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Scene Mean


16 pages, 105mm x 75mm, by Mel Stringer, perfectnoseclub(at)gmail.com + melstringer.blogspot.com
Thank the Gods of Olympus for SZR and the 'review' of Mel Stringer's zine by Simon Gray. All I saw on the SZR blog was Mel's 'Baby Shower' drawing (above) and that did it. It was so goddam funny I knew I had to find out more. ... Mel Stringer? Where had I seen that name before? ... Clicking the link took me to a review of the zine by Simon Gray. The review made little sense, seeming to defend 'hipsters' who were allegedly made fun of in Mel's zine. Simon also spells 'zines', 'zeens'. That was another clue that the reviewer was not a reliable source...
Anyway, Scene Mean is a collection of drawings of young folk, mostly texting or talking on their iPhones, but one or two interacting live and in real time with another young folk. It's hilarious and funny as hell. I KNEW I had seen Mel's work before, somewhere. Turned out that she was one of my favourites from fellow Brisvegans, Phatsville Comix! (reviews here and here).
I wanna get a bunch of these to send out to my zine and comix pals! I gotta get her in Blackguard!


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 2nd, 2011 09:16 am (UTC)
I spell zeen as such in my posts 'cause there are still people out there who mispronounce it, rhyming it with sign. This spelling alleviates that faux pas.
Also, I think the culture & consumption of zeens have evolved their own niche separate from magazines that their name is derived from & I want to recognise that evolution lingually. With the exception 'fanzines' which bridge the gap between the two products.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
Re: ee
I come across people who mispronounce the word 'zine' too. I just say, "Listen dumbass, it's pronounced 'zine' as in 'magazine'" - problem solved.
To me, 'zeen' is right up there, I mean down there, with 'phreaky' and 'kewl'.
No sir, I don't like it.
Feb. 7th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
Re: ee
I try to alleviate the problem with out the name calling, potentially you'll turn off fans/customers that way. The similar spelling tangents I had thought of were feminists re-spelling women with wimmin or womyn, to remove a label for themselves from a patriarchal linguistic hegemony. My re-spelling was consciously about power & culture, not slang.
Feb. 8th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
Re: ee
OK, look. If you're gonna put yourself in THAT basket, I really don't think there's any need to comment further.
The prosecution rests.
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May. 30th, 2014 07:55 am (UTC)
Re: ee
Watch it with the meanie name-calling there, Sid, or I might give your ZEEN PAMPHLET a negative review!
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