Sunday, August 26, 2012
Me Likes You Very Much
6" x 9" perfect bound, 192 pages, $14 ($8 wholesale)
If you've been following Lauren's blog for the past few years, then you already know how great this book is. But if you have yet to be introduced to Lauren's genius, no worries, this book (published by Hic & Hoc Publications) will get you all caught up. Lauren Barnett creates short and simple comics (each one getting its own page) involving quirky, sometimes crude, yet lovable characters making witty, sometimes vulgar, but also endearing comments. The characters are either animals (birds seem to be a favorite) or some inanimate object, such as a fruit or vegetable or some other food or non-food related item. The art is very simple and unrefined, but it is the minimalist approach that gives Lauren's comics their character and originality. This is laugh out loud, catch you off gaurd kind of stuff, with a mix of some cute and endearing pieces presented in a very approachable manner. Visit Lauren's blog for examples, and once you're hooked - which won't take long - get your hands on a copy of this book.
Hic & Hoc Publications
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
from Spill The Zines! by firstname.lastname@example.org (Cath)
Rum Lad #5
Steve Larder, Lincolnshire – www.stevelarder.co.uk
Rum Lad has to be one of my favourite comic zines – every issue features interesting handwritten stories, surrounded by Steve’s charming and rich illustrations. This issue features a visual diary detailing the “organised chaos” of his band’s tour around America – travelling for over 10 hours at a time in their tour van, playing at pubs and house parties, sofa surfing, and exploring the American towns they visited. The illustrations of the band members, the venues, the interesting personalities they meet along the way, and the American scenery, are all so full of character that they really draw you in to Steve’s story. I liked the choice of topic too; it was fascinating to see the details of what goes on during a cross-country tour. Rum Lad never disappoints – get your paws on this issue now!
Buy Her Candy #2
Bettie, Carlisle – http://manufacturinghearts.blogspot.com
Another cracking zine by Bettie, which opens with a list of things she has been up to since the last issue, including planning a riot grrrl night, and watching Star Trek TNG. We read about Bettie’s concerns surrounding privacy in her zines, a little guide to her favourite parts of Chorlton, her feelings as she approaches the end of her nursing degree, and her future plans for when she qualifies as a nurse. The layouts are as pretty as ever, with handwritten and typewritten sections, and lots of cool pictures and patterns pasted in. However, my favourite thing has to be the cover – a cartoon of Cinderella and Snow White sharing a passionate kiss, printed on lilac paper! Gorgeous.
Sad Songs About Failed Relationships
Kirsten, London – www.website-schmebsite.blogspot.com
This zine is very difficult to describe. From the title and gorgeous cover, I expected some sort of dissection of classic break-up songs alongside a story about a break-up. Instead, Kirsten briefly outlines the dissolution of a relationship with sparse words, cartoons of typical relationship anxieties (e.g. how many kisses to include in a text), and symbolic drawings. On the last page, Kirsten provides a link to the “soundtrack” of the zine, which features some great songs about failed relationships, including Leonard Cohen’s ‘Take This Longing’, The Dresden Dolls’ ‘Delilah’, and Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’. This was a nice touch, though I would’ve loved to read a discussion as to why those particular songs were chosen! I like the fact that it’s not your typical break-up zine, and it’s been put together carefully and creatively. Having said that, I love me some dense, wordy zines, and the lack of text just didn’t sustain my interest. A very interesting concept though, definitely worth a flick. Buy your copy for a mere 45p (I love cheap zines!) – this zine has a limited print run, so grab hold of one asap!
Alex Creep, London – www.creepclub.co.uk/nancy
An intelligent queer zine written by effeminate queer Alex, which discusses in detail the concept of a nancy boy (a femme gay man), the way mainstream gay culture marginalizes effeminate queers and the pressure gay men face to “act straight”. Tied in with this larger discussion Alex brings in ideas about the concept of “camp”, the idolization of strong women like Lady Gaga by gay men as examples of “strong femininity”, the oversexualization of gay culture, and effeminate boys in anime and goth culture. We also read Alex’s own story of coming to terms with his effeminacy, and a list of his favourite femme gays of TV and film, including Kurt of Glee and Lafayette Reynolds of True Blood. The layout is functional – mostly black text on white background, with hand drawings of a few of the aforementioned queers scattered throughout. Having never really considered the idea of “sissyphobia”, this zine was an illuminating read. Alex did a good job of discussing a murky issue with clarity and good humour, peppered with stories of his own experiences. Highly recommended!
Laura, Bristol - bloomurderATgmail.com
This little perzine features the kind of topics you’d expect from a first issue - bicycles, gigs (Adelaide Fringe Festival 2011), travelling stories, thoughts about femininity, and nostalgia. In the middle there’s a very interesting little piece on Laura’s love of violent/horrific art (including Medusa by Caravaggio), which was my favourite part of the zine. Bloomurder has a nice upbeat tone, laid out with cut and paste imagery and charming scratchy handwriting.
