May 18th, 2010

RIP Frank Frazetta (1928-2010)

I only read about this today in the Sydney Morning Herald - their source was the Los Angeles Times obituary.
I always look at the obituaries and mostly they're boring, but once in a while somebody interesting dies. Frazetta is one of those. You just need to hear the name and a dozen images will be conjured in your mind. One of them might be a Conan-esque muscleman grappling with a giant boa constrictor, another will be a statuesque Amazon frolicking with her pet tigers, or pumas.
So, this is one obituary I clipped.
Rest In Peace, Frank Frazetta.
Your art kicked ass.
You are now immortal.

Not My Small Diary #15 - Volume One & Two

[Vol. One 72 pages, Vol. Two 76 pages, digest size, $7.00pp, +++ +++ Delaine Derry Green, 459 Main St, Ste 101-263, Trissville AL 35173, USA ]
Big discovery this one. I must have read about NMSD in either Xerography Debt or Zine World. It sounded like a good one and it sure was that and then some.
The theme of this twin volume issue is Brushes With Celebrity [15 Minutes of Fame]. There are 54 contributors. Some names I recognise are Mark Campos, Donna Barr, Roberta Gregory, MariNaomi, Carrie McNinch (You Don't Get There From Here), Adam Pasion (Sundogs), John Porcellino (King Cat), and, uh, that's about it, but the consistency/quality a high level so I made some great discoveries, for example Andrew Goldfarb with his strip about phoning Madonna, and Box Brown who contributes a strip about spotting Louis CK. (Now I know who Louis CK is!)
I've gotta mention the awesome design of these zines. Each one is bound with silver thread and the thick cardboard covers are mounted with a nice glossy colour image, creating the appearance of a photograph in a photo album.
Not My Small Diary is really great, exactly the kind of zine discovery that makes you want to collect every back issue.
Can't wait to see what theme Delaine has in store for NMSD#16.

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