Friday, June 17, 2016
These zines by Sharon Gissy are autobiographical comix about divorce, depression, time in the psych ward, mania, more depression, and relationships.
I like both issues, but I think I liked the first one best. I could relate to the topic of divorce and how painful it can be because I was divorced several years ago and remember it all too well. Sharon's feelings mirror my own, though the details are different--she gets it just right.
Also, mental health zines are my thing--I was originally diagnosed with bipolar disorder about ten years ago and my diagnosis was later changed to schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type.
Something I like about the first issue is the looseness. It jumps around a little. There's stuff about the divorce, then all of a sudden we're in the hospital, then we're out of the hospital again. Sharon doesn't over-explain. I appreciate the way I felt slightly off-kilter.
I found the second issue pretty triggering. It made me think back on my first and only full-blown manic episode in all of its cringeworthy destructiveness. As I read about Sharon's mania, I felt manic. Then as I read about Sharon's depressive crash, I felt depressed too.
I don't think this is a problem with the zine--it's a problem with me. But if you're prone to over-empathizing like I am, you might want to be careful while reading issue two.
But it's worth it. These two zines are accurate, complex, worthwhile, and mostly enjoyable to read. I liked them.
On the back, Sharon thanks Lynda Barry, a famous comix maker who I love. I can see the influence.
I feel inspired by these zines like maybe I could make comix too. It's a good feeling.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
I just read Jetty #4. It was my first encounter with Rio Aubry Taylor's work. It's quarter-size in black & white with glossy paper, bound by staples.
I like the robots, the metaphor, the storytelling, the emotions. I like the format, the drawings, the length, the depth. It's long enough to engage but not too big a commitment.
I felt myself relating to the main character, and I liked that. Oh, and psychic carrier pigeons are the best. There's some humor.
This is not the kind of thing I usually read. I stick to perzines and poetry and memoir a lot. The sci-fi aspect is not part of my normal diet, but I liked the taste. I found Jetty #4 satisfying. Thank you!
Friday, April 1, 2016
I read Quitter #10 this afternoon. It's a beautiful zine. The writing shimmers, and it's just the right amount. I can relate to the feelings of longing, nostalgia, lack of nostalgia, worry about losing everything.
I like the plants and birds. I like everything about the kids. I don't want kids myself, at all, but feel welcome to this parental world. Humor is somewhat missing, but this zine makes humor seem optional.
There's a poet's attention to detail and a solid speaker who isn't afraid to spend a moment on an image or idea.
I'm about the same age as the speaker, and that's nice. It seems like a zine for men, is my only criticism, and to lots of people that's probably not a bad thing. Oh, and the $6 pricetag. I would think more like $4, but maybe I don't charge enough for my own. I tried to get it back into its tight glassine envelope and failed.
Overall I'd give it a five out of five, but be ready to have your guts wrenched.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
This is an art zine by david sait of Canada. It's beautiful and brief.
I like the colors, the shapes, the feelings, the moods.
I like the chaos of some of the pages. I like the collage. Sait's art is greater than the sum of its parts.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Prose poems of drugs, cigarettes, bugs, sex, and sustained high drama--lotsa grit, cities. No overall storyline, that I could find--just fragments. It's beautifully made physically with nice paper and a few pretty pictures. My main complaint is that everything is at the same volume--I would have appreciated variation in the emotions. It's all different kinds of loss, but I couldn't plug in anywhere. I couldn't enter it. Some people would really like it, but it's not for me.
A High Degree of Spring Fever by Elizabeth Maycox
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
It was difficult for me to read this zine, as the writing is very abstract and the ideas are very familiar. A randomly-chosen example is "And yeah, this world can suck sometimes but it doesn't always suck. Cause even though life can be rough, I know I'm not the only one fighting to make things right." Multiply this by 200 and you have the zine. There are lots of abstract observations about "life" and humanity and struggling. But I didn't read any ideas that were new or insightful or helpful. Also, the art doesn't come together with the text.
My favorite part of this zine was the ending where Zippity lists some facts about themself. It was nice to have something concrete.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
I don't usually like 24 hour zines much because I want to read something good, not really caring how long it took to make.
But I really like this one. It's a fascinating story of a painful incident and the painful incident that followed--it's got just the right amount of detail to be very interesting.
I learned a lot about the zine's speaker. I wanted to be her friend. A fantastic personality shines through.
It contains heartache but also hope and strength.
The visuals are good, and I liked the content as well as style. Relationships and especially breakups fascinate me. I felt a lot of compassion for the speaker.
Five stars (out of five).