The punkest, most damaged comics Jam ever. 73 artists and 120 pages of work . The Missing link between comics great past & future is here!
Suspect Device #1 was released in August 2011, a 35 page book in black and white with one very good idea; making new comics by taking old panels out of context and drawing a new improvised context around them, a new comic from the old. The 2nd issue adds a couple new wrinkles to the game and brings in over 60 artists, including, Noah Van Sciver, Sam Henderson, Chuck Forsman, Johnny Ryan, Kevin Scalzo, KC Green, Brian Ralph, Lizz Hickey, Anne Emond, Brendan Lynch, Box Brown, Heather Benjamin, Noah Lyon of Retard Riot, Pat Ausilio, Keenan Keller, Domitille Collardey and Janelle Hessig.
Suspect Device is set aside from other anthologies by its having a tightly defined identity. As Tucker Stone wrote, “Its the anti anthology!” Each artist’s contribution is hammered into a singular mold by the limits imposed on it. As a result, when you read the book you feel as if one long organic story (or panic attack) is taking place. All of the work is hilarious, intense and radiates with a palapable joy. Or as Tucker put it, “Almost everything in here kicks ass. It’s funny as hell. Scary. So good.” Each contributor forms a cartoon centipede linking two panels from different comics chosen by the editor, as a demented interpretation of Scott McCloud’s parlor game ‘Five Card Nancy’.
120 page black and white with some color squarebound magazine