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Envelope o' the Month - August 2015

I was really looking forward to this, but didn't expect anything from the envelope. Recently the latest Xerography Debt arrived and in it there was a review of a comic by Chris Sabatini [MaybeParade]. It was called I Beg To Differ : 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?

Naturally that was the first comic I sent away for - I sent one of my diary comix for a trade. I was beginning to think he wasn't gonna bloody send anything until I checked my PO box tonight.

The envelope is cool because Chris has copied the rubber stamp owl I put on every envelope I send out. He even copied my Printed Matter stamp.

Inside, apart from the comic I originally wanted, and a couple of his other comics, was an amazing letter Chris wrote about his PO box which he thought he had let lapse, but that post office kept him registered and even had something for him. [They told him this when he went in there recently.] What was there was my letter and comic asking for a trade! [...I think I may not have captured the 'amazingness' of the story in the letter, but I'm in somewhat of a rush...]

Anyway, what a Great Mail Day! Thanks Chris!

The Trivial Tales of Luna Lesser

40 pages, 10" x 6.5 ", by Gordon Lindholm, trivialtales [at] gmail [dot] com

Shaun Craike sent me this comic to review. It's by one of his Deviant Art friends. Having just finished reading it, I have to say it's hardly 'deviant art'. It's tame! And lame.

First of all, it's standard comic book size, and I soon noticed the 'joke' on the cover below the title - "It's issue one! Buy 20, seal them up, and never read them!" On the one hand, that's good advice. If you don't read it, that means you can use the time to read something else. Just about anything you find laying around would be better, even something lying in the street. On the other hand, it's bad advice because if you did buy twenty copies, at some point beyond that you would be obliged to kill yourself when you realised what an idiotic thing you did.

What's inside,eh? What's it all about then? Well, Luna lives in Dystopia with her parents. She's got a friend called Maple and she's an idiot. Luna isn't an idiot, she's worse. You know of the 'anti-hero'. Well, Luna is an 'anti-anti-hero'. She's unlikable in an unlikable way. Example: When an old lady's cat ends up in a tree, Luna helps out by driving a car into the tree, the tree falls and squashes the cat. Luna is offended when the old lady doesn't seem grateful. Yep. She's just a turd. And sadly, [spoiler alert!] she doesn't die by the end of the issue.


XD's new address: PO Box 347, Glen Arm MD 21057, USA

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

[WTF I just noticed I hadn't posted anything about issue 36 the last issue of XD. Slack bastard.]

This issue was held up by some technicalities at the printer, but here it is, at last! And it's one of the strongest issues in memory. That's mainly due to the quality of the columns. Following Davida's editorial where she tackles the sometimes controversial decision - that she made early on - to only feature positive reviews, Anto Loserdom writes about the Irish zine scene [and this is a tiny fraction of what he's written about them - his final thesis at college was on zines]; Gianni Simone interviews dojinshi/manga creator Kacho 'Chicken' Hashimoto - published in France but still without a contract in Japan]; Jeff Somers discusses the 'zine safety valve'; Joe Biel writes about a zine workshop in Colombia [Columbia, South America, that is]; Josh Medsker writes about a recent prized acquisition - a late Beat-era literary journal called The Floating Bear; Kari Tervo takes us backstage to the zine-making life, with 'Things Nobody Tells You When You Start Zining', like "You're probably gonna have to get a long-arm stapler.'; and Ken Bausert elaborates on his idea that "...many zinesters conduct a sort of Trading Post with each other."

The rest of the issue features zine reviews grouped by author. I was going to write "the usual gang of idiots", but this gang subtly changes from issue to issue. For example, the difference between this issue and last is that Donny Smith is on the bench but William P. Tandy joins the team (albeit with only one review. I thought three reviews was the minimum required! Isn't that right, Lyden? Haw!)

One last thing I must mention is the name of one of the zines reviewed in here - I Beg to Differ: My Responses 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 by Chris Sabatini/Maybe Parade. Naturally that was the first zine in this issue I sent away for. You better accept my diary comic as trade, Sabatini, or I'll give you a bad review! [...Although I don't know how I'll do that if he doesn't agree to a trade... Hmmm, maybe I haven't thought this through... etc.]

Hiroshima Yeah! #124 [June 2015]

6 pages, 11.5" x 8.5", by Mark Ritchie & Gary Simmons >>> donbirnam [at] hotmail.com ... send an email and tell Mark that Stratu has convinced you that your life would be greatly enriched with an issue of HY!

My mailbox has seen some damned lean times lately, and I've been torturing myself by checking it every single day. Nothing! Nothing! Nothing! But hopefully the drought has broken because today was a Great Mail Day. Two new issues of HY! arrived today, so I don't give a damn if I get nothing else for another week.

The front page always has Mark's wonderful poems, so after work out on the balcony with a coffee and a smoke and a pen I started circling the ones I liked best. When out of the first four I had circled three, I wondered if it might be more efficient to circle theose I didn't think were better than very good.

After that, Garry's soon-to-end prison series; Mark's album and gig reviews; and a few other regulars.

HY! isn't for every one, I need to mention that, I think [I tend to get carried away, believing that surely everybody would appreciate this or that stuff...] But if you're still reading this, it probably is.


And one of these every month! We lucky devils!

Envelope of the Month - July 2015

This envelope by David Puckeridge arrived in the mail today.

