When technology augments the natural limits of human communication, there are often unexpected side effects. When Sharp first decided to bundle together a phone and a camera into the same device, they didn’t know they’d laid the foundation for Instagram, or the rich visual ecosystem of mobile content. At the time, uploading images to the internet in a community of users was 10 years away. Similarly, when Casio created the first commercially successful answering machine capable of playing an outgoing message in 1971, they didn’t realize that they had effectively given a broadcasting platform to the answering machine owners.… [continue reading]
The writer consoles himself by saying, ‘by writing this or that, you will finally get to live your life’ – not realising that these tasks are what your life becomes. Then again, I was nearly killed during the writing of this article. The random hand of chance is always near. However true or false it may actually be, every pop culture writer feels that they are vividly connected to cultural events of their time – whether in lockstep with or at a remove from every twist and turn of the zeitgeist, deciding whether to investigate any of this tumult is critical.… [continue reading]
All artworks included in this piece are the work of Katrine Claassens, and are represented in monochrome here (as they appear in Issue #2: Birth). You can see them in full colour at Katrine’s site, or order your own copy of our zine through our store or Patreon.
In this intimate series of works, Katrine Claassens paints both abandoned and much-loved images culled from the internet. By carefully selecting reference material from digital sources, Claassens distils the absurdist nature of internet humour to bear witness to a tragicomedy otherwise ignored. Material gathered from abandoned Twitter accounts, internet memes, stills from GIFs, and badly executed flash photography become adopted beauties when taken under her wing.… [continue reading]
In our last issue, Birth, we featured a single piece of Shanell Papp’s distinctive artwork. We would have liked to show more, and initially planned for an in-depth look at her talent for textiles. It’s a medium she explores and warps in surprising ways, with an intense attention to detail. The physicality of her output makes her focus on anatomy and the macabre more direct. For this zine, we spoke to Shanell about some of her intentions and drives.… [continue reading]
Lowbrow art is a raw, frequently unpolished graphic style that grew out of the underground comix, punk music, and hot-rod scenes. Often it focuses on sex, drugs, and anything that might be considered taboo. Its aim is to violate social norms and slap polite society in the face with the dirty and calloused hand of reality. It’s rough, it’s real, and I love it!
I grew up in a working class family, in a working class neighborhood, in a very conservative Christian community — Lynchburg, Virginia to be exact. … [continue reading]
Achewood, a webcomic launched in 2001, is among the densest works of fiction on the internet. Resting on the mannerisms of a developed cast of complex characters, it later evolved to include blogs, Twitter accounts and even a cookbook. Its creator, Chris Onstad, has given life to every corner of its titular setting through a series of inspired arcs. For Issue #2: Breath, we talked to Chris about Achewood, some of the process behind it and its future.… [continue reading]
We’re now preparing to post out copies of Issue #2: Breath! If you haven’t yet ordered a copy, you can do so by visiting our store or brand new Patreon page. We’ve worked hard to make this zine worth the money, by filling it with as much writing, art and photography as we could source. In the end, we’ve more than doubled the page count of our debut issue.
We’re immensely proud of the contributors who have given this project life.… [continue reading]
You can pre-order a physical copy of Issue #2: Breath here!
The next three weeks represent our final push before we publish Issue #2: Breath. Benjamin and I have been doing all we can in the background to make this zine special. We’ve worked hard to give our excellent submissions the formats they deserve, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.
However, we originally planned for a 2nd of April release date. Due to a number of circumstances, there will likely be a fortnight’s delay. The issue will still print in April, but we need the extra days in order to perfect the product. … [continue reading]
You can find some more background on Issue #2: Breath here!
Since posts have definitely been slower here this year, I feel it’s only fair that we show why. We stated our heavier concentration on Issue #2: Breath in this previous post. But, with so much going on in the background, it’s about time we gave an update.
Several contributions have already come in, and received full page formats from Benjamin and I. Neither of us can believe the quality of submissions this time around, and we’ve tried to live up to that with our designs. Last week, we worked on a three-page spread exploring the art of Katrine Claassens.… [continue reading]
This year at Secret Cave, we’re changing our pace somewhat. Following the release of our first zine last year, we’ve already started work on a second issue. It’s important to us that Issue #2: Breath is an improvement in every possible way on our original venture. As such, certain elements of our output are likely to slow down until our estimated release date in April.
In no way does that mean our domain content will stop. In fact, Benjamin and I already have numerous drafts that we’re working on. However, we have made our next zine a conscious priority. Unfortunately, this is likely to have an impact on the amount of posts here.… [continue reading]