After 25 consecutive months of writing about their favorites in the AAPA bundle, Marey Barthoff and her assistant Fern have asked for some time off. She noted that “Danny will have a note about it in the Alert, inviting folks to try their hand at it for a month or 2, to bring us a variety of opinions.” So it’s up to your intrepid webmaster to scan the recently-arrived April bundle and pick a few that stand out to me.
Journal: Greg McKelvey’s 201st issue of Ink Zone is visually appealing due to his use of color, clean layout with easily-read type, and illustrative photos. He takes us on a road trip in search of the beauty of nature, but he also finds the value of time with his daughter.
Article: In Anonymous Quarterly #50 Clarence Wolfshohl shares the pitfalls “On Being an English Major.” Of course, with a title like that, the essay needs to be well-written — and he does not disappoint. He even makes diagraming sentences (as a gateway to romance) sound interesting.
Art: Marey may be taking a break from announcing her favorites, but not from publishing The Mareyland Register, with two issues for April. One relates “Marg & Fluffy’s Day” in her own inimitable cartoon style.
Letterpress Project: Just as income taxes are due, Danny Kelly prints up a humorous card to take the sting out of writing that check to the government.
If you are interested in sharing your picks from a future bundle, send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
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