Five years. That’s how long it’s been since the Indy launched its annual Comix Issue, a celebration of Missoula’s thriving community of artists and illustrators. The brainchild of former Indy editor Skylar Browning and local comic artist (and frequent Indy contributor) Josh Quick, the issue quickly took root, and at this point it’s fair to say it’s reached maturity. That’s reflected in this year’s rich slate of contributions, organized around the theme of “Missoula Confessions.” We’ve all got some. And in the following pages, some of Missoula’s most vibrant artists share theirs.
So many, in fact, that we could only squeeze a portion of them into the print issue. So this year, for the first time, we’re also going to publish the runners-up — pretty much every submission we received — in an online gallery at missoulanews.com. So if these confessions aren’t enough to sate your voyeuristic curiosity, go online to see more.
And on Friday, May 11, we’re hosting a party for the artists and their fans at Shakespeare & Co. bookstore from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The original art reproduced in this issue will be on display, and the artists will be present to chat about their work, admire each others’, and maybe, if you ask nicely, hear your own confessions. But be careful what you choose to reveal. It just may end up framed on your neighbor’s wall.