IM REALLY SORRY
by Lindsay Bottos 2012 16 pages, stapled
I've been following Lindsay Bottos' work for a while now (she just released a gorgeous photo book) and this zine does not disappoint. Each page describes one thing Bottos is sorry for—ranging from being sorry for getting drunk and crying over a certain X-Files episode to being sorry for taking pictures of you while you were sleeping. Stylistically, the zine is very clean and minimal, with only a sentence or two per page with a few simple line drawings scattered throughout. Followers of Bottos' embroidery work will recognize her unique lettering style. What I love about the zine is that no context is given for these apologies. While many of the apologies do reference a "you", we never know who the narrator is speaking to and what the situation is, allowing readers to interpret the zine however they wish. "IM REALLY SORRY" really made me reflect on how, why, when, and what women apologize for, particularly because some of the apologies described in the zine are laced with sarcasm/irony. It's also a great example of how a seemingly simple zine (black and white, 1-2 sentences/page, very few illustrations) with a very specific concept can work on multiple levels.