Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Corvidologist

Words by Jack Gobsmob
Designed by Shaven Raven Designs

Corvidae is the scientific term for a group of birds that includes ravens, crows, magpies, and a few others, but this zine is mostly bout ravens. Everybody loves ravens! Hurray!

There’s information about ravens from a broad range of areas. We find out where they live, what they eat, how (we think) their brains work, the results of scientific experiments, and other interesting facts.

There’s also a diagram of a raven, some nicer artwork featuring ravens (I wish my zines had covers as nice as this one, click to see it bigger!), and a story about ravens from the mythology of the Chukchi people of north-east Russia. This was totally my favourite part because despite believing that a raven created the world, they hate ravens! They constantly complain that the world is terrible, that there are too many mountains, that the rivers run to fast and other things. That’s amazing!

I’ve also, thanks to the magic of the internet, discovered that the Chukchi people are the butt of many Russian jokes. What a weird world we live in.


  1. Chukotka & Magadan are possibly some of the grimmest places in the world mind, they didn't put loads of gulags there for nothing.

  2. Huh, apparently Roman Abramovich invested loads of his own money over the last decade to improve the quality of life there dramatically. Crazy.


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