I “meet” David Recine in early 2004. I had been doing a webcomic for about a year, but it proofed hard to update my site on a regular basis. So I started an online comic anthology called Your Comic Here to have people submit their one-shot comic to be published on my various sites. Many people never had a website of their own sent comics to be published, others sent comics to promote their own website. Either way we all had fun. Recine was one of the artists that sent not one, but two comics to Your Comic Here.
After college, Recine took on the impossible task of publishing the end all collection of mini-comics in “BAM! Big Ass Mini” in late 2006. BAM! was a giant anthology of mini-comics and other independent comics collected into a 500 page professionally printed trade paperback. It featured creators from all over the globe and from all walks life. Every kind of style and genre was there from comedy, satire/parody, gag, slice-of-life, journal, adventure/fantasy, manga inspired, and just plain artsy comics, all in one book! I found out about the book in 2008. I wrote a review for it at some websites and emailed Recine.
In January 2009, Recine stayed on as an advisor, but passed the publishing duties to J. M. Hunter and I became the submission editor and art director of the second volume, entitled BAM Too! We solicited some talented artists, like Ignatz Award winner Jeffrey Brown, Ignatz Award nominee Matt Bellisle, mini-comic legend Matt Feazell, ” Roddie” Best Cartoonist winner Wilbur Dawbarn, as well as artists Jerry Stanford, David DeGrand, Matthew Reidsma, Joe Decie, Edward J Grug III, Mark Campos, Jonathan Baylis, EdQuinby and about 60 other amazing artists.
Well, we got a lot of great submissions, however production hit a lot of roadblocks. We made some mistakes, had a handful of arguments, and had problems with various printers. But what really happened is that life got in the way. There were a couple of marriages, several babies were born, people were hospitalized, deaths in the family, and various production staff got burned out. I gave up when I was working 50-60 hours at job and coming home to five kids. But, Hunter never gave up. He and Barry Rodges picked up where I left off and did an awesome job.
Above it the printers proof. Now that means, expect to see the book on sale soon!!! It only took four years to produce, but we did it!!!