BITE THE CACTUS #5 and BITE THE CACTUS GOD EQUALS GENOCIDE RATTLED MINDS TOUR 20: $1 ea., 4 ¼” x 5 ½”, photocopied, 15 pgs.

Bite the Cactus is a mini-comic penned by Adrian Chi. Adrian’s storytelling is akin to the cacti and succulents she admires. Her drawings are sparse and direct, but bloom under harsh conditions. #5 is the darkest BTC yet and I think, as a continuum of her work, shows depth and shadow to what is usually a very uplifting comic. But what hasn’t changed is Adrian’s honesty. She has to walk the very uncomfortable tightrope of connecting with distant family while also confronting their racism. She also deals with mental illness in others while questioning her own sanity. Adrian never pretends to have all the answers, yet she never claims to be a victim. It’s such a refreshing approach to a comic; that human balance; that darkness and light; droughts and downpours. The GEG tour comic reads like a postcard of the best-case scenario of a purely DIY, non-douchey punk band’s trip up and down the West Coast, 2012. Always worth hunting down and reading. Shobo punk! ([email protected])