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By David Yoder

Diary comics are pretty popular nowadays, especially compared to the past (when they didn't exist at all!), but for the most part I don't really get them.

Well, that's not true. I "get them" in the sense that I understand one of the major reasons that people make them: it causes you to draw every day. And if you want to get good at anything, then you really do need to do it every day.

However, for the most part diary comics don't do much for me, and this is because most people's lives are kind of...boring. I mean, we complain about people posting pictures of the food they ate on facebook or twitter or whatever, so why should making a comic where "I went to a restaurant" is a major event (and yet no additional information is supplied)?

Artwise these comics don't do that much for me, but I think that's probably because they're made without any real planning. The borders are all shaky and hand drawn, and some of the panels are just whatever space is left on the page.

A Kind of Ferocious Holiness
Hailing from Leamington Spa, issue 3 of Chris Coleman's Stringent Measures was predicted and proved to be the final issue - which is a shame given the charming contents of this lovingly crafted fanzine. Following on from the extensive introduction we have an interview with The Sussed; articles about the Shrinking Men, New Antiques, Futurama 1981 Stafford (Blue Orchids, Theatre of Hate, Diagram Brothers, Eyeless in Gaza, UK Decay, Bow Wow Wow, The Passions, Ponderosa Glee Boys, 23 Skidoo, Revenna & the Magnetics, Cry, Bauhaus, Gang of Four, Virgin Prunes, Modern Eon, Doll By Doll…'anyway, the weekend was £10…well…er…well it was £10 spent'.), Altered Images (article and photos by Mark Webb), Persons Unknown, The Membranes, U2 (1 page gig and LP review), La Peine, and a 1 page essay on fanzines. Elsewhere there are reviews of Rudi, Bits, Joy Division, Alvin the Aardvark, The Human League, Sussed, ABC, The Membranes, Sonar + The Unofficial Nikki Sudden Fan Club. A3 folded scanned at 400 dpiStringent Measures #3


By Pat Barrett
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The first comic in this issue of Oak & Linden is a pretty awesome one about people going to war with gods because they are jackasses who eat all of their goats (see below).  It's pretty great, and uses an interesting art style where the characters look more like palaeolithic art than what you would expect to see in a comic.

The other comics use art styles that are more like what you'd expect in a comic. The one I liked the most was a sort of bizarre dream type comic about a guy who steals a wallet and finds a woman inside it. It was pretty strange, but I liked how things happened for seemingly no real reason. Just like in a dream!

The longest story in here is about a jackass space captain who takes advantages of the aliens on the planet he crash lands on. I'm guessing it's supposed to represent how white people treat developing nations, but mostly I just think the space captain is a jerk.

Plus there's a diary comic called "The Trouble with Diary Comics", about how people keep asking to be in your comic once they know you make one. I thought it was pretty funny.

Do Not Adjust Your Set I wanted to post this back in July following the sad news of Alastair Donaldson's passing but I couldn't locate the TBGOs in the archive - anyway, I found the blighters - 2 editions TBGO and the dinky Daily Raj - issue 2 and DR will follow in a wee while. TBGO hailed from Edinburgh and appears to be a sole effort by Bob Jefferson (of earlier Rezillozine, 2000AD fame) though shouts did go out to Mark Wollrich and Nick Kershaw. TBGO marked the period following the demise of The Rezillos and the emergence of The Revillos. Issue #1 of this neat little gem features Do Not Adjust Your Set (stills from the band's The Old Grey Whistle Test appearance), an interview with Faye and Eugene, a letter from Faye, The Life &Times of William Mysterious, Rezillos' Bits & Pieces, Shake Rattle and Roll being a squint at Jo Callis' 'new' project, TBGO's playlist in Our Fave Discs and a review of Mission Accomplished…..It Gets Me!A4 folded scanned at 400 dpiThe Beat Goes On #1


By various
Usually I'm not that big a fan of anthology comics. I mean, sure some of the contents will be good (usually), but I'll also not care for or actively dislike other content. Of course, most anthologies aren't about werewolves, and that creates a completely different set of judging criteria.
Werewolves are a type of monster, and I love monsters, so already I'm in favour of a comic anthology about werewolves. The stories in Werewolf!! range from slice of life comedy to all out nun action, so there are werewolf stories for everyone!
The nun story ("The Bad-Ass Habit" by Laura Terry) is pretty good, though I do have to wonder why the concept of warrior nuns seems to be so ingrained in our culture. I mean, do people even interact with nuns any more? I don't think I've seen one in years. I sort of feel bad for anyone that became one, it seems like such a weird way to live. Anyway, none (hah!) of that is brought up in this story which features a nun choking a werewolf with a rosary.

