Ranked #43 on Rob Clough's Top 50 Books of 2010 at High-Low
Newave! is a gigantic collection of the best small press cartoonists to emerge in the 1970s after the first generation of underground cartoonists (such as R. Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, and Art Spiegelman) paved the way. These cartoonists, inspired by the freewheeling creative energy of the underground comix movement, began drawing and printing their own comix. The most popular format was an 8 1/2” x 11” sheet, folded twice, and printed at local, pre-Kinkos print shops on letter-size paper; because of the small size, they were dubbed “mini comix.” As they evolved many different artists, one by one, became interested in this do-it-yourself phenomenon. By the 1980’s they became known as Newave Comix, a term taken from England’s Newave rock ’n’ roll movement. An explosion of do-it-yourself artists emerged. Many talented artists went onto bigger and better things, others have disappeared into the fog never to be heard from again. Inspired by the creative freedom of their underground predecessors and unrestrained by commercial boundaries or editorial edicts, their work was particularly innovative and experimental. Here you will find a group of artists who could not get any attention from the mainstream, who were driven by the inner need to express themselves. This group was a pioneering force that still leaves a wake and an imprint on the alternative comix scene today.
Newave! features over 800 pages of comics (click here to read the full Table of Contents), as well as a historical introduction by editor Michael Dowers (click here to read), and interviews with several of the more prominent artists featured, such as Brad Foster, Artie Romero, Steve Willis, Dennis Worden, Bob X, J.R. Williams, Roger May, Tom Hosier, George Erling, and Bob Vojtko.
“Newave is not
censored. No one is
blasphemous, insane, kinky, ridiculous,
Newave is back talk... Newave is the child of
instant printing. Anyone can learn it. Anyone
can participate. There are no
newave, no comix stars. Newave is communication
control of the mind manipulators...” –
Excerpts from Clay Geerdes’ Newave Manifesto, 1983
Download an EXCLUSIVE 36-page PDF excerpt (2 MB) with samples from throughout the book.
"Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s... celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and youthful energy of the early days of self-publishing. These obscure creators mostly eschew a linear narrative in favor of artistic exploration and freeform expression. ... Newave is a valuable overview of an overlooked era." – Garrett Martin, Boston Herald
"This neat block of a book’s dimensions reflect those typical of its contents, a selection of the generally
eight-page, five-by-five-inch, photocopied, hand-stapled 'mini' comic books that hundreds of amateur and
outside-the-business creators made and distributed as they could in the 1980s... Many [of the author/artists represented] became pros and a few are now
famous (Peter Bagge, Rick Geary, Dan Clowes, Mary Fleener). In these pages, they already look good
enough for prime time..." – Ray Olson, Booklist