Saturday, 22 September 2012

Zine Project

Our current project is to create our own zines.
We were briefed at the Nexus Art Cafe in town, which houses the Salford Zine Museum. I'd never been here before- it's amazing all the places in Manchester I've not yet discovered (and really need to!), mostly all hidden away in basements like this one.

After an impressive hot chocolate (with a great load of cream on top) I picked out a few zines from the library they have there. There's a mix of really diverse styles, and it was inspiring to read examples that triggered lots of ideas of what I would love to use as zine content myself. I kept a note of these ideas as I was reading...

It was also encouraging to see a lot of the content appeared to have been quickly produced-almost doodling style-and rather than looking unprofessional this corresponds aesthetically with the humour.

The images above are from the zine 'Future Fantasteek!' (issue 13, July 2012). The first thing that attracted me to this one was the black inky creature on the cover (with the googly eyes). I didn't get a photo of the cover, stupidly...but you can see it on the virtual preview of the issue on the website.
The content in general appealed to me because of its humorous and quite satirical tone- the content   is opinionated illustrations of familiar thoughts and situations, and appears to be quite a personal showcase of the artist's ideas based on their experiences of people. It's an absorbing read as I'm sure most readers can identify with a great deal of it and (fellow artists in particular) will probably become inspired to conjure up their own anecdotes for similar ideas.

In terms of crafting a zine, this one was particularly interesting- a painted character is seen from front and back view on different sides of tracing paper! The use of different coloured card and bold block colors with screen-printed designs made up a very graphic looking, picture based publication.
Unfortunately it was very difficult to tell what the title of this zine was...on the cover it was labelled 'Extensas Estrias Del Esten Sinor', and I couldn't spot any details of a website/artist details, so it remains a bit of a mystery. If anyone can save me from my ignorance please inform me immediately!

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