Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A couple of zines recently received a la post, as reviewed by Steven Hughes Purkey

Zine Reviews of:

Gazorbnik by Robert Hand Ferry 
&
Baspmatic #10 by Josh Didriksen


Both of these fuckers are contributors to the latest Gag Me With A... zine & I  can see why we included them. Brilliant shit here. 

Baspmatic boasts "Glitch Concept Distraction Chic" & is almost entirely art, with just a stray poem popping its head onto a page here or there. Josh sent us a previous issue for review & we immediately asked him to submit to Gag Me. If y'all don't know what Glitch Art is, give it a one over here: www.Basper01.tumblr.com 
I wish I could do some of the shit he does...I'd take up Glitch in a heartbeat...

Gazorbnik has no words at all, except the title & author on the cover. It's a rock n roll psychedelic journey through time & space constantly on the edge of chaos, yet somehow managing to maintain the cosmic order of things. Think acid flashback...with a hint of pop culture just to fuck with ya. I've been a fan of everything Robert does...from his comics to his art & music - this fucker's got it going on. As his wife once noticed, "Robert's a creative genius." Agreed. Really stunning images in here. Bravo. See for yourself: www.Gazorbnik.com/next.htm

Thank you for sending your work, fellas...


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Monday, July 07, 2014

International Zine Month ~ Friday-Sunday, Days Four, Five & Six!

Okay, okay...so we slacked all weekend & didn't get our homework done. But, here's the make-up! A 3-day weekend ultimate burst in one shitty li'l post! 

Day Four: Read a zine from a country other than your own


We only had three zines laying around that were not from the good ol' US of A ~ the brand new & tragically hip, Zine Nation #2 (Canada)...& those two li'l cutesy cute yet manly as all hell micros by Brix Skwikz (Brazil)...so those are what we read. 


First off, Zine Nation reviewed not 1, but 3 MC Sunflower Jones titles...so we love it!  Seriously, tho...this guy does reviews, interviews, & promotes zines as an art form that challenges the "mass media" status quo. & that is important, god damn it. Important to you, important to all of us in the zine community. Here's to more issues of Zine Nation! (Rumor has it that #1 came out 10 years ago!) We love that it is a print zine reviewing print zines...& we're in the company of friends as he also reviews issue 1-3 of Suicidal Goldfish (hi, Suemi!) & The Escapist Artist #10 (go, Jolie!) We recommend this zine review zine to all who love zines & wanna fresh read! Go buy it on Etsy at: www.etsy.com/listing/191649256/zine-nation-issue-2-zine-reviews-small

Next up is madman Brix Skwikz outta Brazil, who dazzles us with with 2 charming micro zines, chalk full of crazy drawings & thought-provoking snippets of pretty poetry. The outcome is often 
distressing & dour...yet wholeheartedly loveable! Brix is a maniac by definition & unstoppable by sheer heartwarming passion...& he's the nicest motherfucker you will ever have the pleasure of calling a friend. Trade zines with him & call him frequently, 'cause seriously guys...seriously. Steven reviewed these li'l gems awhile back...click away to read all about 'em: http://www.zinesandshit.com/2014/04/mini-zine-shoutout-by-steven-hughes.html  <3

Day Five: Teach yourself a new zine skill


Steven is keeping his new skill a secret until Gag Me 11:11 comes out...let's just say it involved figuring out a way to bind some fabric into a zine & we cannot wait for y'all to see it! Pre-order this occultishly darling 11:11 issue of Gag Me With A... & be the first on your block to see what curio techniques we've come up with! www.etsy.com/listing/192971565/gag-me-with-a-1111-paranormal-the-occult

Mary in the middle...
Deirdree's new skill is a sneaky peek of what will be in this radically esoteric issue of our comp zine...she got herself an exacto knife & went to town for this activity, teaching herself how to make a stencil (learning the in's & out's of this crazy zine technique from Australia's own zinester with the mostess, Tasha Nicholls of A Zine Thing)! It may not be perfect, this pentagram, but a practice run for the real deal & while the cutting was a cinch, the paint-application will need a bit of perfecting...perfecting that will be practiced on mail art aplenty: a warning to all with pending posts from MC Sunflower Jones, forrealz! <3

