AS YOU WERE is a brand new comic anthology zine curated by Mitch Clem with contributions from our favorite comic artists from various punk scenes.
The first issue's theme is House Shows with 72 pages of brand new comics created just for this book from Andra Passen, Andy Warner, Anthony Sorge, Ashley Rowe Palafox, Ben Snakepit, Bill Pinkel, Brad Dwyer, Brian Connolly, Emilja Frances, Josh PM Frees, Kim Funk, Liz Prince, Liz Suburbia, Mel, Mitch Clem, Nation of Amanda, Ramsey Everydaypants, Rick V, plus gorgeous cover art by Steve Larder
The perfect addition to any punkhouse bathroom!
Wow, True Believer! What an amazing comic zine, well put together, printed well, cardstock cover and its all about house shows! Tales of victory, regret, missed connections, gripes, glory and rage. This zine is doing so many things right, it’s got a pretty equal mix of boys and girls, straights and queers, jaded complainers and stoked kids, a beautiful cover by Steve Larder and even better centerfold by Liz Suburbia that I want blown up on my wall. Liz Prince and Anthony Sorge’s monster stories are hilarious, Brian Connelly and Ashley Palafox bring up some very important points on being considerate at a show – I could keep going don’t take my word for it, go get it. A Must Have. (AG) – Maximum Rock N Roll
Many of today’s greatest creators of alternative comics got their start in the zine world, and some, like King-Cat Comics’ John Porcellino, still primarily reside there. Accordingly, there’s something refreshingly uncompromising about As You Were: A Punk Comix Anthology (Silver Sprocket). The folded-and-stapled anthology brings together more than a dozen zine-centric artists to tell tales of DIY punk shows—those held in warehouses, basements, living rooms, what have you—and how the subcultural etiquette and expectations of that scene can be both liberating and confining. Although collecting a wide range of viewpoints and styles, from the cute and cartoony to the scratchy and angst-ridden, there’s a thread of passion, craft, and self-starter ethics that makes the book a unified whole. [JH] – The Onion AV Club
Compiled and by Mitch Clem, it’s the first in a themed series that couples punk(sorry, “punx”—what would be the singular of punx?) illustrators to house and basement shows. The results are stellar. It reminds me of classic punk music comps… with pictures. (Dare I say Give ‘Em the Boot II? I kid. It’s like a Bloodstains Across… comp.) It’s a veritable Who’s Who of contemporary punk illustrators and comic book artists celebrating, questioning (“What’s the opposite of posi?”), and participating in an intimate form of music sharing. It runs the gamut of a small dog accidentally being killed, to issues of self-esteem and self-doubt about not knowing anyone else at the show, to monsters and ghosts populating and playing basements. Some of my favorite artists, in comic book form. Totally worth seeking out and sharing. –Todd Taylor (Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club, 1057 Valencia St., SF, CA 94110, silversprocket.net) – Razorcake #76
“An anthology of amateurish comics about shows at punk houses… this is a definite thing to get if you’re friends with any of the punks who contributed.” – Vice