Sunday, January 1, 2012

Betty Paginated, a Dash of Jones, Rogue, grunted warning

( What I genuinely love about the Australian zine Betty Paginated is that it makes me a better man by teaching me the art, virtue, and superpower of shamelessness. Dann and his lovely wife Helen write about the things they love and they never apologize for, or even consider that they are supposed to utilize some filter when, lusting over porn stars, pop stars, or even kiddie TV hosts. And while it has always been one of my best sources for cheesecake and nudie photos, the true shamelessness occurs when Dann goes on at length about his gloriously geeky comic book fandom. I recently received a thinner, black & white, new zine from Dann called Rogue, which is great, has the same spirit as BP, but maybe is a bit more focused with shorter, punchier pieces, and may have a few less titties, but not so few that you could read this on the bus. D&L also publish a zine, A Dash of Jones, about their two lovely kids, and though folks rarely have the self-awareness not to bore you with a slideshow of baby pictures or a blog of diaper changes, the Lennard's winning personalities make you love their precocious kids through oversharing. I'm pretty sure Dann and Helen do not do Grunted Warning, but since it is an Australian zine with some apparent connection, I’ll include it here. Not much to say about this fun read except that it's a zine that is noble and proud as it collects gruesome violence clippings and odd cheesecake clippings (pretty girls in hot dog eating contest, nude bicyclists, etc.) And thanks to Dann and Helen I feel no shame ogling and chuckling!    

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