'I'm so busy busy busy busy busy busy busy doing so much pointless shite'
This Zine imprint by Jackie Batey of Damp Flat books has been around since the beginning of the Credit Crunch. Issues are published twice a year and reflect the news of the moment and the anxieties of modern life.
They appear at first glance to be simple doodles scanned in from a note book, but on closer inspection are much more nuanced. Future Fantasteek follows in the comedic tradition of Monty Python or the Simpsons, in the way it appropriates the ubiquitous language of advertising, and in the process sends humanities absurd foibles up in flames.
Drawing and text mingle deliciously, and bold colour gives it an extra punch. Goats, ants, devils, chickens, dogs, bears, cats, aliens, henry VIII as well as the occasional 'regular' person are all the vehicle for the stupid things we humans say think and do. The text is made expressive by the use of frenetic hand-drawn typography.
The last issue to be released was Future Fantasteek no. 14 back in February 2013 when the horse meat scandal was raging, hence the pantomime horse on the cover. I am eagerly anticipating issue no. 15 to find out where Jackie Batey will next direct her fine-toothed comb over society and drag out some more hideous 'nits' of truth.
Future Fantasteek issues 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 , 12, 13, 14 are currently available in the Bookartbookshop and cost £6 each.
- Jon Lander