From Tallulah Fontaine’s White Fire
I like zines. I used to have a whole drawer of them (they are probably still languishing in that drawer, sorry), and I used to make my own too. My teenage angst and propensity for melodrama found posterity in those three zines.
I recently went on a zine binge. Some illustrators I follow on Instagram had zines available for sale, and I began seeking out other zines. It also happened that during the last graphic novel binge, I bought a copy of Adrian Tomine’s 32 Stories, which is a reissue of his Optic Nerve zines/mini-comics, and it had finally arrived.
I adore Tomine’s illustrations (especially his New Yorker covers) and enjoyed his graphic novel Shortcomings. The Optic Nerve mini-comics are stylistically very different from his current stuff and the storytelling nowhere as solid, but it was nice and very inspiring to see his progression from then till now.
These three are my favourites from my recent loot. Drinking Stories by Awkward Ladies Club has a very self-explanatory title. Her other zines are great too; I like the humour and they are ridiculously fun to read.
From Lizzy Stewart’s Cardigan Heart
The second, Cardigan Heart by Lizzy Stewart, is probably my favourite-st of the favourites. It’s a collection of illustrated stories, and each is a lovely, unassuming combination of words and visuals.
In-Between by Aijung Kim recounts a conversation between the author had with a stranger on a train ride during an “in-between” period of her life. I have had similar conversation with imaginary strangers on train rides. Despite her less-imaginary companion, her story was one that resonated strongly with me.
I’ve also signed up for the Minicomic of the Month Club. Every month, they send out a mini-comic by an Australian illustrator/artist. I’ve just received my first comic, which is by Carla McRae (@thepaperbeast on Instagram), and it is pretty gorgeous.
On the home front, there’s Squelch Zines, who’s doing interesting things.