7.5" x 7.5", printed, perfect bound,
colour laminated cover, bw interior, laid
out in reverse page order.
very interesting and particularly quirky
issue' by Debbie Robson
again the editor Matthew Ward has put together
a very interesting and particularly quirky
issue - this time for April Fool’s
Day with the issue needing to be read backwards.
The editor has always been a whizz with graphics
and there are a number of pics in this issue
that are very clever - my favourites are
the Suit Yourself Ad and the Edgar Allen
Poe Pourri Ad- dried gothic writer and flowers!!
is also an extensive collection of poems
sprinkled through the mag touching upon the
theme of the edition or on occasion completely
ignoring it! Favourites are "Dear
Editor/s" by Jeffrey Zable - inversely
astute, "6 weeks" by Susan G Duncan
- very succinct, "This Poem is One" and "What
is the Question" both by excellent poems
by Maren O. Mitchell. I also enjoyed "Listen!" by
Lucy Cole Gratten and it's translation -
a nice reminder that we often don't listen
and "nonsense candy" by Diane Havens
raises some very interesting points.
Absolute favourite of the short stories
is a tie with "Do You Take This Clown?" by
Allen Kopp. Delightfully absurd! And "Ardent
Mirrors" by Grove Koger strangely captivating
and definitely too short! Other favourites
are "Perchance" by Michael Price
with its cast of characters, "My April
Girl" by Eric Scott with an ending I
should have seen coming but didn't and "Crazy
Lovebirds" by Carla Sarett is just plain
— Debbie Robson
sales) By Eric
Apr 27, 2013
I feel very fortunate to be included in this issue. The softcover
looks great on my bookcase.
sales) By Maren
Apr 25, 2013
A break from the usual literary journal
- full of creative foolishness. Page after
page of non-realistic fun. Pleased to be
a part of it.
sales) By kpaulholmes
Fun issue. Very creative and silly.
sales) By Bonnie
What an honor it is to be published in this issue! What a great issue
to read. My colleagues were impressed by the glossy front and back
covers and the quality of content of the pages within. Thank you!
sales) By Wendy
Come on! Ya got to love a book dedicated to tomfoolery. So much fun
and such good therapy for those days when you need a laugh. Just
remember, the book reads back to front, which is very beneficial
for ridding your brain of those corner cobwebs. Forget the counseling
sessions that cost a cool fifty bucks an hour, this is all you need
to put a smile back on your face and it cost a lot less.
Authors & Artists: (42
Contributors, short stories / poetry / fake
advertisements , photography):
Jon Alston, Andrew Bennett, Mark Burchard, Tom Burkett, Rachel Cann, Fern G.
Z. Carr, Ushiku Crisafulli, Susan G. Duncan, Robin Wyatt Dunn, Jaimie M. Engle,
Claire T. Feild, Greg Freier, Tom Frozart, Brady Gerber, Roger Gilroy, Ricky
Ginsburg, Lucy Cole Gratton, Bob Grove, Diane Havens, Grove Koger, Allen Kopp,
John A. Grochalski, Karen Paul Holmes, Violet Magallanes, Lance Manion, Paul
Malone, Maren O. Mitchell, Konrad Muller, Tadhg Muller, Brennan O'Shea, Michael
Price, Carla Sarett, Wendy L. Schmidt, Eric Scott, LB Sedlacek, Mike Sheedy,
Bonnie Quan Symons, Warren Tang, Maggie Veness, Mel Waldman Ph.D., Chryss Yost,
Welcome to the beginning of THIS ISSUE
nutso-formatted issue is dedicated to ‘April Fools’ Day’ or ‘All
Fools Day’ (the 1st day of April). As you might have guessed,
reading starts at the back of the magazine and finishes at the front,
in a conventional sense that is (perhaps this will be the issue that
gets us to strike it rich in Japan, where right-to-left publications
are more de rigueur). There are direction arrows in the headers,
just in case you get lost.
cover, blatantly borrowed from Monty Python’s
LP ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ (1970). The Python
titles have been scribbled out and Skive info has been written elsewhere
on the image. “April Fool’s,
Terry Gilliam!” (Actually, Python did something similar
in 1971 with a Beethoven LP, so our cover ‘vandalism’ is
an homage to their cover ‘vandalism’).
Next, a big thankyou
to the many writers and artists who contributed their inspired craziness
to the magazine you are about to read; in such large numbers, in
fact, I am pushed to a 1 x page Editorial