40 pages/ Black & white/ £1.50
Prolific punk illustrator Steve Larder returns with another edition of his autobiographical zine Rum Lad. Issue 4 sees Steve draw his way through various adventures including his trip to the very first Mulheim zine fest in Germany, as well as closer to home events like the Nottingham punk picnic.
Rum lad bridges the gap between perzine, fanzine and artzine beautifully as he slips from a lengthy interview with Boston (not Boston!) scene stalwart Marv Gadgie to touching comic strips about how people deal with grief. The zine is peppered with snapshots of people and places important to him and he manages to couple straight forward story telling with more in depth, even philosophical musings on growing up and ‘getting serious’ as it were, the punk scene and the opportunities it brings and the idea of privilege and how we deal with that. And lets not forget the boy can draw!
That’s what is so unique about Steve’s zines and sets them apart from ‘punk perzines’, these stories are so much more engaging and flow better because they work in visual terms. There needn’t be a paragraph describing a city’s architecture or a persons appearance because we can see it, we’re already in the environment he is inhabiting. And it’s beautiful. Part comic, part scene report, part diary but all with a subtle positivity that works to remind you that being a punk is fucking awesome.