Background

Good Comics is a UK-based micropublisher of both comics and zines run by a trio of comic folks: Paddy Johnston, Pete Hindle, and Samuel Williams. The best way to keep up with upcoming publications, events, etc. is through the Good Comics Twitter account: @Good_Comics. Their comics and zines can be purchased from the first link above, with shipping available worldwide.

The reviews below come from a reading of the titles in PDF format provided by Good Comics specifically for review purposes and the creators retain all copyright to any content/images included here.

If you are a librarian looking to include these in your collection, I highly recommend planning ahead to include some manner of protection for the comics/zines if they are meant for circulation. This could be the standard bag-and-board comic collectors use, a folio protector made to fit untraditional sized publications, or your own less common intervention (that I’d love to hear about!).


Every Life I Ever Lived, Volume One
by Robin William Scott
100 Pages | A5 Square | Perfect Bound | Cover Price £7 | Published Nov 5th, 2016

Robin William Scott‘s Every Life is a diary comic in the truest sense of the genre. Created using nothing more than a ballpoint pen and paper, his short comics are genuine glimpses into the small moments of life. In much the same way meditation asks us to slow down and reflect upon our experiences of existing, Robin’s comics force us to take pause and consider just what parts of our day carry true weight. Is it the 8 hours of work you put in each day? The 2 hours of commuting? Or perhaps it is the small, quiet moments at the end of the day, catching up on your favorite programming, that worm their way into your permanent memories of life?

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A day in Every Life I Ever Lived

This first volume collects Robin’s first 100 strips and begins with a powerful forward by Alex Paknadel. Expect to see more volumes of the work, but if, like me, you are impatient, you can find more of Every Life both on Robin’s Twitter and Tumblr accounts.


Ballgame #1
by Paddy Johnston
20 Pages | A5 | Riso Printed | Cover Price £3 | Published Nov 5th, 2016

Paddy Johnston‘s Ballgame #1 brings me back to a childhood filled with parent-forced attempts to play sports when all I really wanted to do was sit inside with a good book. In this first issue, Paddy is seen failing miserably at both playing and pretending to care about football (soccer in the US) for a variety of reasons – including being asthmatic, as seen in these panels that add important points to consider for both medicine and mental health (here’s hoping this is further expanded in issue #2).

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The complicated relationship of mental health (anxiety) and physical manifestation (asthma)

Paddy’s story will appeal to anyone who has ever been – or currently is – going through the frustrating struggle of clashing societal expectations and personal reality. I would recommend this, in particular, for middle-to-high-school aged students in the US, as many of them struggle with athletic expectations they may not be up for. Keep an eye out for issue #2 of Ballgame and be sure to check out Paddy’s other work here!


The Potato Hater
by Pete Hindle
24 Pages | A6 | Riso Printed | Cover Price £3 | Published Nov 5th, 2016

Pete Hindle‘s Potato Hater is a hilarious, stream-of-conscious style zine on the history of the potato, their place in British cooking, and why Pete hates them so damned much. Pete introduces us to his disdain by beginning with a commentary on the ubiquity of the potato in British cooking, how food tends to be “rated” in British culture, and the truism that we need a lot of food to feed the world. There are so many new topics, or areas for debate, raised in the first 5 pages that I find myself wondering if this is an outline to a college paper in zine form – and I don’t mean that negatively. Throughout the hand-written dialogue are amusing drawings – the meat to the potatoes if you will – such as this rendition of Frederick the Great forcing potatoes on the common-folk.

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Or worse: brussels sprouts! *gag*

The Potato Hater does everything a good zine should (my claim): provide information in a digestible way that inspires further thought or action. I was left both amused and curious to learn more about this vegetable that invades every aspect of my culinary life. After you’re done laughing more about potatoes than you thought possible, head over to Pete’s website to see more of his work.


So that’s that! Three of my favorite titles from Good Comics Winter catalogue that I couldn’t wait to share with you. But these are just a sample of what is available – and Good! – from the folks at Good Comics. I encourage you to check out their full catalogue at http://goodshop.bigcartel.com and share you thoughts on their work with your friends, your colleagues, the creators,  and even here if you’re so inclined!

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