The cool thing about zines is that any subject can be intriguing if it is given a creative presentation. Born to Kill – Cheese Bike #5 proves my assertion. The creator of this zine chronicles his work selling grilled cheese sandwiches cheap in New York City from the back of his motorbike. At the beginning of issue #5 there is a traffic mishap and the bike needs an overhaul. The writer details the repairs and changes he makes to menu and equipment.
At first I wondered if this had something to do with The Journey, in which filmmaker Eric Saperston sets out on a quest to find America by selling grilled cheese sandwiches (subtitled: sexy kind) for a buck out of his VW camper. But I didn’t find any connection between these two similar but apparently unrelated projects. No matter – this zine is unique in it’s approach to the material, recording the process with photographs and even a daily accounting of how much the author made from his enterprise and where.
Born to Kill – Cheese Bike #5 is available from Microcosm.
Grunted Warning #14
from Stuart Stratu
PO Box 35
Marrickville NSW 2204
$1 / trade / friendly letter
This zine is a lot of fun – full of news clippings ranging from the quirky to the bizarre.We live in a world where anything can happen – and does. Like playing Russian roulette with a sleeping friend (guess who loses). Aliens are kept in the fridge, Zombies fall from scaffolding, Grandmothers harass the neighbors. It’s all here in glorious … black & white, presented for your reading horror, or, in my case - pleasure.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Handmade & Bound Call for Zines
Handmade & Bound Nashville is a celebration of Artists' books & zines that involves demos, a juried show and a day-long festival on October 6, 2012. This is our second year and we are very excited to feature a massive zine exhibition as part of our events. The exhibit will be in the library and will be up through the month of October. Last year, H&B vol. 1, our gallery exhibit was very artists' book centered although we had many zine vendors and distros set up during our festival, including Microcosm and Spit and a Half. This year we'd like to educate and appreciate zines in all formats and all subjects, from perzines, cookzines, artzines and music zines from all regions (particularly Nashville) to minizines, cut and paste zines and comics. We'd love to display your zine whether it's stapled or tied, screen printed or simply xeroxed in this great exhibit.
If you're interested send your zine by September 15th to Lisa Williams, library director, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film library, 2298 Rosa Parks Blvd. Nashville, TN 37228. We'll ship them back to you or happily add them to our library's collection after the show.
We still have room for vendors (deadline Sept. 15th). Come sell your zines in our bazaar.
at 4:24 PM
A zine devoted to celebrating food and grocery shopping in the context of memories and stories. Features interviews and anecdotes on food habits from teenage girls around the globe and original collage created from vintage cookbooks.
14 pages. Full color. 8.5 X 5.5 in.
LET'S SMASH THE PASTRY-ARCHY.
14 pages. Full color. 8.5 X 5.5 in.
LET'S SMASH THE PASTRY-ARCHY.
at 3:39 PM
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
from doris zine blog by email@example.com (doriszine)Telegram #24
Miranda changes the name of their long-running zine Telegram Ma'am, to more clearly reflect their genderless identity. This issue discusses pronouns, getting tired and frustrated with having to constantly talk the basics - Queer 101, Disability 101, etc. It also has a great article about mental health and supporting friends in daily life and also when they're in the hospital. Plus self care ideas and a piece on sobriety.
Miranda says "I wanted to make a zine about creating magical, artistic, creative, meaningful daily lives, so this is it." Which really says it all! Excellent and inspiring!
Neither Butch Nor Femme #3 / Curioddity #4
Split zine. Both sides addressing the 7 Deadly Sins: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride. Lynne address each topic in their refreshing, straightforward way. Curioser Jane writes her side in her powerful storytelling way.
Another excellent issue of this zine! This issue talks about not wanting to be a "spokesperson" for deafness, identity politics within deaf communities, questions and reaction people have, tips for people who work in customer service about how to accept relay calls (where the operator acts as a go between for you); a piece about "Blind Rage: An Open Letter to Helen Keller" where she talks about daily annoyances, the problems with being a spokesperson - "graciously disabled" - and the rage and the ways spokespersonness takes away your full humanity because people only pay attention to what you have to say about your disability and think you have no other contribution to make. Also: Top 5 things that you don't realize are super annoying for peeps with hearing loss, and 5 top things you are mission out on by being hearing.
Piltdown Lad #4
The Nasty Oh-Dear
PO Box 86714
LosAngeles CA 90086
There are a handful of zines that, when I’ve turned the final page, make me think: I want to read more of that. Big Hands & Burn Collector are two such zines, and now I have to add Piltdown Lad to the list. Piltdown Lad #4 opens with Kelly Dessaint discussing his zine creations past & present, segueing into what feels like an incomplete autobiographical piece called “The Nasty Oh-Dear” which left me with so many questions about the writer & his brother & their survival through adolescence. Kelly continues with an account of the LA Zine Fest, a generous helping of zine reviews, and the origins of his zine’s name. Piltdown Lad #4 has the right mix of variety and content – an absolute must read.