Rob Clough reviewed Zak Sally’s Sammy the Mouse Book 2 on The Comics Journal taking note of the book’s personal, nostalgic, and timeless qualities:
Taking his cues from an earlier generation of artists gives the book to date a timeless look for a timeless dilemma, making a personal story that much more accessible.
And ending on what’s to come:
Though the story’s only half done as of this volume, reading it feels like Sally is snapping a rubber at the reader, a clever little shock that reminds us that he’s “going somewhere, I promise” with all this, as “sincerely, no one” assures us on the book’s French flaps.
Read the rest of this great review here!
A nice review of Sammy the Mouse on Bleeding Cool:
Sammy The Mouse, Books 1 and 2. Sammy is a series that draws on comic strip and early comic tradition, with a heady injection of underground comics sensibilities. […] The slightly paranoid atmosphere, a justified paranoia given the unpredictability of events, wouldn’t be amiss in a Kafka short story, and the inking and coloring on the books are so subtle and nuanced that there’s a certain delicacy to its ridiculous and slapstick elements.
Read more here.
Did you know that Zak Sally is an honest to god celebrity? It’s true! In addition to being an amazing cartoonist and publisher (with La Mano) he has a storied past as bassist for great bands like Low and Enemymine (not to mention his solo record). That’s why he gets to have a six page spread in Filter magazine!
Get a peek into his amazing studio (am I saying amazing too much?)!
This is his press (an AB Dick 9810). The first volume of Sammy the Mouse (now available here… but you should really buy it direct from Zak here) was printed on this machine.
Look at that grin!
A peek at his solo album art. On the shelf you can see a copy of Fugue State by Brian Evenson (yes the translator of Incidents in the Night and author of Ed vs. Yummy Fur) illustrated by Zak Sally.
A peek at the cover of Sammy the Mouse book 2 and sample of Zak’s cross-dressing stage antics! So yeah, total super star!
Uncivilized Books will at SPX in full force this weekend! Well be set up on table i8 and our table will be run by Tom Kaczynski (ask him about the French version of Beta Testing the Apocalypse). Here’s who will be around our table this weekend:
Superstars Kevin Huizenga, Dan Zettwoch and Leon Beyond will be camping on our table all Saturday before moving to their own table on Sunday. We’ll have their new book Amazing Facts & Beyond all weekend!
Did you know Peter Wartman’s Over the Wall is our bestseller for the season? Stop by our table to see why this book has been generating so much interest.
We just found out that Zak Sally is coming too! He’ll be at our table showing off the new Sammy The Mouse book (it’s a beaut!) and being his awesome self!
We’ll be debuting Derek Van Gieson’s Eel Mansions #3! Shit gets crazy! We’ll also have numbers 1 & 2 for those who haven’t discovered the series yet. We’ll also have a few copies of Laura Park’s newest mini comic Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream that was created for the Autoptic festival. We don’t have many copies left so don’t leave SPX without it!
Last but absolutely not least, check out our books from David B., James Romberger, Jon Lewis and 2013 Ignatz Award nominated Gabrielle Bell!
See you all there!
We really loved the Onion AV Club review of Zak Sally’s Sammy the Mouse Book 2. It identified so many of the particular pleasures of that book:
Sammy Book 2 is a continuation of a meandering dream-narrative populated by distorted cartoon archetypes and id-wallowing personifications of Sally’s manifold demons. Carl Urbanski—a disturbingly abused and hapless ringer for Charlie Brown—still crawls along the margins, while a host of anthropomorphic characters, including Sammy himself, writhe under the thumbs of metaphysical forces they can’t evade, control, or understand. Alcohol included. Shakily rendered in sickly browns and greens, the book swims in Schultzian ennui, Seussian grotesquery, and Sisyphian futility. But, you know, in a good way. For those who found out about Sally’s graphic-novel work after being aware of his long tenure in the veteran indie-rock band Low, it makes Sammy The Mouse that much more haunting and perverse. That said, the series stands on its own as a monument-in-progress to the chronic disease that is existence…
Right!? The rest of the review is here.
A few things come to an end today:
Our sale on Gabrielle Bell’s comics will be over, as will her July Diary. Go get The Voyeurs or July Diary!
The Deal on Zak Sally’s new Sammy the Mouse book expires today. Don’t hesitate!
AND, last but not least, it’s the last day to order Peter Wartman’s Over The Wall with one of his pretty drawings! Get yours here!
Only 3 days left to get in on the Sammy the Mouse Book 2 Deal from Zak Sally. All pre-orders get the book signed + a print (see above)!
Our second Goodreads giveaway just started. Enter and get a copy of Sammy the Mouse Book 2 (along with Book 1!). If you’re not into Goodreads check out the Sammy direct offer from Zak Sally himself!
Right Now at the Printers Row Lit Fest, Zak Sally speaks at the Graphic Novel Panel with Anders Nilsen, Laura Park, and Jeffrey Brown about his new Sammy the Mouse book!
Anders Nilsen, author of “The End,” Laura Park, author of the minicomics series “Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream,” Zak Sally, author of “Sammy The Mouse” and Jeffrey Brown, author of “Vader’s Little Princess.” Moderated by Jimmy Greenfield, the Community Manager of ChicagoNow, the blog network owned by Chicago Tribune Media Group. He published his first book, “100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know & Do Before They Do,” in 2012.
Check it out! More details here.
The mailman brought in the above: straight off-the press, the cover of Sammy the Mouse Book 2! Zak Sally will be on the Graphic Novel panel (Sunday, June 9th at 11:15 on the Mash Stage) at the Printers Row Lit Fest this weekend! We should have a few advance copies available just in time! The book will debut at CAKE the following weekend!