From 1990 to 1998, I published 40 or so small-press comics under the name Protoplasm Press, including 27 issues of my superhero series Amoeba Adventures. Written by me and fumblingly drawn by me for the first dozen or so issues, later issues featured the amazing art of Max Ink! Now for the first time I’m loading them online, “digitally remastered” (this means I cleaned the scanner glass before scanning) and with bonus features! Download the PDFs and read on your tablet/laptop/computer of choice.
I plan on offering many of these long-ago comics for FREE download here on this page – check back for updates!
The comics below are 100% free, but if you’re feeling generous, you can also make a wee donation of your choice to me on PayPal using the link above, and if you do make a donation over $5 you’ll also get a free copy of the upcoming AMOEBA ARCHIVE publication containing tons of rare art and stories unseen since the ’90s.
Amoeba Adventures #1, 1990 [PDF] Where it all began, introducing the All-Spongy Squadron, the mysterious Manslaughter, and the tin-clad tyrant Herr Heinous. Special bonus: 10 pages of never-before-seen artwork and notes!
Amoeba Adventures #2, 1991 [PDF] The All-Spongy Squadron’s adventures in Drudgeland continue! Captured by the horrible Herr Heinous and the mysterious Agnus Dei, it’s Prometheus alone in a race against time. Special bonus: Four pages of rare artwork and reviews.
Amoeba Adventures #3, 1991 [PDF] The epic conclusion to “The Visitor”! Manslaughter vs Agnus Dei to the death, with the All-Spongy Squadron caught in the middle, and a life-changing decision for Mr. Spif. Bonus: Two pages of sketches and more.
Amoeba Adventures #5, 1991 [PDF] Guest starring David Letterman! It’s the return of the Asbestos Mushroom, the team appears on their favourite late-night TV show, and a giant shock ending.
Amoeba Adventures #6, 1992 [PDF] Part one of “Details of Design,” which changes everything. Prometheus is missing, and Rambunny, Spif and Raoul embark on a deadly mission to hunt down the mysterious Macabre, but they won’t like what they find. Special bonus: Five pages of rare art, reviews and more!
Amoeba Adventures #11, 1993 [PDF] The “Details of Design” are over, and big changes are afoot. There’s surprise departures and even more surprising new team members and a whole new direction for the All-Spongy Squadron, in the first issue featuring the art of Max Ink! With four pages of bonus art.
Amoeba Adventures #13, 1993 [PDF]. A night on the town for Spif and Ninja Ant goes astray, as there’s an unexpected guest for dinner – Herr Heinous! Winner of the United Fanzine Organization’s award for Best Single Issue of the year. Featuring 10 pages of rare artwork, behind the scenes notes, and the final fate of Raoul the Boy Cockroach revealed.
Amoeba Adventures #15, 1994 [PDF] First up, it’s a terrifying vision for Prometheus featuring guest art by Joe Meyer; and then, Max Ink takes over as the team comes into conflict with Mindmaster and everything goes horribly wrong very fast. Special bonus: Whoa nelly, a gigantic 12 pages of extra bonus features, including art from Dave Sim‘s Cerebus, guest work with Tony Lorenz and Pam Bliss, and an interview from Scott Davis‘ Web Line zine!
Amoeba Adventures #16, 1994 [PDF] Quite possibly my favourite Amoeba Adventures issue of all time, featuring the stunning artwork of Max Ink. A time-machine mishap leads the team to be stranded in the age of the dinosaurs – with no possible way home! Jungle action, surprise guests, a little romance, and everybody yells at Ninja Ant! With four pages of bonus art/notes.
Amoeba Adventures #17, 1995 [PDF] It’s a special Christmas issue brought to you by Nik and Max Ink. The return of Rambunny! A major shock for Ninja Ant! A big bar brawl, and a sick amoeba! Plus, guest artwork by Sergio Aragones, a tribute to Eric Hampton, a letter from Will Eisner, John Kline’s The Last Good Guy and much more in a staggering 12 pages of bonus features.
Amoeba Adventures #20, 1995 [PDF] “The Dark Ages” begins at last, as Rambunny makes his final stand against the Dark One, featuring a host of villains from his past. By Nik Dirga and Max Ink. Featuring a back cover by Cerebus creator Dave Sim, and six pages of bonus artwork and more.
Amoeba Adventures #21, 1996 [PDF]. Part two of “The Dark Ages.” Prometheus is missing, everyone’s shocked, so what better excuse for Ninja Ant to throw the biggest party Spongopolis has ever seen? By Nik and Max Ink, as The Dark One’s evil plans take it to another level.
Amoeba Adventures #27, 1998 [PDF] The bittersweet final issue. After the carnage of “The Dark Ages,” the team regroups for one last hurrah. Plus, a drunken bar brawl! The first issue I’d drawn solo since 1993’s #13, and another of my favourite issues. Parting is pretty sweet sorrow. Featuring six bonus pages, including a look at what might’ve come after #27.
Jip Book One, 1993 [PDF] Back in print for the first time in more than 20 years, the first half of my 1993-1994 newspaper strip for The Daily Mississippian. Meet Jip, a typical confused college student at university, and his pals Terry, Jay, Karen and more, in a strip that mashes up elements of “Bloom County,” “Doonesbury” and “Hepcats” to create a goofy look at student life. Collecting the first five months of the comic including a crossover with Victor Lazlo’s “Pumpkin Shirt,” and five pages of behind-the scenes art and interviews.
Prometheus: The Silent Storm, 1992 [PDF] A special AIDS benefit jam story, featuring the talents of Quinton Hoover, Max Ink, John Hurley, Lynn Allen, Anthony Gray and Doug Lumley in a tale of the All-Spongy Squadron facing an impossible foe. Old friend Monte Python is HIV-positive, and the team faces their fears and own prejudices in this powerful story. Featuring 13 pages of behind-the-scenes art, scripts and more telling how this collaboration came together.