It's moovelously mooving!
Thanks to Dexter Cockburn who brought my attention to this. Abe Books, where I buy just about all my books these days, one of their affiliated booksellers has a copy of Blackguard #4 [#47 of 200!]. See the listing here.

Blackguard #4: Fear: Various

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Title: Blackguard #4: Fear

Publisher: Stratu

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Softcover (Saddle-stapled)

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Edition: First Edition

60 pages, 8" x 6", $5.00US or 5 Euros >>> Kris, Calvo Sotelo 13B, 4B, Plasencia 10600, Caceres, SPAIN or PayPal to lolalucio [at] gmail [dot] com

This is a 'best of' collection from the six issues Kris published of his zine Chorrada. Lotsa good stuff in here - a visit to a Chamber Pot Museum; short interviews with Ned Brooks [It Goes On The Shelf zine - reminding me I really gotta check this one out!] and Dale Speirs [Opuntia zine]; letter columns; the stories behind a dozen pairs of Kris's shoes; secondhand book scores, a few book reviews, and a bookstore review; Kris's dulcimer obsession; and more. It's really nicely printed with a simple and easy-to-read layout, the only problem I had was with the string binding - it looks good but wasn't practical. The string kept sliding around then the pages did so too, so I stapled it myself. [I really don't know how anybody could live without a long-arm stapler...]
Following the recent Other Worlds Zine Fair in May where people kept asking me when the new Blackguard was coming out, I realised it's time to hustle for contributions.

Deadline: 31 July 2015

One- and two-page comix strips wanted

These will be printed at size 20cm x 14cm [8" x 5.5"]

Send your contributions to me at sstratu [at] gmail [dot] com or

Stuart Stratu
PO Box 35
Marrickville NSW 2204

Unbelievably Bad #15 [May 2015]

68 pages, $8.00 Aust - Overseas email for price >>> 9 Ross Street, Dulwich Hill NSW 2203, AUSTRALIA
unbelievablybad [at] optusnet.com.au [Note: Not sure if the email address is still active - I can't see it in the new issue...]

There's a really great interview with King Buzzo [The Melvins] in this issue. Anybody interested in the CD vs. Vinyl 'war' [and 'war' isn't too strong a word when it comes to the ferocity with which many in the respective camps defend their beloved format, and attack the other] will enjoy [or be driven to rabid objection of] Buzzo's comments. I'm quoting a paragraph, but that's just a small part of what he had to say about the subject...

"Jem Moloney: Some of the people we sell vinyl to tell me they don't have a turntable, or at least a working one. But it's the object and the art that appeals to them.

King Buzzo: Well, if they're only buying vinyl then they're not really interested in sound quality. Because it's not better. It's the worst recorded medium you can buy. Just if you think of it in terms of how much static electricity will make a difference in how it sounds, you're not gonna get that with a CD. Anybody that knows anything about mastering knows that you cannot get as much low end or high end on a vinyl record as you can on a CD. You can't! It's not physically possible to do it. So what they're hearing when they think they're hearing something like warmth is actually analogue distortion, which isn't there to begin with. Or it's a compressed sound."

There's an interview with Portland hardcore band Long Knife, and one part is about a gig that took place on a pedestrian bridge that cops broke up [but not until the bands had all finished]. One of the bands that played was called Iceage, and here's the part I found hilarious - for what reason, I can't explain:

[Interviewer] Furious Luke: I'm going to go out on a limb to say that  I think Iceage would sound like dogshit on a bridge.

Joe [from Long Knife]: I think you're not wrong.

Another very funny thing about this Long Knife interview - it seemed that every second person mentioned was being visited that same day, but not just that same day - in less than an hour! Example 1: Talking about the music video for their song 'Negative Mental Attitude' and a guy in it who plays a monster, Long Knife Colin says "I'm gonna see that guy that played the monster in less than one hour, if you'd like me to take a picture with him." Example 2: Long Knife Colin again answering a question about Fred Cole [from the band Dead Moon] who recently had heart surgery - "As far as I know he's all right, I haven't seen him in a while. I've seen their drummer, Andrew [Loomis]. He's a pretty good friend of mine. I may be seeing him within a half hour."

Last but not least [since of the three, it's the music of RH I like the best] the interview with Tim 'Shogun' Wall from Royal Headache was absolutely fascinating. I didn't circle any parts of that one - I would have to circle the whole thing which is impossible because it goes for five pages and circling that with a pencil would defy the laws of physics.

This issue's awesome cover art [by Marty Schneider] is the best UB cover since that of UB#8 [by Donny Rat].

8 pages, 11" x 8.5", trades or a nice letter should get you a copy, just write to Clark Dissmeyer, 917E 25th Street #5, Kearney NE 68847, USA

Clark's latest issue features Senator Ernie Chambers, who must be the coolest senator in the whole US. What makes him so cool? Well, aside from getting in trouble recently over calling Omaha cops his ISIS, this self-proclaimed "Defender of the Downtrodden" has repeatedly attempted to get the death penalty abolished, is a champion of animal welfare issues, wears jeans and sweatshirts at the capitol, and sued God to make a point about frivolous lawsuits. He also draws! And doodles and draws at work in boring meetings!

Ernie Chambers has been a hero of Clark's for more than 30 years. He's been one of my heroes for about four hours, because it was about four hours ago when I read this terrific zine.

Got your pen and paper, stamps  and an envelope? Good, because you need to write to Clark RIGHT NOW and ask him nicely to send you a copy! Hup! Hup! Hop to it!



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