Hello Beauties and Heroes! I haven’t posted here since the last IZM, so no better time to fire this thing back up. If you don’t know what this year’s IZM schedule is, just check out Alex Wrekk’s post here. Today’s activity is:
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You can either post your own blog entry on the site, or just say something here, like me. Don’t miss the Extra Credit at the bottom of the list. I’m reading one zine erry day. Today’s zine is (dun dun dunnnn…) Hot Milk presents How Mystery Science Theater 3000 Changed My Life (or, 13 Lessons I Learned From the Best TV Show Ever). I loved the idea of this zine as soon as I read it, because I’ve been trying to figure out a way to do a Buffy fanzine that wasn’t just some Tumblrsqueefest. Like, for real y’all – I think about Buffy every damn day. It has shaped my life in so many ways. So I really like what Tyler Hauck does with this.
The zine is kept pretty simple and to the point, which I can’t imagine could have been easy with something he was so passionate about – especially with a show that has SO MANY episodes. I’m especially impressed that he uses the same skills that he learned from the show to turn around and critique the show itself. The zine is done in a cut-and-paste style, but with a clean format that doesn’t look like he was self-consciously trying to earn his zine cred by doing it; I tend to eye roll at cut-and-paste for the sake of cut-and-paste…that’s how I roll. But it was not distracting and I enjoyed the layout. I also like the little silhouettes at the bottom of the pages; very meta.
Although I think this zine is probably more enjoyable for people who at least have a cursory familiarity with MST3K, it also serves as a really great intro for people who do not. I definitely recommend this zine. Worth it.