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Sunday, December 20th, 2009
8:41 pm
black light diner distro, december 2009 update
Hello everyone! Just a little update about the new zines available at Black Light Diner Distro!


Courtney's (Muse) anti-love letter to Alabama was written after she packed up and moved from North Carolina to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to attend library science school. The move came with an unexpected downside in the racist and conservative attitudes of some of her classmates. While certainly not indicting all Alabamans, Courtney describes the self-silencing she must go through to be safe in her new location, from being forced to tear a pro-choice sticker off her car to having to check her political ideals at the door in order to have at least a few friends. There's also a piece about the underfunded and underutilized recycling program in Tuscaloosa, and how its mismanagement by clueless city officials has had devastating consequences for the working-class community who must live next to the plant. I've never moved to a drastically different geographical location (yet), but as someone who grew up in a more conservative area the themes of alienation rang true, and I think this would be a great zine for anyone who feels out of step with their surroundings, whether they're a native or a newcomer.

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Also, I'm really on the lookout for some new zines to carry, in particular personal comics. If you have something you think I'd be interested in, drop me an email or send it to me!

Thanks for reading,
Sunday, October 18th, 2009
8:01 pm
black light diner distro, october 2009 update
Hey everyone! It's been awhile since I posted about the new zines and comics available at Black Light Diner Distro, and there are a ton of them!

BOOTY #19 (Amherst, MA)
Covering the time period between September 2003 and March 2005, this issue of Anne's personal comic book includes work stories, an encounter with an animate snowman, a last-minute, surprisingly cheap vacation to Iceland (!), and a very moving piece about Anne's relationship to her breasts, tying in with her mother's double mastectomy. Booty is a zine I started reading when it was carried by the late, great Pander Zine Distro, and I'm happy to say that it is just as I've remembered it: smart, often funny, and with simple, cute art that tells its stories well. Half-legal, 16 pages.
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Thanks for reading, and check out the site!


P.S. For a totally non-limited time, all orders of $20 or more in the US get a free upgrade to Priority shipping, and all orders get a free pin!
Monday, February 9th, 2009
3:10 pm
black light diner distro, february update 2009
Hey everyone, just wanted to show you some of the comics and zines that have been recently added to Black Light Diner Distro!

Leann’s travel diary documents her journey to Chicago in January 2007 to take a writing class with cartoonist Lynda Barry (one of my favorites, too). On the way, she celebrates Xmas with family, bonds with her sister, explores art galleries, and trawls the Windy City. The drawings are filled with a certain rough naivete, not unlike those of Ms. Barry herself. Includes a Chicago travel guide for vegans and art lovers.

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Interested? Visit the site to order, or send any questions to blacklightdiner at gmail dot com. Thanks for reading!

P.S. Anyone interested in a flyer exchange? I can place your flyers around the Pittsburgh, PA area record stores, comic shops, etc if you'll do the same for me. Email me!
Monday, December 8th, 2008
12:19 pm
Black Light Diner Distro IS OPEN
Well, it's been open for awhile now, but this is the first I've talked of it other than on my own LJ and We Make Zines. Black Light Diner is a distro specializing in (though not limited to) comics zines, minicomics, and other forms of sequential art zine-type publications. Some things in stock right now:

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I am seeking submissions! The full FAQ and my address are on the site. Although I am most interested in carrying comics zines, I am also interested in how-to and recipe zines, zines about obscure subjects or facts, local zines (Pittsburgh, PA and surrounding areas), fiction zines (ZINES, not books), and zines that may not fit into any one particular category. I am not interested in unsolicited perzines, or music zines, or poetry.

Questions? Email me at blacklightdiner at gmail dot com! I really hope that this is the start of something great.

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
2:31 pm
It's shiny and damn sexy

Who likes new web technology? Who likes comics? How about a 39 page comic about Google's new open source browser, Chrome, illustrated by Scott McCloud?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
9:43 pm
Pittsburgh Comicon April 25-27

Yeah... this Friday is the start of the 3 day annual Pittsburgh Comicon held at the ExpoMart in Monroeville. I have a booth... #S108. Stop on by, check out the new material, and say hi. And if you don't happen to make it out, perhaps I'll see you in Philly at the end of next month for the big Wizard World convention.

INFRASTRUCTURE.1: The Art of Byron Winton
Flyers, Sketches, and Behind the Scene Images.

24 page B&W, comic book sized sketchbook.
$7.00 through PayPal. Shiping included.

Click here to see the full wraparound cover!

Friday, September 21st, 2007
1:23 pm
Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
11:33 pm
Definitely not Approved by the Comics Code
If anything this will ruin your love for the super heroes... or... solidify the infatuation.

Now... who's got some spandex?
Thursday, February 8th, 2007
8:35 pm
Attention comic book creators: for those interested in getting your comic work out there, Comic Makers is offering to review your work on their podcast, whether it's a graphic novel, a self-published comic, or a mini-comic.

All you have to do is mail a copy of your work to:

David Arroyo
2567 Tenbroeck Ave
Bronx NY 10469
Thursday, December 7th, 2006
12:14 pm
Marvelous P-Nuts

A funny collection of Marvel inspired Peanuts character parodies.

Click to see them all!

Friday, November 24th, 2006
9:43 am
Great interview and discussion about web comics
The guys from Indie Spinner Rack spent Thanksgiving with the crew that makes up ACT-I-VATE, the online comix anthology group. The podcast is almost two hours long, but it's great access and insight into the world of online comics and the collaborative efforts of traditional comic book creators who wanted to abandon the editorial process and put their work out there.
Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
7:04 pm
Weird at Weirdlings

It's guest artist strips over at WEIRDLINGS.com for the next few posts.

I start with the different visions. Have a look. Enjoy. Thanks mamoulian and phinmagic.

Monday, October 23rd, 2006
4:00 pm
Comic Book Design

For all my friends who draw, make, or enjoy comics.

Wally Wood's "22 Panels That Always Work."

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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2004
5:40 pm
This is the first post to Pittsburgh Comic Creators, so I definitely don't expect much response right away.

Anyway, I'd like to get some people together and put together a collection of sci-fi stories. There aren't any specifics or restrictions toward content, but I'm thinking stories would be no longer than three pages. It can be straight forward, laser guns and two-headed alien sci-fi, it can lean towards The X-Files, or anything post-apocalyptic, time traveling, body snatching, etc.

Hope to hear from some people.

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