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Rainy Day Trash Flowers Fun Pack

Rainy Day Trash Flowers Fun Pack

I got my $$$ copy at the Sticky Zine Fair, Melbourne half a year ago.
no contact details.
You can get yours by: being in the right place at the right time with the right coinage. This clan can be hard to pin down.

A fun pack of three individual comix in the classic fortune teller format. All written, drawn, measured, folded and trimmed to perfection by HTML Flowers, (the yellow zine) Jmke (the pink one) and one of Tasmania’s best exports and New York darling Simon Hanselmann (the green one).

Exotic: As advertised, the zines/comix are designed to be rotated, unflapped, folded, unfurled, refolded and opened out. The fortune teller format is now boycotted by comic crafternooners. Life is worth living again.

Genius: The utilisation of the fold. Each zine has been carefully designed to address the design challenge of a format that doesn’t have regular pagination. Hanselmann’s zine excels: each folding pattern forms its own narrative device: in ‘Werewolf Jones TM and Sons’ the first layer of folds makes up a rotational ‘exclusive hat prologue’. (I’m won already). Underneath each triangle flap, a character cycles the perimetre of the main centre comic, ‘Megg’s Will’. On the reverse side you get ‘Megg, Mogg & Owl’ which in turn opens out to a complete flattened sheet of Megg freaking out about not having a bulk stash of weed on hand and making that face that kids make when they’re about to burst into tears. Hanselmann is the master of expression and rendering puffy cat faces.

Heartfelt, Sad, Saddening: The anxiety of financial survival as told in ‘Little Needs A Job’ where you need to negotiate the folds through the numbering system. In this comic, Centrelink payments are cancelled, hospitalisation means you save money on food and the back up plan includes dealing or stealing. Dreams are for those who can afford them, as is peace of mind for someone with a terminal condition. Lots of hospital references and watching the character drink alone. I found this highly affecting.

Spacey Existential Gaming Reality Jamming: This untitled zine revolves around two computer game players and the internal game world which comes complete with visual computer glitches and repetitive imagery. Kinda works as a pisstake against gamers but also drawn in affection I suspect. Contains Kantian and Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen references.

To accept this challenge: You have to find the balance between sequential and non sequential story telling. You want the comic to work at different angles.

Success rate: 2/3 zines in the funpack didn’t need to rely on numbering. All are self contained little comic worlds in their own right. And you get to play with them in your hand. Awesome.

– E.P



Death-Beam Dinosaurs

Death-Beam Dinosaurs: Seven magazines from the last 5 years that changed my thoughts on gaming.
No contact details but it does exist online: http://www.deathbeamdinosaurs.com
I got my copy for AU $1 or so at Sticky’s zine fair along with a few other issues which were a bit hit and miss.

An 8 page micro zine, each page an important moment in time for videogame culture in the glossy magazine world to the zinemaker. It may have been made back in 2011.

I did not expect: This small little thing to be such a big punch. This zine walks the reader through important gaming magazine moments as well as the zinemaker’s own contribution to the news-stands on gaming (that lasted a single hard copy issue) (and cost them $20,000). It’s a cultural history momento and personal zine at the same time.

I love that: Someone has spent their personal fortune on a glossy gaming magazine and still puts photocopied zines together about the same topic years later. I love that someone can love something so much, they can make these kind of zine confessionals. I love that I’ve just read a zine that is a snapshot of someone’s brain. For an A7 zine that is so compact and small, it’s a thoughtful critical mindmap starting with Laura Croft making the cover of The Face in ’97. And it’s a zine that includes suprisingly private moments that hit you right in the gut.

Minus points: The photocopying of my copy was pretty crap. A lot of the type reproduces fuzzy. #You had one job.

For those playing at home: you can download the PDF from the site and fold it yourself.