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Twilight World #8 [January 2011]

12 pages, 11" x 8.5", $2.00, Don Fields, 266 Ramona Avenue, Grover Beach CA 93433, USA + oddlystupid [at] yahoo [dot] com + donosdump.com + "somewhere at Etsy.com"

This issue gets off to a great start, where Don in his introduction traces the beginnings of his "art life". I found myself nodding [nodding along, that is, not nodding off] to his list of "the usual suspects ... Factsheet Five, Love & Rockets, R. Crumb, Dan DeCarlo, 8-Track Mind, Evan Dorkin, Peter Bagge, Flaming Carrot and too many more... and near top of that list is Harvey Pekar."
 Don tells the story of finally meeting Harvey at the 1992 San Diego Comic Con.

I love the note in Don's 'Thanks' section... "...and to those of you who are still reading this fine print nonsense, this zine was named after a Swing Out Sister single, NOT from those stupid 'Twilight' movies and books...and if you still want to believe it, go get a fucking life and watch some old 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' episodes! I'm not a fan of this show either, but it has better writing and a sense of humor!"

There's a terrific piece about Super Fanboys [featuring two in particular] and their main targets at conventions - Artists For Hire; some fantastic drawings of "..old parts of Vegas that nobody remembers and cares for." and a couple pages of reviews, including the audiobook of John Waters's Role Models.

TW has rapidly zoomed up my Top Ten Favourite Zines chart!

Xerography Debt #40 [January 2017]

72 pages, 8.5" x 5.5", $4.00, Davida Gypsy Breier, PO Box 347, Glen Arm MD 21057, USA + davida [at] leekinginc [dot] com + www.leekinginc.com

In this issue: Gianni Simone interviews Belgian mail artist Luc Fierens; Jeff Somers contemplates his 'zine legacy' and the alarming thought: "..maybe I won't be remembered at all."; Part Two of Josh Medsker's interview with cartoonist Mike Diana; and Ken Bausert writes about zine collections. These columns are followed by fifty-four pages of zine reviews.

Fun Fact!: Every time I receive the latest issue of XD, I immediately grab a pencil and count and note how many reviews each reviewer has in that issue. [Of course, quantity by no means equals quality - even a dummy knows that!] Here's the tally for XD40...

Anne Thalheimer - 6 reviews
Carlos Palacios - 6 reviews
Carrie Mercer - 15 reviews
D. Blake Werts - 7 reviews
David LaBounty - 7 reviews
Davida Gypsy Breier - 16 reviews
DJ Fred - 6 reviews
Donny Smith - 1 review
Eric Lyden - 4 reviews
Fred Argoff - 7 reviews
Gavin J. Grant - 7 reviews
Joe Biel [w/Taylor Hurley] [???-Stratu] - 21 reviews
Josh Medsker - 3 reviews
Ken Bausert - 15 reviews
Kris Mininger - 8 reviews
Liz Mason - 5 reviews
Maynard Welstand - 12 reviews
Stuart Stratu - 6 reviews

In conclusion... I wrote more reviews than FOUR other reviewers; an equal number of reviews as THREE other reviewers; but less reviews than TEN other reviewers. This puts me in the bottom 50%. It used to be I was in the Top Five Most Prolific every issue! How times have changed... *Blub!*

One final note of criticism here, and this is something that's really starting to drive me nuts - Anne Thalheimer seems to be writing EXACTLY the same thing about Fred Argoff's Brooklyn! zine issue after issue. If I ruled the [zine] world, Ms Thalheimer would be forbidden to publish any more reviews of Brooklyn! until she can think of something original - or even something different - to say about it.

Goro Exhibition at M2 Gallery

It must have been a fluke [...or the planets lining up, or Fate stepping in...] that I saw a Facebook notification about an exhibition opening two days away, but the second I saw that it was a gore/erotica B&W art show I was hooked like a bad Vaudevillain!

The show is at M2 Gallery near Central Station. The show is called Goro and runs until 17 January 2017.

I met my friends David 'D-Puck' Puckeridge and Gerard 'Weirdbeard' Ashworth at the Strawberry Hills Hotel an hour before blast-off late on the afternoon of what was a record-breaking day of ridiculous, blistering heat. The Strawberry Hills Hotel was air-conditioned, thus an oasis betweeen horrors.

