zine, [zeen] noun. 1. abbr. of fanzine; 2. any amateurly-published periodical. Oxford Reference


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bougie, Robin


via Optical Sloth by admin on 6/8/09




Maximum Super Excitement #2 (with Maxine Frank)

It occurred to me after reading this that I have no idea of the average age of the reader of this website.  I have a general idea of the number per day, but is there any way to tell age?  Anyway, I mention that because, as you can tell from the cover, this book is for adults.  Trust me kids, if you're just looking for naked people you grew up with the internets; it's not difficult.  Robin and Maxine have a simple formula: they sit together in a coffee shop, draw a panel and then pass the page to the other artist.  Considering that method, this is a remarkably coherent story.  This is the tale of a woman who has apparently left an island of librarians.  She returns with her slave (pictured on the cover) after the whole of humanity has died out after a disgusting plague that results in maggots bursting from various parts of the body.  Like I said, if it's nudity you're looking for, you can probably get it without maggots.  Lumpino (the returning librarian) has come back for revenge, and it turns out that her slave (who enjoys raping) is infected, so he sets to work on the leader of the group and her slave.  From there it's just sheer mayhem as the rest of the librarians come out, there's a serious gunfight and brawl, and everybody lives happily ever after.  OK, maybe not that last part.  It's a funny story, there's gore and sex (often combined), and even though this was mostly done in a coffee shop the art looks great.  If you're squeamish you may want to move onto lighter fare, but if you have a good sense of humor and are up for anything, this comic is a blast.  Hey, if you can't figure out from that cover whether or not this is for you, I can't help you…  $4


The Ex Revenge Project

This goes about my "policy" of not dealing with zines (there are too many comics in the world for me to get to, nothing personal to zines (if they were a person, that is)), but this is just too good to pass up. Robin, not really sure what was going to come of it, decided to ask people for their breakup stories and compromising pictures of exes. Or, in other words, free porn. What followed was apparently a deluge of e-mails and images, all from men, all looking for Robin to spread these images as far and wide as possible in the hopes of hurting these women. So what Robin ended up doing was putting snippets (or whole e-mails) in this book, with the names and addresses removed, and with drawn representations of the images instead of the actual images to protect the people involved. If you're looking for the better side of humanity, the one that's willing to forgive and forget and always wishes the best for their ex, this is absolutely the wrong place to go. There's no denying how fascinating some of these stories are though. Some guys don't even say how they broke up (most guys, actually), they just detail the most lewd things they can think of that the girl did in bed, sometimes with pictures, and practically beg Robin to post the whole thing all over the place. I'm not going to go into the individual stories, because if you're interested in this sort of thing in any way you're already over at Poopsheet ordering it. Same deal with samples, as it's text on one page and the image on the right, and that text would come out as tiny in a scan. For better or worse, it's a unique piece of work. $3


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