BOO! The Christmas Carols of Doom zine
The phantom loves to draw and spook. And that is what we did, in our quest to offer laughs and goosebumps. On 2019 winter holidays, we decided to make a zine, and it would be a Christmas zine. The theme had to be ghostly, as the Phantom commanded. So while everybody else was dealing with puddings and reindeers and all they wanted for Christmas (sic), we had to make a difference and bring some darkness to the table. HO HO HO (with dark, surreal echo).
A zine about eleven seasonal ghosts, based on the idea of phantom's favourite, V. Michailidou.
A self initiated project from Phantom. An exercise in various styles; or documented stories?
One by one, we starting building the characters’ backstories while in-between projects.
”How about an enraged climate-activist snowman?!”
“How about… revenge-seeking, traumatised Christmas trees…?”
“How about a dismembered, one-eyed, choir sing-...”
“No. That’s too Halloween.”
Spooking ourselves out while creating the visuals, we experimented with digital and traditional techniques. Different for each of the zine’s doomed residents. Amongst the distinguished residents one can find:
Boorns the passive-aggressive, burnt Christmas sweets, sworn enemies of the bad cooks who created them.
Lars the snowman riding his zero emissions bike looking for a way to save the planet and his, um, substance.
The greed keepers safeguarding all gold New Year Pie coins, because we’re all bad, greedy children.
Ghostoyevsky a bookworm ghost, frequenting the library ever December, because Christmas is for reading. Right? No? Ok.
design & production: Phantom
art direction: V. Michailidou for Phantom
photographer: Stefanos Tsakiris
printhouse: Christos & Asterios Gousios