* Not actually written by Morgan
Former FP employee, Morgan Pielli, used to dive into our exhaustive catalog of minis and zines to let you know what was worth reading from the seemingly-daunting indie section. A primer, if you will, of the kind of treasures you’ll find there.
Sadly, Morgan had to return to his home
planet town. But we carry on in his totally-not-an-alien name with these reviews. This week we’re focusing on the talented folks at SAWDUST PRESS.
BLOOD ROOT is an ongoing anthology of comic shorts that feels like a fresh take on The Twilight Zone. Each story features a new creative team, with diverse ideas that range anywhere from a family dinner gone wrong to the seeming-safety of a girl’s bedroom all the way to a post-apocalyptic South Korea. There are already three volumes out to read. Take my word, they’re all worth it. But, if you have any doubts, come on by and start with the first story, THE FAMILY THAT EATS TOGETHER by James Neish and I guarantee you’ll be hooked.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a cute little gift for your nature-loving friend, Sawdust’s FIELD GUIDE series is perfect. Sharing some of the adorable intricacies of the DEATHFACE MUSHROOM or the COMMON LEAFBUG as imagined by Shing Yin Khor is a surprisingly effective way to get someone to fall in love with you, or just fall in love with insects yourself, ya big weirdo. And if, let’s say, you fumbled on Valentine’s Day, they might not be a bad way to get yourself outta trouble.
Finally, there’s the CENTER FOR OTHERWORLD SCIENCE, another creation of Shin Yin Khor’s. This time it’s the misadventures of a group of scientists studying the increasingly improbable secrets held beneath our planet’s surface. Unsurprisingly, adorable (albeit giant) bugs factor heavily, as does an ongoing love story between two lady scientists. What could be better? And there’s a whole three comics out already with more on the way.