Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Leeds Zine Fair

This weekend was the Yorkshire Zine Weekender, and I arranged time off work and other things to come and spend some proper time in South and West Yorkshire for it. I will post a link 'HERE' [when it's ready] to a more detailed blog post about the research and the wall cartography I did for the Sheffield half of the weekender.

This post is for the Sunday, which was in Leeds. I wrote an 8 page zine about it, which will go to the people I shared the experience with. Here I include the pages from the zine: cut up, with links.

I really appreciate it when other people review the zines they read, so finally I am putting some effort into recommendations to you!
They are obviously not the only decent zines that were shared at this zine fest, but the ones that caught my eye at the time. Write your own review for the ones I miss out!






Minor correction : this comic IS offensive to many people so don't get it if you dislike taking the pee out of religion, or sexual stereotyping done for laughs. willtapply.com

 erm, not sure. I'll get back to you on that.


(I realise the size of my writing in my pad does not translate perfectly to the size of text displayed in this blog, so apologies if you have to scan through the pictures separate to the text. I am not computerised yet).

Monday, 3 March 2014

Sicily, no blogs.

I have not written anything on this blog for quite a while. Amongst the predictable reasons why, the two main ones are (a) I have not been doing so much zine-type stuff or collaborative art activity, and (b) that I have been writing so much by hand in my various diaries that the urge to share on the internet has been much reduced. 

Also of course there are the general scourges of doing anything like a blog : inane facebook quips and lazy link sharing (guilty); having a job (what a pain - but actually it's been quite fun recently); reading a lot (other people are more interesting than yourself, if you can choose the ones who write well); spending a lot of time in the countryside and in nature (hence = not mad).

But I am still drawing and writing and thinking and researching little personal projects and working out ways to share them. I am also people-watching as much as ever and going travelling. In this blog post I wish to share the latest evidence of this : I just came back from Sicily, to which I travelled by trains and boats. The following glimpses from my sketchpad tell enough of the journey to keep you close to me. And I have since bathed, so you need not screw up your face like that.

Best wishes, see you at a zine fair, conference, gig, street corner, market or train station soon.

1. To London, changing trains.

2. Couchette

3. Self portrait, travelling while full of a headcold.

4. Genoa, amongst pages of angsty & nostalgic paper-based talking-to-myself.

5. Ferry at Civitavecchia.

6. Peregrine Falcon at Palermo docks.

7. Notes from a book on Italian Anarchism, borrowed from the Canny Little Library.