Do-It-Yourself Screenprinting: By John Issacson, 160 pgs.

Aug 31, 2008

Reflecting on this compilation of issues of John’s Do It Together Screenprinting comic zine, I gotta admit something. It gave me a bit of a headache. But only because I’m not really a disciple of screenprinting, and the pages of (what seemed to me) pretty technical stuff, which I partially thought was what made this such a specialty-style book, were hard to follow at times. However, as something that’s focusing on independent printing, something that I’ve sort of always held in a bit of awe since I suck at doing anything productive with my hands, it’s a good read. The occasional flashes of real-life humor from Isaac’s forays into selling his stuff on the street like a hippie, and then the adventures and learning experience of working in an actual printing shop are the best, I think. I admire a man who isn’t ashamed to draw himself as he is, balding and all. The interviews with various independent presses and screenprinting artists, occasionally breaking up the comic, are great little insights into what comes across as a small but still flourishing industry. –Constantine Koutsoutis (Microcosm Publishing, PO Box 14332, Portland, OR97293)