thoughtworm in the library of congress

I recently discovered that an issue of my old zine Thoughtworm is now held by the Library of Congress. Apparently, artist and writer Matt Dembicki, whose comics I dimly remember writing a review of long ago, donated his collection to the library in 2016, and Thoughtworm #11 was included in it. This issue has particular significance to me, as it was the first one I created a linocut for in order to print the covers. Linocut would become my cover design method of choice for the remaining issues of the zine. I also later had the linocut design, which depicts my favorite tree, the American Sycamore, tattooed on my left arm. I made a few extra prints of this one, too, and distributed them to friends. While Thoughtworm has made it into quite a number of public and university libraries over the years, I never thought it would end up in the Library of Congress. Pretty cool.

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  1. That’s really cool. You never know who is reading what you put out in the world, I guess. Congrats!

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  2. Very cool! I have one of the prints hanging in my house!

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    • I’m glad to hear it’s survived. I can’t believe it’s been almost 15 years since I put together that issue.

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  3. Congratulations! That’s a nice little feather in your cap.

    And the American Sycamore is one of my favorite trees, as well. They remind me of the women in Louis Icart’s drawings.

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    • Thanks! That’s an interesting comparison to make, but I can sorta see it: tall, willowy, and half naked?

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      • kalidurga

         /  February 13, 2019

        The whiteness of the limbs, the way he posed so many with arms outstretched.

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  4. I’ve kept meaning to say how awesome this is. Terribly belated congratulations to you!

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