"Almost exactly two years ago, Sophie Benjamin found herself hospitalised and diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Sick of reading zines and blogs on the subject that were full of soap opera drama, #7 of IAVB&I is about her experience as an inpatient.
Featuring stories about good doctors, bad driving, Elvis impersonators, the horrors of group therapy and the unfortunate consequences of stigma.
#6 has the usual photos, pro tips for life and massive interviews, as well as some of the best internet trolling ever (over a bogus paranormal site) and a run-down of the Gladstone Harbour Disaster.
Issue #5 Sophie rips a hole in the 'Ballad of Coffee, Tea or Me' scandal, updates on her journalism - travelling the east coast and producing breakfast radio in Rocky, talks depression, takes her body/glandular fever to the extreme to see Gifthorse play and interviews photograher Pat Ruggles. This zine also includes some great zine and book reviews, an update on the money raised from the flood zine, and her favourite 'Pro tips for life' and new section 'Conversations'. Printed on recycled paper !
Issue #4 When the terrible recent floods hit it was her job, along with others to write about what they saw, and tell people's stories of devastation and recovery. This zine is full of news articles that were circulating, stories that weren't told, and ones from other stations that were told, poorly. Sophie focuses on Toowoomba and her own little covered town of Emerald that got smashed as well. It's got the same sexy cut and paste layout with a hell of a story within the pages. And yes, for some stupid reason Toowoomba has a scuba shop.
*Profits from the flood zine (#4) go straight to the Grantham flood appeal** A5, colour covers, 32 pages and worth every buck.
Issue 2 and 3 are full of cut and paste (well, in indesign) glory with toilet graffiti, couchsurfing, plain clothes police, stephen colbert, band interviews, stories and all the things happening in this crazy journo's life. Well worth the measily few bucks.