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Total Monsoon

Endless Monsoon anthology "Total Monsoon" front cover detail on grey felt background

Total Monsoon is the culmination and finale to our Endless Monsoon project. This 310 page risograph comix anthology with screen printed cover contains the entire arc of our series, and also includes brand new content in the form of interstitial comics between books, interviews, and very special foreword by Robert Boyd.

Produced at a larger size of approximately 7.25″ x 10.5″, this perfect bound publication was a definite challenge to produce! Originally slated for release in late 2017, we had to delay until spring of 2018 due to the flooding of our studio during Hurricane Harvey. Luckily, our trusty Risograph GR3750 was able to avoid damage during the storm, and we were able to resume printing after rehabilitating our space with the aid of friends and family.

Special thanks to everyone who helped to make this project a reality; we really appreciate the support!

Click here to view documentation of the reading room / release exhibition!

Currently sold out, with a second printing coming out this year.

  • Endless Monsoon anthology "Total Monsoon" front cover detail on grey felt background
  • Endless Monsoon anthology "Total Monsoon" back cover detail green with screen printed swamp scene
  • Endless Monsoon anthology "Total Monsoon" inside detail
  • Endless Monsoon anthology "Total Monsoon" inside detail of a train crossing and construction scenes
  • Endless Monsoon anthology "Total Monsoon" inside detail of friends handing out and a cat on a leash
  • Endless Monsoon anthology "Total Monsoon" inside detail of character checking the weather through a window
  • Endless Monsoon anthology "Total Monsoon" inside detail of a highway overpass illustration
  • Endless Monsoon anthology "Total Monsoon" inside detail with girlfriends drinking beer on the stoop
  • Endless Monsoon anthology "Total Monsoon" inside detail
  • Endless Monsoon anthology "Total Monsoon" inside detail
  • Endless Monsoon anthology "Total Monsoon" inside detail
  • Endless Monsoon anthology "Total Monsoon" inner cover with foilage pattern and ex libris plate
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Very Pleasant Transit Center

Endless Monsoon IV: Very Pleasant Transit Center risograph comic book by Sarah Welch front cover

Very Pleasant Transit Center is the final chapter in the Endless Monsoon saga. Angela and Jess are reunited and managing a more stable existence. Jess is entranced by an old duplex and becomes obsessed with finding a way to purchase the home and build toward her dream of security. Will she prevail? Meanwhile, the city is experiencing a particularly harsh summer and the rise of a new, mosquito-transmitted virus. Will everyone survive unscathed?

The comic was also the inspiration for an installation that the Emergency Room and the Comic Art Teaching and Study Workshop of Rice University presented in November of 2016. From the press release:

Very Pleasant Transit Center is both an installation and a comic book of the same name. The comic book, VPTC, is the fourth installment of the ongoing series Endless Monsoon, written and illustrated by Sarah Welch. The Endless Monsoon narrative follows the everyday lives of two female protagonists set in an exaggerated vision of the Gulf Coast as subtropical swamp. The exploits and vignettes chronicled in the books are an unabashed jumble of first person experience, borrowed, and invented episodes. The installation Very Pleasant Transit Center replicates a bus stop featured in the comic and functions as a reading room for visitors to experience the book within.

Rice University Emergency Room Gallery

Click here to view documentation of the installation.

3-Color Risograph Printing ~ Measures 7″ X 5″ ~ 56 pages

Very Pleasant Transit Center also made Robert Boyd’s list of favorites from 2016!

  • Endless Monsoon IV: Very Pleasant Transit Center risograph comic book by Sarah Welch front cover
  • Endless Monsoon IV: Very Pleasant Transit Center risograph comic book by Sarah Welch back cover
  • Endless Monsoon IV: Very Pleasant Transit Center risograph comic book by Sarah Welch inner page detail
  • Endless Monsoon IV: Very Pleasant Transit Center inner page detail with a woman sitting on a bus seat with a wet umbrella
  • Endless Monsoon IV: Very Pleasant Transit Center inner page detail with two women sitting in an alley eating pizza while talking about housing affordability
  • Endless Monsoon IV: Very Pleasant Transit Center inner page detail with a house that has an overgrown yard of plants
  • Endless Monsoon IV: Very Pleasant Transit Center risograph comic book by Sarah Welch inner page detail
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Letterpress Coasters for ACK!

If you’re keeping your eyes peeled while traveling around Houston, you’ve no doubt spotted work by ACK!. Well, we were thrilled to work with him on a set of custom letterpress coasters!

Letterpress coasters can be a bit challenging– on the one hand, you don’t want to create an expensive coaster that people will be reluctant to use. Yet, on the other hand, you can’t rely on traditional coaster blanks when working with letterpress, since they tend to crack and break when pressure is applied to the surface. So what is a letterpress printer to do?

At Mystic Multiples, we prefer to print on a super thick blotter paper stock, and then die cut the coasters to final size. Doing it this way lets us avoid the cracking that comes with cheaper coaster stock, and avoid the higher price of our finer paper offerings. It’s no coincidence that we often like to recommend our blotter stock for thick business cards as well!