Goro is a group show featuring Cal Sino, Nerdgore, Quartz VII, Samson, and Zigendemonic. I took a pic of each, and I'll post a few crowd shots. What a great crowd! What a great night! What great beer! [Thanks to Young Henry's!] [And thanks Styvo!]  >>>>>

[above] Cal Sino - 'Toyroom'

[above] Nerdgore - 'Iron Maiden Bootleg'

[above] QuartzVII - 'Blaster' and Carnus.1'

[above] L-R 'Witch', 'Spirit', 'Devil'

[above] Zigendemonic - 'Incident in the Freezer Room'

Goro Crowd I

Goro Crowd II

D-Comix 7 January 2017


Just received the new XD today! Get yours here >>> Xerography Debt #40

[Review coming soon!]
Last Friday I caught up with D-Puck for beers at The Townie and he had a surprise in store. The sneaky devil has been drawing 2017 diary comix!

Munster Times #19 [Aug 2016]

38 pages, 11.5" x 8", by Matt Ryan, email mag [at] hotmail [dot] com for ordering info, and check out Munster Times Zine on Facebook

I heard that last year Melbourne was voted [not for the first time] 'The World's Most Liveable City', and it seems that I've discovered yet further proof the award is legit right here in the shape of Munster Times, a zine which - if I understand correctly - is FREE and can be found in Melbourne pubs where bands play. If I found a zine like this at the Townie here in Newtown, I would be over the friggin' moon! The closest thing we have is Unbelievably Bad which is $9.00 an issue [although of course no other zine comes close to it in terms of awesomeness - it's absolutely worth at least that much [UB#16 was also where I first read about MT!]].

Anyway, and even though yet again I'm late to the party on this one, as mentioned it's thanks to Unbelievably Bad [#16] that I wasn't even later.

Matt seems to be pretty heavy into the Melbourne live music scene, so most of his zine is taken up with interviews of bands and singers/musicians. These interviews are terrific. These kind of interviews are often terrible, with a great gaping chasm apparent between interviewer and interviewee. Not here. The subjects seem to know and respect Matt and the interviews benefit greatly. In this issue, Matt interviews The Rebelles ['60s girl bubblegum pop Phil Spector Wall of Sound-type band]; Teagan Robinson [Melbourne singer also interviewed in MT#14]; Them Rumblin' Bones [genre-defying pub rockers?]; and Lisa Crystal Carver [Rollerderby Zine, named by Playboy 'Best Zine Ever']. This was my favourite interview here. Lisa Carver has the greatest answers to interview questions. Example: Matt's first question, "How has 2016 treated you so far?" Carver: "Any year I'm still alive is a good year." [I am shamefully ignorant of Lisa Carver and her work, I'll admit it, even after Jojo so many times telling me how great she is.] I found out from this interview she wrote a book, Drugs Are Nice, which I will be tracking down a copy of the second I finish this review.

There's also a terrific review of the Stooges documentary film Gimme Danger. Matt writes at the beginning: "I aint a film person, so every chance this review sucks." I predicted it wouldn't, and it didn't. Not a Stooges fan myself [not even a Radio Birdman fan! Oh, the shame!!], this review has motivated me to track down a copy of THIS, TOO! Check out this great line... "... the talking heads are kept to the bare minimum. ... No hack from Rolling Stone who wasn/t even born when the first LP was released, no cockhead stadium rocker who claims the band was an influence when his band sounds nothing like theirs, and no Bono." And his final comment: "I wish someone could ave hit me in the head with a frying pan so I could forget the Stooges music and I could rediscover them all over again."

Finally, the tables are turned and Matt's mate Vic Meehan interviews HIM. "...thanks for aving me in my own zine Vic, love ya tons."

At the end of every interview, Matt asks the person what their favourite album is by The Fall. [Mark E. Smith is his absolute hero of all time.] The only thing missing from this issue is Vic asking Matt what HIS favourite Fall album is!

[Note: Munster Times is chock full of weird typos/spelling - it reminded me of Don Fields in his excellent Twilight World zine - but for me it's just part of the charm of both zines. I'd much rather have a great zine with lotsa typos than a boring shit zine with none.]

Good Mail Day [GMD] - 4 January 2017

Turns out I didn't have to go up to the roof. I got two items in the mail this morning - one was [yet another] 'vapor delivery device', this one the Vaporesso Tarot Nano; the other item was a letter opener I ordered on eBay. It's a key ring attached to a black cylindrical metal thingo, that looks completely harmless, but you unscrew part of it, turn it around, screw it back in and you have a 'letter opener', but to me it also looks like something a cop might try to confiscate because it's so sneaky and looks so badass and nasty XD



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