Anyone read comics? I'm not necessarily talking about hoarding superhero rags in plastic bags (but if you do, that's cool) moreso the "underground" comics. Some favorites: Michael DeForge - insanely prolific, works on Adventure Time, does a lot of uncomfortable sometimes drug-fueled/dreamy/paranoid body-horror. He just won three Ignatz awards this year. Good place to start would be either Very Casual, a collection of small-print work or wait for the Lose collection that brings together issues #2-5 (he hates and is never reprinting #1) of his one-man 'anthology' Lose. Plenty of webseries and out-of-print stuff to read on his website kingtrash.com Patrick Kyle - A friend of DeForge but working in a more abstract and goofy way. Weird, sometimes seemingly meaningless, a few fart/dick jokes. He did a small-print sci-fi series called Distance Mover that had a pretty loose story and a large piece (collected and mass market printed) called Black Mass that's a riff on punks/punk culture with a bit of supernatural goofiness. Patrickkyle.com CF - noise/synth musician (Kites, Mark Lord, Daily Life, etc.) that these days is putting more time into comics. Part of the whole Providence Ford Thunder scene. Hard to find his small-print stuff (free-cf.com is updated sporadically with new things that often sell out in a few days). He has a psychedelic sci-fi series called Powr Mastrs that saw a large printing. Vol. 1-3 can be found cheap most places. Vol. 4 coming soon. The Mere anthology that was recently released is not a good starting point. Go with Powr Mastrs. Simon Hanselmann - Australian weirdo who spends a lot of time posting pictures of himself in drag on tumblr. I know. He's annoying. His comics are really good though. A witch, her cat, an owl and a werewolf sitting around smoking weed and getting depressed. Most of his stuff is just free at girlmountain.tumblr.com but he does have a large anthology coming on Fantagraphics next year and a smaller new piece on Space Face Books next month. Brian Chippendale - Another noisey guy (Lightning Bolt, Black Pus). Heavy Gary Panter influence on his scratchy no-dead-space comics. A lot of cultural satire and sci-fi themes. Easy to just sit down and relax with one of these. Good place to start is probably If-n-Oof his most recent. It's huge but it's one panel per page so it goes quicker than you would think. He also has a webseries called Puke Force that you can read on pictureboxinc.com though it's currently on hiatus (and the print version is long overdue). and a little more popular but still far from superhero: Chris Ware - Beautifully arranged, sometimes a bit hard to figure out which frame to read, but the work pays off. Great storyteller. Pretty depressing but not sappy or phony. Read Jimmy Corrigan. Daniel Clowes - Yeah, yeah the dude that wrote Ghost World. He's got some great stuff. David Boring is a fantastic story and Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron is basically a bizarre David Lynch movie in comic form. Charles Burns - A small but worthy body of work. I'm not a fan of his early pieces from anthologies/mags but his first and only 'graphic novel' Black Hole is fantastic. It's about a bunch of teenagers and an STD that makes them mutate (disfigured, not superpowers style). He also started a great new Tin Tin inspired trilogy - but it took two years between parts 1 & 2 so the final part probably won't be out for at least another year.