There is another useful "blog," which is sort of somewhere in our stratsophere, Slates's In Other Magazines. The boring magazines they summarize often do have interesting writing (even if they have artless editors and art directors) - so I find it an essential tool.

THURS, dec 14
Book launch for David Sandlin's Swamp Preacher.
Printed Matter, 5-7pm

Dirty Hands: A Group Print Show.
Cinders Gallery, 6-10pm

Filter Magazine Party
Ben Sherman Store, 96 Spring St, 8-11pm

Have fun, my friends, and take advantage of the free booze, for god's sake.

Please do send us your wonderful 'zines. Also any information on you or your friends projects. I also wouldn't mind if some fabulous, upscale magazines from Europe sent us a free subscription. Free stuff goes a long way, let me tell you.

send wonderful things to:

R&S Media
200 Centre Street 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013

We are also looking for flyers from the world over that don't suck (is the art of the flyer disappearing?), so if you see any good ones - scan them and send 'em in.

There are many ways to bind your book/comic/zine/manifesto, from perfect binding to tying it all together with rope to stuffing the loose pages in an envelope. I think, when planning a project, it's good to explore as many weird possibilities as you can before you just grab the stapler. I've been seeing this technique lately called the coptic stitch and I like it! It's a relatively simple way to achieve a cool handmade look. This PDF explains it well. And here's another site that tells you how to do it.

I guess I should give crappy mags a break... after all, you'll discover that a lot of the cooler looking magazines are made by rich kids. It's much easier to fight convention when you don't have to sell as many ads. However, there is a whole new genre of magazines that are partly conceived of as print, but with no cash, are intended for online viewing.

Check out Tiger, a " screen magazine" from Tokyo. Not terribly well planned out, yet still an intriguing selection of playful imagery. The "current" issue is from 2005. Somebody, anybody give these kids some money! Actually, give it to me.

outpunk.jpgLet'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.

Back in 1998 I saw the tight little package that was Purple magazine at Tower Records in New Orleans and I lusted after it immediately. It was the first magazine I had ever seen that encapsulated an art, fashion and 'zine sensibility all in one. Most spectacularly it was small (8.5" X 6.25") and fat - with a shocking (at the time) number of matte, single color pages. It satisfied all my print desires - even the ones I didn't know I had. It had excellent fiction, avant guard fashion, art photography and illustration. Purple magazine is what really began to make me think about the possibilities of what a magazine could be and do.

Continue Reading The Plague of Vincent Gallo

murdercanbefun.jpgMurder Can Be Fun
5.5"x8.25"; 48 pages
Black and White photocopied

Awesome, an issue I haven't seen yet of John Marr's infamous zine of bizarre deaths, murder, and mayhem is out. Murder Can Be Fun issue #19's theme is Musical Mayhem and includes stories on convicted Western Swing star Spade Cooley, the David Cassidy fan riot, Frank Rosolino, and great rock 'n roll deaths. This zine is very educational. It's like a super creepy history class with a hilariously deadpan true crime obsessed professor. Get this issue, as well as all the back issues still in print, here.

How irritating that its raining today. I was actually going to go off to the Union Square Barnes & Noble to focus on reading horror stories, otherwise known as Condé Nast magazines. I don't want you to think I'm advocating either monstrosity... but this location of B&N is simply the best cruising ground in Manhattan (besides Trader Joes) and for reading magazines without paying (the only reason to read a Condé Nast Magazine). You can actually grab a stack of mags and/or books and take them to the unmentionable cafe on the 3rd floor and sit around for hours reading. I'm still debating on wether or not I should go.... I mean, I don't really look forward to reading Vanity Fair quite enough to get wet for it.

Buying Art


I'm so psyched that there are so many websites where a kid can buy art affordably. Listed here are a few I've been looking at:

Umbrella Market was started by the Fecal Face guys and has limited edition screen prints, t-shirts, and books mostly.

ETSY is a site where artists put up their own store area and sell whatever they want. Tons of stuff here.

Needles and Pens is a ziney store in San Francisco that has tons of art and mags and books and pins and things to buy on their site. Support my hometown, man.

And let's not forget old stand-by Quimby's of Chicago. This place has been around forever and has everything, including but not limited to books, zines, porn, toys, art, and random cute objects.

pictured: Mars - Isotopic Simulation


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