I just received my copy of Jon McNaught‘s beautifully illustrated comic, Birchfield Close, in the mail. What a great book! With subtle colours and simple imagery McNaught is able to give a great sense of time, place, mood and memory. He depicts the everyday, but weaves wonderful patterns and very subtle humor through his panels; it’s a real delight to look at.
His other comics are excellent too. I especially like the one below, with woman getting into her car and driving away.
Birchfield Close has been released by boutique publishing house Nobrow, out of London. They release great stuff, expect a post on them shortly.
You can buy Birchfield Close here.
And check out Jon’s blog .
Friend Amy from Pretty Pretty Yum Yum just emailed me these photos of bacon fat popcorn from her current trip in America. What the fuck?! I need to recreate this work of art immediately. Check out more amazing food at her blog: prettyprettyyumyum.wordpress.com. Also, try your luck at getting your hands on her zine Waku Waku. It’s all about her adventures in Osaka, Japan.
She mentions a few other zines including that of Queensland (?) artist Mel Stringer. I haven’t read her zine, but I scoped out her drawings and they’re really great! I really like her water colour caricatures. Check her out.
Draw to zine article.
After i posted about French publishing house Le Dernier Cri, I spent a bit of time looking at some of the artists they’ve published (in part figuring out which of their publications I wanted to buy).
French artist, Moolinex was one of the first to catch my eye. I really liked his colourful mix of comic art, sexual imagery, 80’s iconography, abstract forms, collage and pop culture. Even though his images are often chaotic, he’s an excellent draftsman and has a great sense of design.
Florence Beaugier describes Moolinex’s work as mix of “comic images, advertising, fashion, music, folk art, nothing escapes him, everything is swallowed and then regurgitated to feed the viewer with compelling images, all with a dark sense of humor. All mediums and materials (type, collage, cutouts, painting, drawing, assembly, canvas, clothes) are used to serve not only an ironic and distanced iconography, but also show us the permanent and unavoidable issue that arises: how to build powerful images that are simple and funny? And this, when dealing with important topics like education, love, death, sex, rock and roll or 3rd Reich, makes the exercise all the more difficult. His recipe? It is inexplicable, we can only distinguish a few ingredients, such as the ability to make the absurd outweigh the existential torment, his rejection of any form of censorship and complex view of complexity. Moolinex is fighting against the dogma, fatalism, and especially against intellectualism frantic plasticity and the aesthetics of today, more than resist, he argues, once again it opens a door.”
Heavy. I like his work though. I think it’s cool.
You can buy Moolinex’s work from Le Dernier Cri here.
I’m really sorry for the quality of these photos – a friend of mine has gone to Europe and my camera went with her. Anyway, here are some shots from Issue #3 of Newcastle, Australia. It’s an amazing zine, full of illustrations of Newcastle, its buildings and its abandoned objects. Trevor Dickinson’s line work is impeccable! Newcastle has some great old buildings and the shipping yards on the way to Stockton would be great material. Grab a copy here: www.trevordickinson.com/newcastleprods/home.html.
Please be sure to visit the drawings on his site because these shots do not do them any justice.
Yo. Just thought I’d give some shine to one of our contributors, Sam Thomas. This dude can draw! He works with pencil, water colour and the trusty copic multiliner. His work is seriously amazing. Dig.
A few years ago, while visiting Berlin, I came a across a really great shop. They had the most amazing zines and independent comics I’d ever come across! They had stuff from all over the world. I remember there werre quite a few comics in the store that shared a similar aestheic and content. They were large format, entirely silk screened, bright, almost garish colours (often fleshy, errotic pinks, purples and neons) and were very expicit in what they depicted inside. I loved their aesthetic straight away, although the explicitly sexual, often violent content didn’t do that much for me. I bought one of these comics for my friend Eddie. He told me about its publisher, Le Dernier Cri.
Le Dernier Cri is a French underground publisher , specializes in silkscreen graphics, prints and comics. They were founded in 1992 by Pakito Bolino and Caroline Sury (another publishing duo like Speigelman and Mouly). I guess I would describe what they publish as outsider art. Le Dernier Cri don’t believe in censorship; a lot of what they print is highly explicit.
