Aj Michel

Comic artists and comic lovers think about comics and the importance of comics in their lives. (They even draw a few along the way.)

Within: A dusty comic book store in the '80s serving as salvation for a geeky teen girl; dealing with Asperger’s and learning social cues from comics; the current state of Heavy Metal; adapting The Secret Garden; a girl in the 70’s and her love of war comics; superheroes; Harvey Pekar; and much much more...[ continued ]

Ideal Jeopardy boards from 25 contributors (including our own Joshua James Amberson). Taking the idea made popular by Douglas Coupland's Microserfs, A.J. Michel asks us to look at these as a fun "way of summing up a person's quirks descriptively and quickly." The result are lists that are funny, curious, and odd. Look out Ken Jennings.

32 pages, oblong quarter-size, cardstock covers...[ continued ]

Temporary sale! Syndicate Product, one of the all-time great compilation zines, returns with Unrecommended Reading. Ten contributors write about the books that disappointed, angered, or otherwise drove them nuts. Within: Hallmark-level hatred, revolutionary fails, anti-Anne of Green Gables, and the life-changing magic of being okay with your mess.

With words from: Davida Gypsy Breier (Xerography Debt), Jenna Freedman (Before I Forget), Kathy Moseley (Ear Plugs & Ticket Stubs​), Ken Bausert (The Ken Chronicles), Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Samantha M...[ continued ]

From Aj Michel of the great Syndicate Product zine, I've Worn All the Shirts in the Drawer is a daily diary of quarantine by way of t-shirts. Photos of shirts accompanied by their stories, and a day-by-day account of watching the world crumble. Bleak fun, fandom, and the mundane.

"As the days piled up, I wrote less about the shirts and more about pushing through the days," Aj writes, "what worried, disgusted, and frightened me...[ continued ]

The sequel to Aj Michel's COVID t-shirt zine project, I've Worn All the Shirts in the Drawer, Got a Box Full of T-Shirts is another charming daily project in an effort to stay sane through a global pandemic.

This time Aj digs through the box of shirts that were slated to become a quilt, or be donated, and wore one each to try to understand why these shirts had been relegated to the box to begin with...[ continued ]