Day Six: Add your zine to or update your ZineWiki.org


Holy hell we have a lot of updating to do...& it's all in code? Sheeeit. Well, we got both of our personal pages pretty up-to-date with new descriptions & links & whatnot. Now to go back & fix up the page for Gag Me With A... & some of our other zines. & maybe an MC Sunflower Jones page? That'd be nice...real nice. But seriously, it's all in code? Does anyone know how to shrink a photo? In code? That'd totes make you our hero...ferrealz. If ya wanna check out what we've done go here: http://zinewiki.com/Steven_Hughes_Purkey & here: http://zinewiki.com/Deirdree_Prudence

& now we're off for a smoke break, before getting down to business with today's activity...stay tuned, magick lovebunnies!

p.s. Thanks y'all...we love ya! <3

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Day Three: Zine Distro Appreciation Day! Order from a zine distro

With it being Zine Distro Appreciation day, we kinda gave today's challenge a different spin... what better way to appreciate a distro than to give without expecting anything in return? Brown Recluse Zine Distro, a POC distro phenomenon outta Seattle & headed by Nyky Gomez, has been raising money to have a grand ole time at Portland Zine Symposium with some fresh new blood to pass around & share with the hippest of zine town folks. 

With only $0.15 in the bank, quite literally, we couldn't contribute officially to their Go Fund Me campaign but it's a zine distro & zinesters love snail mail, right? So we took our last few bucks (again, quite literally), hid them in one of our micro zines, stuck it inside a li'l note of love & stuck it in a pretty'd up envelope & dropped it off in a the local ghetto mailbox down the street! 

Day Three's daily challenge for International Zine Month? Complete! 

For more information on Brown Recluse's Go Fund Me campaign, please clickity-click this linkity-link! <3

IZM Day Two: Re-read your favorite zines!

Hola, fluffy flamingos!

 

We recently had a catastrophic departure from our old living residence into some new digs &, to our dismay, lost everything - including all our beloved zines. Our personal zine library is gone. Slowly but surely, however, we've been collecting again & so this daily challenge was a bit sorrowful, to say the least. 

That said, however, we have received some great zines in the last few weeks & were able to chose a few that we really enjoyed! Here's the lowdown!

Steven: I decided to re-read one that we got not too long ago from Brown Recluse Zine Distro outta Seattle...it's an informative li'l thing called Li'l Dope Fiend Overdose Prevention Guide & it gives great advice, paired with comix-style illustrations, on what to do in case you or one of your drug buddies goes & ODs. ~ Sample from the zine: "Keep in mind that just because someone doesn't use needles it doesn't mean that they can't O.D. from pills (opiates, benzos), especially if combining with alcohol." This one was put out by San Francisco's MissionMiniComix.com in 2012 & they can be reached at MiniComix@gmail.com ~ good for passing around to anyone who may not have access to or otherwise seek the info on their own...having this knowledge could def make the difference in saving someone's life!

Deirdree: Dirty July #2: Christy, by Melanie ~ I actually wrote a bloggy-blog post about re-reading my new favorite, a li'l review I hope you'll like as much as I liked the zine! Here's a tiny taste: 

"...little memories, Nirvana & RHCH & recording Bon Jovi CDs onto cassette tapes & the difficulty that became of life in '94 when Kurt offed himself.* It's about a friendship that started before there were concrete memories & the memories that came throughout the ensuing years. Little anecdotes, little snapshots of the '80s & '90s through the filter of two girls laughing & passing notes in class. & it's about her friend's death at such a young age. & the heartache..."

To read the whole review & get Melanie's contact info for a copy, please clickity-click this link! Deirdree Darling's Bloggy Blog!

If you'd like to help make our zine collection grow, grow, grow like the flowers of sassy springtime, please know that your contribution would be thouroughly appreciated & loved, loved, loved! & of course, we're always down to trade...  

Please contact us at: MCSunflowerJones@ZinesAndShit.com 

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Day One: Make a top ten list of reasons you love zines!

1. No limits - you can be as creative as ya wanna, there are no boundries...if you can think of it, you  can do it. Zines come in many different sizes & can be about any topic you so desire. Wanna add something extra & special just for your zine? Do it. Sew a patch onto the cover...write it all out in your own blood...there are no boundries.

