SO BUTTONS Digs Into Heart-Touching Topics

by Jeff

“Don’t let Baylis fool you. Yes, his comics are funny, but I read them for the quiet, human moments that will stick with you long after you’ve finished reading.” Xeric award winner Nick Bertozzi (The Salon and Houdini: The Handcuff King)

“Baylis’ observations and anecdotes are amusing and revealing.”

“A fun comic. Jonathan is a writer to keep an eye on.” Xeric award winner Scott Mills (Cells)

These experts are talking about So Buttons, a new comic book by writer Jonathan Baylis. His tales — personal yet accessible to anyone who’s struggled through growing up — are “a promising collection of collaborations… transitioning somehow seamlessly from interracial porn to the musical Annie,” according to Jeffrey Brown, comics creator for McSweeney’s and Drawn & Quarterly.

Joining Baylis on So Buttons are three gifted artists. Says comics blogger Shannon Smith, “Each artist has a distinct style from the others, but they all make good comics.”

• T.J. Kirsch has drawn for publishers ranging from Archie Comics to Slave Labor Graphics. He’s most recently worked on Uncle Slam Fights Back! with writer Ande Parks for Oni Press.

• David Beyer Jr. has worked on Image Comics’ Tales of the Starlight Drive-In and his own strip, “The Twisted Adventures of Stinko.”

• Mr. Alan is a man of mystery.

So Buttons’ stories include:

• “So . . . My Dad Got Drafted?”, a tale of surprising family secrets.

• “So . . . Racist?”, which delves into unconscious levels of racism.

• “So . . . The Sun Won’t Come Out Tomorrow,” about Annie’s odd power.

• “So . . . I’m Dating a Comic” and “So . . . She Moved in with Me Anyway,” strips revealing why comedy is easy but dating is hard.

• “So . . . Heaven Smells Like Bacon,” a slice of life in a diner.

• And the finale, “So . . . Only Nixon Could Go to China,” covering the Jewish Baylis’ trip to Europe — and, in particular, to Dachau.

So Buttons is on sale now, and Baylis is available for interviews. For more information, visit

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