I love it when I set up a trade and get my end of the deal sent off… and then forget about it. Haha. Then I am completely surprised when something arrives in the mail. Not the way to conduct business, certainly, but it can make for a nice surprise. Moving on!
I received this zine earlier this week and couldn’t resist diving in. I’m a bit gobsmacked that I haven’t pursued more anonymous type zines considering I enjoy making Dear Anonymous so much. As you can imagine, when offered a trade for this zine, I jumped at the chance.
Everything about Anonymous Said is clear and bold. I really love how easy it is to read everything. The read is on the faster side, but the actual content does slow you down, so I think it works out as a good balance.
The basic idea is that Cutthroat Cutie sent a call out for anonymous confessions, rants and unpopular opinions. This zine is the result. Set on backgrounds of various patterns, these messages have been cut out and pasted in as is. Everything is put in together, but the first half is more confessions and the second half is more secret confessions (I hope you’ll understand the distinction I’m trying to make).
Like with Dear Anonymous, some of the letters made me sad while some made me smile. While there’s no way I could possibly know, I do feel like there is a certain age group in regards to who submitted work, but that worked for the zine. Some of the letters were heartbreaking in that they’re so reflective of current societal struggles with issues like sexuality and mental illness. It was interesting to see that all packaged up and delivered this way.
I like that there is a letter on the back from Cutthroat Cutie to everyone who contributed. It could just be me reading into things, but I really got this sense of awe from the letter like she didn’t expect the response to be as much as it was. Good stuff.
My one nitpick (besides one letter that got put in there twice) is that there isn’t an info page whatsoever. I can’t get too wrapped up in that detail because I know some people create their zines that way on purpose. Still, whenever I see a zine I like, my first question is always: “Is there a second one?” Info pages make that much easier to find out.