Future Fantasteek! has been bubbling for some time. I commute to work, about 5 hours per day (fortunately for just 3 days per week). I sit on the train and often draw or write to while away the journey. I noticed that my drawings were generally a visual rant about what had happened that day or week. Over the course of a year I've built up many images; some typographic; others drawn in the form of fake advertisements or patronising advice.
When looking at a batch of these sketchbooks together it seemed appropriate to try and re-present them as a serial zine. Themes keep reappearing - I seem to get irritated at broken machines, rude people, apathy and quick fixes, fake medical promises, fashion, celebrity endorsements, xmas, commercialism, and on and on, and on...
Strangely enough, drawing down everything that made me mad, made me smile more. So now I give the illusion of a happy person. You can see the original sketchbook drawings within each zine's webpages.
I make two issues of Future Fantasteek! per year - only 50 copies per issue, in February and July.
ISSUE ONE : JULY 2006
...Things You Need Issue
Softback Zine printed in greyscale on flourescent lime paper, staple bound.
A5 size containing 16 printed pages, with a flexible clear-multilens pvc cover.
Issue one: Brighton 2006, edition size of fifty.
This Zine is full of eveything that’s wrong with modern living, modern people and going to work. It’s a mixture of hand-drawn typographic slogans and advice with curious advertisements thrown in for good measure. Buy an Evil-Pet or a machine for generating Stupid Ideas. The Damp Flat Research Facilities have wasted no time in bringing you the most up to date advice along with plausible excuses that can be profered for any event.
Things you need and things you don’t - if you can’t tell ‘em apart... YOU NEED THIS ZINE
ISSUE TWO : FEBRUARY 2007
...Comfort & Security Issue
Softback Zine printed in greyscale on fluorescent pink paper, staple bound.
A5 size containing 16 printed pages. Pearl grey/pink cover with 2 glitter shapes.
Issue two: Brighton 2007, edition size of fifty.
The second outing for the Damp Research Laboratory - once the staff were hastily re-hired.
Marvel at the Negativity Negator; find out why "NO" is better than "yes".
Ever wondered why everything is always
out of order? Let the Entropy-Go-Round inform you.
How useful is Vitamin O? And another incite Masked-Cat truism for your delectation..
ISSUE THREE : JULY 2007
...Carbon Footprint Issue
Softback Zine printed in greyscale on yellow paper, staple bound with central section in colour. A5 size containing 16 printed pages. Bronze cover with dye cut shape.
Issue three: Brighton 2007, edition size of fifty.
Once again, the Damp Flat Research team share their fantastic inventions, ideas and advice.
The evil central colour pull-out has a mirror where you can see your evil twin or simply worry more with the new Damp Worry Doll. There are inventions to help you spot a bad idea; pretend to talk like a grown-up or slow yourself down to avoid having to do anything.
That and so much more - are you really being watched?
ISSUE FOUR : FEBRUARY 2008
Softback Zine printed in greyscale on orange and yellow paper, staple bound.
A5 size containing 16 printed pages. Day-glo orange cover with yellow dots.
Issue Four: Brighton 2008, edition size of fifty.
The Damp Flat Research team are wondering why eveyone's so sick lately. They are also quickly investing, on-the-side, in the pharmaceutical industry. What with Norovirus and advice on how to take a 'sickie' there seems to be no healthy folk left. This issue also includes how to spot whether you have ended-up working for the Departement of Stupidity and the right way to wash your hands.
I would write more, but I'm feeling off-colour and need to lay down...
ISSUE FIVE : OCTOBER 2008
...Credit Crunch Issue
Softback Zine printed in greyscale on yellow paper, with colour center pages,
includes a tipped-in dubious banknote and rubber stampped flies.
A5 size containing 16 printed pages. Bright pink card cover with yellow dots.
Issue Five: Brighton 2008, edition size of fifty.
Okay, okay...it's late - so sue me. The credit crunch issue looks at liars, not using your brain and spotting fakes. There's free money from the bank of Future Fantasteek included as a worthless free gift. The Damp Research Facilities answer these questions: Why are people so nasty to each other ? Is greed really the future? How many of us have eaten from the Tree of Stupidity ? Can genetically enhanced monkeys with clipboards replace office staff? And could octopus DNA enable you to work longer hours? More pointless questions to ponder in a disappointing world...
ISSUE SIX : MARCH 2009
...Quantitative Easing Issue
Softback Zine printed in mostly colour on white, yellow and green paper.
includes a free million-squid note.
A5 size containing 16 printed pages. Pearly silver cover with glitter green arrow downwards.
Issue Six: Brighton 2009, edition size of fifty.
The Damp Research Facilities haven’t been inventing many new life-saving gadgets this season, since they’ve been flat-out printing money.It’s fantastic!
want a new telly?
Just cut-out the million-sqid note included with this issue and buy what ever you’d like...
with enough change left for a
packet of Spangles.
Also in this issue, cars of the future, have your work-ethic removed and what people say on mobiles.
ISSUE SEVEN : JULY 2009
...Fiddle Your Expenses Issue
Softback Zine printed in colour on cream and peach tinted papers, staple bound.
