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by Keith Knight

THE K CHRONICLES is a semi-autobiographical comic strip by

cartoonist/rapper Keith Knight that appears weekly on Salon.com and in

many other fine publications (like the Pacific Sun, Las Vegas Mercury,

Funny Times, and more). The strip is an unabashedly provocative mix of

political and social satire; tackling such touchy subjects as racism,

violence, and sex with a self-deprecating humor, personal honesty and

light-hearted goofiness rarely found in a newspaper comic. The result is

accessible yet subversive, compassionate and political, without being

preachy. Described as a combination of Calvin & Hobbes and underground

comix, THE K CHRONICLES has garnered a large fan base that includes

Spike Lee, Matt Groening, Garry Trudeau, Dave Eggers and Maya Angelou.

WHAT A LONG STRANGE STRIP IT'S BEEN will feature over one-hundred K

CHRONICLES strips (including "Life's Little Victories"), plus some

multi-page stories and strips that have never before seen print. Keith

Knight, a fan favorite on the convention circuit, also raps with the San

Francisco band The Marginal Prophets and is currently developing an

animated series for Nickelodeon.

-- $12.95 (US), 128 pages, Trade Paperback, 6" x 7 1/2", ISBN 1-891830-30-9


by Josh Simmons

Not for the weak of heart, Josh's incredibly drawn comics are a

disturbing exposé on the dark side of the American Dream, pointing out

the sometimes ludicrous underbelly of Democracy and Prosperity. Fans of

Ivan Brunetti's SCHIZO, Pete Sickman-Garner's HEY, MISTER and Johnny

Ryan's ANGRY YOUTH COMIX will definitely want to "get Happy." Included

in this all-new issue is a 17-page story, "Autobiographical Comix,"

where Josh "celebrates" the existence of confessional autobio strips, a

very detailed 10-page story, "The King of the World Makes a New Friend"

which took Josh two years to draw working off and on, and a few

unforgettable shorter pieces as well. Mature Readers.

-- $3.50 (US), 32 pages, Color Cover, B&W Interiors, 6" x 9", Comic Book, Saddle Stitched

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