Check Out Nicole Goux’s Comics

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Panel from Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #3 – written and drawn by Nicole Goux, color by Rebecca Nalty

For a couple years now, my friend Federico and I have been participating in a monthly comics-jam anthology thing called Melt-Thology. It takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. Sometimes my daughter Maeve and my wife Carrie go with us. Each month attendees draw a page of comics, and pay $3 for printing. The next month, we pick up the completed staple-bound photocopied comics anthology, and we crank out a new page.

There’s more to say about Melt-Thology, but that’s another story.

(Except that I have to say thanks to Chuck Kerr for starting Melt-Thology and keeping it going strong for a couple years, before recently retiring.)

Today I want to recommend the comics of Nicole Goux. 

Goux is one of the Melt-Thology regulars who, each month, manages to turn out a comics page that is handsome, readable, and fun. Her pages are among the best ones in Melt-Thology, which is, frankly, pretty uneven overall. There are good pages in every issue, but it’s also a low-bar place for people to try their hand at drawing comics… and pretty much everything is cranked out in a couple of hours… so there are plenty of forgettable pages, too.

Nicole Goux one-page comic in Melt-Thology #27

Goux, sometimes collaborating with another Melt-Thology regular Dave Baker, has produced a bunch of self-published comics. Some are photocopied zines, including This is not a Girl Gang. Some are varying degrees of higher production values, including Goodnight Honey, Fuck Off Squad, and Shitty Watchmen.

Detail from Goodnight Honey by Nicole Goux

Last week my daughter Maeve and I went to a signing event for Goux, celebrating her debut in the more-or-less big-publishing-industry comics world. She wrote and drew the 10-page lead story in Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #3, published by IDW, released last Wednesday. We headed downtown to A Shop Called Quest and bought copies of Jem signed and remarqued by Goux. Is it the best comics story ever? Nah – but it’s very good. The art is excellent; the story is fun. My daughter and I enjoyed it, so I am happy to give it a shout out here. And to look forward to bigger and better things from Goux in the future.

Find much more of Goux’s work at her website and follow her Instagram account.

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