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TINA / NYWF Zine Fair

Posted in Uncategorized by Dice on August 31, 2010

I guess before the MCA came along, the zine fair up at This Is Not Art was the biggest event for zinesters in NSW. Anyway, reservations for tables for 2010’s fair are now open. Grab a form from here. And if you miss out let us know cause you can probably share some space on our table if you like.

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Mini Comic Of The Month Club – May

Posted in Uncategorized by Dice on August 17, 2010

The Mini Comic Of The Month Club is a ‘club’ that was started by a few Oz comic artists at the end of 2009. Each month an artist does a comic and it’s sent out to all the club members. That’s 12 artists, 12 comics, 12 months. Only 50 copies of each are produced and then each recipient sells their copy on eBay for a lot of money.

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For May’s installment of The Mini Comic of The Month Club we received Ben Hutchings’ You Smell & Eye Don’t. It contains two pieces – the first is a conversation between Formula 1 driver Nigel Mansell and a boy on a street corner. The other is about packing mugs in the kitchen. Hope you like the shots below.





Zines I Done Bought Recently

Posted in Uncategorized by brynzo on August 5, 2010

I’ve been meaning to put up some posts about zines I’ve bought recently, including those i got at the Canberra Zine fair…

Here are a few good zines I bought over the internets.

The Static Revolver #1

Cover of The Static Revolver #1

I came across Static Revolver while trying to get my hands on a comic called A Very Kraftwerk Summer.  Unfortunately the store I tried to purchase from had sold out of Kraftwerk Summer.  Thankfully they had a copy of Static Revolver #1.  What a great cover!  SR#1 is a large format comic, produced by Kevin Ward and Lord Hurk out of London.  Inside there are two comics, each with there own style and story.  First is ‘All Smiles’ by Kevin Ward.  It’s the story of a young dentist living on Enchanted Island, a place famous for a population with amazing teeth.  Laws have been put in place, on the island, banning sugar, to maintain the peoples pristine smiles.  However, not everyone agrees with this idea.  The art is great!  The pen and ink drawings give a nice feel of 19th century Europe.  There is a real sense of place in this comic.  Good stuff.

All Smiles

A bonus illustration by Kevin Ward

‘The Black Lagoon’ by Lord Hurk is the other comic in SR#1.  In ‘The Black Lagoon’, people from a small English town are mysteriously going missing.  Could it have something to do with the black lagoon?  I’d wager it does.  Again, great art.  Lord Hurk’s style is much more graphic than the work of Kevin Ward.  It’s a nice contrast.  Both comics together make The Static Revolver #1 a great buy.

The Black Lagoon

Vitamins and Exercise:  A Book Inspired by Tom Cruise

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this zine with my issue of The Static Revolver.  Holy shit!!  This comic is hilarious!  It was created by David Bailey.  It’s full colour and chock full of absurd, ironic Tom Cruise capers.   I know Rob would really like this.

Vitamins and Exercise

Vitamins and Exercise

I bought both these comics from a great online store, based in the UK, called GOOD GRIEF.  They have an amazing collection of zines and tapes for sale.  Worth checking out.

Milky Way Shuffle

I took a gamble on this comic because it’s put out by Koyama Press, the publisher who released two of my favourite comics of recent times, Lose #1 and #2 by Micheal DeForge.  I’m glad i did, Milky Way Shuffle is heaps of fun!  It’s about a nerd, Berwyn (remove the e,w and you’ve got my name) who gets invited to cool house party because he did the hosts homework all year.  Berwyn isn’t made welcome at the party until aliens kidnap all the girls and only he can save them.  Elio, the comic’s creator (he’s from Chicago), has an awesome style which is heavily influenced by Japanese comics.  It’s super cute and full of energy!  I even got a personalized drawing at the back of my comic!

Milky Way Shuffle

Milky Way Shuffle

Mily Way Shuffle

My personalised drawing!

Chester Brown Week!… er, Weeks! Day 6

Posted in Uncategorized by brynzo on August 5, 2010

Chester Brown is a Canadian born comic artist. He began working independently in the late 80′s on his comic Yummy Fur. His work is now published by Drawn and Quarterly. Beef Knuckles dig his comics so much that we’re having a week of Chester Brown. His drawings are great and his comics are dark, humorous, absurd and sometimes quite moving. Chester Brown rules.

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So Chester Brown Week came and went… or did it.  As I mentioned in my last Chester Brown post ‘I meant to write a post on The Little Man, Chester Brown’s next book, a collection of short works from the 80s to the 90s, but Hon has my copy’.  Hon still has my copy, but he sent through some pictures.  So here is the final Chester Brown Week post.

The Little Man: Short Strips 1980 – 1995  is a great collection of Browns work.  It gives you a taste of Brown’s comics before Ed the Happy Clown (including a strip Brown did when he was 12), and the stages in between Ed and his autobiographical work published in Yummy Fur.  There are plenty of hilariously absurd toilet humor jokes in here, as well as more sincere, personal moments that Brown is so good at depicting.  It’s nice to see his style develop through the pages of this book.  I found the back cover especially amusing.  Where other books might have a blurb, or a favorable review, Brown has worked both into comic form with a bit of self deprecating humour with great results.

That’s it for Chester Brown Week Weeks.  Rumor has it, Chester’s next book will be about his relationship with prostitutes(?!).  I’ll keep you posted on when it’s due for release.  No date has been set so far.

You can get Chester Brown’s comics from the Drawn & Quarterly website.

For Absolute Beginners

Posted in Uncategorized by Dice on August 4, 2010

BK’s amazing friend, mentor and karaoke partner, Sarah, has started a blog called For Absolute Beginners. RSS the shit out of this feed!! (Image above taken from the post Great Moments In Prescription Eye Wear)

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Mini Comic Of The Month Club – March

Posted in Uncategorized by Dice on August 4, 2010

The Mini Comic Of The Month Club is a ‘club’ that was started by a few Oz comic artists at the end of 2009. Each month an artist does a comic and it’s sent out to all the club members. That’s 12 artists, 12 comics, 12 months. Only 50 copies of each are produced and then each recipient sells their copy on eBay for a lot of money.

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March’s installment of The Mini Comic Of The Month Club is entitled A Letter To A Hoon and comes from Mandy Ord. Enjoy!