A bit of news for fans of old-school film zines:  this spring will see the release of Impossibly Funky, a collection of material from Cashiers Du Cinemart.  This zine is the creation of Mike White, the irreverent soul behind the infamous Tarantino-critiquing You’re Not Fooling Anyone short film, and it has offered smart, incisive cult-flick criticism and excellent historical pieces for fifteen years.  This new book collects the best articles from its history, with all getting a new polish and in some cases an expansion upon their original versions.  The following is an early look at its contents, which appear to be quite the treasure trove.  You can also get an autographed version of the book if you pre-buy and thus assist its advertising budget.  Read on for all the classic-zine details…

Impossibly Funky

A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection

This book collects the “best” articles from the fifteen year history of Cashiers du Cinemart magazine with sections dedicated to Quentin Tarantino, Star Wars, Black Shampoo, Unproduced screenplays, celebrity interviews, and much more. Everything has been refreshed, polished, and improved for this volume of movie mayhem.

Here’s a rough swipe at the table of contents. Still pending. I made some notes about some of the changes included, though every piece has been proofed and edited for clarity and re-fact-checked. My proofreader, Lori Hubbard Higgins, did an amazing job combing through my abhorrent prose.

Introduction – By Herschell Gordon Lewis

Foreword – By Chris Gore

Features:

* A Dynamite Double Feature – CdC favorite Rich Osmond looks at some explosive ’70s cinema

* Psycho Vixens – Rich Osmond examines two flicks about girls gone wild.

* Tragically Obscure: John Paizs’s (The Big) Crime Wave – Combination of two articles about Paizs by Skizz Cyzyk from CdC 9 & 10

* The Four and a Half Worlds of Parker – Updated piece (formerly “Three and a Half Worlds”) which has been edited and expanded. Includes some insight from the creator of Parker, Donald Westlake

* Madness in the 20th Century – This article about Charles Willeford has been updated and tightened up

* The Serious Moonlight: The Cinematic World of David Goodis – Updated to include discussion of “Goodiscon” as well as expansion of the “Goodis on TV” section

* The Dark Places of James Ellroy – Updated to include discussion of Street Kings and L.A. Sheriff’s Homicide

* The Cashiers du Cinemart Manifesto – So perfectly written, nothing could make it better

* All The Good Guys and the Bad Guys that I’ve Been – One of my favorite pieces from Cashiers du Cinemart, this is an appreciation of Paul Williams by Leon Chase

* The Prize is Your Life – I expanded this article to include several other “people hunting people” movies

* Oedipal Ketchip – A terrific discussion of Shuji Terayama’s films by Andrew Grant

* The Highlander Returns! – Two rants from Mike Thompson about the wonder of the Highlander films. This was updated to include cuts of the films that have been made available since the early days of Cashiers du Cinemart

* Double Impact: The Duplicity of Jean-Claude Van Damme – Brand new piece that has never been published

* Lone Wolf & Cub – Edited and updated for clarity

Tarantino:

* Tale of the Tape – The whole epic story of Who Do You Think You’re Fooling? and the controversy surrounding it. Updated and severely rewritten

* Ironic Press Release – My facetious discussion of You’re Still Not Fooling Anybody

* Attention Enemy – Following up with the You’re Still Not Fooling Anybody fun

* Tarantino in a Can – A look at Tarantino’s obsession with the bathroom in his early works

Star Wars:

* The Lost Cut – Discussing the early version of Star Wars that will never see the light of day again

* Jar Jar Done Gone – How The Phantom Menace put heat behind the Fan Editing movement

* Triumph of the Whills – This piece now combines three different rants about the madness of King George Lucas

* Star Wars Documentaries – “They Came, They Saw, They Sat”

Scripts:

* 8mm – Mike Thompson compares what we saw to what Andrew Kevin Walker wrote

* The Uncredible Hulk – Another great Thompson rant, updated to include the latest incarnation of Hulk and the Ang Lee version, too

* Cat Woman – Thompson declaws this kitty

* Digging up the Bones of Indy Jones – Severely rewritten and updated version of “Jonesing for the New Indy Film” from CdC 9 that traces the trajectory of Jones through several proposed sequels

* Travis McGee & The Lonely Silver Screen – Combination of the CdC 14 and 15 articles

* Return to the Planet of the Apes – Combining observations about the POTA remake from CdC 10 and 13

* Superman: Grounded – Updated to include Superman: Doomsday and the reaction to Singer’s reboot of Superman

* The Metamorphoses of Alien III – Includes additional content

* Gremlins – A thorough look at an early draft of this classic flick by Chris Cummins

Black Shampoo:

* Interview: John Daniels – Edited and updated

* Interview: Greydon Clark – Edited and updated

* Interview: Tanya Boyd – Edited and updated

* Interview: Skip E Lowe – Edited and updated

* A Few Notes on Black Shampoo – Edited and updated

* Can You Feel the Love? – Edited and updated

* DVD release – Edited and updated

* Interview: Gerald and Gary Lee – Brand new interview with the men who made the music for my favorite film

Interviews:

* Crispin Glover – Brand new, never published

* James Ellroy – Edited and updated

* Guy Maddin – Updated / Additional Content

* Monte Hellman – Edited and updated

* Richard Crawford – Edited and updated

* Taylor Negron – Edited and updated

* Svengoolie – Edited and updated

* Bruce Campbell – Edited and updated

* Keith Gordon – Edited and updated

* Dr. Demento – Edited and updated

Life:

* Theater Work Story – Highly edited and rewritten

* Fish out of Water – Andrea’s reaction to the UPC in Bowling Green

* Mike & Andrea go to Breakfast – Never before published tale of woe from Andrea White

* Brendan Fraser + Monkey = Fun! – A new party game from Skizz Cyzyk

Release Date: Tentative for April/May, 2010

As stated near the top,  White is pre-selling the book to raise advertising funds.  If you wish to participate in this program, click on this link: http://www.indiegogo.com/impossiblefunky?c=home