Kevin Czapiewski

(pronounced chappy-esky)

2014 Tour Schedule

<3 2012

State of the Encyclopedia: SPX 2012 and Beyond


Hello my dear friends. The above graphic indicates a couple of things, chiefly that myself, Liz Suburbia and Matt Czap are going to LARGE at SPX this weeked. Find us at table F5, close to the entrance. We’ll have lots of great stuff for you, including some brand new comics from Liz, but what I’m most excited about is the debut of PUPPYTEETH 3. This is the best thing I’ve ever put together, with the help of the best comics artists I know. I really hope you’ll come by and take a look for yourself, and we’d all love to say hi.

This SPX is kind of like the debutante ball for me, as I’ll be making my first steps on quivering Bambi legs as small time pub/distro Czap Books (website forthcoming). To inaugurate the occasion (purely by chance), I’ll be selling copies of the fantastic, two-time Ignatz Nominated Ojitos Borrosos by InĂ©s Estrada. This book is a knock out, you need it in your life. I’ll have a handful of those for sure (also can be found at the Koyama Press table [J7-10]), and if things shake out I’ll also have some stuff from John G as well. Cool.

The PUPPYTEETH fun continues, since a whole bunch of the contributors are going to be hanging about the Expo as well. Marked in red on the map you’ll find the tables of Mandy Sampson (G11) and L. Nichols (I8). Both will have brand new stuff of their own that you’ll for _sure_ want to grab, including L.’s new book from Retrofit (H11), Flocks vol. 1. Roaming the grounds, you’re also bound to run into Jessi Zabarsky, Eric Kubli, Brandon B. and friend of PUPPYTEETH Geneva Hodgson! I know that Brandon is going to have some cool stuff with him, so seek him out for sure. Off the map above but still very much at SPX will be PUPPYTEETH 3 cover artist Cathy G. Johnson at W63 with table-mates Olivia Horvath and Eel Choy. And how can we forget everyone’s friend, Darryl Ayo, reppin at H12?

Then those yellow tables there (W1-5), right across from us, that’s where the DC Conspiracy will be camping out, and selling copies of the book I’m in, District Comics. They should also have copies of the local paper Magic Bullet, which both Liz and I have contributed to in the past.

All in all, looking to be a hum-dinger, I tell you what? Could there be even more surprises in store? You’ll just have to see, because I don’t know!

It’s Just a Jump to the Left… PART ONE

Things got a little out of hand for a while there.

Last transmissions I put out were a really clipped one last September before I headed out to SPX (what a time, what a time). Before that, the last regular style blogging was about what to expect at CAKE, the first round of the new Chicago show. I’m not able to remember many of the details about CAKE, besides being moved to the side near the bathrooms and Box Brown being So Mad about it. I remember push-up contests, discovering some exciting new work and being surrounded by so many wonderful comics people. I love you, comics people. Barry Matthews of Secret Acres had a moustache, I learned a lot about Prince, and I made the decision to formalize my distribution/publishing efforts as Czap Books. I told one or two people about this.

June was also when the local design and music communities come together for the always impressive Weapons of Mass Creation Fest. Of the significant moments I can remember of that day, one was meeting Sean Clark. He’d just been drafted into Two Hand Fools as the bassist to replace the deposed Molly, a situation I was admittedly bummed about. Sean was extremely nice and complimentary though, and fine company to share some Happy Dog with. After lunch, we were hanging around outside the venue and could hear these strange voice alterations come belting from inside. I decided to check it out and was introduced to Hop Along, whose song “Tibetan Pop Stars” dominated a large portion of my year’s listening time and is looking like a fitting candidate to join my list of Favorite Songs of All Time. Now that’s I’ve finally gotten around to listening to the rest of that record, Get Disowned, I am really captivated by this band. It’s a really fascinating album. (I also bought Maryn Jones’ tape Gift, which became my soundtrack for eating dinner in my library, reading comics. Love love this tape.)

Since I was in the neighborhood, I made sure to catch up with John G. I’d been wanting to move out of my strictly temporary Willoughby Hills apartment and relocate as close to downtown as possible since before I’d resigned my lease for the first time not quite a year prior. Although it was looking like I wouldn’t find a place, or even have the time to really look, I hadn’t signed up for a third year at Pine Ridge just yet. So the situation was all lined up for John offering me the vacant place above him. It was a no-brainer, and we headed up the street to meet the landlord who was taking down an exhibition a block away.

There were some hiccups along the way, but within a month I was living in Cleveland proper again, for the first time since 2004. Being a carless college student, trips to the west side had always been extremely limited, so in this new age of freedom, it felt like I was moving to an entirely new city, although of course I’d started to get to know the greatest parts over the past year.

I’d like to keep a diary someday, but in the meantime, the best I have is the private section of my website where I upload various images I need urls for.


Announcing our new online store, where you can buy comics from myself, Liz Suburbia, Matt Czap, the PUPPYTEETH anthology and more to come. Woo!

State of the Encyclopedia – Spring Slam ’12


Kevin Czap at CAKE

Here’s the scoop numero uno – I’m going to be at CAKE in sunny Chicago this weekend. This exciting first-time event is open to the public and stacked with an all-star roster. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Kevin Czap Need More

Even more reason to be there is because I forced myself to make a brand new, 12 page mini comic which I called “Need More.” It’s about Tumblr (kind of) so it’s sure to be a hit with the kids, especially since it’s got a shiny color cover. The folks at CAKE were super nice and featured the info on their blog. I will also have all 6 months worth of Trigger, which includes a brand new one to debut at the show as well. The deal will be, the brand new one, which looks like this:

Kevin Czap Trigger 6

will be free to everyone, and then back-issue bundles will be a dollar each. So that’s issues 1, 2 and 3 for a buck and/or 4 and 5 (plus #6 as well, of course) for another buck. And then we’ll also have the rest of the peanut gallery, including Birthday Surprise, PUPPYTEETH 2, “Waffle,” all the Liz Suburbia stuff and Matt Czap’s “Mia Protasi.” Lots to choose from!


Did you know I’ve got a new webcomic? What O’Malley said was true, everything changes when you’re drawing a book. Gotta keep workin’

There’s probably more to talk about but I can’t remember. This is all the important stuff right here.

Oh yeah, PUPPYTEETH 3 is coming soon. As is a webstore and other site updates.