Welsing’s The Isis Papers and Frantz Fanon’s Wretched of The Earth, which gave me a greater understanding. Which is only fitting that Ben Passmore’s Your Black Friend begins with a quote from Fanon, which quite simply hits the gut.

Within the first few pages, Passmore gives light to how subtle racism exists, as most people do not even realize what they say or how they say it are microaggressions. He also gets into how careful a person of color must be in their monitoring of their speech, affectations, and mannerisms, relative to the environment they inhabit, so that they don’t get profiled. He gets into the “fetishizing” aspect of having a black friend, where, to relate, their white friends bring up black authors just so that they can relate or have something to talk about. Lastly, Passmore, gets into the “acting white” aspect as well, as gets into the revalidating of your “black card,” when you have friends of other races.

Overall, an important book in today’s day and time, which is a touchstone in many facets, to understanding one another. Passmore’s prose packs punches in every panel. Passmore’s art may seem rudimentary to the passing eye but has shadows of Basquiat ad Pollock, once one digs into. Altogether, the length of the book, is deceiving at best, as it packs more in these 16 pages, than books ten times its length.

Story: Ben Passmore Art: Ben Passmore
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy NOW!!