So, this is a Blog Recap of the Philly Alternative Comic Con that happened not this most recent weekend ago but the one before. GCPMer Josh Burggraf represented with a small sampling of Gold County products plus some of his own. This post initially lived on his site, but the earthquake and other acts of God have kept that site disabled. So. Here it is again, and with some additions and modifications:

First things First. In GCPM news, the table SOLD OUT of the Shaman Thunders(collab zine by Burggraf/Cardini)

Secondly, both Burggraf and Cardini were still being represented elsewhere at the show in copies Math Fiction, a 3D comic made in collaboration with Pat Aulisio and Ian Harker. AND NOW TO THE SHOW:


I didn't take any photos at the event Proper, but I'll steal somebody else's.

So everybodys talkin bout how it was raining, and it was. It was nasty. The water from the sky could've ruined everything, but it didn't. People came anyway, seemed excited enough to be there, it was cool. Pat Aulisio gets plenny credit for making things work/run smooth, also, for being a much better drummer than he made it seem like he was gonna be. Him and Hope Mountain's Mike Turzanski played while Bob Pistilli did some vocals and mouth harping at the GRAWLIX ceremony on Sat, wherein which awards were awarded and drinks got drunk.

At the show me and Victor Kerlow shared a table, and the legendary Sasquatch in the forest Steve Fuentes seemed never far away. Had u not known what I looked like, u prolly thought he was me, when I had to get up and move around from sweating. But he wasn't-this was me:

PHOTO Courtesy of the FTW archives, taken Friday night. Big thank yous to the whole GPC, who stepped in at the last minute to save days and avert printing disasters that will not be named. Also big thanks to Eric Watkins for runnin round in a strange land with me, finding new ways to make life interesting, many a pleasant repasts.


Immediately after taking the photo I thought of a few things I forgot to put in it, but its too late now, no turning back. Lot of cool things there, My personal favorite was

1.SF #1 by Ryan Cecil Smith. Love the art, the writing, the overall execution. He nailed the tone. It's ridiculous without being tongue-in-cheek, it knows what it's doing, and it flows really well. He even did a page of trading cards of his characters at the back.

2.Suspect Device, the Nancy book that Josh Bayer and Edwin Vazquez put together is such a cool anthology, Im really proud to be in it. Read their breakdown of what is, maybe think about owning it. Josh also had ROM which is a reinterpretation of ROM #29 and should be seen to be loved. Edwin had "Johnny is Dead" which is an intense violent poem comic, with art that hist you in the eyeballs. Both Josh and Edwin kind of have that hit you in the eyeballs thing going on, and I'm loving it.

3.HOPE MOUNTAIN dudes Pete Lazarski. and Mike Turzanski blessed me with shirts and comics and a free newspaper that currently has a more of a single page illustration bent, but I'm told they're lookin for more comics submissions, so Im gonna.

4.Heather Benjamin's Sad Sex #9 won a Grawlix, or one of them did, and its prolly cuz its so well drawn and so gross.

5.Jo Jo Sherrow's Captcha comics were a cool thing I'd never seen before. The way she tells the stories bounce around frenetically but in a way that holds together, I dunno, hard to put it into words. I like her drawins a lot tho. That was somethin I rilly liked about PAAC, I saw a bunch of comics I'd never seen before...felt like I was in the right mix.

6.I also really like Mooshe Nickerson's drawings in What Else are Girlfriends for? A loose, expressive zine, real upfront and direct, all drawins-no words.

7.Was good to meet Mike Sgier at the show, his DIG looks real sharp, hes got a space buccaneer plot that he weaves together effortlessly, a lot of cool character and he's playing with his tones and his blacks in inventive ways.

8.Rob Corradetti's KILLER ACID brand provided me with a rockin shirt. So did The Philadelphia Cartoonist Society

9.Ian Harker's Art Object wasn't new to this PACC, but I didn't have it, and now that I do, Im a happy guy. This is one of Ian's comics(mangaka) where he grafts his panels onto dimensional rectangles, and plus also its got espionage and gunfights and a firehose....man what a great comic, ure gonna love it!

10.Kevin Czapiewski's Waffle rounds it out as one of the most pleasant surprises. An unassuming cover gives way to a comic focusing on two women gettin graphically romantic. Its neither sweet nor dirty, and its both, if that makes any sense.

Also, in addition, I finally got Meathaus's SOS, which is really good, and bunch of old Meathaus comics which are crazy to see cuz they stretch back to before 2001, which I had Not Realized.. Thanks to Chris McD.
So I brought the new comic Kid Space Heater down to Philly, a new run of Mongoloid Revenge, Shaman Thunder and my full color book 2010. Should you want any of them, let me know pls, thanks.


Photo Recap of STAPLE! 2011

Hey yawl, Glademade and the GCPM had a great time at STAPLE! 2011 in Austin. Thanks to everyone who came by our table, chatted, and/or bought stuff - we hope to see you next year!

