CCS Heads to MoCCA

A good portion of the CCS student body will be heading to the MoCCA Fest this weekend to sell their latest comics. Several top-notch publications will debut there, including the smash hit anthology Sundays 3.

I wanted to share a few of the thesis publications that will be available at the CCS table at MoCCA. Of course, they are available at the Schulz Library.

These Things Happen by Sam Carbaugh

Sam experiments with the medium in each issue of These Things Happen, yet he tells stories that are consistently personal. It’s the common thread that connects these stories, and makes it feel like a true series despite the varied content.

These Things Happen 4

I especially enjoyed These Things Happen Volume 3. I found Mabel’s voice to be very authentic, and this voice carried the story for me. In general, the voice Sam gives his protagonists, through dialogue (with real or imagined people) or inner monologue is balanced and has a light touch.

There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles with Sam’s book design, but there doesn’t need to be. The small book size makes the work feel intimate (perhaps reminiscent of poetry chap books?) With volume 3, Sam plays with the design in and inventive way. By making the book a flip book (a book with two covers, the page orientation flips half way through) its design strengthens the content – you literally see both sides of the story.

These Things Happen 3

Beauty Patrol by Kubby Barry

Beauty Patrol is a substantial work, a stand-alone piece that’s fully realized. I like how Kubby used various aspects of the artwork as narrative devices. An address on a letter or text on a receipt acts a chapter title.

This story explains just enough to be understood but keeps enough hidden to encourage a deeper contemplation on the part of the reader. It is well drawn, the characters are nicely designed and consistent.

The book itself is a great package, the screen-printing is remarkable. It’s a challenging, multi-color “fountain” print. The cover image and title seem random, but somehow this doesn’t bother me.


Both excellent works! Hunt them down at MoCCA.

— Robyn Chapman


5 responses to “CCS Heads to MoCCA

  1. Hmmm, isn’t that Beauty Patrol cover the same as the one in the post of 5/13/09 by Cody Roder? Maybe the cover is getting around and that’s why it seems random??

  2. Robyn Chapman

    Beauty Patrol is really by Kubby Barry, though the first page of the book (if I’m remembering correctly) reads “By Cody Roder”. Cody is actually a character in the book. You start the book by reading a comic that turns out to be a drawn by Cody.

  3. Ooooh, I get it. And that explains the lack of info on the internets about Cody. I will now re-catalog this. And read it!

  4. Sam Carbaugh

    Thank you Robyn for the nice write up of my work.

  5. Ahhh, I see there is a bit of confusion. Personally, “Kubby” sounds fake to me. There is not a lot of information on the Internet about me; I like to keep to myself.
    Thank you for mentioning my book though. I do appreciate it.

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