Let's have some history this morning. I just came across a Queer Zine Archive website that has PDF versions of some of the classic homo zines of our times. It has issues of Bruce LaBruce and G.B. Jones' great zine J.D.s, Brat Attack, Outpunk, and Holy Titclamps. I'm sad to see some of the major titles missing like Homocore (who's archives are in jpg form at this link) and Chainsaw and I would just die for a PDF of Now I Don The Mask of Melancholy—the most hilarious and amazing gay goth zine I've ever seen. Maybe we should scan our copies and send them in. Anyway, check them out, give them some support.
Archivision #1 and Now Let's Put On A Show #6
72 pages, 5.25 x 8.5
Last week's post about the Queer Zine Archive, and a subsequent rummage through some old boxes of zines, has got me thinking about The Confessional Zine. They were certainly popular when I was a kid--most of my friends and i wrote pages of diary-like prose and photocopied them into lil mags for the enjoyment of others. I was hoping to find some examples from some of my favorites so I could treat you with a little zine history today. I'm not really having much luck. I'm on the lookout for copies of Mr. Dog, Hessian Obsession, and anything by my disappeared friend Jason Pruitt. But I did discover that Joshua Plague of Behead The Prophet No Lord Shall Live fame and writer of Now I Don the Mask of Melancholy and Now I Devour You is now a chef, has a vegan cookbook out, and has been touring the country with a rock and roll cooking show.
He's also recently put out this thick compilation of stuff which he describes on the cover as, "A torrid tome of collected flyer art, flyers, amusing tales and dull recitations from various and sundry shows mostly from the 90s..." Maybe I'm just having a moment of nostalgia (gag), but this mag is hilarious and I'm totally enjoying it.
I met Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau, a pair of Montreal-based artists/silkscreeners who work under the name Seripop, at a rock show years ago and bought a couple of their posters. They make show posters, flyers, record covers, and art of their own at an alarming rate of production. And they sell their stuff for cheap. They're currently having a sale and have some prints here and here and some additional deals on their myspace page. They say they'll also trade for musical equipment, pre-1990s Archie comics, and records, so if you are interested, email them. It's a great chance to get some beautiful handmade art for your walls.
I only became a graphic designer because I wanted to make flyers. I didn't care about designing anything else. I collected them long before I collected magazines because they were free and easily stored. The ability a flyer has to make you keep it and look at it is what made me think about the power and art of design. Going through my big box of images, I notice that the flyers I still like best are all from New Orleans, near the beginning of Mac design - and mostly photocopied. I haven't picked up a flyer to add to my box since I lived in San Francisco (New Yorkers don't seem to care as much about having a cool flyer). After the jump, check out some of my favorites from New Orleans.
Continue Reading New Orleans Flyers
1 sheet, 17" x 22", newsprint, full color
Showpaper is a big fold out list of all ages shows in the New York tri-state area. I don't go to see many bands these days but back when I did, my friends and I relied on the old bay area version, simply titled The List. The List is still around and updated and you can see the archives on its site. However, there isn't much to see. The List was really just a type written list photocopied on white paper. Showpaper combines this useful information on one side with a beautiful piece of artwork on the other. I love lists, free things, newsprint, and large things folded into smaller things so Showpaper makes me happy. They put out an issue every two weeks. They distribute on Tuesdays and you can find Showpaper at coffee shops, galleries, and record stores around New York. Their myspace says they're branching out more upstate and in New Jersey and Connecticut. As I haven't been to any of those places in ages, I couldn't tell you for sure. The current issue (#17) has artwork by Allyson Mellberg and was curated by Cinders Gallery in Williamsburg. Cinders will be choosing artists for the next couple Showpapers as well.
After the jump are posters by Brian Chippendale and The Sumi Ink Club. See the photo section of Showpaper's myspace page for more archives.
Continue Reading Showpaper
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