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Guest ArtistSatisfactory Comics: Isaac Cates & Mike Wenthe

June 2009

Isaac Cates and Mike Wenthe have been making minicomics together since 2001. They take a theoretical and a practical interest in different approaches to collaborative cartooning. Often, they create their comics using various formal constraints, often with input from friends and readers, in such series as Satisfactory Comics (eight issues through summer 2008) and Elm City Jams (three issues). Since summer 2007, they've blogged about comics and cartooning – their own and other cartoonists' – at satisfactorycomics.blogspot.
. In their civilian identities, they are English professors, in Burlington, Vermont, and Washington, DC, respectively.

June 2009 Satisfactory Lecture Doodles
To create these images, we looked through our old notebooks from grad school (and since) for amusing or interesting lecture doodles. We initially made these drawings for no purpose other than occupying the doodler's hand, and no idea of showing them to other people. Having picked out a few likely old doodles, we each sent our own black and white images over to the other guy to color digitally. The individual titles describe the original note-taking context for the various doodles.
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Satisfactory Comics Summer Back Issue Sale

Satisfactory Comics Summer Back Issue Sale
by Isaac Cates & Mike Wenthe, et al

Satisfy your minicomics craving and help Isaac clear out closet space – for just 5 bucks (ppd!) you can get any 3 issues of Isaac and Mike's minicomics! That includes Satisfactory Comics, Elm City Jams, and other collaborative projects. With an impressive oeuvre of quirky/playful/thoughtful work, there's something for everyone.

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____ Are Always Fun to Draw edited by Isaac Cates

____ Are Always Fun to Draw
edited by Isaac Cates

$2 | 24 pages | 7" x 8.5" | b&w xeroxed

Twenty-two artists tackle the question "What is always fun to draw?" in this playful sketchbook compiled by ill-mannered professor and Satisfactory Comics co-creator Isaac Cates. Compare and contrast renditions of vikings, ducks, spaceships, and drunk cowboys by Scott C., Shawn Cheng, Bill Kartalopoulos, Bishakh Som, Sam Henderson, and others.

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