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Dodgem Logic Number Two Is Out!

I haven’t gotten to see it yet (combine international shipping with my itinerant nature), but Dodgem Logic #2 is out now. Dodgem Logic is Alan Moore’s current brainchild, essentially a 60s counterculture magazine for the modern era (replete with strange illustrations of naked people, and advice about how to overthrow the government!). This second issue features an introduction to post-civilization that I wrote, expounding on the Post-Civ zine that Strangers In A Tangled Wilderness put out.

After the appreciative reception afforded to its premier edition, lauded throughout the gutters of the world, the second issue of Alan Moore’s mystifying new underground publication DODGEM LOGIC is available in early February. Delivering 52 pages of full-colour solid content thanks to its flinty-eyed Puritan policy of no advertisements, all for a frankly laughable £2.50, this plucky bi-monthly periodical is stuffed to the gills with wisdom and wonderment.

Behind a choice of three, count ’em, three luscious variant exteriors we have this issue’s cover feature, a sexy yet somehow sinister Burlesque photo spread from internationally acclaimed maestro Mitch Jenkins with an accompanying article on Burlesque past, present and future by our exotica expert, Melinda Gebbie. Former Steampunk supervisor Margaret Killjoy offers a pertinent and practical guide on ways to usefully pass our time before and after the collapse of civilisation, while Fortean Times godfather Steve Moore delivers a surreal survey of Northamptonshire’s bizarre phenomena, from phantom panthers to confused old men in treetops.

In addition to these delicacies, DODGEM LOGIC’s regular contributors continue to work their magic, with the exception of Josie Long who had a flimsy excuse and will be back next issue. Dave Hamilton’s environmental Eco Chamber column looks at the more worrying side of social network groups, while teenage mum Tink takes over our women’s page this time DL_covers_alt:Layout 1 around with an account of life on the disintegrating edge of England’s social services. Guerrilla gardener Claire Ashby dishes out another instructive communiqué from the urban undergrowth, spooky seamstress Tamsyn Paine knocks up an exploitative freak-show sock puppet, the magazine’s Spinning Doctors dispense more healthcare advice, winsome Wendi Jarrett cooks us a Valentine feast while M.C. Illuzion ruins our appetite for it with a discourse on Mechanically Recovered Meat. Meanwhile graffiti goddess Queen Calluz introduces us to three more Great Hipsters in History. Deities of delineation Savage Pencil and Kevin O’Neil continue to enthral, bewilder and unsettle with their subversive scrawls, while the unearthly Steve Aylett poaches the collective mind of the readership in tears of despair with his obscurely terrifying comic strip adventure, Johnny Viable. Then there’s the insurrectionary ranting and refined musical appreciation of eight-page local insert section, Notes from Noho, with the whole enterprise rounded out by Alan Moore’s illuminating dissertation on the history, difficulties and numerous delights of anarchy.

DL_covers_alt:Layout 1 Extending the ingratiating policy of quaintly and nostalgically including a free gift with every issue, and replacing the astonishing free CD of our debut, DODGEM LOGIC’s unkempt figurehead and founder also contributes a questionable eight-page mini-comic, Astounding Weird Penises, being the only solo comic book that he has managed to create in his otherwise lazy thirty year career.

With only one issue beneath its belt, DODGEM LOGIC has already managed to supply each of the sheltered-housing tenants of the area in which it had its origins with a halfway decent Christmas hamper, and is currently sponsoring its own top-rate basketball team from the same neighbourhood. If future issues do as well, the magazine hopes to extend its various activities across the district and then, ultimately, to construct an orbiting missile platform and demand all the Earth’s uranium.

DODGEM LOGIC ~ chuckling and stroking a white cat for a better tomorrow.

Looking for radical goths

update: since this blogpost comes up a lot on google. The project I was speaking of has come into being and has published its first issue. It is called Graceless: A Journal of the Radical Gothic and it is available in pdf and print format.

For a couple of years I’ve been talking about starting a zine that explores radical goth. The other day, I met someone in Asheville who said to me “people said we should talk, since apparently we have a lot in common, people say that we’re both recovering goths.”

“I’m not recovering,” I said. “I’m quite happy about it.”

“Me too,” the other person said.

Anyhow, it goes this way. Goth is looked down upon in mainstream radical circles (that’s right, motherfuckers, I just called you mainstream!). And politics, which used to be a more vibrant part of gothic subculture, seem to be losing their foothold. So, solving all problems through publishing (which doesn’t actually work, but it’s the way my brain seems to be wired), I figure to start a zine/magazine or something by and for us radical goths. And I’m looking for people who are interested. Whether ideas, or contributions. Please don’t just respond in the comments thread with ideas… instead, if any of you are out there, post expressing interest and I’ll email you. Or, if you know me anyhow, get in touch with me.

Surprise! I have a second book out!

Being The Exploration of One Fine Summer

I’m proud to release my first photo book, 52 pages that document my explorations with mountaintop removal, roadkill, and Cascadian forest defense. I’ll make a free PDF available as quickly as possible, since of course this book is Creative Commons. But you can buy it online for $7 from CreateSpace, the print-on-demand publishers. I’m really excited by this idea, that thanks to print-on-demand I can basically make photo zines at reasonable prices.

You can download it for free from tangledwilderness.org as well! (But beware, it’s a 83mb file.)

The Earth First! Journal is here!

After two months of work, we’ve finally got the new issue of the Earth First! Journal. For anyone who isn’t aware, EF!J is a quarterly magazine/newspaper/thingy that has been coming out for 29 years now, and it’s an amazing insight into the culture of radical treesitters and above-ground direct actionists. This issue has tons of interesting stuff, like a discussion with Barry Sanders on the pervasiveness of military pollution, a ton of reportbacks from awesome actions and training camps that happened this summer, and of course, lots of pretty photos (some of which, like the cover, were taken by me).

We got our 4,000 copies back from the printer and have already gotten the subscriber’s copies out into the mail. Exciting stuff!