Monday, November 24, 2014

A Scary Clown & A Hotdog: three zines in two reviews...

   by Deirdree Prudence Steven Hughes Purkey
Oh shit...there's old green bean! :)
Kind of a disgusting self-promotion bonanza but with really cool zines, these two digest-sized print atrocities are rad rad rad. & although you'll find MC Sunflower Jones in all three issues, we feel that these zines deserve all the credit in the galaxy of being fine assed publications. From Hell To Highwater Vol 2 Issues 5 & 6...& Ruin #5 - you'll be hardpressed to find some more enjoyable reading from two different universes. One, a perzine, the other a comp zine, they're both created by lovely gals who we def support & think you should, too! Forrealzies. Read on, indie baby crips, we'll give you the who, why, where's & how to get a copy as well! Ratings? Fuck ratings, just get these zines. Not because we're in them, but because they're swanky li'l gems that cannot be missed! & if you do miss these issues, there are more to come! Anyways, here's those reviews we promised!
Ruin #5/Double Chinchilla #10
Ruin #5
by Jolie Ruin 
$2 or Trade 
September 2014

Hailing from Somewhere, Indiana, Jolie has been on the scene for quite some time & her reputation outweighs her "ego." One of the nicest grrrls to work with, sweet like Sweet N Low, Jolie's a zine-making champion. What with so many zines out there - how can one pick or choose? Choose this one, fellow barhoppin' miscreants of the 3rd kind. Ruin is pretty much an interview zine, interviewing the likes of Jonas (Cheer the Eff Up)  & Ray Suburbia, this issue features noneother than us! She also goes on about wanting to create her zine publishing empire & it's the first time we've seen this but it's a - get this - split perzine, splitting pages with who? That's right - with Jolie, herself. She splits the zine in 2 halves, the second of which is all art from her other zine Double Chinchilla (#10). The contents range from cats to the bizarre to the grungy-cute basement tapes of a mad riot grrl gone grimey housewife... Jolie's art & creative output combine forces to be reckoned with. Her prolific publishing genteelness keeps us all on our toes & chomping at the bit for more more more! Get at her, tousle headed paper dolls, buy or trade...just complete the transaction, 'cause Jolie is rebel pink frosting on any zinesters library. And she makes pins, too. <3  <3 <3

From Hell To Highwater Vol. 2 Issue5
From Hell To Highwater Vol. 2 issues 5 & 6
Edited by Lisa Y. Méndez
$3? (we think...)

Our friend, the bike-riding sassy devil girly from San Diego, Lisa Y. Méndez is editor of these zines & what can we say 'cept From Hell To Highwater is a motherfucking radass comp zine, in #5 & #6 directly, despite the fact that we are in both of these issues... In particular we are struck by Lisa's choice picks of word & art from her ever-expanding grocery list of talented contributors. It's obvious that she knows what she likes & she knows her shit! Don't fuck around, dear hippies, this zine is serious business...while still honoring the DIY appeal of self-published subterranean tabloids & shit. Issue 5, complete with an interview of Alice Bag & poetry & comics & radically post-modern-psychedelic art of the gnarly kind in both b&w & color doesn't trail The Hometown Issue of #6 - a zine that really gives a nostalgic walk back to the early stomping grounds of contributors from Orange County to Oregon, Texas to New Jersey all the way to Brazil, home is where the hemp is, indeed. Pick up a copy of this zine & see what's happening with print culture in the 21st's kinda a mash-up of old school zinestering at its finest mixed with some of that newfangled computer program gizmo'd whatchamacallits that the kids are so crazy for these days. What with the layered text on translucent backgrounds & other cyborg tricks, yet this print-only zine looks like it was typed on a 1943 Royal Quiet de Luxe - just the way we like it. The hot pink staples don't hurt either... We're down with FHTH & will continue reading as long as they are being printed...speaking of which, issue number 7 shall be out in no time, considering the deadline is in like 5 days, blind melons of the zombie apocalypse. Y'all better get on it now, ya hear?! 

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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: 
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:

Thank you for sending your work, fellas...


Monday, July 07, 2014

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

Okay, 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) those are what we read. 

First off, Zine Nation reviewed not 1, but 3 MC Sunflower Jones 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:

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 away to read all about 'em:  <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!

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

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: & here:

& 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'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 in 2012 & they can be reached at ~ 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...  

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