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Pat Barrett takes aim with ‘How to Make Comics the Whiner’s Way’

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Beneath the racks of Big Two superheroes and genre comics sits a thriving world of art and storytelling. Some call it independent comics, some call it small press, but in a interesting minicomic, Pat Barrett has some other words for it.

Created using the style and template of the fondly remembered 1978 classic How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way by Stan Lee and John Buscema, Barrett delivers a comedic but seething look at the small-press industry. Debuting last month at the Small Press Expo, How to Make Comics the Whiner’s Way lampoons the plight of would-be comic artists in the realm of independent comics. Available for sale online at Birdcage Bottom Books, it’s a tongue-in-cheek “how to” that could also be read as a screed against a growing trend in comics.

“Do you like to gripe? Do you also like to draw? Then the world of small press comics is perfect for you!,” Barrett writes on the comic’s back cover. “The unheard-of Pat Barrett takes a stab at legitimacy by telling you how to accomplish what he hasn’t. Because those who can’t do, teach, and those who can’t teach, write a how-to book. Heed his words, learn some things, and most of all, Never Stop Whining!”

Here’s a sample of what’s inside the eight-page comic, which is available for $2.

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RegularSyzed Mike

October 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm

That is HILARIOUS!

What is this “growing trend” in comics?

I was prepared to take umbrage but honestly, this looks pretty funny. Helps us aspiring indie folks not to take ourselves too seriously.

I’m pleased to note that I have managed to resist the German pens so far, although I nearly succumbed the other day. ;-)

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