Review – The Blame by Jon Aye

A collection of short stories from Jon Aye.

Jon Is currently taking part in the digital Hackney Comic & Zine Fair.

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I enjoyed this. A quick read that I think I could go back and spend some more time dealing with the bigger ideas it touches upon.

I often see these kinds of comic zines or this style labelled as experimental, but I’m not sure the label fits as well as alternative would. I feel there’s too much in the history of comics, I was immediately reminded of the cartooning on Dick Tracy as soon as I looked at this. The story approach is similarly easy to follow and parse, with its brevity seeming at points both dreamlike and histrionic, by which I mean there are strips where each line is designed to be dialogue delivering drama rather than naturalistic speech so it all seems like high drama pounding out the beats.

There are a couple of nice one pagers that amused me, such as the one below.

But there were a couple of strips that I found much more interesting, that got me actually thinking. They both deal with current society in its post-Thatcherite state, one obliquely and one more directly. Specifically ‘Disaster!’ and ‘Problem Solving’.

They’re both still short snippets, respectively four pages and one page, but together there is a personal thesis about post-Thatcherite UK society that I think bears expanding upon. It’s not so much that the thoughts are necessarily in depth in those stories but the combination of the two coming at the subject manages to make it so that we get a more rounded understanding of that thesis. It’s an interesting way to experience opinions without having to commit to reading a long heavy storyline exploring the subject.

I particularly like the approach to sci-fi in ‘Disaster’, it’s a very New Wave of Science Fiction attempt to look at matters, with a good use of ‘disaster’ as metaphor. I’d personally like to see that idea expanded as I think that world has some legs, but it doesn’t need expanding for the story to work as it is.

UKPLC also touches on current affairs in a nicely timed and confidently cartooned way. I like the visual approach and the somewhat abrupt approach to timing in the strips. Not all of the ideas work for me, either they’re a bit too pat  or didn’t have that much of a new idea (‘Writing’ and ‘New Name’), but the work itself is strong and individual whilst still feeling part of a contemporary comic scene.

Internet find – How to find your way

This is a cool zine to download and print out yourself – I love it when people do this.

It’s from Gregoire Huret

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This is a cool looking zine as well. I like street photography and I think Paris may be my favourite city. These are good portraits and a great idea to mark their positions on a map included in the zine.

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lazy sunday read – Lumpen Archives

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The Lumpen Archive is a digital catalogue of previously published experimental visual zines and comics.

There are zines from zine love favourite (and Broken Frontier 6 to Watch recipient) Miranda Smart

Well known alt comix creators such as CF and Lale Westvind and many others too.

Lots and Lots to check out – over 100 publications

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SHOP! Warglitter

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Warglitter does a perzines (my favourite), fanzine and esoteric (witchcraft and tarot for example) zines.

She has an engaging writing tone that I enjoy a lot.

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go listen – Funeral Kazoo

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they can also be found here: instagram (Kelly Crimson comic)

not a lot – 6 songs, but some really nice punky, rockish and enjoyable with social commentary to add to its worth. You could definitely sing these out loud drunk in a pub.

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lazy sunday read – Crafting A – Z (by Weekends in Maine)

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an e-zine of crafting activities and ideas with an example for each letter of the alphabet. There’s some fun ideas here.

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SHOP! – Adam Yeater

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Extreme and trashy. Pulp to 900%. For sure it’s full of gore. Adam’s currently cracking comics out in a blaze, focussed on Blood Desert, check it out below

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he’s also got a great range of other comics, mini comics and zines to try out. Top of my list is The Lottery

THE LOTTERY- Trade Paperback

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go look – Richard A Kirk

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Sinistral Sister2014, ink on paper, 12" x 8"

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Compulsion (original art)

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go listen – The Newport Dolls, The Absolute Boundary Of The Entity

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This was created as part of the the 2021 Festival of the Photocopier. You can see part of that recording on youtube here

This is a lovely, calming experience for me. Folksy, spoken word and improvisational, but not meandering or purposeless. It evokes a sort of spiritual sensation, like monks chanting.

It features quite a few creators and instruments, with the typewriter actually being a surprisingly effective part of the whole.

It almost reminds me of the Velvet Underground or The Incredible String Band, but not touching either very closely. Maybe even Devendra Banhart’s early, just after being found busking albums or Black Mountains first ep might be even more apt as it features women vocalists with emotional voices.

My favourite track is Admiring Axl Rose From Across The Hall

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go look – nullset overdrive

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not active recently by the looks of things, but there’s a lot to look at and like in there

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lazy sunday read – Darling Zine

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header art by Rebecca Reed

Darling Zine focuses on promoting creative womxn whether in art, music or film. On the website there’s lots of music reviews and there’s also profiles of artists involved in the zine and some comment pieces. I always appreciate a music zine, because I’m always looking for something new to listen to. the print mag

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SHOP! – The Comix Company

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Header image by Aaron Lange

The Comix Company is run by Dexter Cockburn, publisher and maker of underground porn comix. Featuring some great cartooning and lots of spunky action. He also publishes other creator such as Aaron Lange above.

You can also find Dexter Cockburn here –

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(any of the social media accounts may be currently suspended because social media isn’t keen on allowing porn cartoons)

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foto friday – Toronto Photobook Library

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this sounds like such an exciting idea, curated exhibitions of photobooks from self-published to big production!

