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August 28, 2008

Gentle Love: McSweeney’s End of Summer Sale!

The fine people of Timothy McSweeney’s Purchasing Harangue are putting all their available literary quarterlies on sale for the ridiculously low price of $5.00 a pop through Friday. For all you funnybook fans, this means you can get Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern issue thirteen, guest-edited by Chris Ware, for less than the cost of two Secret Invasion tie-ins!

If you’re not familiar with McSwy’s, each issue has a wildly different format, and #13 is a 264 page hardcover anthology curated by Ware, featuring comics by all the usual suspects: Lynda Barry, Chester Brown, Jeffrey Brown, Charles Burns, Dan Clowes, R. Crumb, Kim Deitch, Julie Douchet, Los Bros. Hernandez, Richard McGuire, Mark Newgarden, Gary Panter, John Porcellino, Ron Rege, Joe Sacco, Art Spiegelman, Adrian Tomine, Jim Woodring, Ware himself…

Nearly five years later, a lot of this material has been collected in those cartoonists’ own books, but if you’re interested in getting a taste of this crew, want to read what Ira Glass, John Updike and Chip Kidd think of comics, or just want to unfold the dust jacket into a Ware-composed poster-size page of “funny pages” suitable for framing, five bucks isn’t a bad investment.

All the other volumes have something to say for them for fans of contemporary literature and/or design nerds, but a couple other things that might intrigue comic nerds on the cheap: Issue 19 is housed in a Michael Kupperman-designed cigar box, and is largely replicas of early 20th C. war ephemera, coupled with a T.C. Boyle novella.

You can also get issues featuring magnetic binding, a fake cryptozoology magazine with real Teddy Roosevelt/Sasquatch stories, a plastic comb and you know, some pretty great writing too. Gamble a stamp!


  1. Holy shit, thank you. I’ve forwarded this to a lot of people already.

    Comment by Mike Barrett — August 28, 2008 @ 2:06 pm

  2. Thanks for the head’s up, I just ordered four issues (13, 17, 19, and 23).

    Comment by EndlessMike — August 28, 2008 @ 3:09 pm

  3. Thanks a lot Chris!

    I got 13, 26, and 28.

    Comment by Jamaal Thomas — August 28, 2008 @ 5:54 pm

  4. Thanks. Picked up 13, 17, 27 and 28. They sound interesting.

    Comment by Ted — August 29, 2008 @ 2:55 am

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