You can download the PDF of this issue for free right here – Gupter Puncher Issue 16
In this issue, if you haven’t picked up a print copy yet, is:
Tyson Bley and Menace High
2 Star Trek poems
Marc Horne vs Shenmue
Paul Mannering saying why he wanted to slaughter babies in ‘Tankbread’
Mario vs Brian Oliu
Mega Man 2
Tomomi Leung in Berlin with Richard Kelly
Ti West vs Beach Sloth
and other stuff
As you can see from the names, some things in this were written by Tyson Bley, Tomomi Leung, Beach Sloth, Brian Oliu, 2 Takes Frakes and Marc Horne
Marc Horne is a shitty TV scriptwriter in LA. He wrote ‘Two Broke Girls’ and ‘Holy fuck, justice, what are you doing here?’ He also wrote Automatic Assassin, published by zizek press.
Brian Oliu is a guy from Alabama who wrote a book about Nintendo games. Look it up. He also likes WWE Raw.
Beach Sloth writes very short poems and flies the flag for alt-lit.
2 Takes Frakes is a guy I found on a star trek forum who is a decent writer, wrote the 2 trek poems and probably existed before I found him.
Tomomi Leung is an actress who never seems to get any parts.
Tyson Bley is an ‘anti-universal translator’ poet living near Hamburg.
* Next issue will be available probably in January. Maybe.
Name: Black Star Books
Where? Dunedin, New Zealand
What kind of zines? Anarchist, feminist, perzines, Xena fan fiction
Doesn’t NZ only have around 5 million people? Possibly. But you don’t need that many to keep an info shop running.
Do they have a life-size replica of Lucy Lawless next to the counter? Nope, not that kind of shop.
[This is one of those places I’ve never been to, but I heard about it from others so I e-mailed Black Star and asked some questions…]
Oli: Most small book shops in Hong Kong look pretty bleak. Zine stores and info-shops in general, too. Your place is the opposite. Why so colourful?
Black Star: Colours are rad.
Oli: You use the name ‘Black Star Books Collective.’ Does it have anything to do with science-fiction?
Black Star: Nope… we are a collective which strives to operate along anarchist principles such as anti-authoritarian consensus decision making processes and other fun things like that A black star is an anarchist symbol…
Oli: Wikipedia says Dunedin has 127,000 people. Not tiny, but not huge either. Is it a struggle to get people into your shop? Read more…
Here’s the numbers so far:
1000 zines total
500 to the post office and various places around the world
100 still in the box
and 400 distributed in Hong Kong because I live here and it’s not the cultural void that everyone says it is.
Here’s where I put them [the international ones will come up in the next few weeks] so if you’re in HK, go to one of these places and pick one up.
HK READER, Mong Kok
I’ve always said this place needs a decent designer to come in and sort it out, but it’s got a decent selection of books, mostly philosophy and politics, so I’m not exactly sure why they take our zine, but they always do. Maybe cos it’s free.
KONZEPP, Sheung Wan
It’s got a funky yellow entrance and lots of stuff that’s completely non-zine related, but it seems to be a popular place in HK. Their FB page has something like 180,000 likes, which means they either have a lot of friends or there are 180,000 people in HK who like the shop. Read more…
After a year of doing nothing zine-wise, we’ve woken up and made a new one.
No. of pages: 56
Cover image: our own version of the menu screen from Mega Man 2 [see above]
Print run: 1,000
That’s a lot to get rid of, so if you’re interested in spreading some around for us, send us an e-mail and we’ll mail you some.
We’d really like to have a crack at South America this time as we’ve never put any zines there…if you’re in Chile, Brazil or Argentina or anywhere really, let us know…
Man, even if you’re in Hull or Lands End, let us know, we’ll send almost anywhere…
What’s in the zine this issue?
Better stuff than last time.
Tomomi Leung in Berlin making a film with Richard Kelly called ‘The Sucking’
Marc Horne and Japanese revenge Read more…
Place: Zines of the Zone [not a place, but a travelling zine tour around Europe]
How do they travel? Slowly. In the Mystery Machine.
Is Chevy Chase with them? Nope.
Beverly D’Angelo? Nope.