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go look – 16 pages

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Jean Philippe Gilliot in his publication Kermesse is one of the first places where I had work in zines.

He’s a great supporter of zines and art makers and I’m a huge fan of what he does to support others. A true gentleman.

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Comic Cuts, a review

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About 3 weeks ago I gave this as a recommendation and every Friday there’s been another episode to listen to which I have enjoyed immensely. So I thought I’d do a proper review.

This is a good show. Firstly, it’s funny, always funny and fun,. There’s an atmosphere, which certainly comes from some good decisions by Kev F Sutherland, of friendliness and openness that makes it feel inviting to listen to.

Secondly, these are good guests, willing to be involved as well as interesting in their own rights. It makes for good listening because they bring a bounce to the whole proceedings. They all have interesting stories to tell. It’s also interesting to see the breadth of people involved in comics as fans and creators. Without saying so, it’s putting the lie to the image of comic fans and creators as boring middle aged men pedantic about the smallest detail. I think this is deliberate in itself and nice to see.

Third and last, it’s a good format for the fun above, but also for getting little mini-interviews with the guests who are, as noted before, very interesting in their own right.

I think it was a tweet in which I compared Kev F to Nicholas Parsons, somewhat flippantly. It strikes me as the best possible comparison because this show reminds me of nothing less than a Radio 4 panel show, interesting people given something interesting to do with a host that pulls it all together and keeps it light and insightful.

Good work on this!

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go look – Julie Hollings

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An alumni of Deadline magazine, great strips from that end of yuppie era

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go look – Artists Responding To…

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header image by Joanna Brown

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Cover by Lily Dean

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Cover by Tabitha Hall

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lazy sunday read – fanzines (including zine shop map)

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organised by zines – who are on twitter tumblr facebook

on insta they do a good feed of zines to look through

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and on facebook they run the awesome ZINE CLUB group

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SHOP! – Strip for me (Douglas Noble)

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Douglas not only creates his own fascinating comics, he often works with a raft of other interesting creators including Sean Azzopardi, Jon Paul Milne and Olivia Sullivan who all produce amazing work of their own.

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What We Know About Falling Apart

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Black Leather #1

Jon Paul Milne

Get The Human Face

Olivia Sullivan

Mutton Chops

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foto friday – projet514

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images of urban life, often juxtaposed to great effect

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go look – Owen Sherwood

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Sharkplant! Sticker

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zine library! zineopolis

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with a whole online collection of zines available to look through, this is an exciting online journey as well as being a physical resource in the University of Portsmouth

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Check out the work of Jackie Batey, one of the curators, on twitter

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go look – Brett Hobson

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lazy sunday read – Artisterium

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This seems to be a new blog started by Miguel A. S. Correia of Ultra Violenta (great zine you should check out here) with posts about various museums and galleries he has visited. There’s only a few posts up, but they are fun. Particularly nice to see so many photos. I was led here when Miguel posted in the zinelove chat group we run on facebook.

This is the article and it’s about visiting the Fanzineteca run by Ogata Tetsuo, another member of the group. That’s a beautiful looking place and is definitely somewhere I’d love to see!

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SHOP! – Fraser Geesin

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Fraser Geesin’s humour hits a spot with me, drifting from nonsense to satire it aims squarely at humanity and hits the mark

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The Cleaner is both funny and dirt cheap, there’s not much more to ask than that

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foto friday – Brighton Shit Graf

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this isn’t about quality photos, it’s about the fun of watching humanity

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go look – Eric Orchard

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go listen – Mutiny by Damas Prospect

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Album is on Bandcamp here

Favourite tracks are

Recoil Effect – I always enjoy crackling radio conversation in a track and this is accompanied by some driving music; it’s giving out energy

Human Artillery – the start with its driving, repetitive rhythm is enough, but the out of time iron work and their meeting tempo is perfect doing music

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go look – Ben Humeniuk

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go look – Sarah Harris

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Occasional zinester, current editor and often wall sprayer, Sarah basically makes awesome things and if you ever get the chance to own something made by her, go for it

Buy her zine Unravelling

Unravelling by Sarah Harris (Colossive Cartographies 22)

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go look – Crash Reynolds

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Sometimes Human Issue 4 Perzine Zine

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go look – Pepsi Scrolls

Not active at the moment, but I still go back and look every so often, because it’s just great to see someone on their journey into art and how they shape their own style. It’s a style I very much enjoy seeing as well.

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lazy sunday read – Comics Anonymous

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header image from What We Don’t Talk About created by Charlot Kristensen published by Avery Hill, reviewed here

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Comics Anonymous does a lot to promote the small press and self publishers within the UK, particularly focusing on reviews and kickstarter previews. It’s a good site for finding out what’s out there, with a good range of interests, not just lots of genre work.

They also do interviews with creators.

Here are two recent reviews:

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SHOP! Comic Scene

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ComicScene does a good job of representing the current UK Small Press comics scene as well as more mainstream comics entertainment news – it’s like an online comic fanzine that also publishes a great set of books all about the history of UK and US comics and some fine comics of their own.

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foto friday – silent stories

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go look – Warren Craghead

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WET PAINT, a story

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go look – George Gercke

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