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Harvey the 29th [Sep 2015]

24 pages, 8" x 6", by Tinman Johnson, pep29.wordpress.com and/or like 'Harvey the 29th' on Facebook, and! for enquiries about cartooning, contact pieeyedproductions [at] yahoo [dot] com

Tinman has abandoned the numbering system [the last issue, as far as I know, was #15] and is just releasing a Harvey comic here and there, with nuthin' but the title - a nihilistic, 'whatever' type development if you ask me.

Anyway, this issue contains just the one story. Harvey experiences a crisis of self, aesthetics-wise, realising he looks different to other people. Conveniently, just at this moment he walks past a cosmetic surgeon's shop.

Does he enter or does he continue walking? Well now, would there be a story if he kept walking?

Unbelievably Bad #19

68 pages, $9.00 Aust >>> Von Helle, 9 Ross Street, Dulwich Hill NSW 2203, AUSTRALIA
+ unbelievablybadmag.com

Bloody hell! I take a few months off, and the next thing I know, UB is up to issue friggin' 19! I checked the last one I reviewed here and it was #15. Crikey!

Some great stuff in this issue - best of all is the "Part 1" of a Mu Mesons/Jaimie Leonarder interview. One of my absolute favourite documentaries ever is 'Love & Anarchy: The Wild Wild World of Jaimie Leonarder'; and one of my Top Three favourite Radio Shows Of All Tim [along with Tim Richie's Punk Program [1980s] and Maynard F Sharp Crabbes's Saturday morning radio show also from the 1980s] was The Naked City [early 2000s], so this ongoing series sure is welcome!

Also in this issue: an update on Martin Bryant; interviews with Newcastle band Dog; Yuta Matsumura [from the Sydney bands Oily Boys, Orion, and M.O.B.]; Mystrys [green-headed alien band from '60s Australia]; Randolf Reimann [Massappeal vocalist]; Colin Abrahall [GBH]; plus records reviews, film reviews. Wait a minute! Almost forgot Part 18 of "a never-ending interview with the wizard of gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis"!

This issue's cover by Jimmy Fatal. But what's the deal with the cat? Why is it wrapped up?

RIP Angus Reekie.

The Match #115 [Summer 2016]

72 pages, 9.5" x 7", Subscription: Free, although donations welcomed and needed, Edited and Published by Fred Woodworth, Post Office Box 3012, Tuscon Arizona 85702, USA

It sure is a Great Mail Day that day when the latest issue of The Match! appears in my mailbox. And it's always a bit depressing reaching the end of the issue. However, it does have its flaws, as I was reminded with this issue - as I read through it, time and time again I savagely grabbed my pencil and hacked a withering criticism into the margin [example above]. From the cringeworthy, fawning nature of some correspondents in the letter column, to the occasional clumsy choice of words ["an attemptedly free society"]; and from the belaboured use of modifiers to the confusing rhetorical style - I'm thinking of contributor J V Langdon here - where I had to read a section over again three times before I understood that a point was being carried through, and it wasn't, as first thought, a new and separate point. Of course, it could be just me. I haven't seen these issues raised in the letter column. [Haw! Because it wouldn't meet the 'fawn level' required!]

Yet, any criticisms I have are certainly overshadowed by the great qualities of The Match! - Exhibit A: name one other publication that takes on our favourite 'Religion of Peace'? Exhibit B: how about a publication that includes a 20-page letter column [that, until his death last year, included regular correspondence from underground comix luminary Dennis P. Eichhorn]?

Finally, one thing I really enjoyed this issue was the review/evisceration of Earth First! journal. This runs for three-and-a-half pages[!] Fred really does a number on it, and quite justifiably I think - there's something seriously wrong with this kind of ostensibly 'right-on' publication that believes naming its letter column 'Dear Shit For Brains' is a good idea.

208 pages, 9" x 6", published by Headpress

This is a revised and expanded edition of the original 1999 collection. At that time, Chris's wonderful self-published zine series was up to issue 6. Even though Bizarrism is now, in 2016, up to issue 13, this book remains focussed on those first six issues, but new information that has come to light has been added and some errors have been corrected. A few "infelicities of style" have also been amended.

"The chief improvement in this new version of Bizarrism, however, is the addition of illustrations by my good friend Glenn Smith who did such a sterling job on my previous book for Headpress, The Eccentropedia. Glenno can get a likeness on paper faster than I can make a cup of tea, and I continue to be in awe of his talents."

