RICHMOND, Va. — Local artist and tangential scene member Trevor Stanton has announced that his new zine project “Feral Blood” will be printed in an ultra-limited run of zero copies.
“I think it’s going to be a really great, maybe even ground-breaking zine once we get all the submissions in,” said Stanton. “We’re pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a submission-based zine with a focus on vegan recipes.”
Hand-stitched and featuring custom screen-printed covers, all zero copies of the hyper-local zine will come with an unique drawing by a collaboration of community-oriented artists.
“I’ve got a buddy who runs a screen printing collective and they’re doing some really exciting stuff for Feral Blood,” said Stanton, adjusting his manbun. “Which should be a great complement to the Top Ten Basket-Making Mistakes of 2015 list my friend CupKake is working on.”
Early reports suggest Stanton initially wanted the zine to include a flexi 7″ compilation about the reproductive rights of dogs, but the vinyl press hung up on him — a huge source of disappointment for a zero-piece band formed exclusively for the zine release.
Every copy of Feral Blood, 00/00-00/00, will include a scene report from East Tucson, an essay on the genesis and importance of smashcore, and a handwritten manifesto that lays out Feral Blood’s mission. “It’s important that everyone who reads Feral Blood knows what we’re about,” Stanton says, checking his inbox for late submissions. “Ultimately, this is about spreading a message to the people in our community that still fucking care — not the fucking techies or the mosh beanie goons.”
Everyone in Richmond and the greater metropolitan scene are excitedly awaiting the non-release. Local punk and vegan donut connoisseur, Randall Nelson said he is especially interested to see the art not used in the zine. “Fryboy has been doing these really fucked up wingdings collages I’ve heard so much about,” Nelson said. “I’m really excited to see them. I already pre-ordered my copy.”
Stanton understands the downsides to limiting his new zine’s release. “I’ll be honest, I’m bummed more people won’t see it. The stuff in this zine could literally change the face of punk as we know it,” said Stanton. “But the limited run is really the only way to fight back against poseurs and the Internet’s overreaching tentacles.”
Stanton added: “Plus it’s less work this way.”
Article by James Folta @JamesFolta. Photo by Natalie Zdrieu.