In Philip Bentley's review of the First Issue (see last Blog), he felt there was no collective theme running through the magazine. And with this Second Issue, this is addressed! (The Third Issue plans to revert back onto chaos like the First, but that's a story for another day...!) This Second Issue features all the best in Australia's Female Artists and Cartoonists!
Mel describes herself as "a regular zine maker and day dreamer". One of her most recent endeavours had been invited into a duo art exhibition in Japan curated by Yoshitomo Nara; and I recently saw a copy of the programme in the gift-shop of the Queensland Museum of Modern Art. She has also launched Girl Glue, a bi-monthly zine "dedicated to showcasing female artists and inspiring girl creative", although I must confess to not yet having seen a copy. Read about it here.
I made absolutely no changes to work by another Brisbane Artist, Alisha Jade. Alisha describes herself as "an independent creator with a passion for minicomics, copic markers and dark tales". Alsiha's story "Seven" is going to be the first on-going series to appear in Oi Oi Oi! and the first episode will appear in the Second Issue. I am really excited about this tale, because you can tell the work is one of an artist working on something that really excites her!
There was a band in Brisbane a few years back called The Five, and their 'gimmick' (if you want to call it that) was their plan was to release their music in five different ways (CD, sheet music, EP, live and...er, I have forgotten the fifth!). They planned on playing five live shows and then breaking up! How wonderful! I only got to see one show -- but it was a beauty!
Alisha has taken a most similar concept into her story! She plans on releasing seven volumes of "Seven", each book containing seven chapters and each chapter containing seven pages! And with Oi Oi Oi! seeking eight pages of story, by adding an extra title page, it seemed an ideal inclusion. (It also guarantees Alisha an appearance in the magazine until our 50th issue!)
Tomorrow, I will tell you more about what to expect in the Second Issue of Oi Oi Oi! Just remember, tell your friends and families -- it's out in the newsstands next Thursday!