Going Down Swinging No.29

Very simply, you should get this one.

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But glib statements aside, this is a fantastic issue. Right down to the beautiful print job – holding GDS #29 you almost get the feeling that you ought to have cotton gloves on, it’s just a wonderful finish.

And the cover by Mila Faranov is outstanding, presented beautifully by Morpheus Studios’ jacket design.

Inside it’s still great. To choose only a few favourite moments, there is Graham Nunn‘s Sentinel – where a found animal skull has “ants completing the delicate work” of cleaning it.

Oslo Davis‘ graphic novella is a perfect centrepiece, with especially effective use of perspective in the images and humour in the story of Walter, “an undercover, undercover ticket inspector [who] could be under investigation.”

And the humour continues with Simon Cox‘s Instructions for Bored Children on Long Car Trips which had me smiling ruefully with unpleasant memories.

Then you have the powerful contrasts elsewhere in the issue, where Jane’s To Do List by Ivy Alvarez is full of striking lines and a general feeling of threat and tension: “his eyes on my skin/two slugs silvering”.

It’s really nice to have a beautifully presented magazine paced well too, the running order and balance of the work inside is a testament to editors Klare Lanson & Lisa Greenaway – thanks for a great issue indeed.

Heaps more that I should mention in detail – but I’m running out of time today, so quickly; there are also great works by (among many others) Lorin Ford, (a delicate meditation on water) Matthew Hall (with a quartet of pieces dealing with light and memory) and Alec Patric‘s prose poem with its impressive construction and almost stream of conscious word choice.

Clearly, I recommend this issue – I feel quite honoured to be alongside the artists within!