Comics and Zines

John Porcellino (King Cat) calls Not My Small Diary “One of the most important comic-zines in history.”

Delaine started writing and illustrating autobiographical comics under the name ‘My Small Diary’ in 1993.  There have been three 'My Small Diary' collections released to date. A book collecting these three volumes as well as unreleased work can be purchased here. ‘Not My Small Diary’, a compilation of small press artists' auto-bio comics, edited by Delaine, was first released in 1996 as an offshoot of her own auto-bio comic. Still going strong, these comic-zines have attracted a diverse, talented contributor base including such artists as Roberta Gregory, Ben Snakepit, Donna Barr, Hilary Barta, Raina Telgemeier, Edward Bolman, Kyle Bravo, Box Brown, Brian Buniak, Ian Carney, Max Clotfelter, Joe Decie, Matt Feazell, Nicole Georges, Ayun Halliday, Dave Kiersh, Lucy Knisley, MariNaomi, Missy Kulik, Carrie McNinch, Dan Moynihan, Frederick Noland, John Porcellino, Jesse Reklaw, Ed Repka, Anne Thalheimer, Noah Van Sciver, Andi Watson and hundreds more.

Many issues have featured unusual binding methods such as safety pins (Issue 11), twist ties (Issue 12), and shoelaces (Issue 13). The first 10 issues of NMSD contain general autobiographical stories with no specific theme. The themes of subsequent issues included:

    * Issue 11: Childhood Tales - Age 11 and Under

    * Issue 12: After Midnight - Late Night Stories

    * Issue 13: Lucky/Unlucky - Luck of the Draw

    * Issue 14: Dating

    * Issue 15: 15 Minutes of Fame - Brushes With Celebrity

    * Issue 16: Transportation

    * Issue 17: High School

    * Issue 18: Pet Stories

    * Issue 19: Unexplained Events COMING SOON!!

Widely praised for excellent layout and design, the Small Diary collection has been well received by reviewers and readers the world over. NMSD and MSD have appeared on the Favorite Zine list of the Zine Guide publication, were inducted into the Zine Hall of Fame in 2007, and have made the best-seller list at Atomic Books.

Small Diary publications have appeared in the following museum shows: Dark Matter at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 2004; Art of Zines at the San Jose Museum of Art, 2004; Dear Diary: The Autobiographical Comic Book at the Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, 2006; and Art of Zines at the Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose, 2009. These zines have also ridden aboard the Mobilivre-Bookmobile, a traveling library of independent publications that toured across North America. They appear in several library collections including ones in Denver, Seattle, NYC, Chicago, Birmingham, and Utah among others.