This Friday, I received a zine care package from Joyce Hatton, including issues 8, 9, and 10 of Joyce’s zine Think About The Bubbles. While all three of the zines were powerfully written and beautifully illustrated, number 8 was the one I was most blown away by, so I’m going to focus this review on that issue.
Think About the Bubbles #8: Trust the Knife details Joyce’s life from August 2010, when Joyce first found a lump in her breast, to August 2011, when she completed her cancer treatment. It also chronicles her simultaneous struggles with addiction, homelessness, and depression/suicide. While it’s certainly not “light” reading, Joyce’s bald-faced emotional honesty and penchant for noticing and pointing out the absurd helps punctuate her tales of heartbreak with moments of levity. This zine will make you laugh out loud, and then wonder if you should have done that.
I really love Joyce’s style. The zine is entirely hand-written (photo-copied, but not typed on a computer), which gives her the freedom to use text as a form of illustration, changing font size and style at will without coming across as pretentious. Joyce also seamlessly incorporates drawings with text to show you exactly how she’s feeling. The zine definitely makes you feel like you are reading someone’s journal: fortunately, it’s a very creative and entertaining someone.
The zine goes back and forth between color and black-and-white, photos and illustrations, making you feel that in only 31 pages, Joyce has been able to capture the full range of human emotion.
Why I love this zine:
- Joyce’s raw emotional honesty grips you on the first page and won’t let you go until the last. This zine is near impossible to put town.
- The illustrations are fantastic.
- Joyce really makes the most of the zine medium through her creative use of text.
This zine is currently available at Quimby’s.