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Copy This! #40: Michael Neno

Copy-This-40_500Cartoonist and illustrator Michael Neno is interviewed by Copy This! editor/publisher D. Blake Werts, in the June 2017 edition, hitting mailboxes now. Michael is of course a regular contributor to The Digest Enthusiast, who has been with us since book one thanks to Blake’s good sense.

Here’s Michael’s response when Blake asked how he juggles so many projects:

“Well, creating and publishing is my real job. I quit my thankless and dead-end IT day job seven years ago (I wasn’t getting any younger!) to live off my creative talents. That includes everything from freelance comics lettering, coloring, penciling, inking and pre-press formatting to mural and web design, logos, mascots, t-shirts and illustrations for books and magazines. I juggle these deadlines with my own projects . . . I’m also commissioned to write weekly film reviews for a site which will be soon going live.”

There’s often a bonus that comes with an issue of Copy This!, this time it’s an 8-page mini comic by Michael called Pictures of Benevolence.

Copy This! is a wonderful ‘zine featuring interviews with long-time indie cartoonists and news from the mini comics community. To inquire about single issues or subscriptions write to D. Blake Werts.


Occult Detective Quarterly #2

Editorial by Sam Gafford and John Linwood Grant
Borkchito: Occult Doggo Detective by Sam L. Edwards and Yves Tourigny (comic)
“The Arcana of the Alleys” by Brandon Barrows, art by Sebastian Cabrol
“The Black Tarot” by Mike Chinn, art by Russell Smeaton
“Conquer Comes Calling” by Edward M. Erdelac
“The Grabber Man” by Tim Waggoner, art by Luke Spooner
“White Ghost in the City” by Tricia Owens
“Devil in the City of Lights” by Bruno Lombardi
The Constant Englishman: John Constantine, Hellblazer by Danyal Fryer (article)
“Light, from Pure Digestion Bred” by Kelly A. Harmon, art by Morgan Fitzsimons
The Man Who is Carnacki! An interview with Dan Starkey
“Death and the Dancing Bears” by Steve Liskow
The Occult Legion Chapter Two: “Terror on the Links” by Joshua Reynolds
Doctors of the Strange: The Tradition of the Occult Physician by Tim Prasil (article)
Describin’ the Scribes
Inside back cover artwork by Mutartis Boswell

Occult Detective Quarterly #2 Spring 2017
Publisher: Travis Neisler
Editors: Sam Gafford, John Linwood Grant, and Dave Brzeski
Layout/Design: Sam Gafford
Cover: Alan M. Clark
8.5” x 11” 104 pages
POD $12.95 from
Electric Pentacle Press website

Rose City Book and Paper Fair

Fantastic-8-1969-500The Rose City Book and Paper Fair began yesterday and continues today at the DoubleTree, Lloyd Center.

The show is new to me, but apparently has been held numerous times in numerous locations, in years past. I hope they keep it here. DoubleTree offers a great space, large enough to host a great mix of booksellers offering everything from children’s books to paperbacks, maps to postcards, and of course, rare first editions signed by the author.

Along with a nice selection of PBOs I was pleased to see a smattering of digest magazines for sale. A few crime books, but mostly science fiction. I picked up this issue of Fantastic and one other. Titles like Galaxy, F&SF, and Astrounding could also be found. If you’re a Stumptown denizen or hail from the area, get down to the show before they wrap things up at 5:00 PM today.

Down on the Street by Alec Cizak

downonthestreetAlec Cizak is the editor of Pulp Modern. He’d published ten issues before I met him over the ether, and he welcomed me to help with its revival in May. Alec is also a filmmaker and author. His latest book, Down on the Street, from ABC Group Documentation, an imprint of Down & Out Books, is out today.

If I was the kind of guy who ever read a book in a single sitting, this would be it. I’m half way through and it’s terrific. If you like your crime fiction dire, climb aboard this one-way fare down the city’s backside. The writing is terse, the journey bleak; just the way I like it.

Down on the Street is available direct from Down & Out Books, select booksellers, and the big river.

9 of the World’s Most Exciting Suspense Stories

suspense_stories_1945One might think this magazine is called Suspense Stories, but it’s actually a one-shot entitled 9 of the World’s Most Exciting Suspense Stories, published by Consolidated Book Publishers in 1945. Compiled by R.M. Barrows, it includes stories by Richard Connell, Wilkie Collins, Damon Runyon (two), Richard Middleton, Agatha Christie, John G. Craig, Frederic J. Stimson, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Remarkably, it includes at least one illustration on every spread throughout its 96 pages, by J. Allen St. John, Stan Lilstrom, Martin Garrity, Robert Sinnott, Bob Logan and Milt Youngren. Measuring in at 6” x 9,” it originally sold for 13¢. Note the Best Books logo on its cover—a cover painted by Stan Lilstrom. It was part of a short-lived series that included 11 of the World’s Great War & Spy Stories and 12 of the World’s Great Humor Stories, both published in 1944.

William Sambrot’s The Saboteur

suspense_3Stories from Suspense Magazine #3 Fall 1951: “The Saboteur” by William Sambrot

The third issue of Farrell Publishings’s Suspense Magazine starts with a bang. William Sambrot’s tale of espionage and terrorism remains timely. His description of a terrorist organization, their methods and their targets strikes a chilling sense of familiarity nearly 70 years later.
Special thanks to Alec Cizak for his insightful review of The Digest Enthusiast book six on Amazon this past Monday. Alec’s latest book Down on the Street was just published by Down & Out Books.
For those who have yet to join the rest of us digest enthusiasts, you can now purchase a postage paid bundle of all six volumes for $49.99 on eBay.

Galaxy Novel #14

gn14Isaac Asimov’s Pebble in the Sky is the fourteenth Galaxy Novel, published in 1953, with a cover by Richard Powers.

Here’s the opening paragraph:
“Two minutes before he disappeared forever from the face of the Earth he knew, Joseph Schwartz strolled along the pleasant streets of suburban Chicago quoting Browning to himself.”

Galaxy Magabook No. 3

magabook_3Galaxy Magabook No. 3 by Theodore Sturgeon, 1963, cover art by Gray Morrow

Baby is Three: “The boy went to the psychiatrist because he needed help—but his problem was something no analyst could handle. He knew his name—but not his identity. He knew what he did—but not what he was. Worst of all, he didn’t know how many of him there were.”

. . . And My Fear is Great: “The fear that lurked inside him was a demon that drove him to desperate measures of hatred and terror. It promised him all the riches of the earth. It carried him to a God- like power—until it met an even more frightful monster outside!”