Falling in Love with Muses 101


The Muses Guide to Love and Romance is a great comic book styled zine that was created by the Krewe of Muses to fit in with their 2010 theme, Love and Romance. The Krewe of Muses is an all female carnival parade that rolls on the Thursday before Mardi Gras Day, and they are known for being very witty and sarcastic.  The Krewe of Muses actually throws this zine along their parade route just like so many beads and cups. The cover of this zine instantly caught my attention– there’s a vibrant red heart that is being pierced by the trademark icon for the Muses parade—a high heeled shoe.  The heart is bleeding drops of bright red blood on a black background. This zine resembles a comic book but is unlike any comic book zine you have ever seen because it is also a Mardi Gras souvenir! I caught it while standing on the uptown New Orleans parade route! The 21 rules and guidelines on how to succeed in love were also the titles of each float in the parade. I found myself laughing a lot while reading this zine because the rules for Romance 101 were written in a tongue in cheek manner. One section that I found very funny in this zine was the male-female dictionary. For example when one of the female cartoon character says, “Do you love me?” it really means, I’m going to ask for something.” I really enjoyed the Muses parade and look forward to catching more of the Krewe of Muses comic book zines. The dedication in the front of the zine captures the spirit of the 2010 parade:

“This book is dedicated in the spirit of good fun to those in need of advice and inspiration on behalf of formerly disappointed Muses everywhere.  Live. Learn.  Love. Happy Mardi Gras.”


This zine is set up as a comic book and follows the story of one man, Mark, and his love for his married co-worker, Nora. Set in the last few months of 1999, Mark is suffering from the Y2K paranoia that swept across the world as fears of apocalyptic destruction became rampant. The zine effectively shows Mark’s depression as a “loser, a college drop-out, with no prospects,” and how he feels about his dead-end job at a “sub shop with cockroaches.” I really liked this story—especially the brief pop-culture references that were scattered throughout (I about fell out of my chair at the BackStreet Boys montage in the middle of the zine. Hilarious!). While it is undeniably graphic in some places (reader, beware), it’s very, very funny and a great read.
–Theodore Grahams