• Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: Lots of Little

    Lots of Little
    Sophie McPike
    http://www.sophiemcpike.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/sophiemcpike/

    Lots of Little is an A6 black on cream paper collection of drawings.

    Sometimes you just want something nice. Something that makes you smile and that you don’t have to think too hard about. This collection meets this desire wonderfully.

    Lots of Little as a thick zine chock full of fun and cute (but not cutesy), drawings of bugs, flowers, trees, and other creatures. Some drawings are accompanied by handwritten text – usually a few words that go with the drawing. For example, “Little Friends of Fly” accompanies an assortment of bugs.

    My two favourites are a trumpet filled with flowers, and a flower saying “Your emotional nature is strong and sensitive” to a snail. (I’d love to get the latter as a print because it speaks to me on so many levels.) Sophie’s art style falls comfortably somewhere in the realms of cute, fun, and – at times – amusingly bizarre. It makes for a zine that isn’t ‘too’ anything in particular – including not too happy and not too sad. (A peruse of Sophie’s site will give you a clear idea of the style found within this zine.)

    Lots of Little is the kind of zine you can take as fast or slow as you want. A great zine companion for a lazy sunny afternoon or a quick trip on public transport. I appreciated the artistic wander through the loveliness and strangeness of nature.

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: Noble Head Funnies #6: Who Is the Sassy Nibbler?

    Noble Head Funnies #6: Who Is the Sassy Nibbler?
    Edward Parker Bolman
    sandfleapress@gmail.com
    Rick Bradford
    www.poopsheetfoundation.com

    Noble Head Funnies 6 is a quarter-sized black and white collection of comics and serial comic instalments.

    I don’t often see a lot of serials (stories/comics/etc told in parts over the course of multiple issues) in zines, and this is the first zine comic with serials that I’ve seen.

    Noble Head Funnies reminds me of a variety show in all the best ways. There are continued stories from earlier issues, ‘ads’ for silly things that remind me way too much of Soylent Green, and other little additions surrounding the main story of the Sassy Nibbler.

    Even better, they occasionally give nods to each other even though they appear, at first, to be separate story universes. I enjoyed this ‘meta’ quality of some of the comics. One makes references to earlier issues of the Noble Head series itself. Another comic sees a character launched out of its own comic earlier land rather amusingly in another comic later on.

    I’d describe the humour of the comics as cheeky. With the title comic’s main character – the Sassy Nibbler – kidnapping toffs and nobs, it’s ‘old’ enough to be amusing to adults but ‘young’ enough to be a relaxing, amusing read.

    The aforementioned serialisation of some of the comics included has me leaving a little conflicted. I know it harkens to other serials and the boost to sales/attention for the other issues, but in the zine world – where it’s often even harder than in other mediums to find the full set of something – I wonder how well these aspects translate. Alas, I’ll keep my bum firmly on the fence for that particular topic for now.

    All up, Noble Head Funnies 6 is a comic read that made me smile for a number of reasons, and I’m curious about other issues (and not just because of the serials).

  • Happy Mail,  Videos

    Happy Mail Monday – Very Scattered Monday Edition

    Hello, hello, and hello. Today I am very scattered, but that’s largely due to how excited I am to see the amazing zines that have landed in my post box! Zines from Israel, Singapore, the US, France, and more.

    Thank you so much for watching.

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    Awesome People/Places/Spaces Mentioned:

    *Depression Vlog – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sYArgtUDgU&t=20s

    *Anna Gecko –

    *Warglitter Zines YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIhWqEQQ5lHcuG4cJOz3O9g/
    *Warglitter – https://www.warglitter.com/

    *Hadass – https://hadass420.wordpress.com/
    *PMS Mess – https://www.etsy.com/shop/PMSmess

    *Emeezines – https://www.instagram.com/emeezines/

    *Shei – https://linktr.ee/_godsavethequeer_
    *God Save the Queer on Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/Shop/godsavethequeer

    *Mr Zinester – https://www.instagram.com/misterzinester/
    *Cuishirts – https://www.instagram.com/cuishirts/

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    My gummy bear earrings are from Zappix Art – https://linktr.ee/zappixart

    (Not sponsored – I just really like them)

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    Jaime Nyx
    PO Box 378
    Murray Bridge, SA 5253
    Australia

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    Link Tree: https://linktr.ee/seagreenzines

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: The Would-Be President

    The Would-Be President
    John Dishwasher
    http://johndishwasher.org/

    The Would-Be President is a black and white (with colour cover) US half-fold zine featuring a play inspired by Moliere’s play ‘The Would-Be Gentleman’.

    The play opens (written in script format with stage and actor directions) in the Oval Office, with characters ‘Avinka’ and ‘Kirchener’ contemplating a mysterious meeting called by President Ronald Rump and three people they’ve never met before. From there we have a comedic play about people who aren’t who they seem to be, a speech that changes the world – and then doesn’t, and an amusing twist that would (I imagine) satisfy quite a few people if it ever became reality.

