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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Bio Auto Graphic: edition 27 - A is for...

Bio Auto Graphic: edition 27 - A is for...

Michael C Nicholson /  ensixteen editions 

A5, cardboard cover, 16 pages.


Michael C. Nicolson continues his journey through the personal and universal in a graphic conversation of space and form.  

Edition 27, more minimalist than previous issues, lets the visual and textual images hang in space - the blankness confirming the poetry of both. A simple outline of an empty sock faces handwritten words:
“…The foot…A maligned creature, glimpsed in summer as toes, hungry for light, hang from that chariot of inelegance, the sandal”.

Each page guides you through a series of reminisces and thought associations, ending with a gut punch of an exchange between Michael and his elderly dad.

‘Bio Auto Graphic’ is always more the sum of its parts, this issue particularly illustrates the power of simplicity.

To get your copy visit the Ensixteen blog: ensixteeneditions.blogspot.com

Or email Michael directly: ladnicholson(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

*** SMALL PUBLISHERS FAIR - Michael will be at London's annual event for independent publishers 6 & 7th November 2015, Conway Hall, London. smallpublishersfair.co.uk - FREE entry - drop in and say hello ***


Earlier this year Michael wrote a post for International Zine Library Day about what makes a zine, and the difficulty and importance of libraries adding zines to their collections. It makes an interesting read - click here.

This relates to Jack's Seven Year Rant post from the 1st November about the state of the zine world - how the word has been co-opted by the web, and raises the question about how zines stake their territory. 


Previous issues of Bio Auto Graphic are reviewed here

Review by Nathan Penlington

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