Two years ago I layed gloved hands upon a copy of Harmony Korine‘s Humor zine at the special collections library. This was one of several limited edition fanzines Korine made (sometimes in collaboration with Mark Gonzales) during the 90s, through the Alleged Gallery and Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York. On November 18th, the gloves come off, when Drag City re-issues eight fanzines with the publication of The Collected Fanzines. My Friend or Sheep Boy, Adulthood, Aldulthood 2, Oh Death Where is Thy Sting, Foster Homes and Gardens, Humor, Pocahontas Monthly, and Hümer will be available as a deluxe boxset (containing exact reproductions of the originals) and as a trade paperback (for a whole lot less). Even better, Harmony is considering doing some readings, maybe with Mark, to promote this release.
Commenting on The Collected Fanzines, Korine says:
Going back ten years… it’s so hard to remember, I was always tripping and falling over myself.
These ‘zines were written over the last fifteen years, mostly in dark rooms and the basements of old people. With names like Adulthood, Foster Home and Gardens, Pocohontas Monthly, Hümer, and others, they were sold in limited editions out of the Alleged Gallery and Andrea Rosen Gallery. Some were sold on street corners and given away to the tramp sects that were so prominent during that time period. Scraps of paper and half thoughts in the guise of art objects, you see.
Not many people actually got a chance to have these but the ones who are still amongst the living have greatly benefited. I know one lady in Panama who has the complete set, her family has stopped referring to her as a gimp now, now they call her Sue.
They were never meant to be collectible – just low-concept laugh-inducing juxtapositions of words and images, images and images, lists, monologues, cartoons, free verse, jokes, half-thoughts, fake/real interviews, innuendo and Matt Dillon’s phone number. If you sold them on eBay for a bunch of money, I want my cut. Or if you bought them then please spare a percentage to the dyke army and the flame militia, its a good charity and it’s ribbon buttons are invisible.
Some of them read like letters from prison. I know these were popular in some prisons but I’m not sure why.
Now if only they would re-issue The Bad Son, because my drool on the glass cases at the NY Art Book Fair was rather unsightly.