May 9th, 2009

Retards At A Zine Fair

Stratu Blackguard and Chris Bizarrism do not have organisational skills at a high level. We both left it too late to reserve a table at the MCA Zine Fair coming up at the end of this month. But at least we are on a waiting list now in case somebody drops out. Either way we're gonna be there with a pile of our zines/comics, maybe even wearing trenchcoats. "Psst! Got some good stuff here, man. High grade shit, guaranteed. You interested?"

Cinema Sewer #20

[cover price $4.00, 44 pages, standard comic book size, ]
I got this at the end of December last year so why has it taken so damn long to write about it? Well, every time I picked it up to get started the amount of content knocked me out. I like to read a comic or zine in one sitting so it's all fresh, and every time I flipped this one open I thought, 'Fuck. This is gonna take two hours!' Well, today at last I sat down and ploughed through it, and it did indeed take two hours, or more, because I kept jumping up to check something from it on the internet.
This issue is jam packed with good stuff.
The story of porn star turned white supremacist Bianca Trump.
An incredible expose of The Adventures Of Milo And Otis, a 1989 Columbia Pictures movie targeted at kids but including real scenes of animals being abominably treated (throwing cat after cat from a cliff into a fast-flowing stream until one survives so the filmmakers can use the shot, for example).
An in-depth report on grungy Vancouver porn theatres the Venus and the Fox. This piece really gets into details, even describing the rules for cruising at the Fox Theatre. Also hilarious anecdotes like the one about a sleazy old regular who forgot to put his dick back in his pants when he walked outside.
There's a great piece on the 1982 movie Vice Squad (brutal exploitation cop movie) including an interview with Gary Sherman, the director. Bougie gets some great anecdotes out of Sherman, like the one about Martin Scorsese almost coming to blows with another film dude after the screening because Scorsese loved it and the other hated it. (I MUST see this movie but goddamn it it doesn't seem to be available in Australia and to order a copy from the US looks like it's gonna cost 35 freakin' dollars.)
There's also an awesome review of Evel Knievel movie Viva Knievel. This is really great, done in comics form by Ted Dave. The movie sounds so bad it's good, and Evel Knievel comes off as a big jerk. Some hilarious lines too like when Evel takes a big box of toys to orphanage kids but gets scolded by the head nun for waking the orphans, so Evel charms her by giving her a box of fudge:
Nun: You're wicked! You know I'll get fat.
Knievel: Nobody will notice.
There's even more stuff in here but if you're still reading that probably means you're gonna contact Mr Bougie right now to order your own copy, which means I've done my job. So go get it!

[One more thing: Any zine that constantly makes you jump and grab a pen and paper to add something to your must-get list, or jump online to order a copy, or to research further or whatever, is highly recommended in my book.]

[Yet one more thing: I just found out that Cinema Sewer is up to issue 22. WTF?! Bougieman have you found a way to function without sleep?]