SHEEPLE #2: $4.99, 8 ½” x 11”, offset, 30 pgs.

This is a slick, full-color, glossy zine full of leftist, agitprop art. I’m glad people are making political art and satire, but this doesn’t do a whole lot for me. Perhaps it would for a young activist or a lifetime organizer. I want a little more, though, than pictures of Uncle Sam pointing and saying “I’m spying on you” and the V is for Vendetta mask, or illustrations of someone being waterboarded with an American flag on their face. I’m confused by the relevance of some of it, too. Take, for instance, art dissing George Bush… he’s not the president. Then there’s the super convoluted stuff like a collage of Michelle Obama in front of a Wal-Mart. I don’t get it. Does she shop at Wal-Mart? Is it simply because they’re both bad?If someone puts writes “war on terror? War is terror,” on a wall in Sharpie that’s pretty cool, right? What context does it add to pose a babe in front of that wall in a photo for publication in Sheeple? I’m all for sticking it to The Man, “art being a hammer” and all of that but most of Sheeple is just kind of irritating. –Craven Rock (StopTheWTO, PO Box 418, NY, NY 10116)