Shark Fear, Shark Awareness
Selection: "Market Research"
Recent review:(from Zine World) "Two
fins upway up!"
Sample: No longer available.
When did you launch your zine? What inspired you to do so?
A sunny day, Robitussin-DM,
and the idea that there are sharks in this planet's oceans. In
Why publish a zine?
There are sharks in this planet's
What can you tell us about the selection you provided for
"The Book of Zines"?
The Society of Shark Fear's
Learn-to-Read series is an escalation of a single day's events
which happened without much forethought.
Darin: Hey Dagwood,
you want to take Robitussin and do something?
Dagwood: OK, what'll we do?
Darin: We can....survey people?
Dagwood: We can let them survey us, too.
Darin: Yeah, OK. What'll we survey people about?
Dagwood: Race car drivers?
Darin: Too political.
Dagwood: Hey, the other
day I was thinking that the entire planet is one personality,
right? And there's all these animals on the planet. Deer are
meek, raccoons are curious, and whales are gentle, right. Well,
look at sharks. They cruise around and eat anything in their
path. People, garbage, whatever. They'll eat deer, raccoons,
and whales in a heartbeat if they can. On the planet, everything
eats something and is in turn eaten by something else. Pretend
you're playing a game of rock-paper-scissors. Whichever symbol
you choose is still vulnerable to defeat by another symbol. Well,
the shark says, "Fuck symbols," and eats your hands,
leaving you to wonder why you were using your opposable thumbs
to play a game instead of fashioning harpoons.
Darin: OK, sharks it is.
Dagwood made up the surveys
and we invited the illustrious Leif "Pygamalion" Hanson
and the ever-fashionable Nathan "Godzilla" Curley to
join A.H. Robbins and ourselves in a terrifying adventure to
find important existential clues in local folks' knowledge of
sharks, during the course of which we met a guy who had his calf
muscle ripped off by a shark when he was a child.
Have you published any other zines?
I have a choose-your-own-adventure
book in which the reader decides which drugs to take, and whether
or not to seduce the Lovespider, and stuff like that.
Any general tips for aspiring zinesters?
Obsession is your friend.
What's your favorite part of doing a zine?
When all the writing is done
and I can sit and drink coffee and play with office supplies.
The result is getting mail from strangers.
In my other life, I'm a:
Fiona's Shark Mania
Space alien who drags logs
through fields making crop circles.
(Nick) Johnson died in Seattle on November 28, 2012.
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