Zine Review: Delusion #2

Delusion 2

Title: Delusion #2
Author: Nichole
Type: 1/3 page strips, 1/2 fold
Author Site(s): not the one on the back – that’s for sure http://wemakezines.ning.com/profile/Nichole

Review: This little lovely came with a trade with the author/creator. It’s dated 2010, so it’s not all that recent. Nor is the website on the back related to zines whatsoever. But you can’t fault people from moving on from a domain.

Filled with art and text, this zine feels more like a piece of visual poetry than a story. The text is almost abstract in its own way, though it tells a dark little story about life and growing up. And the demons we carry. I quite like it because it makes me think of all the little layers involved in what I’m seeing/reading.

STATUS: For Trade

Call for Submissions! Dear Anonymous 3

Dear Anonymous 3 is on its way and I’m looking for letters!

These letters can be confessionals, but they can also be whatever you like them to be. Write to your life, write to your cat, write to your past or your future… Dear Anonymous is about writing the letters of the things you can’t say for whatever reason.

Basically, you’re right in the 1 – 500 words range, but shorter is better. BUT, this zine is about expression, and I don’t want to force anyone to clamp down on their passion just for me. I’m flexible.

Send letters to theauthor at inkyblots.com If I don’t respond to you within a few days, comment here.

All contributors will receive a copy.

Zine Review: The Other Herald

The Other Herald V4I7

Title: The Other Herald V4 I7
Author: The Other Herald
Type: Magazine size (?) single sheet
Author Site(s): http://www.otherherald.com/

Review: I’m pretty sure this is one I have bought off Etsy, and it has to be the best example of economical use of space I have ever seen. With quotes and writing prompts running along the edges, this single piece of paper is packed with a lot of content.

I like the whole concept with this one. While it is quite a lot for the eyes to take in, it actually made me feel like I was getting really good value for money spent. The fact that it’s on volume four, issue seven already says a lot of people agree with me.

The Other Herald has a very professional feel about it, down to the contact details and submission details on the back. A great zine that all beginners should have a look at, I reckon.

STATUS: For Trade

Zine Review: I Look Miserable, But I’m Bubbling Over With Joy


Title: I Look Miserable, But I’m Bubbling Over With Joy
Author: Karen Redlich
Type: 2x 1/4 fold
Author Site(s): http://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Designs-by-Karen-Redlich/116245431858833

Review: I found this zine at Sticky Institute. I was so taken by the cover that I just had to pick up a copy.

I’ve always admired people with artist abilities in the drawing/sketching arena. I love all the little illustrations in this zine. The way they are drawn and the content all fit the amusing cover. I hunted for her Facebook page (as in, it’s not on the zine), but it’s worth the extra little bit of work. Definitely check it out.

STATUS: For Trade

A Note About For Trades

A note about the ‘status’ I put on some zine reviews. I don’t want the ‘for trade’ status to give any impression that I did not like a zine. Basically, I have stacks of zines and I’m doing some inventory. I start going a little bonkers when I get too much ‘stuff’, so I do inventory a lot.

I am really, really strict with what I keep. So please, please don’t take it as an insult if your zine is up for trade. I’d keep them all if I had a bigger house and a calmer mindspace.

Zine Review: Black Hole Brains

Black Hole Brains

Title: Black Hole Brains
Author: Lady Dorian
Type: Single Sheet fold
Author Site(s): http://www.ladydorian.deviantart.com/

Review: I’m pretty sure I got this through a big zine trade. A strange combination of fun and absurd, I smile every time I open this little zine. Especially the giraffe picture. Very fun and creative.

This one kind of skirts my ‘thing’ about contact details being in the zine. She has her name – Lady Dorian – but nothing else in the zine. Plus, I received this with her card with her DeviantArt URL on it. But you can’t always count on a business card staying with the zine…

But it will with me. I love her little drawings and the strange things that pass through her mind. I hope to get my hands on her other Black Hole Brains creations.

STATUS: For Keeps

Zine Review: Stitch This

Stich This

Title: Stitch This!
Author: Tasha
Type: 1/4 BNW
Author Site(s): http://wemakezines.ning.com/profile/Tasha

Review: This zine came from a trade with a fellow Australian. While cross stitching isn’t my thing, I did used to embroider a lot. I also love someone taking a hobby and making their own. The patterns are cute and funny, and they will appeal to a wide array of people.

My favourite is the space invasion bugs.

STATUS: For Trade

Zine Review: G-String Tremolo

G-String Tremolo

Title: G-String Tremolo
Author: Malenky Monologue
Type: Single Sheet fold
Author Site(s): http://fsuzine.weebly.com/

Review: Another one where I can’t remember where I got it… Maybe where I got it shouldn’t be part of the review.

Anyway, I have to love (at least a little bit) any zine with bold lines and clear typing. I’m a fan of the handwritten zine, too, but typing makes it easy to read. With this little gem, there is the handmade element, too, so the zine soul still exists.

This zine is chapter one of Adrien’s story. For a first chapter, it’s pretty interesting. The editor in me is rearing her head, but that’s only because the writing reads very ‘young’. Now that fits the voice of the character, but it also makes me wonder if the creator is a young writer as well… I’m curious to see if I come across the rest of the chapters floating around.

This zine is a great example of author and contact details being clear and easy to find. You might think that things aren’t hard to find in a single-fold zine, but there are always exceptions… Anyway, two thumbs up for making it easy to check your other stuff out.

STATUS: For Trade

Zine Review: Dude


Title: Dude
Author: ok d’pluma (?)
Type: Single sheet mini-zine
Author Site(s): ?

Review: It’s been so long since I have sorted through my collection that I can’t remember where I got this little zine…

I was amused by ‘Dude’, given my addiction to saying it – a lot – when I was a teenager. The quick commentary on the word as well as illustrations made for a fun little read.

But, this is a pretty good example of why you should have clear handwriting. I think the author’s name is “ok d’pluma”, but I am really not sure. If anyone wants to enlighten me, comment and I’ll fix things up.

STATUS: For Trade