Morrissey Gets A Job
by Brian Brooks
Morrissey was coming to town and I wanted to go, so I decided to make a Morrissey themed booklet zine, so as to have something to have as a high brow, arty calling card at the concert.
I created Morrissey Gets A Job by adding drawings of Morrissey’s head over images of the workplace from Office And Business Illustrations, a book from the Dover Clip-Art Series.
I traced the Morrissey drawings from books and magazines while sitting on the floor of the book section up on the third floor of the San Francisco Virgin Megastore on Market and Powell Street.
I went to the concert alone, appropriately enough. Having the booklettes to hand out was my way of being able to connect with strangers, and to sometimes make friends. After the show I told myself I had to hand out all of the maybe 10+ copies of the booklets to some of the folks that lingered on the floor after the show. One person I handed a booklette to turned out to run an extremely active Morrissey fan blog (https://www.morrissey-solo.com/)
The blog featured me the next day, and I began receiving a lot of request for copies in the mail. People wanting a paper copy had to send me $3.00 cash or a check in the mail. I was excited by the response, and all of the mail.
The exposure on the blog attracted the attention of a writer for the SF Weekly who contacted me and set up a meeting for coffee at a diner, and they featured me and my booklettes and zines in their local artist section titled Riff Raff. That exposure lead to a feature length article in my hometown, the Phoenix New Times, all that just for being a fanboy who makes zines!