A5 size containing 16 printed pages. Bright yellow card cover with 2 rhinestones.
Issue Seven: Brighton 2009, edition size of fifty.
The Damp Research Facilities have been terribly busy shredding their expenses claims for the last ten years. I mean who’d have thought the public would have gotten knocky about perfectly okay claims for moat-cleaning and second homes, when they’ve all busy thieving handfuls of biros from work.So what if a few deserving Damp Staff want a new telly? Who wouldn’t begrudge them some small comforts? What else? Well Damp Research has proved conclusively that money is vital for happiness and in the spirit of you can never be too happy...keep fiddling the claim forms
ISSUE EIGHT : FEBRUARY 2010
Softback Zine printed in colour on cream, white and lime tinted papers, staple bound.
A5 size containing 16 printed pages. Red and white pearl card cover with small holographic sticker.
Issue Eight: Brighton 2010, edition size of fifty.
In spite of being out-of-ideas
Damp Research Facilities
have filled sketchbooks with pointless drawings for your delectation. As usual the Damp Staff have been out and about eavesdropping on tedious mobile phone conversations, designing products for a better future and trying to get away with passing this off as art, I mean, honestly!
TIME FOR ACTION:
What we REALLY need now are some more middle-managers to form a committee,
to draw up an agenda, to propose a strategic plan that addresses concerns both real and implied of whoever it was who started this whole thing in the first place.
Pass the biscuits please...
||ISSUE NINE : JULY 2010
...Deepwater Horizon Issue
Softback Zine printed in colour on cream, yellow and white tinted papers, staple bound.
A5 size containing 16 printed pages. Red translucent cover with small gold 'get-out-of-jail-free card insert.
Issue Nine: Brighton 2010, edition size of fifty.
What’s happened recently then?.... The Damp Research team have studiously tackled the issues that we all think about - such as do you waste more time on Facebook or Twitter, and what’s the point of it all when your closest friends are only ‘virtual’ and can’t even buy you a beer and crisps? In the current economic climate all the Damp Staff have been promptly sacked and the company has been sold to blinkin’ foreigners. They’ve hired some child labour to do the work at a fraction of the price, which means it’s much better this time around since the kids are better at drawing.We’ve kept all our middle-managers though, since they are better at designing nice colourful forms in Excel.So, it seems the world is REALLY going-down-the-pan as we speak, but at least your hair will look pretty and the Botox will smooth over your anxious brow as you glance with alarm into oblivion.
Time for a cuppa-T love?
ISSUE TEN : FEBRUARY 2011
...Royal Wedding Souvenir Issue
Softback Zine printed in colour on cream paper, staple bound.
A5 size containing 16 printed pages. Silver metallic cover.
Issue Ten: Brighton 2011, edition size of fifty.
Who’d have thought it... ISSUE TEN, of this rambling nonsense.
The Damp Research team have been trotting out this stuff for FIVE years now.
At some point you might have thought someone would find something better to do
...but apparently not.
Well, the walls of money have stuck to rich people again and University is now soooo expensive only the Queen can afford to send her eldest son, don’t even bother sending girls - they just need to be pretty these days, start saving up for a boob job and sod the degree... (unless it’s in cosmetic surgery)
Damp Research - thinking for you, because you’re watching X-Factor...
ISSUE ELEVEN : JULY 2011
...Sunbeams From Cucumbers Issue
Softback Zine printed in colour on cream, yellow and tinted papers, staple bound.
A5 size containing 16 printed pages. Blue card cover with small dye-cut and free saint card insert.
Brighton 2011, edition size of fifty.
...HERE we are again,
Future Fantasteek! issues
numbers 1-10 are happily
touring the globe with their sketchbooks. BUT staff here at our research facility have decided to add fresh ideas to the ‘Recycling Fraud’ going on here...
SO, two guest artists have been randomly selected by computer and were offered bugger-all in return for giving us pics.
Gregory Reuben Levitt
WHAT’S been going on everywhere else then? Chaos, disaster and political upheaval, everyone worrying about whether women wear too much or not enough, no one wants to eat cucumbers or beansprouts and no one is
entirely content with the weather, or their newspaper... same ‘ol, same ‘ol...
ISSUE TWELVE : FEBRUARY 2012
...Aisles of Chunder Issue
Softback Zine printed in colour on cream, graph and tinted papers, staple bound.
A5 size containing 16 printed pages. Cream pearl cover with metallic green mosaic.
Brighton 2012, edition size of fifty.
OMG! The Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee and, if he wasn't dead, Charles Dickens would be 200! Makes you proud to be British (not sure if we're letting Scotland play...)
It's pretty goshed exciting, try not to RIOT. I think I need a cup of tea.
NOOOOO! DON'T PUT THE MILK IN FIRST...
All books can be purchased directly from me at: Damp Flat Books
Future Fantasteek! is also for sale:
Bookartbookshop, 17 Pitfield st, London N1 6HB, UK
Minnesota Center for Book Arts Shop,
Open Book Building,
1011 Washington Ave S, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55415, USA
PURE GROOVE Music Store,679 Holloway Road, London N19 5SE, UK