Thursday, February 25, 2016
Ms Jolie Noggle
It's hard to be involved in zine culture without sooner or later crossing paths with Jolie Noggle, (AKA Ms. Noggle, Jolie Ruin, etc.) To say she's a prolific zine maker would be an understatement. She's put out 100 or so zines over the years, some collaborations, many on her own. She's an eclectic writer / artist, and while her zines range many topics they could mostly be summed up as perzines of the cut and paste variety. She leans toward Riot Grrrl, but her writing is accessible to anyone.
Not so long ago I received a large package from her containing many zines to be donated to the new zine library here in Cleveland Heights. They sat in a pile on my desk for several months while I tried to read through them all, but I was only able to get through a handful before they, along with another pile of random zines, were carted off to the library.
I cannot give them adequate reviews from memory, but I enjoyed them and found the range of subject matter and stylistic approach refreshing. One memorable collaboration contained stories of personal experiences with death from a young age. Another was a coloring book of popular comedians. Who makes a zine coloring book of comedians? What subject does that fall under? That's the kind of outside the box thinking she brings to the party.
You can find all of her current offerings at her Etsy store.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
28 pages, 8.5" x 5.5", $3.00, fair trade or letter of comment, Ken Bausert, 2140 Erma Dr, East Meadow NY 11554, USA + PassScribe [at] aol.com + thekenbausertchronicles.blogspot.com
One of the greatest things about zines - or at least those few that actually have them - is the letter column.
Exhibit A: Fred Woodworth's The Match! and the bags of letters printed in each issue.
Exhibit B: Ken Bausert's The Ken Chronicles. This issue has four pages of letters, and one of them is from Don Fields [who produces his own zine, Twilight World], who writes a great letter. The main subject of his letter is about him noticing another letter-writer [and zine maker], Rodney L. complaining about the lack of letters he receives for each issue. Don goes on to explain why he isn't too worried about letters, and mentions a couple of other things, which led me to write Don a letter. Now I hope he writes me a letter.
After Ken's letter column is a 'Travelogue' of where Ken and his wife Ro went during August, September and October [not the least of which was a visit to Wo Hop for some Chow Fun!].
Next up, everybody's favourite [or second favourite, if it's not the letter column...] section - 'What I've Been ______ Lately'. This time Ken and Ro saw an off-off-Broadway production of semi-semi-famous zine person Ayun Halliday [The East Village Inky]. He also saw Joe Walsh at the Civic Center, and read The Electric Acid Kool-Aid Test. It was strange to read Ken's experience of it, remembering my own reading of it many years ago, and how it opened a new universe for me. A universe I had previously been unaware of!
Finally, Ken reprints an Associated Press release about the death of Holly Woodlawn, the transgender actress made famous by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey in their 1970 films 'Trash' and 'Women in Revolt'. Ken's note at the end, where he mentions that he read Holly's biography a few years ago, and found it "very interesting" yet "kind of boring" appears to defy the laws of Aesthetic Physics.
Friday, February 5, 2016
tZEN #3] - doubling in size, for one thing. The letter column is also a treat, and one letter in here especially - the one from a prisoner who admits to beating an 'alleged' pedophile and leaving him for dead, and being proud of it. In his response, Doug objects to this guy's self-righteous braggadocio. Another fascinating letter is from Al Fry, who seems to be some kind of militant gardener, with his vigorous writings on weeds, Monsanto, and fluoridated water ["rat poison"]. I really appreciated the zine reviews too. Every zine really should contain reviews of other zines. You've probably heard that before, but for those who make a zine and don't include zine reviews in their zine, they need to hear it a few more times, at least until they wake the fuck up and start putting zine reviews in their own zine. Wake up! Grab a brush and put on a little make-up!