May 22, 2016

Zines of the Minute #1

Rachel Davies talks you through the best zines she read in May. 

Small Beer by Liana Jeger

Liana Jeger’s Small Beer reminds me of sitting in a Montreal bus terminal for hours, waiting for a friend to arrive hours after my bus pulled into the station. At first I was content to sit with a book, but I quickly became bored and decided to explore the industrial unfamiliarity of the bus station. I took pictures of compelling elements and, despite still being in my own country, foreign seeming company logos on all of the French buses that pulled up. The book is filled with the tiny details that Jeger’s eye picked up on through her travels in Europe – brickwork, flowers, and the ornate beer glasses from which the zine gets it title. Throughout, Small Beer radiates this feeling of being in a new place and being enamored not with the grand landmarks, but rather with the tiny details that separate a fresh landscape from one’s usual scenery. Find Small Beer for sale at the wondrous Tan & Loose Press here.

You Can Change Your  Mind by Rachel Howe

You Can Change Your Mind is a zine filled with Rachel Howe’s drawings which appropriate the characters of Mickey Mouse, Bart Simpson, Snoopy and other legendary cartoon characters make quick appearances, too. Howe turns these characters into more mature and comical figures than they were in the works within which they originally appeared. The smoke coming from Bart’s cigarette leaves behind several clouds of smoke in the shape of his own head, Snoopy is seen wearing a pair of ying/yang lensed glasses that he could have stolen from someone who was Tumblr famous in 2009. The zine reads as if all the classic cartoon characters have been transplanted into the world of Bojack Horseman. You can buy the zine here

This is My Pet by Lily Snowden-Fine

In my senior year of high school, I was required to do a placement in a kindergarten classroom to complete one of my credits. Because of my shy demeanor and inaptitude when it comes to any activity that could take place on a playground or in a gymnasium, I was often given menial jobs in the classroom, like cutting out construction paper sunflowers or handing out permission slips. While I’m always down to keep quiet, what I really loved doing during my time working in the class was reading one-on-one with kids from the class. Reading Lily Snowden-Fine’s This Is My Pet reminds me of their tiny voices sounding at syllables and referencing the clip-art photos in the books in an attempt to understand what the alien sounds falling out of their mouths meant. The beginner’s style sentence structure allows Snowden-Fine’s original drawing style to jump from the pages –particularly on the last layout which folds out into a drawing larger than all the other drawings put together. See more work published by FORGE here

Written by Rachel Davies