incredibly hot sex with hideous people

A largely autobiographical fanzine by Bryce Galloway of Wellington, New Zealand. First published in February 2002. Back issues available for NZ$2.50 ea. from PO Box 27527, Wellington, New Zealand (

Friday, July 14, 2017

Issue 63

"The hippie inside me always expects our paired days to run impossible synchronicities, like we're subconsciously communicating through the cosmic telephony of ley lines. We avoid Facebook chat during these diary stints, like that would be cheating."
The 7th diary comic with Daniel Powell. July 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Issue 62

Episode 5 of the dreaded teen diary: "What were you thinking!?" - Kim Hill. Not articulate enough to dig deeper, teenage me was satisfied to list every every cigarette smoked, every bedroom guitar practice, every work shift... bouts of extreme drunkenness and relationship angst are portioned out just as ploddingly as anything else. Uncensored. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Issue 61

While digging up the original artwork for my upcoming book of diary comics I found some first attempt strips from 2006. 
The content is ruled by new levels of sleep deprivation that arrived with child number two. I'm tempted to call the drawings scrappy, but really, I've tried to finesse my drawing style as little as possible over the years, decades even!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Issue 60

A texty one detailing (and I mean detailing) my recent journey to vasectomy. Front and back cover drawings and a centre fold doodle. They tell me this one's visceral. I believe them. The first issue not to receive free distribution in Cuba Street, Wellington, i.e. the first to be kept out of the easy reach of minors. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Issue 59

Like an exhibition of floating phrases and simple cartoons - somewhat flavoured by my time in middle management. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Issue 58

The (count 'em) sixth time (!!!) my buddy Daniel Powell and I have played our cross-hemisphere game of keeping daily comics diaries to then agree on common days to be presented to you dear reader. I scrawl them in Wellington, New Zealand while Daniel scribbles them in Verl, Germany. Facing pages reflect the same dates.

"Within these pages, both Daniel and I detail our everyday thoughts and actions with candour, making no pitch for a grander narrative. Death, art and politics play to the necessary rhythms of parenting, shopping and housework."

Friday, May 22, 2015

Issue 57

Issue 57 revisits parenting as the kids hit tweenhood and the hormonal challenges that brings. The wife and I battle the kids, the school, the neighbors, and even some militant feminists. It's a minefield of cultural expectations! Text and drawings. 20 pages 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Issue 56

An extensive historical essay on the new millennium NZ zine scene. Surveys NZ zine platforms from Moira Clunie's Moon Rocket zine distro started in 2000 through to the inaugural Hamilton Zinefest 2014. A personal perspective via my own involvement. Also includes commentary on the scenes Riot Grrrl legacy, and on current tensions between the scenes increasing accessibility and the decorative apoliticality of some current output. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Issue 54

The 4th installment of the dreaded teen diary that prompted one Metro Magazine journalist to title his zine feature 'AWKWARD'.  Really nothing so salacious, some people just need to get out more.
"The year is 1984, the place is Hamilton. It’s wide-eyed, it’s banal, it’s sexually frustrated, and it seems to be in search of the greatest suburban party of all time."

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Issue 53

Please activate the love within. An interactive zine that when embraced with scissors and glue is transformed into a pack of 'Luv Cards (For Uptight Professionals And Other Animals)'. These cards were used to activate the loved-up comic-diary that was issues 51 and 52. May 2014.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Issue 52

More from the loved-up comics dairy plundered for issue 51. All the missed-buses, broken sleeps and burnt dinners have been overlooked in favour of animal husbandry, black sand beaches and way too much affection for discounted squashed bananas! Feel the love (handles). March 2014.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Issue 51

The return of the twin comics-diaries, although this time Daniel Powell's contributions are better described as drawings or cartoons. It's also a twin titled affair; Incredibly Hot Sex with Hideous People meeting the resurrection of Powell's art school dalliance The Utopian Visionary Society. So, fittingly, we have loved-up these diaries to find the sweeter moments of the day; a daring gesture for one known to bring the blackly comedic to y'all. January 2014.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Issue 50

David Geary sent me his Nick Cave anecdote just a little too late for 2009's Meeting Famousness issue (#34). And so the call went out for more Meeting Famousness stories. These are collected for the big deal Issue 50, which also contains drawings of fan objects and the "tribute" CD My Life with The Eagles. August 2013.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Issue 49

Returns to the theme of parenthood after a hiatus of five years. "Parenthood is no longer an exotic landscape. What the hell can I tell you? "Er... it's same same but different?" That just won't do..." April 2013.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Issue 48

"Somebody had said, “Wait until you see the storerooms, they’re like a prison; miles of cages housing tribal objects.” And so, upon meeting the Oceanic collections’ curator (Dr. Eva Raabe), I parrot, “Show me the prisons.” Thusly offended, Frau Raabe conversely describes a monastery..."
The third of three zines created as artist-in-resdence at the Welkulturen Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. Profiles the head curators from the Museum's four continents. November 2012.

