October 10th, 2011

Biblio-Curiosa #2

48 pages, digest size, $5.00 from Chris Mikul, PO Box K546, Haymarket NSW 1240, AUSTRALIA + cathob [at] zip.com.au
It sure was a pleasant surprise to receive this so soon after BC#1, considering Chris's other zine Bizarrism only comes out every three years.
The first piece in this issue, 'The Strange Case of F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre' fascinated me to very near the degree that the story of Henry Darger did so. Like Darger, MacIntyre was a loner his whole life, although differing in that from his hoarder's apartment in Brooklyn that he never let anybody into (even the super to conduct necessary maintenance) he communicated with the outside world through the internet, promoting himself as an expert on the silent film era of the '20s, also the science fiction community (and was a prolific IMDb reviewer). His manner of dress was unique - "he affected the air of an eccentric Victorian gentleman, and wore tweed suits and riding boots, sometimes a kilt and sporran, and - always - gloves" - nicknamed "Froggy" these gloves were rumoured to conceal webbed fingers, or a terrible skin condition.
The other two pieces in here I did read, but were nowhere near as fascinating as the F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre piece.
But that's just me: obsessive, get/got stuck... BC#2 has colour covers, gorgeous b&w illustrations, and an exploration of T. Mullett Ellis and his novel of "anarchism, free love and germ warfare called Zalma."
Get it.

Betty Paginated #32 - Winter 2011

56 pages, magazine size, $10.00, Dann Lennard, PO Box A1412, Sydney South NSW 1235, AUSTRALIA + danhelen [at] idx.com.au + bettypaginated.blogspot.com 
This issue of BP gets off to a very funny start - page three has a photo of Dann seconds after being accidentally head-butted by bare-breasted stripper and People columnist Jewell. Haw! But as Dann writes, "It's OK, she consoled me afterwards."
Also in this issue: Amanda Palmer; Lady Gaga; Dann's gig report of a Murder Junkies [GG Allin's band] show; Canadian gay comix creator Patrick Fillion; Jim Balent's Tarot: Witch Of The Black Rose; Dann's criticism of Erik Larsen's Savage Dragon superhero comic series (with replies from Larsen); Dann's quest to read 30+ years worth of Legion of Super-Heroes; Dann's "irrational love for B'wana Beast" [DC comic]; a Sticky interview with Dann; street art making a comeback in Sydney; a tribute to Scream Queens; a hatchet job on Ben Elton [Ha! Good! - SS]; a "Stone Cold" Steve Austin interview; Randy "Macho Man" Savage; Tura Satana [1938-2011]; Bob Guccione [1930-2010]; Musings on Stripping; a couple of Great Feuds Of Our Time (Tila Tequila vs The Juggalos, and Jessi Slaughter [age 11] vs The 4Chan Trolls).
And of course many, many photos of gorgeous women in various states of undress. And more! This baby is jam packed. The only minus is that I can't read BP on the bus (and you know how I LOVE to read on the bus, especially zines). With breasts and butts (and even gigantic cartoon cocks in this issue) popping out from almost every page, this zine is not public transport-friendly.