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Minicomics, Small But Powerful

Art is an elusive concept. Some say everything is art, others are much more elitist about their use of the a-word. Given the nature of the 21st century, art has been bombarded with an almost infinite amount of new possibilities. Technology has grown faster than we could have ever imagened. Now we have computers that can create vibrant 3D graphics, fix a singing voice, and make anybody look good in a bikini.

Despite the unbelievable power our computers have to manipulate art, there are small pockets of artists who cling, perhaps desperately, to the good old fashioned pen and paper. The art of the minicomic is especially unique because the first drawing on paper becomes the original print, unlike comic books where the final product doesn’t appear until the end of the book building process.

For the grass roots artist, minicomics scream authenticity. They are completely unbound by corporate greed or political mudslinging. Simply put, they’re the creation of an artist who sees no need to conform to the changes society is experiencing. Here are some great minicomics out there today:

You Don’t Get There from Here by Carrie McNinch

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Carrie McNinch is one of the longest active minicomic creators in the industry. Since the ‘80s, she has been using her work to express the ups and downs of her life. Her sense of humor is dry with a bunch of quirky observations added in that seem to always work. If you are looking to try out a minicomic, Carrie McNinch should be your first stop.

Aloof by Alex Nall

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NPR called Aloof a “perfect example of the minicomic form; its chaotic lines and distinctive tone –ironical, biographical, juvenile – are paradigmatic.” Nall has been well received as a newcomer to the minicomic seen. Aloof has maintained a sold out statues which is rare for the small minicomic market.

If you are looking for something a bit different in your graphic novel experience, consider picking up a minicomic. There is something about the art style that surrounds minicomic culture that is real and raw. In a sense they are kind of like children’s books for adults, their unpolished nature is unintimidating but the stories have depth, intelligence, and flare.

 

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