Note: I haven’t been to one of their events because I live in Hong Kong, so this interview was done mid-distance in Tehran, with all of us wearing ‘Argo’ beards, even Julie.
Oli: You’re taking zines all around Europe…will you be visiting every country [even Ukraine]?
Julie HASCOËT & Guillaume THIRIET: We really wish to explore every country – and not only in Europe.
From January to July 2014, we organized a tour across Europe and stopped in about 30 countries / 60 cities. There are still a few European countries that we did not / or could not visit (for one reason or another), and Ukraine was one of these countries.
We really wish to organize a trip around Belarus / Ukraine / and Russia in the future. We have contacts (in both the 3 countries) that are excited about this idea, and who wish to help us organize a new tour.
Julie: We would love to discover every different zine scene from all over the planet. If there is no zine scene, our aim is to share our collection with local people, and maybe open new perspectives for them to create, self-publish, experiment. In Ukraine, for example, there is a very interesting photographic scene, but (if we refer, for example, to this interview about young Ukrainian photographers – published by Miniclick: http://miniclick.co.uk/2014/08/25/interview-roman-pyatkovka-of-upha), it appears that the zine scene in Ukraine is not that developed – and it could be very interesting for us to collaborate with local structure, photographers and people.
Oli: When I put zines somewhere, I usually focus on the capital cities first. In your experience so far, is this the best tactic, or is it better to aim for smaller cities/towns/fields? Read more…
How to deal with people trying to fuck with you on the train [a study of class division, race, psychology and humiliation]
This is a common problem in film, maybe not so common in real life [unless you’re living on the train from ‘Snowpiercer’]. The train is a place where there is you [the self] and a lot of people you don’t know [the other], each one of you a being who doesn’t want to be humiliated in front of other people. This is basic human biology or psychology, one of the two.
So what do you do if someone wants to humiliate you?
If you’re normal, you sweat a bit and get off at the next stop, telling yourself it was the only realistic thing you could’ve done.
If you’re full of shit, you sweat a bit, get off at the next stop, go home then tell everyone you know you saw a guy getting bullied on the train and if it had happened to you then you would’ve ripped the guy’s tits off. If no one asks, you tell them anyway.
If you’re feeling strangely ex-military, you stare back hard and pose a little. Then you overthink things, lose focus, panic, remember it was Turtles in Time you survived, not the military, sweat a bit then get off at the next stop.
If you’re drunk, you shout a bit, get smacked and go down without swinging back.
If you’re Dana Carvey, it’s okay, you no longer exist.
What about French films?
If you’re Juliette Binoche in that Michael Haneke film I can’t remember the name of, and a French-Arab youth tries to talk to you, you get up and move to another part of the train. When he follows you and insults you and spits in your face, you say and do nothing. You put up an invisible [class?] barrier and pretend he’s not there.
Now the situation in this film is a more realistic showing of what can happen in real life. And there are three things to think about:
1] Juliette Binoche is the white, middle class xynto-type [the avatar of the viewer, as poor people don’t watch Michael Haneke films] and the white middle class has a very strong anxiety about public humiliation [because everything else in their lives is so great]. Read more…
One of those stories that no one seems to like except me…
Might be disliked for the following reasons:
i] it is all over the place
ii] the Halle Berry scene
iii] the Korean killer from ‘Memories of Murder’ pops up and kills the schoolgirl [twice]
iv] the theme is not clear enough – it doesn’t stick with anyone close enough or long enough. The nearest thing to a main character is the alien scientist and he flits in and out.
I’m leaning towards ii]
In many ways Susan Sarandon was more than just the rut interest from Bull Durham and the ex-wife of Tim Robbins, she was also the mind interest of sub space aliens who conducted experiments with/in/outside of time.
It had started, the Sarandon interest, when a stray signal from Earth swerved and poked itself into sub space by mistake…and ended up on one of the screens inside an alien base only eight sub-parsecs from the Sol System [not that distance really mattered].
Alien: What’s this?
Alien 2: White Palace.
Alien: Well…I don’t like white, and I don’t really like palaces…wait, who’s that?
Alien 2: The one with the stick?
Alien 2: The one with the hills?
Alien: Yes, who is she?
Alien 2: Susan Sarandon.
Alien 2: I know. Read more…