Sunday, June 26, 2016

John Pham, Epoxy Cartoon Magazine (self-published)


I first discovered John Pham through his excellent Sublife books that Fantagraphics published in 2008 and 2009, but something happened after book 2 and he dropped off my radar. Now, with the publication of the most recent Kramer's Ergot anthology (which features a searing fluorescent-pink cover by Pham) I'm on a rush to catch up with what I missed. Turns out Pham was consistently busy throughout his Fantagraphics foray on a self-published magazine called Epoxy, and it's become one of the most stunning comics publications out there. The books are handmade, risograph printed and feature curious excitements like nested sections of smaller-trim 'zines', stickers, and fold-outs. After five issues of Epoxy, Pham just came out with the first Epoxy Cartoon Magazine, a massive 16 1/2 inch by 10 1/2 inch supplement that features full-page spreads of sugary trippiness and two pages of J&K comics.

 


The book is inspiringly gorgeous and I've honestly just thrown down the money to buy everything else that Pham's ever made. You should do the same here. I'll surely feature some of these other comics here, so stay tuned.


Currently reading:
James Salter, The Art of Fiction

Currently listening to:
Preoccupations, "Anxiety"

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