There's something quite special about zines, don’t you think?! These little booklets are usually hand made, low tech and mostly produced in small runs by the artists themselves. As a zinester myself, I really appreciate the close insight a zine can give in terms of an artist's perspective and ways of thinking/working. I view them mostly as a labour of love.
Last Saturday I had a fabulous time at the London Zine Symposium, (see my brief review and lots of pictures here) and whilst there I managed to snap up a few great zines for my ever growing collection. Yes, they're an addictive thing to collect as they come in all sizes, styles, subjects, mediums, formats, monochrome, colour, etc.
So I thought I'd share some images of my zine library and compile for you DA readers exclusively a little list of my current top 7 favorites – why seven? Well, because it's my favorite number!
It's nice when someone doodles a picture for you. But holy smokes, imagine if that doodler were sitting snug inside a human-size vending machine!
The DoodleVend is a clever little project by Sally Leach, encouraging artists to interact with their audience in an instant, playful way. Local illustrators take up residency inside the custom-built DoodleVend (think cubbyhouse meets carnival... with a token slot!) and you can chat to them through a bright red funnel, or peek in the window as they get busy doodling.
The DoodleVend takeaway menu includes party hats, badges, and cupcakes (edible ink!) - all doodled on as per your request. I love how the silliness of this project makes it so approachable. There's just no shying away from a custom party hat!
DoodleVend is popping up around the UK, but even for us non-locals, their Facebook page is good fun!
As of this posting, we have 1,121 members on Doodlers Anonymous and it's about damn time we show you some love (especially since we are so behind on the launch of our showcase section). Once a week, we will try to shed light on one of you. So for our first member spotlight, we'd like to show off the work of Alex Eben Meyer, who joined DA back in July 2009.
With every iteration, this zine gets better and better. Here now is the latest issue of Free and Cool, themed around those wooden boards with wheels we all love to ride. As always, it's available for download (free) here on Doodlers Anonymous and features fun scribbles of work by Aurelie Grand, Ross Christie, Tristan Pernet, Anton Westbom, Georgia Perry, Corey Thompson, Matt Scobey, Maxime Francout, Francois Begnez, Club Muscles, Connor Annal, Gianluigi Rivasi, and Foloway Van Den Bodet.