Future Fantasteek! has been bubbling for some time. I commute to work, about 5 hours per day (fortunately for just 3 days per week). I sit on the train and often draw or write to while away the journey. I noticed that my drawings were generally a visual rant about what had happened that day or week. Over the course of a year I've built up many images; some typographic; others drawn in the form of fake advertisements or patronising advice.
When looking at a batch of these sketchbooks together it seemed appropriate to try and re-present them as a serial zine. Themes keep reappearing - I seem to get irritated at broken machines, rude people, apathy and quick fixes, fake medical promises, fashion, celebrity endorsements, xmas, commercialism, and on and on, and on...
Strangely enough, drawing down everything that made me mad, made me smile more. So now I give the illusion of a happy person. You can see the original sketchbook drawings within each zine's webpages.
Exhibited at University of the Arts, London, UK, Mar/April 2011; Colorado College Special Collections, Colorado Springs, CO, US, April/May 2011; Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, April-June 2011; Sallie Bingham Centre, Duke University, Durham, NC, US, June-October 2011. Will then be exhibited at Hereford College of Arts, Hereford, UK, September/October 2011; Joan Flasch Collection, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, October/November 2011; Institute of International Visual Arts, London, UK, November 2011/January 2012; University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth UK, February/March 2012.
Earlier edition exhibited at Zine Fest, The Women's Library, London, January 2009.