Friday, May 20, 2011

the sadness of practicing magic without nature

Hello deers, today has been a trying one.Welcome to my melodramatic post. My teeth of wisdom are trying to scare my milkteeth from their innocent cavern, my fox may have to run in another den and my eyewells are dry from crying, listening to the soft whispering drum and bass song my former love and I shared, and trying to believe magic and whimsy will occur once again. Onto brighter fields, i've been ordering lots of zines and writing letters- it feels nice to actively participate in the widespread writing and zinemaking community. Today I went to the post office and got some space stamps, mercury project and Messenger Mission themed. Watch your mailboxes fine foxes.

First off, I recently found a piece of paper that I wrote down a bunch of Artist's names to look up later. On the scrap I also drew a crying person with a bob haircut and a hand over one eye. Here are images and things from these artists.

Second, While Portland is borrowing this Philadelphia/Seattle Artist Kinoko, She is putting up fancifully futuristic but demure fairy tale beasts at Black Wagon. Check the show out until the end of the month.

Zine Reviews

Soyamilkzine #1

I've read probably hundreds of zines on Veganism, from information, meathouse horror fiction, Animal activist histories to cookbooks. This one focuses heavily on music that speaks against the human waste cycle and for animals/veganism. Lyrics, interviews with Anchor and Lawrence Arms, Love letters to spoons, Hummus, and Liquid smoke. the article I found most interesting to read was The Paragon of Animals: reflections on the Human Perception of Intelligence. I failed to appreciate the derogatory usage of the words "cunt" and "retarded" in relation to vegan slogans but otherwise found it a nicely compiled zine.

Sugar Needle #32
Corina Fastwolf
P.O Box 66835
Portland, OR 97290
Ah, what can be said about sugar needle but what a sweet sweet little read it consistently is! Corina explores candy, 32 issues later! As someone who went to the dentist and have about 12 cavities today, I hate to admit i get candy recommendations from this little zine. In this issue there is also an interview with Portland trashy surf band Guantanamo Baywatch. The best thing in this issue is the discovery of "Belly Flops", irregular Jelly beans marketed as such. I also just opened it up again and I had smashed flowers inside from a cute girl i went out with last week. Cool.

Femme A Barbe
I love this zine so much - women with facial hair! History, high quality personal accounts, a work of fiction and just a touch of genderbending. Nice artwork scattered about. One of my favourite zines of all time.

The Other WO/MAN zine
A lovely person named Sarah came to stay with us this summer while travelling, and she brought an amazing and painful to read zine with her - all about being the big other, whatever that may mean to one! Great concept and similary great pieces. my favourite piece is called "No other woman" about one woman's grandparents lifelong love during the depression, wars, and eventually passing on. Another best zine of all time!

Danielle Rodeo Warhola and Quinn Little Arrow Warhola

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Zine And Comic Reviews

Jesus Christ Super Zine #2
jcszine at

The long Awaited second issue of Ariel Birks' Award Winning zine on Christianity! Explored within the pink pages are her parent's relationship with the church, youth camps and events, sexuality e-mails with an
Atheist and an Interview with New York Crochet Artist Nathan Vincent on coming out queer with a Christian family. Written in Ariel's accessible, honest and sometimes rib wreckingly hilarious voice...A great zine on it's own but best paired with it's predecessor, Jesus Christ Super zine Number one to get the whole story.
Bonus: She also comes clean and posts parts of youth journals! I recently destroyed all of mine in case i die and people comb through my things. That takes some mettle!

Map of Fog
Marcos Soriano
P.O Box 27252
San Fransisco, CA 94127

Well rounded and written zine out of Lovely San Fransisco opens with an evocative piece on working at a hotel with a jumper suicide (sucide has been a fairly popular zine topic in the last few months, and has been effectively catching my attention) and folks reactions after witnessing it and covering the person up from the common eye. Also of note is an interview with a person who was stabbed, plus photos and writing on some hidden places and things to see in San Fransisco. All the pieces are very well written and varied, so you will probably enjoy at least one piece!

Narcolepsy Press Review #6
PO Box 17131
Anaheim, CA 92817
narcolepsypresszine at

What a great zine. Reviews and life updates from a unique voice. Randy writes on his summer, shows, books, music played on his E-pod and going to the fair to eat a bunch of fried food. Solid! There are a bunch of letters from prisoners in this one, but I got a little bored and did not read them all. May
be later I will. But onto the reviews! Thanks for sharing the opinions and giving us access to each other's zines. Also included are Little excepts from comics and clippings pages, and a couple of pages of ads for rad zine related things.

The First Thirty Years
Martine Workman

A truly beautiful and charming zine I picked up from Artist Martine at Stumptown Comics Festival. Comics, charming drawings playing with words, photocopy + ink and little tiny poems. Also came with a tiny, tiny newsletter detailing P-patch updates on her street and little jokes.
A total delight!


One of the only things that made me titter super hard at Stumptown. I was pretty broke so had to choose carefully what comics and publications to bring into my life. I ended up with two beer coozies, this guy's neon covered swirly detailed spacemonster comic, Martine Workman's "First thirty Years", and Kinoko's latest Zine City Comics.Check out this cover! "cultural Overload" or something Kinoko says. Cool.