I Love Bad Movies: Kseniya Yarosh and Matt Carman

Curator: Rafael Esquer
date: May 2, 2012
Categories: Book & Magazine Design, Illustration
Tags: DIY, Zine
Cover illustration by Mat Pringle

I love I Love Bad Movies and it’s not my fault. I love pop culture, sarcastic humor, indie projects, illustration, intelligent writing, comics, self-publishing, camp, kitsch and, of course, movies. All of the above are the reasons why I’ve chosen to write about the collaborative zine, I Love Bad Movies. But most of all, I enjoy its DIY design aesthetics.


Kseniya Yarosh and Matt Carman are the founders and editors of I Love Bad Movies. How did it start? At their local record shop in Brooklyn they used to love to rifle through the one-dollar VHS bin. 


“We found lots of junk,” they told me, “but also ‘gems’ like Don’t Tell Her It’s Me, Timebomb and Champagne for Two.” 


Soon in their circle of friends, everyone was sharing fond memories of the worst movies they’d ever seen. And voila! The idea of self-publishing a zine was born.


Each issue focuses on a specific theme. For instance, the one just released this spring is called “Early and Late Roles, or Before and After They Were Famous.” (e.g. Purple Rain, Fear, Teen Wolf Two, The Island of Dr. Moreau). Previous themes have included “Visions of the Future” (dedicated to apocalypse, robots, space and computers) and “Kids and Teens” (a collection not for kids, but for adults who’ve been scarred by the likes of Return to Oz, Troll 2, Mac and Me or Time Bandits).


The cover of I Love Bad Movies has become a fun, alternative platform for showcasing the work of talented illustrators such as Mat Pringle, Stephen Neary and Jeremy Jusay. In addition, an impressive roster of writers, artists, comedians, film nerds and special guests gives each issue of I Love Bad Movies fresh, intelligent perspectives on movies that are so bad that we can’t help but love them.


Cover illustration by Stephen Neary

Cover illustration by Jeremy Jusay

“We might stop one day, but it’ll be difficult,” Kseniya says. “People just keep making bad movies.” 


And I hope they don’t because we need more of this kind of do-it-yourself design in our cultural landscape.

  • Anonymous

    i applaud them just for covering the worst movie in the world: the island of dr. moreau.

  • Matt Carman

    The Island of Dr. Moreau is fascinatingly wrong in so many ways.  It may even mark the beginning of Val Kilmer’s slow, strange decline.  For a more watchable near-the-end-of-the-road performance, check out Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster in Tough Guys.  For early roles, Teen Wolf Too with Bateman or Fear with Wahlberg/Witherspoon.  And Cool as Ice seems to capture both the rise and fall of Vanilla Ice in a brief 90 minutes.

  • Toxictess

    This is amazing!

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