|Cloudfather - Kyle Alu|
In Cloudfather zines (of which I own two) the relentless use of collaged drawings and altered cut-outs overlapping each other and facing various directions is impressive. Some pages look busy, some more thoughtful, but all have a feeling of precisely constructed fullness to them.
|Cloudfather 2 - Kyle Alu|
|ON - Various|
ON is a really cool jumble of advice, poetry, photography, and other little bits and pieces. It's a curated zine with many contributors, which gives it a nice magazine feel with lots of ideas bouncing off each other. There's a sense of community in the pages of this zine. It's dense - filled with the exciting, expanding creativity of a group of young people.
Fun for a fiver is a zine which offers suggestions of activities to do for cheap, or for free. It is very sweet and comforting, and quite a useful and cheery sort of zine. It has several pages, and is about A6 sized with a nice weight to it. The perfect pocket zine. It offers a practicality most comparable to the advice and opinion pages of ON. The combination of its pleasing size/weight and its comforting and useful content is the most inspiring thing to me because one of the most important things about making a zine to me is the potential to trigger an emotive response in readers.
Usually when I make a zine I want to share something that I love or care about in some way. I would like to incorporate in my zines the comforting component of Fun for a fiver, the tenderness of third edition and early modern europe, the depth of creativity in ON, and the sprawling, considered compositions of the Cloudfather zines.