Written and illustrated by Michael Sandford, the black and white comic strip zine, 'I Hate Food (it gets in your eyes!!)' is the brief and often hilarious tale of an unnamed bearded manic protagonist who decides one day after forking himself in the eye to wage an all out war on food. Not only does it detail his epic adventure and the disastrous results, it also examines the consequences of a world without food and objects that look remarkably like nipples.
The main character kind of reminds me a lot of Duderocket user Pisswank aka Adam (even though i've never met him), no offence mate! The way he behaves and carries on is how I imagine Adam is after a big night on the turps in the Cross (including the fly spray).
The humour is spot on and the illustrations are actually really fantastic for a DIY publication so full credit must go to Mr Sandford. I recommend this to any comic geek or anyone looking for a quick laugh. I imagine it would be available for purchase via the Sticky Institute.
I Hate Food (it gets in your eyes!!) is an AUSTRALIAN zine and it costs $3.
This mini-zine by Elizabeth Tan is a quirky and tragic tale of unrequited love and existentialism. It tells a brief but all-encompassing story accompanied by minimalistic illustrations that help set the tone for it's accessible intellectual humour.
My only real complaint is that it was all over too fast. I wanted to keep reading about Vladamir the existential baker and the discontent musings he offers in response to vaguely inane questions about bread products and other baked goods. You'll read it in the space of about a two minutes but it will leave a sad smile on your face.
For beer connoisseurs and plain beer drinkers alike, Stubby Buddy is an essential guide to mostly non-mainstream, imported beers on the market. It gives me an unimaginably unquenchable thirst reading it and an immense shopping list for the next trip to the bottle-o.
Released before last years Federal election, the zine also provides an election drinking guide (e.g Greens- Cascade Green, Liberal- VB), an update on the controversial issue of pubs and clubs closing times, the fading live music venue scene in Melbourne, other news and views and many, many beer reviews. Their is even the opportunity to win FREE BEER in competitions!
I must find out where this zine is distributed or at least contact the creators and ask for a job. It would be my dream occupation to get plastered on imported and local gourmet beers mostly for free and then in a drunken haze somehow manage to type a review.
Stubby Buddy is an AUSTRALIAN zine and is available via the Sticky Institute
This is a one-off zine by Elouise who runs the Smells Like Zines distro out of mighty Toowoomba. It started life as an extended letter to a guy named Dave who writes the zines On Subbing and About My Disappearance. The letter must’ve got completely out of control though as it grew to zine size and Elouise decided to put it out as an actual zine.
It’s more or less a portrait of the writer: her life, her likes, her town, the zines she recommends, and her views of what makes Australia what it is. My favourite bit was where she writes a big rant about Australian racism and then blots it out with a more positive message written in black texta. I liked the rest of the zine for similar reasons – it’s a little wistful but mostly positive, and it comes across as an honest representation of the author.
By Elouise Q.
This is an AUSTRALIAN zine and you should be able to bag a copy from Smells Like Zines
I can honestly call myself a zombiephile and this booklet is incredibly charming and very handy if the eventual zombie apocalypse ever occurs. It is A5 and black and white with basic yet funny illustrations accompanying the couplets.
Containing the likes of:
'A useful tool, if time is poor: a made-to-order two-by-four.'
'If in a group, the paths are two, "Let's split up!" - the words of fools.'
'If you chance upon an axe, you'll have an edge the zombie lacks.'
A great accompaniment to the 'Zombie Survival Guide' and 'World War Z' by Max Brooks and the fantastic ongoing comic series, The Walking Dead.
Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Tan.
This AUSTRALIAN zine costs $3. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Rocket Queen is a two-part series of zines written by the eponymous stripper Janet.
Unlike the more famous Diablo Cody, Janet started stripping for monetary reasons.
"On the whole, I feel less degraded stripping than I have doing any other kind of work," she explains early into zine one.
"At least now I'm my own boss. I don't have to talk to any customer that's pissing me off, I can be lazy and lie around if I don't feel like working."
Anyone who's worked in hospitality or retail can relate to that.
During the first zine, Janet is working in a strip club in a small tourist town.
"This zine is not about being a cheapskate, being frugal, living in poverty or scamming people to get stuff for free," reads the opening sentence.
"It's about letting go of the belief that money is essential to get anywhere and being open to the abundance of nature."
You know, I'm open to this new way of thinking. It'd be nice to tread more lightly through the world.
This zine is very idealistic and while some of the tips and ideas are pretty cool (I like the rocket stove made out of cans, terracotta fridge and making vege gardens) some of them actually do involve living in poverty or scamming people.
The "Health" section made me livid.
Most of what makes us ill comes directly from buying in to the money culture. So if you are concerned about your health, steer away from western medical practices. The only medical practitioner who can ever truly heal you is you.
Pretty sure my journalism degree is flat out qualifying me to be a journalist, let alone to fix my own chronic mental and physical health problems. I tried to fix my own body and you know what? My expensive GP and specialist did a much better job.
Sometimes you come across something that is so simple, yet so beautiful... something that just works in the most perfect way imaginable. This is one of those things, friends. Instant Noodles is exactly what you assume it to be...a zine about instant noodles. Sure, it's not some grand original concept, but holy shit is it charming! Not to mention hilariously funny and informative too.
The main thrust of the zine is the instant noodle review pages where authors Mara Coson & Delfina Utomo rate and then write about a whole shitload of instant noodle varities. The reviews are short but thorough, comically critiquing the world of Momofuku Ando's invention.
YOU is a weekly zine that consists of a letter inside of an envelope. It's called YOU, meaning that the letter is addressed to YOU. It's existed for a fairly long time, and is often spoken highly of in certain circles. It is even considered by some (really pretentious) folks as being kind of an institution. Personally I just don't see it. The art project side of it I appreciate. The fact that each week the housing of the letter is unique and cool looking is impressive. That aspect of the project is kinda awesome. However, I have never come across an issue where the actual contents have ever really been worth reading.
For a zine that I haven't been into all that long Fergus has quickly become one of my favourites, and I am always psyched to hell when I get a new issue in my letterbox. There aren't many zines that are released on a regular basis that get me totally stoked these days, but Fergus totally has that effect on me.
For those not in the know, with each issue Fergus will take one theme, and then build upon that theme with with a bunch of stories about things, assigning each thing to a letter of the alphabet. Sometimes it will be something specific like an object, sometimes it's just a word that will be used to launch off into a tale or rant.