Issue 47

Either the most elegant or the most boring fanzine I've ever made. You decide.
Pen and ink drawings of ethnographic objects from the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, where I was artist-in residence. The second of three zines produced in said context. October 2012.

Issue 46

Egads! Made this zine as artist-in-residence at the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, where I was also curating the group show Zines Aus Neuseeland. Compromised by jet lag and ethnography I do the only thing possible; make a zine about being compromised by jet lag and ethnography. 
Text and cartoon diary. October 2012.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Issue 45

More fresh comics diarise the workaday and domestic; the quotable quotes, the small trials, the fleeting charms. Mid 2012. 

Issue 44

The fourth pairing up with expat New Zealander Daniel Powell, a bi-annual ritual diarising the same days to bring you a parallel universe of the domestic and the everyday; compounded by Powell having two young sons, the same ages as my daughters. Powell charts his life as an expat Kiwi living in Germany, while I do the same from Wellington. Early 2012.

Issue 43

The third chapter from my unedited teen diary. Shitty first jobs, bands, television, impotency and virginity all collide. Illustrated with reprinted pages from my hometown newspaper - the Waikato Times - circa the same dates in 1984. Late 2011.

Issue 42

The Unofficial Catalogue to my public art project for the Courtenay Place Light Boxes, Wellington. A warts and all look at the process of creation, production, and publicity. Also gives me the chance to publish a few more favourites from the 150 drawings I completed towards the project. 2011.

Issue 41

Cartoon diaries of the everyday, played out by me & the wife, the sprogs, the workmates, and an overzealous photographer from The Dominion Post. 2011.

Issue 40

The second unedited chapter from my embarrassing teen diary. The text is illustrated with fan art by Tammy Rose Stretton. Late 2010.

Issue 39

Cartoon diary and wedding issue. Describes what it's like to get married at the Hamilton Court House during a youth gang murder trial when your fiancee would have preferred something a little more classy. Text and comics. 2010.

Issue 38

A third pairing up with expat New Zealander Daniel Powell, a bi-annual ritual diarising the same days to bring you a parallel universe of the domestic and the everyday; compounded by Powell having two young sons, the same ages as my daughters. Powell charts his life as an expat Kiwi living in Germany, while I do the same from Wellington. 2010.

The Book (Issues 1 - 37)

Selected pages from issues 1 to 37 are anthologized in this Clouds published book. Co-edited by Gwynneth Porter, co-designed by Warren Olds. 304 pages. Retails for $30 but currently out of print.
Introduces the overall narrative arc of eight years of fanzine production. Gloriously messy at first, with the zine changing its spots at least three times. Once it settles into the autobiographical and everyday it reads like a diary of protracted adolescence, at pains with the compromises of growing up: Post graduate study, children, mortgage, social death, ennui... but still shot through with self deprecating humour. Text, photographs, comics, and drawings. Features many guest contributors including Bek Coogan and Tammy Rose Stretton. Mid 2011.

Issue 37

With various friends giving me shit for the all-too-bleak honesty of my writing, this issue responds with a collapsed list of best moments from a period of weeks. Text, found photographs, and drawings. 2010.

Issue 36

Publishing an unedited section of my embarrassing teen diary involved doing a facebook search for my old girlfriend circa 1984 and asking for her permission to print. A pretty weird cold call by anyone's standards. Text, collage, and teenage doodling. Late 2009.

Issue 35

Purchase of a first cell phone at the ripe old age of 43. This zine is written in the first week of ownership while the gadget was still incredibly alien and not to be trusted. Text, photographs, and drawings. 2009.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Issue 34

Comes with a compilation CD of Madonna covers for a little extra coin. Music by myself, Chris Palmer, Remembering 22nd Century, Bad Statistics, Maya Haettenschwiller, Feline Groovy, The Doll, Grubby Bunny, Mike Brown, The Lovely Midget, Daniel James, Rubber Banana, The Ghastlies, and Mongolian BBQ.
Excellent guest illustrations from Tammy Rose Stretton accompany regular folks' stories of meeting the nationally and internationally famous. Meet Adrien Brody at New World supermarket, meet Lee Scratch perry on stage, meet Stu Wilson in the street, meet Brian Eno in the green room... 

Issue 33

Two zines masquerade under the same cover and issue number. One is a cartoon diary by me and the other a cartoon diary by Daniel Powell. Punters receive which ever one comes out of the hat. 2009.

Issue 32

A second pairing up with expat New Zealander Daniel Powell, diarising the same days to bring you a parallel universe of the domestic and the everyday (this would become a bi-annual ritual); compounded by Powell having two young sons, the same ages as my daughters. Powell charts his life as an expat Kiwi living in Germany, while I do the same from Wellington. 2008.

