• Guest Posts

    Guest Mini-Zine Reviews: Nightwalking, an incomplete guide to the cats of kingsville, Fault & Fracture #1-4, How to Properly Read Peoples Minds

    Apples of The Chicken Collective is guest posting here today with my utmost thanks for even having a single thought to give to me while dealing with the chaos of a brand new baby.

    Some of my favourite small zines.

    I live in a hospital this week cause my wife just had a baby and the baby just had an operation. Everything is going well! It’s just that they both need a lot of medical attention so we all hang out at the hospital all the time. Last time I went home I grabbed my small box of good zines that I like to re-read, and also some new ones that just arrived! So here are a few zines that you might like to know about.

    nightwalking
    David Witteveen
    @davidwitteveen
    library3000.com

    nightwalking is a story about a walk taken at night. It is mostly illustrations, clear and simple with colour pencils. I really like this zine because (most of it) is so recognisable. I have many times missed the last tram home and walked through melbourne just like this. Surely I too have walked past that exact pub with sore feet and half-asleep.

    I also am a sucker for A6 landscape zines with nice heavy paper covers just like this!

    an incomplete guide to the cats of kingsville
    Liz
    @_lizbarr
    no-award.net

    Exactly what it says on the front, this is a one-sheet folded A4 zine with drawings of cats Liz met in Kingsville. The drawings are all really cute, and it comes complete with DVD extras on the other side of the sheet, inside the zine. As I’m a map nerd, I thought the background was a neat touch. And it was Liz’s first zine! But not the last.

    Fault & Fracture #1-4
    Bettie
    bettieriot@gmail.com

    It’s a bit silly in the context of a review, but I don’t know if i actually can tell you why I like Fault & Fracture so much! Here are a few of the things I enjoy about it:

    —sometimes Bettie writes about how writing zines is hard, and throwing away work you’re not happy with

    —there’s a lot in these zines about organising zine fairs, something I’ve never done but I am super glad other people do

    —other topics include excellent people the author knows, ice hockey, excellent zines and music, terrible past housemates and low-key wedding plans; all of these are favourite topics of my own

    —i really like the mixture of handwriting, typewriting, and printing, and the different backgrounds and illustrations

    —Bettie just seems really happy to write these zines?

    Also Bettie’s handwriting is almost identical to my former housemate’s, and that just makes the zine feel extra friend-shaped to me.

    I bought these all from Penfight Distro (https://penfightdistro.com/) a while ago. I keep meaning to go check if there are any more, as all four are really enjoyable.

    And a new to me and super fun zine:

    How To Properly Read Other Peoples Minds
    Crash Reynolds
    @IndelibleCrash
    https://linktr.ee/indeliblecrash)

    I picked up a bunch of zines from Crash Reynolds on my way to work the day I did not actually do any work and instead drove to the hospital to surprise! meet my son. So as you imagine it took me a few days to read any of them. I loved the look of Crash’s art when I first saw it, and I was really taken by “How To Properly Read Other Peoples Minds”: a very short zine with cute illustrations and Exact Instructions. I look forward to reading the rest of the parcel soon!

  • Guest Posts,  Zine Reviews

    Guest Mini Zine Review: Oh Shit. I Accidentally Lived to be 24. What Now??

    I’m Amber and I make zines under the name Amber is Blue. I’m writing a couple of mini zine reviews for Nyx while they’re unwell.

    I’m a chronically ill artist and zine maker, most of my work focuses on my mental illnesses to show people in a relatable and accessible way what living with mental illness is really like and how specific symptoms impact everyday behaviours. Through my art I want to encourage people to look at mental illness without stigma. I’m also non-binary and so gender identity and expression also feature heavily in my work.

    https://linktr.ee/amberisblue

    Oh Shit. I Accidentally Lived to be 24. What Now??
    https://www.instagram.com/smallbabyslug/

    This was my favourite zine that I got at Festival of the Photocopier last month – and I got a lot of zines at Festival of the Photocopier last month.

    Oh Shit. I Accidentally Lived to be 24. What Now?? consists of a personal essay about Small Baby Slug’s move to Melbourne and them coming to terms with how amazing and talented they are. It is so hard to put your art out there and expose your vulnerabilities so I really appreciate Small Baby Slug’s work.

  • Guest Posts,  Zine Reviews

    Guest Mini Zine Review: It’s Better Than Nothing

    I’m Amber and I make zines under the name Amber is Blue. I’m writing a couple of mini zine reviews for Nyx while they’re unwell.

    I’m a chronically ill artist and zine maker, most of my work focuses on my mental illnesses to show people in a relatable and accessible way what living with mental illness is really like and how specific symptoms impact everyday behaviours. Through my art I want to encourage people to look at mental illness without stigma. I’m also non-binary and so gender identity and expression also feature heavily in my work.

    https://linktr.ee/amberisblue

    It’s Better Than Nothing by
    Baby With a Nail Gun
    https://www.instagram.com/babywithanailgun/

    It’s Better Than Nothing is a full colour mini zine by Baby With a Nail Gun/Ziggy.

    This is a very special zine because the original was all hand embroidered, which is incredible. When looking at the zine you can really see the time and the work it took to create. All of Ziggy’s work is incredibly personal and touching, which is why I relate to it so much. This is one of those zines that you read and it makes you think: ‘I feel the exact same way, I just couldn’t put it into words’.

  • Guest Posts,  Zine Reviews

    Guest Mini Zine Review: Paris on Film and Amsterdam on Film

    I’m Amber and I make zines under the name Amber is Blue. I’m writing a couple of mini zine reviews for Nyx while they’re unwell.

