Wednesday, 7 December 2011
My book of the year is Mark E Smith's 'Renegade'. I found it both totally inspiring and utterly hilarious in equal measure. I recently re-read it and afterwards wanted to find a way to remember some of the things he says, such as
'In my book, the more you want to make of your life, then the more you fucking do. I wonder sometimes when I look at bands what their brains must be like. Thomas Carlyle, the Scottish writer said, 'Produce, produce - it's the only thing you're there for'.
I love Mark E Smith's uncompromising attitude to his work, his utter disregard for anyone else's opinion and his drive. He is the main man.
So I made this zine about him. Printed in full colour, 10.5cm x 7.5cm this mini zine
is packed with pearls of insight from the sagacious MES, comes in its own resealable bag, and will not fail to raise a smile.
You can buy it here for only £1 plus postage
Mad as Bad Tornado is a contributions-based zine dedicated to visionary artist Henry Darger, which I recently curated.
Henry Joseph Darger (1892 - 1973) was a reclusive American writer and artist. He has become famous for his posthumously discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript called 'The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused ...by the Child Slave Rebellion', along with several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story. Darger is regarded as one of the most significant self-taught artists of the 20th century.
Featuring photography, drawing, collage, sound, poetry, and fiction and letter writing from a range of UK and international artists and writers, Mad as a Bad Tornado a 28 page full colour hand-made zine, printed in a limited edition of 50 only,
containing an eclectic range of responses to the life and work of this complex and enigmatic artist.
To find out more about the zine and the contributing artists, visit the zine blog at
To buy the zine, visit here