COMING SOON: The Portable Not My Small Diary

The order has been placed with the printer.... The Portable NMSD is heading our way soon! Not My Small Diary is an autobio anthology that started in 1996 and is still going strong today. This is a must-have collection showcasing the work of 88 artists & writers, culled from all 17 past issues of NMSD. Many previous issues are out of print so here's your chance to see what you've been missing! Get the collection that MariNaomi calls her "favorite long-running anthology". Joe Decie boldly states that he "wouldn't be drawing comics if it weren't for NMSD."

Here are the artists featured in this book: John Porcellino, Misun Oh, Buzz Buzzizyk, Erin Tobey, Dan Moynihan, Lee Green, Delaine Green, Ayun Halliday, Cindy Rehm, Jerry Sims, Ben Snakepit, Allen Salyer, Ramsey Beyer, Dave Kiersh, John Miller, Julia Wertz, Max Clotfelter, Richard Cowdry, Kelly Froh, Lizzee Solomon, Alec Longstreth, Sarah Oleksyk, Kurt Wolfgang, Peter Conrad, Alixopulos, Hellen Jo, Joel Orff, Shannon Palmer, Tom Motley, Hilary Barta, Ed Repka, Bobby Tran Dale, Roberta Gregory, Derek Ballard, Ryan Holgerson, Lark Pien, Mike Tolento, Andrew Goldfarb, Chad Woody, Edward Bolman, De Kwok, Scout Finnegan, Kevin Van Hyning, T Edward Bak, Jim Siergey, Joe Decie, Donna Barr, Missy Kulik, Sam Spina, Brad Dale, MariNaomi, Cara Bean, Jeff Zenick, Richard Visick, Kyle Bravo, Andrew Lorenzi, David St. Albans, Kevin Friend, Adam Pasion, Carrie McNinch, Lucy Knisley, MJ Hammes, Brad Foster, John Isaacson, Patty Leidy, Noah Van Sciver, Onsmith Jeremi, Tim Doyle, Frederick Noland, Jess Smart Smiley, Margaret Suggs, Liz Prince, Jesse Reklaw, Raina Telgemeier, Ian Carney/Andi Watson, Brian Buniak, Patrick Dean, Androo Robinson, Joe Marshall, FC Brandt, Dave Roman, Kalah Allen, Mark Campos, Shawn Granton, Dan Zettwoch, Scot Baldwin, Clutch McBastard


You cannot be serious?!?

On February 13, 2014 I got to meet my life-long idol John McEnroe in person and this time we got to hug him, talk to him and had him autograph my 1982 Interview Magazine. Dreams come true!!!


Lovely LA Zine Fest

I had a great time at the LA Zine Fest with my table-mate Carrie McNinch! I was thrilled to see many NMSD contributors, some I've never seen in person before: MariNaomi, Liz Prince, Jason Martin, Kelly Froh, Max Clotfelter, Trevor Alixopulos, Jerry Sims, Buzz Saw, Edward Bolman and Clutch McBastard. I sold Diaries galore and had some celebrity sightings (Matt Groening and David Ury). ZINES 4-EVER!

Other California trip happeninings included a tour of Paramount Studios where we saw Glee being filmed, a visit to the Hollywod Forever Cemetery (2 Ramones are buried there), a trip to Joshua Tree (we saw the dinosaurs from Pee Wee's Big Adventure on the way) and quality friend and family time.


LA Zine Fest 2014 here I come!

I (along with Carrie McNinch) will have a Small Diary table at LA Zine Fest February 16, 2014. There will be 175+ zinesters, comics creators and DIY publishers at Helms Bakery sharing their work with each other and with the public at large. I will have NMSD 13, 14, 15, 17, the MSD collection and a brand new "Portable NMSD" collecting selected comics from all 17 past issues of Not My Small Diary! Carrie will have plenty of "You Don't Get There From Here" comics for sale. Please come see us if you're in the area. And, oh yeah... February 16 happens to be John McEnroe's birthday too!



Brian Buniak on My Small Diary...

Brian Buniak (cartoonist for Mad Magazine, DC Comics and more) mailed in this unexpected review of the My Small Diary Collection:

I love Delaine's "My Small Diary." It is so good in so many ways. It's fun... it's quirky... it's addictive. Her pages are like potato chips... you cannot stop with just one. If "My Small Diary" was a song I imagine it would be "Brand New Key" by Melanie.

Delaine's cartoon version of herself is instantly recognizable. So much so that she made it into two of my projects for DC Comics. She was in the audience of Howard Coselle's TV show "Saturday Night Live" cheering on the Backstreet Boys in "The Big Book of the 70s." More recently I slipped a cheesecake shot of "our gal from AL" into the "Angel and the Ape" portion of "Joe Kubert Presents" #1. But perhaps my most successful drawing of Miss Derry/Green appears on page 106 of her small diary collection. She brought out the best in me.

My absolute favorite, no contest, drawing of Delaine by Delaine appears in the first panel of page 51. The "best bathing suit on the beach" pic. She is so utterly adorable in that panel. Everything... EVERY... THING about it works. I have it bookmarked so, whenever I'm feeling a bit blue or bleagh, I can quickly turn to it and, before you know it... bingo, bango, bongo... I'm smiling again.

Perhaps someone out there is reading this and wondering whether or not to give Delaine's title a try. In all honesty you may not like it. There are no superheroes. No mutants. No altered DNA. No mad scientists. No mechas. No zombies. No time travel. None of that cool comic book stuff....

It is the illustrated diary of about a decade's worth of life, love, hopes, dreams, triumphs, failures, embarrassments, tears, joy, laughter and just plain silliness presented to us in a winning way by one of the most marvelous women God ever pieced together.

No, this is not your typical cool comic book stuff. It is infinitely superior. You may not be able to handle it.