The event, much like the anthology itself, showcases a wealth of small-press and self-published material from comics and zine creators, with all manner of gems available to purchase on the day. Held in Athens, GA at Ciné BarCaféCinéma on the 17th of April, admission costs just $5 and (just in case you missed it the first time) includes this wonderful FREE ANTHOLOGY.
As stated previously, part of what makes the anthology so appealing is it features one story, drawn by many different artists. After he finished writing it and producing rough visual layouts, Dean and his cohorts (including comics' "first couple" Michele Chidester and Joey Weiser) split up the comic page-by-page and recruited a plethora of talented comic folks to do the inking in their own individual styles. Featuring such names as Wook Jin Clark (Return of King Doug), Eleanor Davis (The Secret Science Alliance, Mome contributions), Drew Weing (Set to Sea) and the aforementioned Joey Weiser (The Ride Home, Cavemen in Space) and many more, the result is a tragi-comic tale of domestic collapse: an incompetent boyfriend and the psycho-girlfriend that attempts to destroy his life from the inside.
Ok, there's no way of dressing it up: it's about a terrifying chicken-monster that turns people who consume it into stretchy-limed demonic creatures, giant spiders and wormholes. I definitely know which description sounds more fun to me.
There are so many attractive panels in this book that it feels a little unfair to pick favourites, but the pages by Weiser, David Mack, Falynn Koch, Clark, Davis and Weing stood out as the ones we enjoyed the most.
Basically, the moral of the story is either "never trust the poultry section at the supermarket" or "buy meat and suffer the wrath of demonic girlfriends and giant spiders". Seriously, why have PETA never thought of this? Funny, varied and charming, the anthology alone is worth the $5 admission free, so, if you're close enough to attend the event, what have you got to lose? Being based in the UK/ France, we're more than a little bummed that we can't attend, so for goodness sake, go for us! Be sure to say hi and take some pictures.