Planet Deep South and the origins of CyberTrap.

by John Jennings

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Ronald Wimberly, “The Startling Saga of Sun Ra.”

The impossible attracts me, because everything’s been done and the world didn’t change.

— Sun Ra

The epigraph above is by Herman Poole Blount aka Sun Ra. Before he became an entity that created Afrofuturist jazz and philosophy from Saturn, he came from another planet. The same planet I hail from. It’s called the Deep South. It’s deep because of its location but also because of the complex histories that exist and fester there. Most Americans don’t really think of the South when they think of the future. So much of the space in which I was…


by Sloane Leong

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This comic originally appeared in LAAB Magazine #4: This Was Your Life!, published by Beehive Books, 2019.


A conversation with Trenton Doyle Hancock.

Trenton Doyle Hancock (b. 1974, Oklahoma City, OK) is a multidisciplinary artist who creates paintings, videos, prints, drawings, sculptures, installations, and collage. His celebrated work has received honors such as the Artadia Award and the Greenfield Prize.

When Trenton was in college, he intended to become a cartoonist, and that interest in comics, animation and sequential art has carried through his career. Much of his work is part of the mythic narrative of a grand battle between half-man half-plant beings known as the Mounds, and the Vegans who seek to destroy them. Over the course of a three hour conversation…


by Emily Carroll

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This comic originally appeared in LAAB Magazine #4: This Was Your Life!, published by Beehive Books, 2019.


Saul Williams on craft and storytelling.

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MartyrLoserKing has just tagged his screen name onto the White House lawn via remote drone. He’s working from a remote e-waste camp in Burundi, Central Africa, neighboring the more well-known Rwanda, with equipment scrapped together from our old Dell PC towers and Sidekick IIs. Homeland Security, the NSA, and the CIA are tracing his signal back to a place that isn’t on the map or on the grid, and the alert level rises when he hacks NASA just to show he can do it.

At least, that’s what Saul Williams (b. 1972 Newburgh, NY) will tell you when you ask…


Bartash through the Bardo.

by Josh O’Neill

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It takes us about a year to produce and procure all the content that goes into an issue of LAAB magazine — then nine minutes to print three thousand copies.

The machines move so fast you can barely see the paper. Fifteen people touch it along the way, including pressmen, flyboys, and the binders who hand-collate it into twelve-page sections. I got to watch this dizzying process in person, because Bartash Printing, the cold-set newspaper press that produced LAAB #0, was located just a few blocks from the church tower headquarters of Beehive Books. …


by Yvan Alagbé

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This comic originally appeared in LAAB Magazine #4: This Was Your Life!, published by Beehive Books, 2019.


by Siah Files

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This comic originally appeared in LAAB Magazine #4: This Was Your Life!, published by Beehive Books, 2019.


by Ronald Wimberly

It was the first time I’d been out in the streets to protest something since Occupy. We were running through the streets, between cars full of the gawking and the indifferent; we were blocking traffic in downtown New York’s financial district. I coursed with the river of people into a sea of protesters pooling where several streets intersected, downtown where the grid breaks down in the oldest part of the borough of Manhattan. I hopped up on the base of a streetlamp to see how deep we were. People were pouring in from every direction, chanting “I…


by Richie Pope

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This comic originally appeared in LAAB Magazine #4: This Was Your Life!, published by Beehive Books, 2019.

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