Hi! We’ve just finished up at the MCA Zine Fair and had a great time. Met up with lots of people and grabbed / swapped / bought a whole bunch of zines from great zine makers. We also launched Issue #4 of Beef Knuckles. As always, we handscreen printed each cover but this time we did two different colour schemes – a fluoro pink and a light blue. There’s only 100 of each colour. If you have a lazy $4 lying around why don’t you buy a copy? Drop us a line at:
hon.boey @ gmail.com
brynmail @ gmail.com
robmoran12345 @ yahoo.com
and I’ll send one out! And don’t forget to tell us which colour cover you want.
Here is the list of contributors for this issue: Sam Hoh, Sam Thomas, MC Grammar (“it’s grammar time!”), Alison, Kate McCartney, AzzaMcKazza,
DJ OG Costanza and Kell. Oh, and did I mention that we have an interview with Ian Haig, of !@#$% fame?
Recently I came across a copy of *?#%&#! Comics magazine. *?#%&#! Comics magazine is a compendium that was published in Melbourne in 1989, edited by brothers Andrew and Ian Haig. It’s interesting because it takes its cues from Raw Magazine.
Raw Magazine was edited by comic artist Art Spiegelman (Maus) and Françoise Mouly, and was a key part of the 80s underground comic movement. It brought together artists from the United States and Europe who were making intellectual, alternative comics.
*?#%&#! shares Raw’s large format and arty approach to making comics. Its contributors were almost all from Melbourne. They included Philip Brophy, who was part of the experimental group → ↑ → and now works as musician and artist; his then partner artist Maria Kozic who is now living in New York; Melissa Webb, who works as an illustrator in Melbourne; Carlo Golin, who is a practising artist and the two editors, Andrew and Ian Haig. Andrew Haig is now a designer and Ian Haig, whose work features heavily in the magazine, is now a practising artist who ‘works at the intersection of visual arts and media arts.’ He does cool drawings and animations.
At its core, *?#%&#! is a response to comics culture; Maria Kozic’s ‘Heads on Platters’ serves up decapitated comic icons. Fester Better’s ‘Tracey’s Dick’ turns Dick Tracey on its head, sending up Dick Tracey as a cross dressing transvestite who’d kill to keep his secret safe. Ian Haig’s ‘Then suddenly’ boils down the comic formula to a single panel illustration and text, which just might be the perfect comic. Its certainly the most economical. The comics inside *?#%&#! are funny, ironic, violent and poke fun at comics while paying homage to the art form.
As far as I can gather, there was only one edition of *?#%&#! ever made, which is a pity. *?#%&#! serves as a time capsule for Australian underground comics in 1989.
Ian Haig – http://www.ianhaig.net/
Andrew Haig – http://www.panghaig.com/main.html
Melissa Web – http://homepage.mac.com/fidelitarean/noisypics/folio/
Philip Brophy – http://www.philipbrophy.com/
Oh yeah, Beef Knuckles 3 coming early 2010!