Completed two new zines! I'm especially proud of Underworld Championship Wrestling #3 as my daughter did a lot of the layout and writing for it, as well as coming up for the theme of the issue. Good job, sweetie!
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Finally printed some copies of issue 15 of K•R•Y•P•T•A. Off and on for several years I've been writing short sayings of a fictional rascal guru I call Gingangon. The conceit of this issue is that Gingangon was a real mid-20th century mystic guy and this is a collection of his known wisdom. Also solved a technical issue I was having with the image files in another issue that was otherwise complete!
This weekend my daughter and I made a second issue of Underworld Championship Wrestling, the zine devoted to our imaginary crazy crossover pro-wrestling promotion.
I also need to share this absolutely ridiculous graphic I kludged together for the interior. I'm very proud of how silly it is.
New issue of K•R•Y•P•T•A! The print quality of the cover was a little janky for the first few copies, but the interior is nice and crisp. The red sphinx is a rubber stamp I got for Christmas.
The newest issue of my personal memoir zine DILLHONKER is complete. You can't tell by looking at the cover, but this issue is actually about Dungeons & Dragons.
Made two mini-zines practically in parallel with each other. One is about how a material object is capable of its own sort of liveliness and agency, the other about the inevitable disappointment that follows in seeking meaning from consumer goods. What can I tell you? I am large, I contain multitudes.
Also, I got a comb binder for Christmas, so now I can make full size zines!
After making my FUCK NAZIS zine I got to thinking about how easy it is to despise Nazis while still replicating some of their attitudes towards people. So I made a new zine that focuses on loving, respecting, and celebrate their targets: Jewish people, immigrants, LGBTQIA* people, disabled folks.
Today my daughter and I turned a very silly text exchange we had in the laundromat into a zine. We had such a great time with both the texts and making the zine.
Just got back from sending out this month's zines! Jen in New Jersey, expect a bunch of low weirdness by mail, soon. I also sent some to my good buddy Sarkos.
Two new zines. A couple days ago the creeping fascism in my country was bringing me down, so I made a mini-zine called FUCK NAZIS. And today I finished a zine I had been working on for a while. Far-away worlds is a look back at the Dungeons & Dragons materials sold in department store mail-order Christmas catalogs from 1981 to 1983. It was a good time to be a game nerd.
My daughter and I just finished the Christmas zine we're bringing to the family festivities!
Added a new section to my neocities site that documents all the role-playing game zines I have been involved with over the years. Mostly because I am forgetful and wanted to bring them all together.
I've also been sprinkling the bottoms of various pages with little animated monsters from the old Ultima line of computer games. Like this delightful orc:
Why am I doing this? Because it is my webpage and I can. Nothing much more than that.
Made a new zine in a new format. This format turns a single sheet of paper into a 16 page micro-mini zine. A more typical 1 sheet/8 page mini-zine is in the pic for comparison. Tiny, tiny MONSTERS was laid out with the Electric Zine Maker, a tool available from alienmelon.itch.io. Neat results and excellent instructions for cutting and folding.
So I printed out I Social Media, a zine by Di over at delovely.neocities.org. We met at Philly Zine Fest and traded zines. I Social Media is a real heart-render but it ends on a positive note.
Ironically, I just set up an account on the nerdculture.de server for Mastodon, the new decentralized social media site that at least some twitter people are fleeing to. I don't want a new social media in my life but I help manage my work's social media and the boss wants to get off twitter. So here I am, trying out a new social media even though I need such a thing like I need a new hole in my head. Anyhoo, I'm @email@example.com if you find yourself on Mastodon as well.
It's been a prolific month for me, as I just finished work on my third new issue of KRYPTA since the Philly Zine Fest on the fifth!
Happy Turkey Day! Gobble gobble gobble!
It's Thanksgiving Day in the US. Happy Thanksgiving to those who observe it today. I've been spending the morning playing Minima, a tiny homage to the early Ultima games. If you're a fan of Ultimas 1-4, you may want to give it a try. You can play it right in your browser.
My good buddy Sarkos sent me the link to Alien Melon's Electric Zine Maker. I downloaded it and tried it out. I quite like it! It makes a variety of mini-zine formats. I used whatever images I had sitting on my diesktop to make this little test zine:
I quite like the filters and other graphic tools that make it easy to crudulate and crapify the look of your zine. I'll definitely be using this tool again!