Throughout the 1990s Harmony Korine, sometimes in collaboration with Mark Gonzales, produced several fanzines which were offered in small numbers from such outlets as the Alleged Gallery, New York, and the Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York. On November 18, 2008, Drag City re-issued eight of these fanzines with the publication of Harmony Korine's The Collected Fanzines. The re-issue was made available in two additions, one a trade paper and the other a deluxe boxset that included each fanzine reproduced individually and fitting with the original releases. The boxset also included a small double-sided fold-out poster, with one side featuring a photograph by Korine and the other giving Korine's thoughts on each title in the set.
The Collected Fanzines includes the following titles:
My Friend or Sheep Boy
Oh Death Where Is Thy Sting
Foster Homes and Gardens
Commenting on The Collected Fanzines in the Drag City press release, Korine explained:
Going back ten years... it’s so hard to remember, I was always tripping and falling over myself.
These ‘zines were written over the last fifteen years, mostly in dark rooms and the basements of old people. With names like Adulthood, Foster Home and Gardens, Pocahontas Monthly, Hümer, and others, they were sold in limited editions out of the Alleged Gallery and Andrea Rosen Gallery. Some were sold on street corners and given away to the tramp sects that were so prominent during that time period. Scraps of paper and half thoughts in the guise of art objects, you see.
Not many people actually got a chance to have these but the ones who are still amongst the living have greatly benefited. I know one lady in Panama who has the complete set, her family has stopped referring to her as a gimp now, now they call her Sue.
They were never meant to be collectible – just low-concept laugh-inducing juxtapositions of words and images, images and images, lists, monologues, cartoons, free verse, jokes, half-thoughts, fake/real interviews, innuendo and Matt Dillon’s phone number. If you sold them on eBay for a bunch of money, I want my cut. Or if you bought them then please spare a percentage to the dyke army and the flame militia, its a good charity and it's ribbon buttons are invisible.
Some of them read like letters from prison. I know these were popular in some prisons but I’m not sure why.
Dazed & Confused (May 1999):
Korine's penchant for cut and paste and satire and his idiosyncratic deconstruction of media culture can also be seen in his hand-made fanzines. These A5, black and white, photcopied 'zines (sold for $20 each through the Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York) show Korine's prankster nature, and insurrectionist agenda come to the fore. It's part surreal humor, rumors and invented pop gossip. Pocahontas Monthly, a collaboration with Mark Gonzales, is page after page of made up Hollywood stories such as 'Kevin Bacon Sucked Dick In The Summer Of '76,' hand scrawled over one side. Humer, Korine's own self-penned 'zine is slightly more sophisticated; passages stolen from old film encyclopedia reviews and biographies, question and answer sessions ripped from magazines, the names replaced by well-known personalities.