QRD #56: Indie Comics Special III

I keep forgetting to mention this: there’s an interview with me in current issue of Brian John Mitchell’s webzine, QRD. The whole issue’s devoted to indie comics creators and there’s 18 meaty interviews in total. Also, check out some of Brian’s own comics, which manage to be simultaneously bigger and smaller than your average mini.

As Eavesdropped, Vol. 3

What starts with a daiquiri, ends with a cosmopolitan; and has chickens, Sasquatch and Satan between the covers? My newest minicomic, As Eavesdropped 3!

If you’ve seen the previous 2 AEs, you know the deal: 8 pages of overheard conversations, reinterpreted as single-page comics. I’m proud of the way this one turned out. Positive reviews are already in from Optical Sloth and Self Publisher.

For your own copy, send me a dollar or trade me something made by you. My PO box is still open for business:
Suzanne Baumann
Fridge Magnet Concoctions
P.O. Box 12096
Hamtramck MI 48212

HOT/COLD – Exhibit at Headspace Gallery

Headspace Gallery is shining the spotlight on some of Detroit’s best female artists for its next exhibit! HOT/COLD is a dual themed exhibit featuring some steamy pin-ups and some cool winter scenes.

Opening reception – January 21, 2012 7pm – 10pm.
13210 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126

Here’s my piece for the show. We were given a choice of themes, pinup girls or winter. Mix that in with the fact that I’d just gotten around to reading The Three Musketeers and you get historically inaccurate pinup-style Milady de Winter. It was a lot of fun to do. The opening sounds like it’s gonna be fun, too; so if you’re in the area, come by this Saturday!

Sketch + Comedy

The completed jam described in the NPR piece.

This past winter, I was interviewed for a radio segment on NPR about the monthly comic jam nights at Green Brain Comics.

I’ve participated in countless jams over the years. I just really like doing them, and I’m fortunate to know so many cartoonishly inclined peers who will pick up a pen and jam with me; any time, any place.

I was in my twenties before I ever visited a comic book shop. I preferred TV to comics when I was a kid. My big childhood dream was to join an improv troupe or sketch comedy ensemble. I prepared for this by trying out for every school play. Whenever I flunked an audition, I’d mope around the theatre until someone gave me something to do. This typically ended up involving laying out program booklets or designing posters. Ultimately, I failed enough auditions to become a professional graphic designer.

Eventually, it clicked that I didn’t have to go onstage to do comedy, I could draw comics instead. Jam comics satisfy my desire to improvise within a group of funny people. The gang of regulars turn out for jam night each month is an improv troupe of sorts. We just draw instead of act.

Which is not to say I won’t act, when offered the chance.