Issue 31

A road map of the human body (mine). Stories from scar to scar, head to toe. Text and drawings. 2008.
A reading of this issue was performed under the title Incredibly Hot Body Map at the Engine Room gallery, Massey University, Wellington, on June 30, 2012.  

Issue 30

In response to Gwynneth Porter's Overcoming Loathing pamphlet project, I continue with pamphlet-length rants on 8 pet hates. Working under the following headings: Loud Americans, Life's Too Busy, 35 - Gender Divide, Phantom Flyers, Crime Shows, Drippy Parents, The Art Scene, and Technology ("Smell my pits oh sanatised technological world"). Text and single-page drawings. And me wearing a cardboard bullshit detector on the front cover. 2008.

Issue 29

A pretty bleak one this. Starts with conspiratorial musings on narrative structures then morphs into observations from two weeks playing house-husband. Text accompanied by cartoon diaries and still life drawings. 2008.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Issue 28

Writing under the headings Neutered 1, 2, and 3: the new parent's social death; vasectomy thoughts; and bad form at the party. Text and drawings. Figured I'd enough of a following and signature style to betray the title on the cover of this one and got stung for it. Subsequelntly cited in Thames and Hudson's Fanzines by Teal Triggs as the author of Ugly Is The New Sexy. Heh. 2007.

Issue 27

Mostly diary days in cartoon form plus a few extra single-page drawings. 2007.

Issue 26

Following issue 25 with a less skeletal cartoon diary. Pairing up with expat New Zealander Daniel Powell (AKA Wendyhouse's EEmonk) now resident in Germany. Powell and I diarise the same days, bringing you a parallel universe of the domestic and the everyday (this would become a bi-annual ritual). Issue 26 was launched as part of the solo exhibition - mumbling through to the chorus - at The Engine Room gallery, Massey University, Wellington, NZ. 2007.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Issue 25

The very first of what would become a regular feature; the cartoon diary. Though this one is inhabited by skeleton people a la Dia de los Muertos. Spring 2006.

Issue 24

The birth story of mine and the de facto wife's second child. Familiarly gruesome and comedic to regular readers. Comes with a compilation CD of John Lennon covers for a little extra coin. Lennon chosen as soundtrack because of his late career betrayal of revolutionary anthems for the domestic haven of TV watching and changing Sean's nappy. Musical contributions from Sean Kerr, Chris Knox, gfrenzy, Borris Baggins, F.E.T., Rubber Banana, misled radio, Throbbing Vulva, The Timeless Union, C.I.A.O., Jim Fulton, Maya Haettenschwiller, Adam Fulton, Sud, Edward Gains, Geoffrey D. Trail., The Futurians and myself. Winter 2006.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Issue 23

A tour diary for The Wendyhouse Christmas Show (a national tour performing newly minted Christmas songs by Wendyhouse). A characteristically warts 'n' all reveal of what goes on behind the rock 'n' roll magic. Oh yes! Autumn 2006.

Issue 22

The very first of what was to become a regular occurrence; my own entry paralleled by that of long time artistic collaborator Daniel Powell (AKA EEmonk) of Wendyhouse. I write about herbal highs and lows in the presence of the in-laws, whilst Daniel charts his own domestic tribulations as a newly German resident. Text and drawings. Featured cover by Daniel Powell. Spring 2005.

Issue 21

AKA The Night of the Nick Cave Concert, especially as it was later performed at Enjoy Public Art Gallery by a variety of "couples". Issue 21 features the verbatim script of myself and the de facto wife in conversation as we come to grips with the fact that everyone but everyone is at the Wellington Town Hall watching the legendary Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds while we nurse our new mortgage and an $8 bottle of vino tinto. Text and drawings. Winter 2005.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Issue 20

After a break of six months where I wasn't sure whether to continue with the project post MFA... The narrative starts with the post post-graduate blues, then jumps through other narratives in schizoid fashion. Text and drawings. Autumn 2005.

Issue 19

The very last issue completed in part fulfillment of a Masters of Fine Arts. Blows the cover on the whole sham! Or, diarizes my sorry arse limping from one unfortunate art crit to the next. Text and drawing. Spring 2004.

Issue 18

Gives the back story to a Wendyhouse concept album, man! Self-defeating and self-aggrandizing in unequal measure. Wendyhouse being a band of hasbeens - big in the 90s - with me and guitarist EEmonk at it's core. Text and poignant doodle art. Winter 2004.

Issue 17

My bag is stolen on a rare night out at a Damo Suzuki gig. Woe is me, it's a sign, it's a metaphor, it's logged with the Police Dept. Text, drawings. letters of complaint and freaky dream dairies. Autumn 2004.

Issue 16

The gory birth story of our first born and the naked autobiographical mutterings of the new dad. Lots of text, some posey dad photos. Summer 2003.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Issue 15

A covert antenatal class diary. Covert as in, the other expectant parents thought I was some very attentive note taker, a swotty student of parenting, when really I was writing about them, heh heh...
Spring 2003.