In early 2005, I started to draw and print a magazine called Oh You in response to a feeling I had at a Pizzeria Uno. I made a bunch of stuff up and wrote it on a napkin with the help of my sister. It was all done on a whim. I liked this whim, though, and I soon had a finished zine. I want to inspire people to try zine making out for themselves; I just want more zines around.
Oh You has featured contributions by various artists. The likes of Chico Suave, Eli Osheyack, Frederick Polizzi, Raf Kelman, Sehan Poulton, Eli Wood, Ben Peberdy, Alex Bullett, Drew Peberdy, and Caroline C have all contributed multiple times to the furthering of the creation of this magazine.
In 2009, I looked at my shelves. I had several hundred copies of a record from one of the bands I had been in. They, sadly, no longer existed, but I decided to make a record issue in memory of the band and its times. It was fun to make, we wanted to do it again. So, in early 2013 we released our second record issue with a record pressed specifically for the issue. It’s my most sincere intention to make more record issues, but definitely not exclusively so (because: Cha ching!!!!! That would be a lot of clam doggies!).
Not long ago I said “Zounds! The size of Oh You has changed much! First there was the 5.5in by 8.5in, but that size was no fun. Next there was an 8.5in by 11in issue. That remained the standard until 2009, when we released a 7in by 7in record issue. In 2012, we put out our first 2.75in by 4.75in issue, and that size has been most well received. Nowadays, it’s back to the 8.5in by 11in.” I remember when I said that, it was an interesting time.