Hand Job #7
Issue #7 of Hand Job heralds a new look for the literary zine. All previous issues have been of a cut 'n' paste, photocopied aesthetic - the traditional zine look, if you will. But for this issue Sophie Pitchord (one half of the team behind the zine) has flexed her creative design muscles and put together a really smart looking zine. It still maintains a gritty, no nonsense vibe and the content within the pages is up there with the best stuff they have published to date, but it feels like it is coming of age with this new look. I really don't know where they are going to go from here, but I am excited to be taken along for the ride.
Big Hammer #17
Dave Roskos, who runs Iniquity Press and edits Big Hammer zine, has been putting out zines since I was in short trousers. Big Hammer is a poetry zine full of working class, hard hitting poetry that takes no prisoners. Coming in at over fifty pages this is a mammoth zine that has been painstakingly assembled by an editor who clearly cares deeply about the written word and letting these voices be heard. Dave uploads all of his zines on to his blog, but I recommend getting in touch with him for a paper copy. It is well worth it.
This upstart new zine started following me on Twitter out of the blue one rainy English day. Hailing from the land down under, it described itself as a punk literary zine and I was instantly sold. Before I could say 'Shit, what's my PayPal password?!?' a copy was winging its way across the world to me. What a breath of fresh air this little zine is. Short and sweet with a free poster to boot. The content itself is comprised of two interesting short pieces of fiction accompanied by hand drawn illustrations. I love discovering new zines, especially lit zines and I can't wait for the second issue.
Word on the fanzine grapevine was that Marv (editor-in-chief at Gadgie Towers) almost didn't print up a paper version of this issue, for he was growing disillusioned. Fearing that a PDF may be more accessible to the brain dead Kindle reading masses, he took to Facebook to gauge the opinion of his loyal readers. The punters and the punks told Marv in no uncertain terms that brain dead Kindle reading zombies they were not and that a paper zine is a thing of beauty not to be traded for the screen of a lifeless grey slab of plastic. Cut to a couple of weeks later and here we have issue 33 - another smashing issues of misadventures, misunderstandings and musings told as only Marv can. He sure knows how to spin a yarn. Long live the paper zines and long live Gadgie!