Visually appealing just love those illustrations

Visually appealing just love those illustrations
Gorgeously graphic zines
14 November 2012

I enjoy cataloguing our collection of zines, I am always surprised by the variety of illustrations that we get from simple line drawing to beautiful art work.  Some are a little shocking, or rather confronting, but can be done so well. We don't make any value judgements about the subject matter, language or artwork, but do pop a content advice note in the records if appropriate to indicate that the zine contains adult themes or strong language.  One which I easily remember is: Dyko mik : your local zine with optical poptitude... & much gibberish  written by Tanya J. McLeod. Others really astonish you visually. A recent one on my desk is titled: A forest / by Marc Martin. We picked this up at a zine fair. What excited me was the small writing on the back. Printed on 100 % recycled paper, using vegetable based inks.  The range of colours is astonishing. The story is moving and simple.

image from A forest / Marc Martin

image from A forest / Marc Martin

The next time I am free I will have to do some more research on this as it really makes me wonder about the history of vegetable based inks. Or perhaps readers of our blog will educate us all.