title: Echo! Echo! (no. 10)
creator: Keet G.
date: Spring 2013
Number 10 is the first copy of Echo! Echo! that I’ve read. It’s an ongoing personal zine that has been running since 2007. Funnily enough though, this issue starts at the beginning: when Keet first got into print media, publishing her own gazette, even asking for a mimeo before she was 10. It’s her zine timeline that catches me up to 2007, the year that she completes her first proper zine. Nothing terribly in-depth, the timeline is more of a selective recap of certain key zine moments for her.These timeline pages start the issue off with that traditional and organic cut-and-paste look and transition into her illustrations and situational panel comics, eventually segueing into the prose section. This last section consists of a string of saturated shorts that mostly echo the writer’s disillusions on love, but also her romantic view of the instant, involuntary, and fatalistic effect any kind of attachment of the heart can have. Mostly, they are obscure nonfiction pieces (some possibly fictionalized as well) written in a hesitant yet entirely confessional manner. There is also delicacy to her drawing, it’s simplistic and minimalist, yet its subtlety enhances the movement of the story. As for the written pieces, because of their individual brevity, the latter part of the zine doesn’t feel bogged down with the text.
Flipping through the pages, it doesn’t look that balanced, but it manages to read so. I suppose it almost felt like three zines in one. Each section is so distinctively defined in mood and look and attitude, but she manages one smooth transition page in between each one that makes the changeover effortless.
chewing: marble pound cake