Archive for October 2009

Please Visit Us at Canzine

We have booked a table at this year's Canzine, which means we will be sitting somewhere in the Gladstone Hotel between 1-7 p.m. on 1 November 2009 feeling extremely nervous and unloved. Will you be so kind as to show (fake) your support for your most pitiable editors? Visitors will be rewarded with the opportunity to take a photograph of us feeling alienated in a milieu in which we should reasonably fit with the greatest consonance. Come to get your zines autographed, subscriptions renewed, or anthologies dusted!
We hope to have some sort of rushed, makeshift attempt at a “table display” to compensate for our lack of even the most amateur of marketing skills, as well as the fact that our zine and the entire Deep Madder enterprise are profoundly difficult to explain or justify. We will have the newest issues of Deep Madder Monthly available for free for curious passersby, perhaps sooner than they will reach subscribers, as well as anthologies for sale (so that we can feel sorry for ourselves when they fail to even attract a glance). We will also be offering a few new, made-for-Canzine novelty Deep Madder-themed items such as advertisement cards/pamphlets, (new) business cards, questionnaires, and maybe even posters. Please keep us company.

“The closest he came to marriage was two proposals, both to the same woman 46 years his junior, which were not accepted. For companions he relied instead on a circle of friends and correspondants, and especially, in later life, on his Suliot chef, Giorgis, a faithful friend and, as Lear complained, a thoroughly unsatisfactory chef. Another trusted companion in Sanremo was his cat, Foss, who died in 1886 and was buried with some ceremony in a garden at Villa Tennyson. After a long decline in his health, Lear died at his villa in 1888, of the heart disease from which he had suffered since at least 1870. Lear's funeral was said to be a sad, lonely affair by the wife of Dr. Hassall, Lear's physician, not one of Lear's many lifelong friends being able to attend.”
-from the biography of illustrator/writer Edward Lear (1812-1888) in Wikipedia