Zine Reviews

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space


I don’t remember ever seeing this cartoon, Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space.  It was before my time.  I would have liked some lady heros, for sure.  She-Ra didn’t really do it for me.  Smurfette was a joke!

This is a quarter-size zine I got for a trade.  I really like its shortness and simplicity.  The writing is clear and easy, yet nuanced and very smart.  I’d call it crisp!  I appreciate the values, the comments about race, class, and gender.  How the cartoon was evaluated by others vs how the speaker perceived it.

I thought the paper was reused paper, as something is printed on the inside.  It’s folded oddly.  Then on the back, I saw the note to unfold it.  Oh!  Thanks for the tip!

Inside, I found some art and short poems that are commentary on the cartoon, more emotional and direct than the prose of the main text of the zine.  The short, accessible, poignant poems add a whole other dimension to the zine!

Wow, I love that!  I want to do that too, in my own zines.  The main text and then some dreamier, concrete subtext.  Very brilliant and inspiring.

This zine is a quick read but left me with a great feeling.  The cover art is pretty too, and the satisfying feel of the cardstock cover.

It’s by Paul Franklin.  run.rabbit.runner at gmail is the email address.  Thank you for inspiring me to review zines again–had to tell the world about this one.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space

By Laura-Marie

Good at listening to the noise until it makes sense.

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