Thursday, 15 September 2016

I READ ZINES [#13]




This is a poetry/photography collaboration zine by Jim Gibson and Sophie Pitchford who are the dynamic duo responsible for the underground literary sensation that is Hand Job Zine. Children of Snakehill is an aesthetical side step from the riso printed, rough 'n' ready feel of Hand Job, it is printed on high quality silk paper and looks stunning. Pitchford's photography and Gibson's poems compliment each other perfectly, as the pair revisit the titular Snakehill, a local spot they frequented as youngsters. This is pure nostalgia and contemplation, and evokes memories of the Snakehill of one's one youth. Everyone will have their own Snakehill, that place you escaped to as a kid and remember fondly as an adult, and this zine will take you right back to it. Apparently this is the first in a series and I am definitely looking forward to the next one!  Grab one right here.


THINKING OF YOU: SURVIVAL STRATEGIES FOR THE BROKEN-HEARTED


This art zine by illustrator Arielle Gamble was sent to me by insatiable zine fiend Abbie Foxton, all the way from MCA Zine Fair in Sydney, Australia. Maybe she remembered that I had been through a break up at the end of last year, maybe she just knows that I like dark humour. Either way, this zine had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. It is filled with beautiful illustrations which are accompanied by humorous but morally/legally questionable suggestions for getting over your ex. It is a quick read but a most satisfying one. Check out more of Arielle's work right here.


EGGY'S DEAD


Eggy's Dead is a submission based literary zine created by the team behind Riot Radio Podcast out of Philadelphia, USA. This is the inaugural issue and features a variety of short stories, flash fiction and a few poems thrown in for good measure. The words are accompanied by some freaky illustrations, all by the same illustrator throughout, which ties the whole thing together nicely. The writing itself is a bit of a mixed bag, the opening story by Kevin Esposito, 'A Swift Kick to Someone Else's Nuts', was a particular highlight, a sci-fi dystopian story that definitely lives up to its title. Check it out right here.

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