April 2013: James Michael Williams’ White Male Neurosis
“The idea for the zine White Male Neurosis came to me when I was eating breakfast at a coffee shop and this weird drunken homeless woman was getting way too close to me. Â I suddenly had this flashback in my mind to when I was a boy and I would arrange all of the cereal boxes into a wall that I hid behind while I ate. Â I hated watching other people eat and I didn’t like being watched. Â This seemed like an interesting starting point to tell my story, and it felt natural. Â I made the first book in a couple of weeks and people quickly responded and seemed to relate to it. Â I’ve learned there are a lot of people who hid behind cereal boxes as kids. Â There are three issues now and each one tells a different story and focuses on a different neurosis, phobia or weirdness of mine. Â Part autobiography, part fantasy and part therapy, each book aims to be humorous and honest.