Hu­mans Are Weird

Broken Pencil - - Zine Reviews -

Some­times brevity goes a long way.

Here is a zine that points out the fun­da­men­tal weird­ness in daily life the way Jerry Se­in­feld might in one of his “Did you ever no­tice…?” rou­tines, only Thomp­son uses the sparse­ness of line and min­i­mal text in­stead of a mi­cro­phone. Points like the ab­sur­dity of re­mark­ing on the weather, drink­ing cof­fee, and pet own­er­ship are laid bare by the sparest of lines, bol­stered by hand­writ­ten cap­tions such as, “my new brain win­dows help me swal­low the vis­ual bo­lus” (glasses)” or “I qual­ify for this po­si­tion be­cause with­out in­come I’ll die” (need­ing a job)”. It’s funny and nice-look­ing, but at 18 pages and only a lit­tle bit larger than a teabag wrap­per, the zine take less time to read than tea takes to steep. Af­ter a mo­ment of amuse­ment you’re left to pass it on to a pal or do­nate it to a zine li­brary be­cause you know it’s go­ing to get lost in your drawer along with your out­dated pre­scrip­tions, re­ceipts that you kept but do not need, and keys that don’t open any­thing any­more. It’s ironic that the zine that joy­fully pokes fun at the pe­cu­liar­i­ties of ev­ery­day life ends up be­ing some­thing of an odd­ity it­self. (Chris Landry)

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