It's no coincidence that so many of the artists featured in the upcoming So Buttons collection list Harvey Pekar among their collaborators. Dean Haspiel, Ed Piskor, Joseph Remnant, and Rick Parker (whose work is featured below) all once worked with the beloved American Splendor writer.
Pekar's shadow looms large over the pages of Jonathan Baylis's long-running, autobiographical comic -- short stories that tackle his every day life, told through the pens of a rotating cast of cartoonists. The new book, due out today on Comixology (and available through Baylis's own site), collects the best of a decade of So Buttons, stories previously only available as small-run mini-comics.
The collection also features a handful of never-before-seen comics, including "So...Hallow," available below as an exclusive preview. The story is illustrated by veteran cartoonist Rick Parker, who drew the long-running Beavis & Butthead comic for Marvel and collaborated with Pekar on the online Pekar Project. Parker's love for old horror comics is on full-display here, as Baylis recounts a love for classic monster movies that manifests itself each year at Halloween.
Parker's work is supplemented by The Hypo cartoonist Noah Van Sciver, who illustrates Baylis's in-story flashback, describing one particularly gory outing in Halloween makeup.