Like the oscillations on an energy dome, the de-evolution doctrine of some geeky Akron, Ohio punkers has echoed for generations, inspiring underground art scenes for most of a century. This is the story of art and Devo.
In 1983, 17-year-old Satoshi Tajiri created Game Freak, a handmade tips-and-tricks guide for his favourite arcade games. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Tajiri also happens to be the creator of the highest-grossing video game of all time.
“There were definitely times where I thought, ‘I could really use a conversation with someone who’s just seen it all.’” Texas is the Reason’s Norman Brannon discusses his reasons for reviving his ’90s hardcore zine.
Berlin is now home to more than 600 startups, modeling themselves after successful American businesses, many tried to import American workplace culture. Cartoonist Aisha Franz’ latest book is a satire of the calamity that ensued.
“You can’t force the grain. If you can’t work with your own currents, you’re just fighting yourself.” Amid illness, foraging and introspection, Shim has become one of the most prolific creators in an indie tabletop gaming boom.
For every successful foray into Hollywood there’s 100 cash-strapped nightmares making use of ingenuity and offal. The rogue visionaries with a passion for film so strong that no empty pocket could ever prevent them from sharing their goopy artistry.
“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve also realized that I’ll never have time to create all the projects that bubble up in me, so they often come alive in my fiction.”
“People thought I was a degenerate, I did what I did only because the one underground rule was that there were no rules.” How the perilous, conservative rulership of Peru shaped its counterculture.
“What I want to do is use this exaggeration to point out contradictions and to point out ironies and skip over large swaths of theory and just smack it in your face. That’s the usefulness to me.” The activist, musician and director tells us how to speak to a world that’s gotten strange.
The loss of local voices goes beyond arts scenes and progressive op-eds as trusted legacy publications become propaganda for your city’s worst actors.
Etsy emerged as an opportunity to capture the feeling of zine and art fairs online, selling a diverse catalogue of pieces from a universe of uncanny creators. But a zine fair and a multimillion dollar enterprise are rarely the same entity.
Horror artist Trevor Henderson gives us a peek at the nightmare factory.