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Octopussy #1 (Kung Fu Grip Special)

Octopussy #1 (Kung Fu Grip Special)

Product Review (submitted on August 12, 2012):
From the fellow who brings you the wonderful KUNG FU GRIP comes this special issue! While OCTOPUSSY is more sexual in its focus, otherwise it’s similar to its parent publication: a combination of Paco’s personal stories and observations, with a lot of pictures and text devoted to his love of art.

One of the qualites that makes KFG so interesting is that Paco frequently juxtaposes deep interest in what outside observers might describe as both “high” and “low” art, and he makes no cultural or stylistic distinctions between them. If a work of art inspires him, Paco celebrates
it, whether it’s found in a museum or spraypainted on a viaduct. OCTOPUSSY is no different in that respect; a series of haiku, written by Paco and all about strippers, is followed by a gallery of street art photographs, then an essay about Cum (a highly sexual street art collective), then a celebration of the works of 18th-century Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai.

The stories in OCTOPUSSY differ from Kung Fu Grip in that they’re concerned with sex and octopi, but this zine is more of the same high-quality stuff. Personal stories and varied street art are highlighted by some surprising artistic interests, and it all makes for a fine reading experience.