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Future Fantasteek! (ISSN 2399-3022) brings together a trichotomy of investigation; art-zines and independent publishing; artist as social commentator and drawing as a means of immediate visual communication. The series explores obdurate boundaries between journalism and authorial illustration using satire to reflect notions of ‘Britishness’. The series can be read as a sequence, from just prior to the ‘credit crunch’ through to the ‘age of austerity’. The series is independently published as a limited edition art-zine, with two issues per year. The approach is experimental, incremental and reflective focussing on both the microcosm and macrocosm of living in the UK. Visual humour is developed throughout as a vehicle for change, combining techniques such as pastiché, parody and socratic irony. Typography and images are juxtaposed to create new narrative possibilities. Language is explored using different ‘voices’ such as anecdotal, colloquial or profane. This text is then translated into drawn commentaries on etiquette, politics and advertising. The ‘anxiety of the individual’ is a running theme throughout the series with many reoccurring protagonists and antagonists soliloquizing their notions of ‘Das Unheimliche’. The series also explores changing technologies with regard to notions of ‘the book’ with online versions of Future Fantasteek! available via a blog and online PDF reader (issuu and .swf).

Issuu statistics recorded 20,989 plus online readers for Future Fantasteek!
The aggregating blog – www.dampflat.blogspot.com is being recorded at regular intervals by the British Library as part of their ‘Web Archive Program’ (www.webarchive.org.uk.) The British Library select and invite participants in order to archive sites that represent aspects of UK documentary heritage and as a result, they will remain available to researchers in the future.

Future Fantasteek! has been purchased by international bookarts and zine collections across the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe, Scotland and the UK (including Tate Britain, V&A Library, British Library, Getty Institute and Yale collection of British Art and Minnesota centre for the book). The first ten issues were exhibited in a touring show of international artists’ books collections (along with research sketchbooks) between March 2011- March 2012 at the following locations - University of the Arts London, LCC, London, UK : Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE, Bristol, UK : The Library, Hereford College of Arts, Hereford, UK : Stuart Hall Library, INIVA, Institute of International Visual Arts, London, UK : The Ministry of Books, University of Portsmouth, UK : Colorado College Special Collections, Colorado Springs, CO. USA. The Sallie Bingham Center, Duke University, Durham, NC. USA: Joan Flasch Collection, Art Institute of Chicago, IL. USA.

A catalogue of the tour containing selections for issues 1-10 is available, a copy of which is held in the British library alongside all the issues (to date) of FF. Future Fantasteek! Tour Catalogue 2011-2012 by Jackie Batey (independent publication, Damp Flat Books). Future Fantasteek! was exhibited in its entirety during April-June 2013 at the Press & Release exhibition in the Phoenix Gallery, Brighton UK.

My books and zines are held in various permanent collections including:

Zines in the UK

  • The V&A Museum, London, UK
  • Tate Britain,The Hyman Kreitman Research Centre, London, UK
  • Modern British Collections, The British Library, London, UK
  • Stuart Hall Library, INIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts), London, UK 
  • Chelsea Library, London, UK 
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
  • The Old School Press, Hinton Charterhouse, Bath, UK 
  • The Culture Archive, Brighton, UK
  • St. Peter's House Library, Brighton, UK
  • Center for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol, UK
  • Eton College Library, Windsor, UK
  • Zineopolis, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • The Women's Library, London Metropolitan University, UK
  • Knights Park Library, Kingston University, Kingston-Upon-Thames, UK
  • The Ministry of Books, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • WLYB Archive, Northampton, UK
  • Howard Gardens Library, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, South Wales
  • Salford Zine Library, Manchester, UK

Zines in the USA

  • Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • The MET, New York, USA
  • Artists' Books Collection, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • The Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
  • Golda-Meir Library, UWM LIbraries, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  • James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries, Richmond, USA 
  • Rare Books, The Yale Centre for British Art, Connecticut, USA
  • San Diego State University Library, San Diego, California, USA
  • Book Arts, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Barnard College Library, New York, New York, USA
  • Colorado College Special Collections, Tutt Library, Colorado, USA
  • BCPL Zine Collection, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, Maryland, USA
  • Aboveground Zine Library, Carriere, Mississippi, USA
  • Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA
  • City Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • Sallie Bingham Center Library, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
  • ZAPP Zine Collection, Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Civic Media Center, Gainesville, Florida, USA
  • The Denver Zine Library, Denver, Colorado, USA
  • IPRC - The Independent Publishing Resource Center, Portland, Origan, USA
  • 100 Library, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA
  • Hot Iron Press, Artist's Book Collection, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula, Montana, USA
  • Papercut Zine Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • Seattle Public Library - Teen Center Zine Collection, Seattle, Washington, USA
  • University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA
  • Special Collections - University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
  • Brian MacKenzie Infoshop, Washington DC, USA
  • Dry River Collective, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Warehouse 21, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
  • POND: Art, Activism & Ideas, Zine Library, cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • Idaho State University Library, Pocatello, Idaho, USA
  • Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
  • Linebaugh Public Library - Zine Collection, Murfreesboro, Tennessee , USA
  • Newark Public Library, New Jersey, USA
  • Reed College, Portland, OR, USA
  • Zinelibrary, Olympia WA, USA
  • Special Collections, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, IA, USA
  • Booklyn Artists Alliance, Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • SLIS Laboratory Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA
  • Shadek-Fackenthal Library, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, USA
  • Long Beach Public Library, California, USA
  • Forsyth County Public Library, Walkertown, NC, USA
  • Schulz LIbrary, The Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, VT, USA


Zines in Canada
  • Toronto Zine Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
  • Sheridan Zine Library, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
  • Anchor Archive, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Zines in Australia

  • Field Study Archive, P.O.Box 1838 Geelong, VIC 3220 Australia
  • Octapod Association, Newcastle NSW 2304, Australia

Zines in New Zealand
  • Wellington City Libraries, Wellington, New Zealand

Zines in Europe
  • La Fanzinoteca Ambulant, Barcelona, Spain
  • Biblioteca Municipal Josep Badia i Moret, Barcelona, SPAIN
  • {Disarmed}, Bedeteca de Lisboa, Olivais, Portugal
  • LA FANZINOTHÈQUE, Poitiers, France

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