Bio Auto Graphic Issue zero.
Michael c Nicolson / Ensixteen Editions 2004
A5 - 12 pages
Zero - not a nothing - but a reset, a circular return. I joined this series late on (previous issues of Bio Auto Graphic are reviewed here) but it has quickly become one of my favourite zines: more art than comic, more poetry than diary - a visual and literary reflection on the author's journey through the ups and downs of existence. The result is a comic zine that is at once funny, humble, and poignant.
Perhaps less funny than later issues, this first (non?) issue sets up the emotional threads that run throughout the series, tying knots that bind personal and universal events with tenderness, charm and an easy seeming fluidity.
As I've said before, jump in to this series anywhere - you won't regret it.
Although this issue was made in 2005, copies are still available via the Ensixteen blog - check out the more current issues while you are there. ensixteeneditions.blogspot.com
Or email Michael directly to order: ladnicholson(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk
Review by Nathan Penlington