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Without a doubt, Publick Occurances is an art zine designed by a guy with an uncanny knack for lino printing. Posing as a miniature yearbook filled with black-and-white ink portraits of students, the zine recreates the 1925 graduating class of The Manual Training High School in Peoria, Illinois. The curious subject matter alone is worthy of a reader’s attention, but the artistic merit of this little pseudo-memoir should not be overlooked: the stark detail and high contrast of the blackand-white cover print is impressive, considering the meticulousness required with lino printing. The attention to detail remains striking in the pen portraits as well. There is a genuine realism imbued in each portrait, as each seemingly possesses its own character and individuality. The bottom line is, if it isn’t the artistry of this little gem that does it, then the novel subject matter will have you surrendering your spare change. (Amy Greenwood)

art zine, Danny Martin, issue 10

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