They Went Bravely Through All The Motions  Here ya go - this is issue 6 of Peter Hall's cool fanzine, Blam - I did say I will be posting lots of Blams and I hope to have the full run up here eventually since it's one that I particularly enjoy. This issue has interviews with The Insane Picnic, I'm Dead, The Delmontes, The Go-Betweens, and The Sounds; a 1 page reviews of Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft's 'Fur Immer' by Albert Hardwick + 2 pages of tapes; articles on/about Where's Lisse, The Great Divide, A Cheap Holiday in Other People's Misery (spotlight on festivals including Stonehenge, Glastonbury and Womad), Living on a Nerve End by Martin Newell, 'being an account of a D.I.Y. cassette maniac', Tinguely at the Tate Gallery, 23 Skidoo, Meat for Monsters (by Steve Lamacq), Stress, Get Smart, Joy Division (unofficial discography), and Metamorphosis. All of that + some odd bits & bobs and a rather decent fanzine round-up for good measure. 
A4 scanned at 400 dpi
Blam #6 


By José-Luis Olivaresjoseluisolivares.com
So I go travelling for two months and manage to keep to my three times a week schedule despite sleeping on people's floors and couches and not having consistent internet access.
Then I get back to Vancouver, and immediately start missing updates. In my defense I was sick, and had to move house, and blah blah blah. If you're reading a zine review site you know that the combination of zinester with blogger probably produces more excuses than anything else. ; )
Anyway, before I left on my trip I scanned every single zine in my review pile, and now there are only 13 left! (Of course I got _a lot_ on my travels, and also people sent some to me while I was travelling, including my brother who sent me a huge box of old ones, so this site won't be going away any time soon).

Punk is where you find it!I'm just on with reading Jamming Ed., Tony Fletcher's new book, Boy About Town, and very enjoyable it is too with some ace insights into the world of fanzines. Not least, there's a particularly excellent section on Tony's introduction to Joly McFie, that wonderful guru of UK fanzinedom  - I thoroughly recommend you cop hold of it. Anyroad, here's issue 11 of Jamming - easily one of the best fanzines published anywhere, ever! It quite simply has the lot - great interviews and articles and an abundance of interesting bits & bats bulge and spill from its fabulously colourful pages. Interviews - Zeigeist, The Beat, The Dead Kennedys, and The Shout; articles - Swiss Wave (Felix Fischer Ed.

Hello Snotrags Here's issue 14 of Mick Mercer's ace fanzine. Folk may be interested to learn that by and large all the photography featured in Panache was snapped by Mick himself - if you're interested in scoring a bit of it or having a gander at Mick's online magazines take a peek here. This issue features: interviews with UK Decay, Security Risk, The Uglies, and the Leopards; articles on Temporary Title, and Maitresse [1975 film]; a brief live review of Brian Brain; snippits of Ski Patrol, The Innocents, and The Petticoats. Really there's much more to this fanzine than my write up might suggests.A4 scanned 400 dpiPanache #14


By Stef Bradley
Today is filled with brief one page comics/illustrations that seem to be about random things from Bradley's life. They cover silverfish infestations (and how they'll EAT YOUR BOOKS), watching horror movies between hands held up to your face (scary!), having shoes thrown at you from a moving car while walking down the street (I once had someone throw a basketball at me from a car), wind and weather, how their grandma had an encounter with an owl that she likened to a Second World War plane flying overhead, bowling, and other weird and random stuff.
I think the story I liked the best was the one about a terrifying plan by "bigwigs" at Bradley's primary school to have kids drink more milk. It involved a lifesize plastic cow that had to be milked everyday by the kids. Apparently it traumatized everyone.