Here's a shot of our table with everything except for Glademade's second card rack. Two thirds of our table are missing, Glade's like "why'd y'all duck beneath the table?!"

Here's a close up shot. From left to right, you can see Michael Miles, DT Fullen, and Glade Hensel. Mark P Hensel AKA William Cardini is behind the camera in all of these.

Here's a close-up shot of Michael Miles' side of the table. He's got a piece of original space poodle art from his newest zine Slime Studies out. We decided that next year he should totally have a zine of just space poodle drawings.

Here you can see the 11x17 red/blue anaglyph 3D comic Math Fiction (published by Yeah Dude Comics but featuring Josh Burggraf and Willy C of the GCP), which was definitely our most popular item. Next year we're going to try to have some sort of 3D item for sale.

Here's another close-up shot with David Fullen and Glade Hensel. You can see Glade's piece from the last Monster Show at Domy Austin in the lower right.

After the first day of STAPLE! Michael Miles made it rain with the tens of dollars we got from selling zines.

Let's end this with a shot of freshly spraypainted bags containing Michael Miles' Slime Studies.


GCPM Merch and Other Items on Sale at Domy Austin

Hey y'all, William Cardini here. I've been dropping off a bevy of our books and some other goodness at Domy Books in Austin over the last month.

I'm going to list these in order from the item that's been at Domy the least time to the item that's been at Domy the longest:
  1. Mongoloid Revenge by Josh Burggraf – $2, 16 comic pages, black and white xerox

    This sequel to Burggraf's zine Mongoloid Diner includes a summary of the previous issue for people who are just jumping onto this sordid tale of revenge and loss.

    Check out the awesome doodles of Floyd and the GCPM logo that Josh drew on the letter he sent me.

  2. Lords ov thee Black Sun by Michael Miles – $10, 12 pages of drawings, black and white xerox, includes an 11x17" poster

    This zine is a bunch of totally sick ink drawings by Michael Miles, related to his upcoming animation masterwork Burial of the Rat King. Check out his tumblr for a preview.

    This might be the dopest double-page spread in the zine but it's really hard for me to pick between them.

  3. Math Fiction, $40, 16 digital press pages, published by Yeah Dude Comics, edited by Pat Ausilio, featuring Pat, Josh, Ian Harker, and myself

    This 11x17 anaglyph 3d monstrosity with screenprinted covers was published by Yeah Dude Comics, not the GCPM, but it includes two GCPM dudes and I dropped it off at Domy Books in Austin recently so it's on this list. Here's a preview, but y'all should just go slide this thing out of its poly bag and check it out yourselves!

    I tilted the camera to make it look monumental on purpose ...

  4. The Miizzzard – $15 two-color screenprint

    I've mentioned these before. They're now in Domy's fancy new poster rack, in between amazing prints by Rand Renfrow and Mat Brinkman.

And of course our older items, Catch Up (both covers), TRANZ, Froghead Hangover, and Shaman Thunder are still on sale.



Catch Up is now accepting submissions for the first issue of our ELECTRONIC MAGAZINE!


Catch Up is looking for weirdo poetry, prose and comix from anywhere.

All submissions will be taken through electronic mail. Please attach your submission as a .doc file and address it to GCatchuPM@gmail.com with the subject SUBMISSION

Submissions should include a cover letter where you say stuff you want other people to know about yourself

You should also include any contact information that you then would like published on the internet.

Poetry : Send 3 - 5 poems. Since we are not so gravy with html, please hold back on experimental format/font stuphs.

Flash Fiction : No more than 1,500 wordz.

Short Stories : No more than 5,000 wordz.

Comix : You only get one page. It can be full color, so make it pop. Also, send it 300dpi full-color 8 x 10.5 jpgzzzz


So, to get things going for our upcoming first issue of our online Catch Up, we've decided to add a prompt contest! Two winners will be selected, one for poetry one for flash fiction. They will each recieve a free copy of the current printed Catch Up and have their winning pieces included in the first issue of the e-zine. Runners up will also be featured in said issue. Here be the prompt yawl.


Poems and flash pieces should be no more than a page.

Attach the work in an email as a .doc file and send it to gcatchupm[at]gmail.com with PROMPT as the subject.

Include a brief bio and mailing address in the body of the email.


Also, here's Dr. Chuch dressed as a woman.



Via Jak Cardini's Blog : FICTION DAILY

Is Spotlighting, today only, my short piece A Barely Marked Place, which originally appeared in Alice Blue #12. Rad.



Caketrain #8 is now available for pre-order.

In it Jak and William Cardini collaborate on the 4th installment of their IMPOSSIBLE OBJECTS series. Bill chose his favorite lines from Jak's poems and drew em.

To see Impossible Objects #2 and #3, buy the GCPM DVD.

The PRINT ISSUE is finally ready for sale!If You're in Louisville, pick yours up at The Makery and Ultra Pop