self-published minicomics and the Xeric issue
I began the work that went into the first Artbabe in the year after I graduated college (1991). I was mostly re-drawing stories I’d done while in school, both for Biff Bang Pow (an anthology my fellow U of Chicago alum, Ivan Brunetti was publishing), and for other possible, as-yet-unknown anthologies. When I had the opportunity to meet Pete Bagge at the Chicago Comics Convention in the summer of 1992 (more on that here), I hastily put together the first issue so as to have something to show to him and the other Fantagraphics people who would be there. Little did I know I was embarking on five years of self-publishing.