    Funnily enough, this isn’t the first script zine I have ever seen, and I’m so glad people are making these kinds of zines. Goodness knows I could use as many laughs as I can manage of late, so a comedy script is doubly appreciated.

    When it comes to politics, it’s easy to get everyone fired up in a hurry. However, I think no matter who you are, you need to be able to have a laugh. This zine definitely provides at least a smile with thinly veiled parody characters, plenty of jokes about language use, and an ending I definitely didn’t expect until the last minute.

    I don’t want to give the ending away or most of the second half, really, so this is a little difficult to work around. I will say that even though I guessed the topic of the mystery speech before it happened, it was amusing to see it play out. (No pun intended. Mostly.)

    Aesthetically, this zine is great. I was in theatre in my school days, and I can imagine hauling around this zine with my lines highlighted. Everything is clear, the font is easy to read, and, save for a hiccup or two, the formatting is spot on.

    I was a little concerned in reading this because of the references that felt like they were definitely jokes but they didn’t land as well as they could have because I didn’t understand them. Not only am I not in the US, I don’t have television, either. For instance, Avinka puts a lot of emphasis on a lot of words (hat tip to dishwasher for making me feel irritated with her in a hurry), but I don’t know that I’ve ever heard the character upon whom she is based actually speak. So is that a play on reality or a funny thing thrown in for laughs?

    Still, goodness knows people over here aren’t exactly enamoured with our politicians, so the humour is appreciated all the same.

    If you’re in the mood for a longer zine read and a bit of funny prodding of Ronald Rump, Avinka, and Kirchener, then I think you’ll like this read.

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: Carly Rae Jepsen Fan Zine #1

    Carly Rae Jepsen Fan Zine #1
    Warglitter Zines
    https://www.instagram.com/warglitter/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIhWqEQQ5lHcuG4cJOz3O9g

    Carly Rae Jepsen Fan Zine #1 is a black and white zine a bit smaller than a 1/2 fold zine.

    You had me at multiple choice quiz.

    Ahem.

    Carly Rae Jepsen Fan Zine #1 opens gloriously with a list of facts about CRJ on the front inside cover followed by a multiple choice quiz to find out what Carly song you are. Oh my goodness! Talk about being transported back to my teenage years with glossy magazines and the secret belief that a six-question quiz really could reveal if my crush liked me ‘that way’. Hehe.

    After that, we have a lovely mix of facts and fun with a piece about Carly’s songwriting, mad libs (yes! mad libs!), Warglitter’s story about how she became a fan, and the answers to the aforementioned quiz.

    Fanzines are weird and slightly intimidating creatures to me (but not on a bad way). There are maybe one or two things in my life that I love enough to make a fanzine for, and I still haven’t done it. As per usual, I find confidence from those who have gone before, and what a fabulous example of fanzines this zine is!

    I like how Warglitter opened with the list of facts about Carly. Yes, I adore a personality quiz, but the facts list really got me into it and made me think that I’d like to listen to more of Carly’s music. (Score one for Warglitter.)

    Along with the quiz and mad libs, the fun cut and paste look and feel to this zine makes it all the more nostalgic and enjoyable for me.

    Carly Rae Jepsen Fan Zine #1 is a lot of fun and joyously shows Warglitter’s fan feels. Even if you’re not a fan, I think you should check out this zine. For the fun, for the feels, and/or simply for the mad libs.

    PS. So which Carly song am I? Well…

  • Off Topic,  Videos

    Vlog: Let’s Talk About Depression

    Hello, hello. Today I’m straying away from the usual topics to talk about depression – what’s been happening in my life, depression in general, and some rambling thoughts.

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    Jaime Nyx
    PO Box 378
    Murray Bridge, SA 5253
    Australia

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  • Community Spaces, Events, Fairs & Fests

    Zine Event: Perth Comic Arts Festival

    The Perth Comic Arts Festival is back again for 2019!

    Come and join us for the PCAF Festival Day on the 6th July at the ECU campus in Mount Lawley!

    ✧ Discover amazing comics and zines created by local and interstate talent at our MARKET HALL ✧
    ✧ Explore your own creativity in one of our wonderful all-ages COMIC MAKING WORKSHOPS✧
    ✧ Listen to our ARTIST TALKS for an insight into their passion ✧
    ✧ Experience two EXHIBITIONS that highlight the incredible variety of what comics can be! ✧

    And the best thing about PCAF? Everything at the event is FREE to attend!

    We have an onsite cafe to meet your caffeine and sustenance needs.
    PCAF is a wheelchair accessible event.

    Keep an eye on our Facebook page to stay up to date on PCAF as we announce more details!

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    Photographs & film footage will be taken at this event for use in ECU promotional material, the ECU website & social media. Please notify event staff if you do not wish your image to be included.

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