From the Vault: Imitation Crab Meat #1, 1992

Long, long ago in the 1990s, I wrote and drew small press comic books, publishing about 40 of them from 1990 to 1998. The most “successful” was my sorta-superhero series Amoeba Adventures.

I’ve recently excavated much of the Nik Archives (TM) from my parents’ basement where it’s been living for the last 15 years or so, and hope to get around to preserving it all online in some form in 2020.

Below is a sneak peek into the vaults, one of the “rarest” minicomics I ever did, 1992’s Imitation Crab Meat #1, a stab at autobiographical comics I only ever did two issues of.

I might’ve printed as many as two dozen copies of this one, a bittersweet Christmasy story of my wasted youth. It’s so obscure I don’t even have the cover art any more! My chicken-scratch art will never win any awards but there are things I still like today about this teenage angst-filled little story in miniature.

Enjoy, and have yourself a merry little Christmas and a grand start to 2020.

Author: nik dirga

I'm an American journalist who has lived in New Zealand for more than a decade now.

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