I remember reading alphonse a lifetime ago and was pleasantly surprised to find it in the “new donations” box at the Rock Paper Scissors Collective Zine Library.
The panel by panel comic story is almost like an adult version of the children’s book as a young copy shop worker muses about Alphonse, an old Italian knife sharpener. The monologues expand further to become a window into the life of this likeable young woman and a simpler, happier time when life was all about punk rock shows, making it through the next paycheck and copy machines.
Migraine was the feisty little publshing East Bay house putting out all these underground classics throughout the 1990s. The creators Ian Lynam and David D’Andrea have gone on to do bigger, better things, but Alphonse remains as sweet and fresh as when I first flipped through it many years ago.