Hiroshima Yeah! #137 [July 2016]

Contact HY! at donbirnam [at] hotmail [dot] com

Another month, another wonderful issue of Hiroshima Yeah! Morrissey is the cover star this time around, which brings to mind fond memories of the first time I saw The Smiths' This Charming Man music video on TV back in 1984. Mark writes about seeing Neil Young at The Hydro in Glasgow, but not before he bought a pint of West lager from "the hipster cunt" once he had finally stopped "mixing cocktails", and drank it in the beer garden "which was filled with tattooed pricks". ... A bit further on there's a review of a Sun Kil Moon [who I don't know of] gig, this time at St Luke's, Glasgow, and I noted that Steve Shelley [who I definitely do know of, since he was/is the drummer in Sonic Youth] is their drummer, or maybe was just a special guest this time. That could be it, the way it's written here. Well, not that it matters to me. Any music other than metal I find terribly boring and simple these days. But I just love reading Mark's reviews, whatever he writes about. There's also several book reviews. [I've had actual heated arguments with people - idiots actually - who argued that I was WRONG in saying that a few is three and several is four.] And bloody hell! There are four poems by Sid Clark!

Watch the Closing Doors #71

24 pages, 8.5" x 5.5", $10.00US cash for a 4-issue sub, Fred Argoff, 1170 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11230, USA


Twilight World #19 [October 2015 ]

20 pages, 8.5" x 5.5 ", $2.00, Don Fields, 266 Ramona Avenue, Grover Beach CA 93433, USA + oddlystupid [at] yahoo [dot] com + donosdump.com + "somewhere at Etsy.com"


You Don't Get There From Here #36

32 pages, 5.5" x 4", email for ordering info >>> Carrie McNinch, PO Box 49403, Los Angeles CA 49403, USA + cmcninch [at] gmail [dot] com


Lab Findings #6 [Feb 2016]

6 pages, 11 x 8.5", friendly letter or trades to Kobb Labs, PO Box 30231, Pensacola FL 32503, USA

In his full-page intro, Dr Bill writes about the preparations for his favourite holiday [Halloween]. After all his effort buying decorations and "all manner of pranks and gag-type gifts to hand out", no trick-or-treaters knocked on his door. One reason seems to be that his creepy-sounding house sits too far back from the street - in other words, it's too Halloween-y! Thanksgiving gets a mention, so does the pro-basketball season, Christmas and New Year's Eve. However, the word 'nice' is abused, appearing four times on this page. Dr Bill, a thesaurus might come in handy here, and you don't even need to buy one! The internet has 'em for free, without charge, free of charge, for nothing, complimentary, gratis, gratuitous, and at no cost!

Two and a half pages of movie reviews follow, then a separate piece on 'Halloween and Holiday Horror Views'; 'Recent Readings'; and 'The Avengers Banned Episode'.

Sample reviews highlight - Curses 2: The Bite [1989] ... So incompetent, the credits roll over some upbeat Kenny G-Style jazz, despite the total downer ending.

Sample reviews lowlight - Citadel [2012] ... Some of the addled story twists and turns past the halfway point literally pissed me off. ... [The misuse of the word 'literally' is everywhere these days, but since reading this I'm still trying to figure out what being "literally pissed off" means...]

Finally, Dr Bill admits that Lab Findings #7 might be exclusively devoted to letters received.

I Beg to Differ

16 pages, 8.5 x 5.5", by Chris Sabatini [AKA Maybe Parade] PO Box 1152, Olympia WA 98507, USA

Subtitled 'My Response to Reviews of My Work, That Appeared in Xerography Debt, or Would Joe Biel Know a Good Comic If It Bit Him On the Ass?' [a title of which length the LiveJournal 'Subject' field refuses to include beyond the word "Joe"]. this comic is a hilarious reaction to a few reviews written by Joe Biel and published in Xerography Debt #35 and #36. I would say it's very funny whether you even know who Joe Biel is or not. All you need to know is that Chris was so angry about these 'reviews' of his work that he responded by making a comic about it.

The first three pages are split between a small four-panel strip at the top of the page ['A Conversation With My Dog'] and a larger four-panel strip below it that imagines Joe Biel receiving Chris's comics and his subsequent thoughts and actions that led to his writing of the reviews. Next we see Chris receiving an email from Microcosm [the publisher of XD] letting him know that the forthcoming issue will feature reviews of two of his comics, which leads to great excitement, but also a frustrating quest to obtain the issue in question. When he finally does receive it, his hopes are shattered, and in another 'Conversations With My Dog', his dog [unsuccesfully] attempts to console him - "Relax - your activities are still as meaningless as they've always been."

But there's no stopping now - Chris imagines a couple of interviews with his nemesis about the concepts and intention behind his comics, at the same time criticising the critic for some of his reviewing techniques.

'I Beg to Differ...' ends with reprints of the reviews that started it all.



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