When I was 11, my cousin and I had our own monster magazine. It was called Big M, because we didn’t care so much about tiny human-sized monsters. We were all about Japanese bigness, and Godzilla was on our first cover. This was before personal computers (so . . . very . . . old) and so the articles were handwritten, the photos snipped from other magazines. Mind you, we weren’t total technical retards. For example, after the brown paper fiasco of issue 1, we realized that white paper makes for better photocopies (or “better Xeroxes,” as we said in those days).
We took out an ad in issue ten or so of Famous Monsters to announce our existence, and soon had three subscribers! We dutifully put together four issues (we were a quarterly before quarterlies were cool) but then grew up enough to want to be rock stars instead of magazine editors.
I don’t have any remaining copies of Big M–my cousin does, I think–but this morning’s mail brought in a total flashback in the form of a new zine called Big Ole Face Full of Monster.
BOFFM is an old-school zine. None of this “color” of which you people of the future speak, and the 8.5″ x 11″ format brings the verb “xerox” to mind. Although it contains real typesetting, Big Ole also has the manic energy of Big M, including Godzilla on the first cover. (A trait they both share with Famous Monsters, by the way.)
Issue one of BOFFM mostly focuses on local horror-movie latenight hosts. It includes a potted history of the Vampira and the death of local television, and interviews with current horror hosts Doktor Goulfinger on Berkeley Community B, Mr. Lobo of UATV fame, and Will “The Thrill” Viharo in San Francisco. Issue one also has reviews of DVDs, music, art, and books, including a quite positive write-up of Peeps, which is how I got sent BOFFM in the first place.
Actually, the trippiest part was reading the review for the DVD of Race with the Devil, which my cousin and I saw in an otherwise deserted cinema in Kaufman, Texas in 1975. (SPOILER ALERT: Peter Fonda is pursued by Satanists, as one might expect.)
It made me happy.
To submit or subsribe to BOFFM, I guess you should go here.