    I’m a chronically ill artist and zine maker, most of my work focuses on my mental illnesses to show people in a relatable and accessible way what living with mental illness is really like and how specific symptoms impact everyday behaviours. Through my art I want to encourage people to look at mental illness without stigma. I’m also non-binary and so gender identity and expression also feature heavily in my work.

    https://linktr.ee/amberisblue

    Paris on Film / Amsterdam on Film
    Monica Lauren
    https://linktr.ee/baby__mon

    Paris on Film and Amsterdam on Film are two full colour mini zines by Monica Lauren, which contain several 35mm photographs taken by them during their trip overseas.

    Not only are both zines full of incredibly beautiful photographs, but they also give you a look at what Paris and Amsterdam are like from the view point of an artist – you discover what’s important to Monica, what things touched their heart the most about the two cities. I love both these zines. Monica is a beautiful photographer.

  • Guest Posts,  Zine Reviews

    Guest Zine Review: Oishii Expressions (Reviewed by J.E.M. Hast)

    Oishii Expressions
    Creepy Cheese

    https://www.instagram.com/thecreepycheese/
    https://linktr.ee/thecreepycheese

    Oishii Expressions is a A7 one-page folded and thrice stapled mini containing a fun selection of Japanese phrases for when things aren’t going your way.

    I picked up this zine at Festival of the Photocopier in February. I love bilingual zines and have a particular soft spot for Japanese. More importantly, I couldn’t resist the cheeky smile of the soy sauce fish!

    Each of the six pages has a phrase written in hiragana, Japanese script, with the romaji (or Roman characters) transliteration. I thought this was a really cool feature which makes the zine accessible and useful for people with different levels of Japanese. As someone who understands hiragana, I enjoyed being able to read the zine in the original language as well.

    The English translation is beneath my favourite part: the full colour illustrations of highly expressive sushi. The faces these critters pull demonstrate the meaning of the phrase just as well as the text. These sushi pals aren’t just your standard California roll either – I was really happy to see an onigiri rice ball!

    If you’re keen on languages or adorable sushi characters, nab yourself a copy of Oishii Expressions.

    This has been a guest zine review by J.E.M. Hast!

  • Guest Posts,  Zine Reviews

    Guest Zine Review: Wiseblood #65 The Pussy Whipped Again Issue Reviewed by Bloodfreak

    wiseblood-65-zine-cover-art

    Zines have entered a very sad period; the saddest in the history of zines. The zine world has been taken over by liberals who spout the same nonsense incessantly. There was a day when zines covered every walk of life and included incredibly diverse opinions. Alas, that day is gone.

    But with Fishspit’s “Pussy Whipped Again” issue of his Wiseblood (started in 1984!), we finally get “notes from the underground.” This is something truly different.

    This zine records Fishspit’s struggle to put a zine out that upsets the so called “modern liberal” with their incredible closed mindedness. Liberalism, by its nature, is supposed to be a system of values which is based in open-mindedness. But they’ve somehow warped liberalism into an actual intolerant fascism. It’s truly amazing!

    It has delightful collage work that expresses just what it means to be pussy-whipped, and just what it means to not be. It has a sensationally funny story about Fishspit slapping a female cat on her ass and the unbelievably whacky consequences. It also has the truly entertaining story of a fellow taking a date to the zoo, and having a giraffe sneeze an amazing amount of snot in her face, and the farcical results of just such absurdity.

    You won’t find anything like it in the countless zine drivel by the “Oh! We’re so oppressed” zesters. (To give an example I recently received a zine with an entire content arguing that white female feminists were not true feminists because of their privilege! Who wants to read that nonsense?!)

    It is unbelievably refreshing to have a zine like this! I give a nod and a wink to Fishspit for his bravery to keep putting out zines that are going to be unpopular with the zine status quo. This sort of zine is the true “underground” in the modern zine scene.

    wiseblood-art

  • Guest Posts

    Guest Zine Review!: Don’t Call Me Cupcake #5 Reviewed by Fishspit

    Don't Call Me Cupcake Title

    A Review of “Don’t Call Me Cupcake” #5 by Fishspit

    Good golly Miss Molly! Cupcake has done it again! Giving us another fascinating glance into her bazaar persona in “Don’t Call Me Cupcake” #5! Let’s begin with her little ditty “The Night My Heart Broke.” Stories of a person’s dark night of the soul can often result in complete duds . . . boring us with their self-righteousness and self-importance . . . or . . . they can strike awe in our hearts with the unfathomableness of such an experience. From Byron to Beelzebub (as reported in Milton) I have searched out such stories all my life . . . and I’m here to report that Cupcake’s account is one of the finest I have read. From the destitution of her poor little soul, to her stand against her bedevilments (with resulting resilience) this story has got the suss! No candy-ass pussy-footing here! It’s an intense story . . . a tiny holocaust . . . much to be admired that it would be shared.

    You will bounce like a ping pong ball through Cupcake’s extreme neuroticism (“the broccoli mountain” and “liar liar”) into her love of writing . . . into her being cheeky enough to let us know what her 30 year old self would tell her 20 year old self . . . then whappo (!) Back to more neuroticism. She’s funny, nihilistic, passionate, and completely cracked. I am not a reviewer . . . nor am I person who would associate with this sort of weirdo (it’s quite obvious that Cupcake is a bluestocking, and I’ve always found this kind of broad insufferable to be around) . . . so! So! When I say this zine is absolutely delightful (and a must read) you can trust me on this. I ain’t shy about telling when a zine is a snoozer

    . . . when I tell you all that this zine is the smash . . . it ain’t to be taken lightly.

    P.S. I hope that Cupcake will tell us in #6 why the 30 year old Nyx would tell the 20 year old Nyx to not introduce Wanderer (that’s her “bloke” as she calls him) to Facebook.

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