In this weeks issue:
Lots of sentimentality. Kind of odd for the zine, but that's the season... or something like that.
Challenge responses wonder who shot who and how and why.
The art is actually hand drawn this time, so give it a glance.
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It's technically the 800th... but the other 59 are reviews and repeats.
In this issue: Aliens and old people. But not at the same time.
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Good guys, bad guys, explosions. Interdimensional travel and more normal detective stuff in this issue of cosmic hippies and things.
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In this week's issue: Crime, but different in the new novella.
In the short stories... Crime.
And tigers. Or a tiger.
All of the slightly unusual style. Nothing so outre as not to be accessible to anyone.
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There's killers, and zombies.
And I have to say "those people" mentioned in the critics corner are my neighbors. Should I be offended on their behalf?
I'm thinking: no.
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We got stuff, we got things, we got... you know, bewildering stories.
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BwS, the one stop shoppe for literature that doesn't take itself too seriously.
In this one: halloween stuff. You know: monsters and serial killers. Plural.
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Or you could go to the front page and check out Cyrano de Bergerac's sci-fi novel.
The awesome new car-chase action movie, with flat characters, cardboard sets and a flimsy plot. There's blood, theres' explosions, car chases galore.
Sure it may look a bit seventies, but that's just because the seventies favored flat characters, cardboard sets and flismy plots with loads of car chases and explosions.
The ongoing novel about meat fisted ham-balls chasing crimmies goes on.
Also, a weird sci-fi/caper story set in a Brazilian favela, and vegetables.
The art lookes like the TV no-broadcast signal, and there's a chapter from a sci-fi novel dating back to the 1600ds.
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The crime novel continues. Also: a novella.
The art section makes absolutely no sense... as usual.
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The art section... I got no idea what it is, but I'm pretty sure it stares deep in your soul.
There's a theme of crime going on in this issue. They like themse, sometimes.
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In which we have a rorsach test, poetry about dogs, and that long running serial about police and criminals. And other things.
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It's a sort of "best of issue."
Bask in the glory of the "most controversial entries" list
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In this issue: serials.
And art, of the non abstract sort.
Also, someone actually sent in answer to the challenges. Fascinating.
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Spoiler? Yeah, sure, why not? Watch this flick, I strongly recommend it, for fans of crazy, for fans of action, for fans of gore and for people who just like watching girls. Something Swan would have reviewed.
Tag is a 2015 film directed by Sion Sono.
If that's not warning enough for you, you're probably not into ero-guro at all.
Basic plot: girl has some troubles after somehow getting unstuck in dimensions... makes sense in context. She moves from one dimension to another, getting into ever crazier situations, one less realistic then another. It all kind of makes sense. It's basically "The edge of tomorrow" meets "Cash in hand" by wa of "Mulholland Drive."
Apparently it is a remake of another 2008 film of the same name, but having researched that, it bears really little resemblance. Sort of like "Starship troopers" the movie vs the novel.
You see, it is essentially a buddhist horror movie. No idea whether that is intended, but considering where this thing was made, it would permeate the culture enough to be that unintentionally. Cultures do that to the people born into them.
Buddhists seem to have noticed something about videogames: they always begin at the same starting point,and then, like on rails, you run through them, doing similar stuff. You can sometimes edit the game-character, but not always. This has been an obvious inspiration before (Higurashi, anyone?) and comes on strong here - metaphorically. This is a cheap movie.
The thing about that is, that they believe in re-incarnation. And not only that, but the idea that you can live as you again and again, forever. (The "Endless 8" from Susumya Haruhi comes to mind.) And you won't know. Imagine the horror of *remembering everything.*
Of course videogames would resonate with religious buddhists because of that. Quantum physics resonate with them, because they seem to agree on things.
But one is science, the other is not. Do not confuse them. But the japanese have got great mileage on the realization anyway.
Now put it all together: imagine that all your lives ran parallel in time, and you were suddenly transported into your place in another life where things are similar yet tangibly not the same and then this happened again and a again, and suddenly you found out that everything was just a videogame...
Not supposed to make sense. Supposed to be funny, juvenile even, and a little disconcerting. Supposed to make you think too.
Or you can just enjoy the surface: a gory sci-fi adventure.
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