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Pssst…wanna buy some comic art?

December 14th, 2004

Alison’s been too busy working on a lifeblood-sucking graphic novel to take on her usual freelance work and speaking engagments this year. So now, in a flagrant attempt to drum up some cash, she’s selling a batch of recent comic stips at the low, low, bargain price of $200 each, plus shipping. (Normally, when she’s not so desperate, these go for upwards of $450.) These are hand-drawn, signed originals. Each strip is drawn in india ink on two separate pages of 9×14 archival bristol board. Eminently suitable for framing. Start your own art collection! If you’re interested in purchasing a strip, contact us at

Here’s a short description of each piece, and a link to it on the PlanetOut archive.

#419, “The Candidate.” In which Lois strategically pads her Bush flightsuit, and we meet Ginger’s future dog.
#426, “Breastiality.” In which Ginger dons a wonderbra and Stuart ponders becoming a stay-at-home dad.
#437, “Betrothal or Betrayal.” In which Clarice and Toni stand in line to get married at City Hall and Mo makes a nuisance of herself.
#445, “A-lyin’ in the sand.” In which Mo’s friends stage an intervention.
#450, “What is the first part of politics? Education.” In which Ginger expounds on the timeliness of Orwell’s “1984.”

UPDATE (12/16) Wow. All of these have been purchased. Or claimed, anyway. Thank you, everyone! The sales haven’t been finalized yet, though. If you’re interested in a strip, feel free to let me know in case something falls through.

We’ve got attitude, too.

December 14th, 2004

In 2002, Ted Rall included Alison and 20 other cartoonists in his funny and insightful indie comix anthology, Attitude 2: The New Subversive Alternative Cartoonists. I got a free copy, but I would have gladly paid for it. Mind you, I’m employed by one of the contributors, but I think it’s a great resource for anyone who’s bored with Garfield, Hi and Lois, and Family Circle. It includes sample strips and interviews from cartoonists like Mikhaela Reid, Keith Knight, Aaron McGruder, David Rees, Tak Toyoshima, and Shannon Wheeler (and Alison).

Last Sunday, Roger Sabin of the Guardian, UK, published a generous write-up of Attitude 2 in his Books of the Year 2004 column. He specifically cites Alison’s work, and calls the book a “spiky affair.”

Money quote: “This is satire in an angry-youth-with-piercings mode. The spiritual forebears are the cartoonists of the 1960s-70s underground (Robert Crumb et al) but the use of clip art and scratchy line techniques mark this out as a very contemporary collection, and happily the humour is of high quality.” Happily indeed.

Here’s a link to the book on Powells. They’ve also got it on that other on-line book-buying site, but I can’t remember the name of it. Starts with an A… Ama-something?