Mild Scribbling #5
I had to get my hands on Rebecca’s X-Files zine, and while in her shop, I saw this zine, too and thought I’d take a peek.
Mild Scribbling #5 is a collection of small, colour art set on nice, slightly glossy paper featuring everyday art. Not that the art is ‘everyday’ but that the art isn’t abstract. There is a hotdog. And a sock. And other wonderful, cute little things. She draws things regarding her Easter 2014, Reasons Why Adam Buxton is Fantastic, and a Hot/Not list.
I don’t want to give away anything as such, but I did want to give a tiny little peek inside (apologies for the less than stellar photo):
Mild Scribbling #5 reminds me a little of The Third Biannual Mildly Informative Booklet Depicting Graphical Representations of General Occurrences and Observations and Every Morning in that it takes something people usually take for granted or don’t think about and turns it into something lovely.
In this case, adorable, colourful art.
It does involve some tiny, tiny writing (which adds to the adorableness of it) that might be a problem for some, but it’s not a good day unless I’m getting up close and personal with a zine at some point.
There’s something so fresh and simple to this zine that it easily earns its way into my permanent collection.
Galactic Regency Vampire Pirates
Leopoldina van Wowser-Ainwright
So this exists. Isn’t it fantastic? Tee hee hee!
If you write a ‘How to Write’ book, it would seem only natural that you then produce a book in which you use your own tactics. So, from the person who brought you How to Write a Mills & Boon-esque Bodice Ripper Novel, comes a bosom-heaving, bodice-ripping good time. I’m sad that it took me so long to read this after I had such a good laugh when I reviewed Leopoldina’s How To zine.
I hardly even know where to start with reviewing this zine. Is it with regency heroine wishing for some Easy-Off Bam? Is it how we go from strictly regency to sci-fi regency – though the story sometimes forgets itself? Or perhaps it’s the abundance of quotes that I had to choose from to share with you…
Just to give a little taste, check out this sentence:
Even the fact that this was now their second meeting did nothing to lessen the impact of his flawless pallor or the compelling darkness of his eyes, whirlpooling with a sultriness that stilled the beating of her treacherous heart and send unaccustomed thrills of wanton desire racing through the pristine clam of her chastity.
Chastity clam. *snort*
Obviously, this is a very tongue-in-cheek shot at romance novels that even I, as a romance novel reader, greatly enjoyed and laughed at. It’s so incredibly ridiculous that I think the only people who won’t like this already know they won’t like this simply by my (or other) reviews.
The finishing touch that I love oh, so much are the funny ‘also by Leopoldina’ synopses and excerpts in the back of the book. It rounds everything off nicely.
Because I know you were dying to know.
All the zine sewing and assembly is done, done, done.
This is what the pile of zines I’m bringing to the Festival of the Photocopier looks like.
There are still things to take care off like extra change, some signs (so no one who doesn’t want to speak has to ask me what my zines are about, etc), and other touches.
My anxiety is pretty crazy, and I’m not getting a lot of sleep. But the thing is, I know I’m not the only one. Wanderer will be with me all the way, and it would stink to do all this work and not go. Who needs sleep? Or calm nerves? HA.
Today’s review is brought to you by an early morning run to the dental hospital for Wanderer’s emergency, followed by a very long day.
How much do you love this cover? I wish I’d had time to take a better photo of this cover, because it’s excellent.
Before I get into the content of this zine, I want to mention how cool it is to see a zine that is on issue 62. Last week I reviewed issue 37, and that was impressive in and of itself. But 62? I only just finished Don’t Call Me Cupcake 2.
The Wiseblood website says “A Zine Since 1984”. It’s strange and wonderful to think about how this zine series has been going longer than I have been alive. Fishpit has been doing his zine thing longer than I’ve been alive.
Many zines on, and Fishpit still has a stream of consciousness style of writing that picks you up and carries you along (if you’re willing to go along). He still hasn’t lost his knack for being potentially offensive. His first piece is about smoking, and his third piece does start with the sentence “I hate babies”.
His views, his sense of humour… It’s so different from the current youth generation. For better and worse, it’s a wake-up smack in the face sort of thing at times with a dash of seriousness when you don’t expect it.
It might not be quite so black and white as I see it, but I still reckon it’s a love it or hate it sort of zine.
‘Bots is ‘Bots: Issue Three
Check out my reviews of the other ‘Bots Is ‘Bots issues in the Zine Review Index.
When I got my hands on the ‘Bots is ‘Bots zines, I considered writing about the series as a whole in one review. But this one is the one that made me decide that they all need their own review.
Of all the ‘Bots is ‘Bots comics I’ve read so far (admittedly, only three), this is my favourite issue. It has so much wordplay in it, and I love wordplay. Seeing it in comic form makes it even more fun. Where the first two issues seemed to have pretty solid themes, this one looks like it’s taking the piss out of itself. Having some fun and a laugh at the expense of the strangeness of life and the English language.
In each issue there is a part one/part two comic that ‘sandwiches’ all the rest of the content. That strip? Just keeps getting funnier.
I’ve mentioned before that I like seeing how a zine series can grow and change over time. I didn’t think there was anything missing from this series, but I’m happy to see some variety injected into it in the form of a (robot) movie review.
I’m looking forward to seeing where things go.
That’s right, lovely people. I am absolutely ruddy terrified at the prospect, but I will be going to Festival of the Photocopier.
Not only that, I’ll be launching Don’t Call Me Cupcake 2 there!
I’ve been working hard every day in an effort to finish DCMC 2 before the zine fair. Like I said, I am so terrified, but Bloomurder has give me a shining light in the storm so I at least know one person there.
(Review zines! You’ll meet some nice people!)
Things have been incredibly frustrating here with trying to sort out whatever is wrong with my computer. Luckily, most of my zine-making process only involves black markers and a massive amount of double-sided tape. Plus, my printer/copier doesn’t need to be connected to a computer to work, so I have been able to sort out a huge amount of stuff with out the ol’ desktop.
Now all I have left to do is the assembly portion of things. That involves a lot more than you might think with labels, stamping, copying, cutting out cupcakes, so on and so forth. It’s a pretty huge work load (especially considering I had to do print runs for Dear Anonymous 1 and 2 on top of everything else), but it’s happy work. I really do love the zine world. I’m happy here.
Do any Aussies out there have a copy of The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad?
I’d like to get my hands on a copy (probably two), but shipping from the States… Sad face.