Justin Hall is a San Francisco-based cartoonist and educator. He created the comics series True Travel Tales, Glamazonia, and Hard To Swallow (with Dave Davenport), with his work also appearing in such places as the Houghton Mifflin Best American Comics, Best Erotic Comics, QU33R, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He is the editor of No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which won a Lambda Literary Award and received an Eisner Award nomination and is now being adapted into a documentary film. Hall has curated shows of comics art at the S.F. Cartoon Art Museum and the Schwules (Gay) Museum in Berlin, helped create the Artists’ Area at the Folsom Street Fair, and is the co-organizer of the Queers & Comics conference. He has been on the boards of the nonprofits Prism Comics (supporting LGBTQ comics) and Our Books (supporting Cambodian comics), and has done academic writing on comics for the Routledge and Cambridge presses. He is an Assistant Professor of Comics at the California College of the Arts, and a Fulbright Scholar. Find out more at justinhallcomics.com.
For the first time, all 141 pages of the webcomic Diary of a Catering Whore are collected in one volume, along with several bonus episodes that never appeared online. These true stories (or ones inspired by true stories) appeared weekly online and chronicled the author’s time as a catering waiter in San Francisco. While he retired the tux years ago, he offers you the chance to relive those times here.
Tour the Greek myths at the heart of the erotic thriller series The Mark of Aeacus in this gorgeous illustrated storybook. The classic stories are retold by Charles “Zan” Christensen with a modern perspective, with striking full-page illustrations by multiple Eisner Award winner, Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze, The Emerald City of Oz).
The term “pickle” can refer to almost any perishable foodstuff soaked in brine or vinegar but to most Americans, pickles are simply a cucumber transmuted into a salty sandwich topper. The varieties are endless, Dill, Butter, half, whole, chips, tangy little ones called cornichons… High grade gourmet pickles that go for $8.99 a jar, limp mass produces spears that sell for $3.29 or $5.00 for two jars if you have a club card… but Etta Levy doesn’t care about any of that. What Etta cares about is that each pickle is about five calories.