AS YOU WERE #4, $10, 5½” x 8½”, 118 pgs.

As new issues of As You Were continue to roll out, I’m amazed at the number of excellent cartoonists that I’ve either never heard of or have only known in name only. Part of it has to be that this is the longest issue thus far, and there are a high number of excellent pieces this time around. The theme for this issue was  “Roommates from Hell,” an excellent theme that we all relate to on a personal level. Though absent from the issue, Mitch Clem’s printed baby has legs, and I hope As You Were is able to continue into the foreseeable future. It carries the tradition of showcasing the broad and varied talent of underground cartoonists from all walks of life, loosely connected by the sponge of punk. My personal favorite story this time around was about Load Bearing Rats, which is so fantastic of an idea I’m going to think about it for a few days. –Bryan Static (Silver Sprocket, 1057 Valencia St., SF, CA 94110, silversprocket.net)