2. Now, we said there were no boundries when it comes to zines...but, here's one thing I really love about zines - there are boundries. Like, no hate lit of any kind is to be tolerated. No racism, sexism, ageism, classism...nothing discriminatory in any way. Bigots are not welcome at the zine party...no dice, Hoss. 

3. Zinesters are weird. We're kinda kooks, & that's okay. The vagabonds of the art & literary underground, we wait for no one to publish or show our work, we do it ourselves. We're a passionate folk & passion breeds eccentricities. One would be hard-pressed to think of a normie in the group of artists & writers I've met at zine events over the years. We come from all cultures, all countries, all tribes & all movements & can all love on each other 'cause we all love the same thing. You gotta be weird to persue zines 'cause they're hard work & all love. & for some reason, a lot of people don't understand them. Like they don't understand us.

4. That special feeling of pride & accomplishment when you've delivered your egg baby, when you can smell the toner in the air, hear the whizzing of the copier fizzle out & feel the warmth of the pages, a zine of your own making just being birthed, being printed, copied, reproduced for the masses. & the ensuing instant gratification of finishing your egg baby & giving it away, seeing the faces of those with the honor of receiving it fresh off the shitty copier, of seeing the smiles. It's heady, it's dizzying, it's magick.

5. Zinesters don't have bosses...there's nobody cracking the whip telling you to get your zine finished. & on that same note, there is nobody to tell you what you can or cannot do with your zine. A zine can be written in one day, or toiled over - tirelessly editing each & every word until your zine is everything you imagined it could be. So, if you don't get your zine done, it's nobody's damn fault but your own...& if your zine explodes onto the scene, a force not to be tangled with, the glory is all yours yours yours. Live it up, you hip fucker...you motherfucking earned it!

6. Making friends & influencing people. Since we're all a li'l weird, & all are obsessed with the same passion, it's pretty easy to find people you're gonna fall in platonic love with. Or in love love (see: Zine Crush). To find people just as enthusiastic about this crazy, misunderstood medium is like the bee's motherfucking knees - fireworks literally explode in the shape of hearts as you find these like-minded weirdos & simply "click." & then you start to see your own creative influence on others, just as you take from this zine or take from that zine. It's all an incestuous process of pushing the limits. & doing it with love. A love for the medium, a love for creation, a love for each other. 

7. This one is kind of a pro & a con: anyone can make a zine. The accessibility of this amazine artform is open to all who take the task upon themselves & put in the work. So, you end up with all kinds of zines...crazy grand schemes to shitty li'l zines, the quality of work runs the rainbow'd gamut of cool. But what you may consider crap, another will find something that they can deeply relate to...

8. Simply: the work. The process. The cutting of little images with your colorful (& deadly sharp!) craft scissors. The always having a purple glue stick on you at all times & whipping it out when a page number falls off the master at the copiers or sitting on your bed gluing those little just-cut-out images onto a collage of words & photos. Cutting out every line to a poem & purposefully leaving them a li'l askew on the page after the glue dries. The typing, the writing, the illustration, the layout. Especially the layout. Finding the perfect image for the cover. Pasting down the master copy. The menial work of laying out zine pages with scissors & gluesticks in hand is totes a meditation of epic creative energy swirling, finding root, taking hold. 

9. Speaking of colorful craft scissors & purple glue sticks: the deep love of office supplies. From colored staples to the weight of the paper, invitation or social envelopes, the feel of a powerful long arm stapler in your grip. It just doesn't get much better than that. Know a zinester & need a gift idea? Fuck the gift card to Walmart - give 'em the gift of Staples or Office Depot! 'Cause those aisles upon aisles of glittering rad shit is Valhalla & beckons like the elixir of the gods. Sharpies, & astrobrites & toner cartridges, oh my!

10. One word: community. As long as you're not an asshole, the zine scene can be extremely welcoming & supportive. There's a familial touch to the camaraderie. We're all misunderstood in some way. There's always a wing to be taken under. There's always a coffee cup waiting for you, another project to contribute to. Tons of zine nerds make comp zines - it's a party. & when two clicksters can't get enough of each other, there're split zines...collaborations a go go is the name of the game. So let's get together & feel all right...