Things are Meaning Less
Cover of the first edition
Things are Meaning Less is a collection of autobiographical minicomics published in the mid to late 1990's by zinester Al Burian.
Opening with a telling quote from punk band Black Flag ("Drink black coffee/drink black coffee/drink black coffee/and stare at the wall"), Things Are Meaning Less is a tough, funny, heartbreaking look at young, disillusioned American life. You might know Al from his zines Burn Collector and Natural Disasters or from the band Milemarker or his so-true-it-kicks-your-face-off column in Punk Planet. This however, is Al's collection of comics published in the late '90s by designer and fellow zinester Ian Lyman. From Portland to Providence, Al patrols his world with a dark, stoic humor. He's a Saul Bellow-ian everyman, up against the wall, suffering the blows, looking for love and loving the metal. Like Al's latest issue of Burn Collector, the comic-heavy #14, the drawing here is simple but it's the kind of simple that doesn't come with beginner's luck. The stuff here is the result of years of fighting and trouble-making, of mistakes made and a life scratched out among the sticks and stones. As says Al, "These are things drawn on napkins in airports, xeroxed illicitly during work." So goes the work and world of Al Burian. (Quoted from Microcosm Publishing.com)
Originally published under the titles "Seasonal Affective Disorder" and "___" by Migraine, they were later compiled and rereleased by Microcosm Publishing as Things are Meaning Less.