What to do this weekend? Pay your bills on time, flame-throw the weeds in the garden, write letters of complaint to your favourite brands for freebies maybe… Instead of ticking everything off on your to-do list with smug proactivity how about doing nothing but indulging in the comfort of our own home this Bank Holiday weekend? Of course Things will be there to gently guide us into gluttony with food, babes and comics all comfortably slouching next to us on the sofa this week. So come on, put your pajamas back on, say “brb” to every human you know and relaaaaax…
Elliott Walker: Day Job Magazine Issue #0
Anything to make the working day go a little faster is sometimes necessary. Little things like a sweet treat at lunch or not replacing the toner in the printer until the last minute for easy thrills can ease the strain. But sometimes just something good to read will do the job. And luckily for us we got sent a sneaky look at Day Job Magazine, which does just that. Launching this summer it aims to be a celebration of the everyday ways we spend our time and energy at work – it’s a simple idea but makes total sense. Giving just a taster of what Issue #1 will feature, interviews, essays and profiles from people all over the world will be clocking into the magazine. My favourite thing? The lunch-break feature, delish!
Girls and Boys Magazine
The last poster magazine I actually owned was free from Sugar magazine, probably called something like Hotties: 2007. So cheesy, they weren’t even the type of posters you could put on the inside cover of your English folder. Girls and Boys Magazine is of course much better, although being loosely based on the same premise by presenting the “innate allure of young man and womanhood”. This mag is a babe-fest, a mega one really as they are fold out posters from this already large A3 format. With Brett Lloyd being this issue’s contributing photographer, it’s pretty saucy. But I insist you go and have a gander and makes those windows steam, it’s a Saturday after all.
Barbican Art Gallery: Bauhaus: Art as Life catalogue
The long awaited exhibition has been everywhere this week, even on our site, but it’s the catalogue created from the exhibition that’s well worth a mention too. With a wealth of material and detail it’s definitely a keeper and an extension of the exhibition. It’s cleanly designed with a fine balance between images and text, and it’s the kind of book you want to carry around in your arms like you’re an American high-school student. The dream of course being to bump into a cute boy carrying a copy of the catalogue too. Movie moment!
Sarah Keough & Ralph McGinnis: Put A Egg On It Issue #5
I’m a fussy eater, ridiculously so, but I absolutely love looking through food blogs and magazines. Anything to do with baking where I can see the crumbling moistness of a good brownie, or the rhubarb whistling through the gaps of it’s pastry cage I am all over it. It’s gastro-porn basically and I have a problem but I’m not ready to give up. Which is why food zine Put A Egg On It makes an appearance today. Printed on paper the colour of big dollar bills, the whole publication has this vintage cookbook feel. And the contents help extend this feeling with old fashioned recipes, photo essays of people cooking, illustrations and personal articles being featured. Full page images and thoughtful design means this compact publication communicates a genuine love of food and the communal joy cooking can bring.
David B. & Jean-Pierre Filiu: Best of Enemies- A History of US and Middle East Relations Part One: 1783-1953
The hubbub surrounding comics has passed over me for some reason and have been left with just my imagination and my wordy books. But enough is enough and where better to start than with big dog comic artist and writer David B. who’s paired up with academic writer Jean-Pierre Filiu on Best of Enemies – A History of US and Middle East Relations.
The pair draw parallels between ancient and contemporary political history; a heavy subject. However, the load is lightened via the visuals but it’s still clever, informed and well-communicated. If this is what comics are really like then why on earth has it taken me this long to acquaint myself with them…?