JIM LUCIO

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31 posts tagged zines

DEEP DARK TROUBLE a new zine I’m working on.

A couple of months ago I was invited to be in a show about Divine, the star of John Waters’ best movies. For various reasons which include living in Baltimore, I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it, but I decided to go ahead because I like the curator, Lawrence Snelly. And I DO love Divine.

I was going to shoot a simple photograph of my friend Zak dressed up as Divine, sitting outside the Drinkery with dog shit smeared around his mouth. The Drinkery is where Divine actually ate the poo at the end of Pink Flamingos.

The photo would be fun and easy, but my mind has been on indie publishing because of the event I put together for Balt Book Fest.  It allowed me the luxury of thinking about zines and self-publishing all day, every day for a few weeks.  In that time, I put one little zine together which was only the third zine I’ve ever made. I’m now working on several…who’s to know which ideas will actually see print…??

In any event, I decided that I would make a zine for this show instead of just taking a photograph. The zine will probably be called DEEP DARK TROUBLE, a graphic 16-pager filled with photographs, collages and things that remind me of Divine…the filthy, extreme Divine that I love so much.

This illustration/collage/Photoshopjob is the first thing I did as a warm up to get the book together. Getting my Divine juices flowing.

Tearoom by William E. Jones
Second Printing. Edition of 1000.

This artist book/zine is incredible. It is based on a sting operation that took place in 1962. The police force in Mansfield, Ohio set up a secret film studio in the bathroom of a public park and created what appears to be the most amazing document of homos getting off in a public place.  The film’s narration refers to homos as perverts and their acts as “bestial depravity”. 

Tearoom is loaded with amazing film stills, essays, vintage news stories and the hateful narration from the original film.

From Snackbar Confidential. 90s zine.

Grandes Planes by David Marmota.
Edition of 80.

I love David’s clean, graphic zines and his obvious appreciation for old Hollywood. Get it here.

In All Our Decadence People Die
Boo-Hooray / Exitstencil Press, 2011
Edition of 250.

Stopped by Boo-Hurray for the opening for this show and took a peak at the massive collection of zines that were sent to the band Crass between 1976-84. Love the presentation and the side stapling, just like so many of these old zines were made.

Whore Eyes #4 by Drippy Bone Books.

As they say on their website, Whore Eyes is “An on going series focusing on subterranean artists works and vision.”.

Presented as three different zines, this issue of Whore Eyes features the work of Jessie Lowe, Lachlann Rattray and Adam Shaw. Rattray stands out for me with his outrageous photoshop horrors and stark raving illustrations. Check out his website Dreamguts.

Butcher’s Row by Craig Atkinson.
Edition of 100.

This was one of my favorite artist books that was part of the Visual Voices show for Baltimore Book Festival. A series of black and white photographs of butcher shops, printed on paper similar to what meat is wrapped in…feels great in your hands.

Cloaked Hand by Ryan Fortney.
Screenprinted cover. Edition of 30.

Love his style. Check more of his work here.

100 Fanzines/10 Years of British Punk 1976-1985.
PPP Editions. Edition of 500.

Killer book printed to coincide with the New York Art Book Fair.

XXX by Joseph Akel
Packaged in a pink cellophane bag. Edition of 280.

Picked up a few things at the NY Art Book Fair. Love this sexy little book of collage and found photos featuring vintage male beefcake photography.

WTMWL  by Anna Bak.

Pogo Books also sent in some great stuff for the book festival and this one really stood out for me. It’s a great, dark and mysterious collection of collages with a cover that reminds me of a Polaroid. Really cool book.

THE EDGE OF NO ESCAPE by Ox Zerox

The indie publishing exhibit I organized for Balt Book Fest turned out really nice. I got a lot of excellent stuff sent in and over the next few weeks will try to post images from some of my favorites.

By far the zine that was singled out the most and also happened to be my favorite contribution to the exhibit, was made by a French artist who goes by the name Ox Zerox. The zine consists of found photos that he rescued from a flea market. The images are of 80s french punks and live music shots from the time period. It’s all very raw and dare I say it, even charming and the kid on the cover is unbearably cute (pictured).

OX’s collage zine is called Control Freak. It has tons of personality and I really like the two that he’s put out. Both of these zines are well worth checking…you can find them HERE.

Digest size, b/w digital, 20pg. Edition of 50 (?)

You can get your copies HERE.

My new zine.

TV Guild
Color digital.
11”x17” quarter folded, double-sided
Edition of 50

I am organizing an indie publishing exhibit called Visual Voices for the Baltimore Book Festival on Sept. 23-25th. I’ll have a collection of magazines, artist books and zines on display all weekend with information about all of the publishers represented. Lots of amazing stuff…

GORDO AT PRINTED MATTER!

Printed Matter in NYC got in touch with me and now my poster-zine Gordo will be available through their awesome storefront gallery/store for free.

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