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Mineshaft Magazine #23
posted January 12, 2009
Bruce Simon, Jay Lynch, R. Crumb, S. Crumb, Sarah Sveda, Frank Stack, Pat Moriarty, Aaron Lange, Harvey Pekar, Tara Seibel, Various Others
Everett Rand and Gioia Palmieri, mini-comic, 48 pages, $6.95, 2008
Another great issue of the increasingly necessary comics and forgotten culture magazine, focusing on the work of underground greats and those who follow in their tradition. The line-up here is kind of staggering, if you stop and think about it: the Jay Lynch cover alone is one of the prettiest single pieces of comics art I've seen all year. The belles of this particular ball are a bunch of sketchbook drawings from Sophie Crumb which gave me more enjoyment than any other piece I've seen her do, and a bunch of creature totem pole drawings by Pat Moriarty. My favorite single piece is by Sophie's father, who draws himself rocking on a porch listening to polka music on the radio in the late 1940s. What a joy this little magazine so frequently becomes, like it's the last 'zine covering comics and every single person of a certain age or sensibility comes around to visit.