a 58 page personal-zine anthology, contributed to by 16 different artists, writers, zinesters and friends.
When I was in junior high, I accidently walked in on this neighbor man whose kids I used to babysit for crying, naked, on the edge of his bed. I think I was subconsciously channelling crying naked neighbor man while making Fantastic Monsters.
The idea for this zine anthology had been floating around in my head for a while- essentially, I wanted it to be a forum for people to purge things in, be it stories about childhood, or those experiences we took too personally and were afraid to tell people about for risk of sounding like a wimp but always kinda deep down wanted to tell, etc. I also thought of it as a forum for branching out of the niche a lot of us have built for ourselves in our art, an opportunity to shake the limits of the same characters or subject matters that we hold onto for salability or identity, and can therefor become somewhat imprisoning.
The title for the zine came from a line in Michel De Montaigne’s essay “Of Idleness” from the 1500s.
“Lately when I retired to my home, determined so far as possible to bother about nothing except spending the little life I have left in rest and seclusion, it seemed to me I could do my mind no greater favor than to let it entertain itself in full idleness and stay and settle in itself, which I hoped it might do more easily now, having become weightier and riper with time. But I find that, on the contrary, it is like a horse that has broke from his rider, who voluntarily runs into a much more violent careen than any horseman would put him to, and creates in me so many chimeras and fantastic monsters, one after another, without order or purpose, that in order to contemplate their ineptitude and strangeness at my pleasure, I have begun to commit them to writing, hoping in time to make it ashamed of itself.”
The end result was even better than I could have hoped for, and ranges from printed-out AIM conversations to craigslist ads and comics, to love letters never delivered and personal recollections on death and online girlfriends.
the contributors: Thomas Simmons, Matt Aucoin, Gabby Schulz, Keith Brown, Candace Camuglia, Jon Boulier, Jordan Michael, Noah Britton, Keely Guiliano, Ryan McGurk, Greg Farrell, Kevin Novotny, Rebecca Engelberg, Kenan Rubenstein, and Jonathan Murphy.