GREAT DARKNESS NATIONAL PARK by Maria Sputnik & Van Choojitarom

“Just because it is totally dark does not mean there is nothing to see.”

Maria Sputnik does the pictures. She’s been living in New York studying science writing and thinking about chromosomes and the moon. She misses Oregon. Van Choojitarom collaborated on the writing. He’s in Bangkok preparing to join a monastery. — Jason Leivian

Michel Fiffe's ZEGAS in "Cactus"

Michel Fiffe is the writer/artist/colorist of Zegas. Between his comics work and building props and costumes for Broadway, Michel has also interviewed many of his cartoonist heroes at The Comics Journal as well as writing creator retrospectives on his art blog . He is also currently editing a line of indy back-up stories for Image Comics’ flagship title Savage Dragon.

"But I Don't Want to Die" by Box Brown

Box Brown is a cartoonist living in Philadelphia, PA.  He sent us an email proposing a series of comics on different historical or philosophical subjects.  For the past year he’s been working on a project called “Everything Dies”, a web and print series about religion from the perspective of an atheist.  We decided to start with one of these but who knows where we’ll go next?

Looking over this comic, “But I Don’t Want to Die”, it may seem that I am a highly open to influence.  That may be the case, but when it comes to topics like this, the most important thing to remember is that if you keep your mind open a tiny little nugget of information can grow into a full blown philosophy.  I think that’s mostly whats going on here, lots of rumination.  So, beware when reading my other comics at and when you pick up the print issues of Everything Dies (all original content).

"Barfight" by Simon Roy

From Jason Leivian:

Simon Roy is a talented young artist from Victoria, BC.  I first noticed his work when Simon was on a book tour with Brandon Graham earlier this year.  He’s had some great science fiction comics published in Heavy Metal magazine and I highly recommend his debut graphic novel, Jan’s Atomic Heart.

"Black Shit Monster" by Victor Kerlow

Victor Kerlow was born, raised and educated in New York City and continues to live there, drawing full time. He has done work for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Random House and IFC and Redbucket Films. His work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators and he edits and contributes to a Gutter, a comics anthology published by TV Books. His comics are available at Birdcage Bottom Books and you can see more of his work at and Chopped in Two.

"Pussy Jackson & The Lightning Queef" by P.B. Kain

Patrick Kain was kind enough to share this comic with us on the Arthur Blog.  Here’s a bit more about what he’s been up to:

I’ve been making mini comics and zines since 2006. Really small print runs only like 100 issues of each thing I’ve done. So, I try to make them more art books/collectables by doing silk screen and block print covers. My works been in Taffy Hips since issue 5… and in the upcoming issue of Secret Prison.

Right now I’m not working on any comics but I’m turning “Cave Dweller” a strip I have on my website into a short film for my animation class and the Columbus College of Art & Design. that’ll go up on my website in January.


taffy hips

secret prison


Lala Albert lives in Brooklyn where she does art and comics at night and on the weekends. During the week she works as the textile designer/whatever-else-they-need-her-for at a small fashion company in Manhattan.

"Perceived Obsolescence" by Lane Milburn

Lane Milburn was born in Lexington, KY and studied Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He currently lives in Baltimore, MD. He is currently at work on a long science fiction graphic novel that is coming along in fits and starts.

His new book DEATH TRAP was the winner of a 2009 Xeric Grant. It contains two stories: Perceived Obsolescence (a full color sci-fi short) and Death Trap, a 104 page horror tale of a group of teens who venture into the woods for a night of partying….only to encounter a strange evil… DEATH TRAP is available from Sparkplug Comics ( ) or directly from Lane at:

"The Regular Man" by Dina Kelberman

Dina Kelberman’s first collection of comics and illustrations, Important Comics, will make you think and laugh. Also she has just released the tenth issue of The Regular Man. What else is Dina up to? I’ll let her tell it:

I am an illustrator comics and drawings and website. I enjoy blue, red, yellow and green when used correctly. I got to: go to Purchase College; found Wham City; show work in lots of places and publications; tour the east coast with my friends. Please email me at immediately.
New projects I gots on the burner include: going to SPX in Sept., a book of my Citypaper comics, illustration for the next Nuclear Power Pants album, comics in Friends With Benefits (ltd. edition handmade art book by Impose Magazine) and Fakeheads Anthology, video on Baltimore vs. The World DVD by Current Gallery, & ISBN numbers!

"Solution" by Stanley Lieber

Stanley Lieber is a comics factory, a house of ideas, a bullpen bullet, a Jim Starlin drawing, a Herzog documentary.  Check out his website to preview his new book, The Abandonment of Cruelty.  He’s currently compiling a comics anthology called FAKEwhich will contain his new Actron novella, ACTRON: MY STRUGGLE.  We will serialize the following chapters here on Arthur:
This week’s chapter is the first half of SOLUTION (colors by Pete Toms).