After School Special by Dave Kiersh. $15. Digest size, black and white, 100+ pages

Dave K was and IS a huge influence on an entire generation of zine makers, artists and cartoonists. The storytelling tone he zeroed in on in the late 90 and early 00s has often been imitated---but the emotion that a Dave K comic illicit can never be duplicated. Kiersh has experimented with different line weights, ways of laying out his stories and pacing, but the content of his work usually stays the same: young people's melodrama treated genuinely. All Kiersh comics are essential and this one is no exception.