Although based in France, Le Dernier Cri publish work of underground or alternative comics artists from around the world. In the store in Berlin I saw work from France, Germany and Japan. Some of the artists published include Matthias Lehmann , Mike Diana , Caroline Sury , Henrietta Valium , Daisuke Ichiba , Matti Hagelberg , Stu Mead , Blexbolex , Quentin Faucompré , Moolinex , Charles Burns , Keita Ota , Reinhard Scheibner , Frederick Poincelet , Nuvish, The Brothers Guedin… seriously great stuff!
Here is the Le Dernier Cri blog http://derniercrinews.blogspot.com/
Although I can’t remember the name of the shop in Berlin, here are my vague directions.
There is a place called Hackescher Markt, in East Berlin. There is a cinema at the fork of two roads, Rosenthaler strous and Oranienburger Strous. Next to it is an alley way covered in graph and stencil art. Wander down, you’ll see some cool 90s industrial robots. At the end of the alley you’ll find the book shop, a gallery and a bar. The bar was fitted out by the same people who made the robots (I think the artists are famous?). It’s all industrial and sci fi inside, pretty weird. I really recommend going to this shop if you’re in Berlin.
Here’s the approximate spot on the map…
As anyone who knows me knows, I do everything in slow motion. So with that excuse, here’s my delayed reaction to last month’s MCA Zine Fair – it was fuckin’ great! I saw tons of sweet zines and a whole bunch of nice people that I didn’t talk to because I’m shy. Best of all, the best zine I scored on the day was actually placed right into my lazy hands. It’s called Harvey The 29th and is created by some talented dude who goes by the name, Tinman Johnson (who sounds like an old bluesman, yet has the immaculate penmanship of a teenage girl).
The zine has the style of classic George Herriman comics (Krazy Kat and Ignatz) or those wacky Merry Melodies cartoons from the ’30s (you can kinda hear Cab Calloway bellowing some reefer swing tune in the back of your head while you read it). It’s funny and weird and shot through with some nutty absurdity (eg: a great panel of Harvey playing ten-pin bowling with a skull and bones, and another of a bunch of skeletons playing poker at the bottom of a 10-foot grave). Highly recommended!
Hey guys. I don’t really know that many zine distros in Australia but here are some that I’ve discovered over the years.
Emma and Tim are super rad and their online zine distro, Take Care, is super rad too. They always come up to say hi at fairs or shows which is really nice. Send them some zines and buy some stuff off them! www.takecarezines.org
Bird In Hand:
My friend Pat is from Newcastle and he said that Newcastle is dying from the inside out as big malls get built in the outer suburbs which means that streets like Hunter St and King St have heaps of empty shopfronts. Anyway, Bird In Hand were able to secure one of the shopfronts as part of Renew Newcastle. You should check them out and send them some zines! www.zineshop.com.au | 100a King Street, Newcastle
Sticky were the first ever shop to ask for Beef Knuckles!! They live underground, beneath Flinders St Station in Melbourne and they put on amazing events like The Festival Of The Photocopier. On a side note, here is Hon’s Guide to Melbourne! You never have to leave Elizabeth St!
1. Start at Flinders St Station and visit Sticky. Buy some zines and drop off some of your own.
2. Cross the street and walk up Elizabeth. Buy some hot chips from Lord Of The Fries. Yum!
3. Walk up a block and head into Mag Nation. Use their wi-fi upstairs and stand around reading their mags.
4. Cross the street and buy Cool Runnings from JB Hi-Fi.
5. Go up the street and head into the magic shop. Ask the shop assistant to show you their two card monte routine. Amazing!
6. You’ve been on your feet for ages! Go next door and get a nice cold juice.
7. Walk up another few blocks and walk into Outre. Get angry at Shepard Fairey and marvel at their cool books on pinstriping.
8. Still on your feet? Walk up further and ask to take one of the motorbikes for a spin.
Phew, so that’s my guide to Melbourne. Isn’t Elizabeth St the best street in Australia?!
And back to Sticky, check them out! http://www.stickyinstitute.com | Shop 10, Campbell Arcade, Melbourne
Red Eye Records:
Predominantly a record store but they also stock zines. I gave them my first ever zine about 10 years ago and I’m pretty certain that it’s still sitting there, unsold and collecting dust. www.redeye.com.au | 66 King Street, Sydney 2000
Missing Link is my favourite record store in Australia! If you’re in Melbourne check them out, buy some zines / albums / t-shirts and drop off some of your own! www.missinglink.net.au | Basement 405 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000