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if you’re into it!

This zine is thick, well done and easy to read both physically and content-wise, engaging, and has a nice style to it.  The Choose Your Own Adventure format is nostalgic and charming. The whole idea of this zine is to help the reader learn more about consent in a fun way.  It has a modern […]

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Riverdale zine by Paul Franklin

This zine Riverdale about Archie’s Weird Mysteries is very non-intimidating with its short length, but it’s worthwhile, with pretty cover art, appealing ideas, understated brilliant insight.  I like the two short poems at the beginning. It’s about an Archie cartoon.  Writing about cartoons is cool.  I don’t like watching shows or movies, but I love […]

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space

I don’t remember ever seeing this cartoon, Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space.  It was before my time.  I would have liked some lady heros, for sure.  She-Ra didn’t really do it for me.  Smurfette was a joke! This is a quarter-size zine I got for a trade.  I really like its shortness and […]

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Gold Leafing

This is a book of raw and emotional poems.  Some of the poems are very explicitly sexual.  The sex is not happy. The speaker’s situations seem extreme, but I can relate anyway because I’ve been in situations like them but less extreme. A’enene says some things I’ve never really heard anyone else say, things about […]

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Mustang Zine

This is a half-size zine, 10 pages long, and there are no words inside.  It was made by Rob Botello. The art is beautiful, and I think it’s political–to bring attention to the killing of wild horses and burros.  The wild horses and burros are killed so the land can be used for cattle ranching, […]

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Demons of the Midwest #1 and #2

These zines by Sharon Gissy are autobiographical comix about divorce, depression, time in the psych ward, mania, more depression, and relationships. I like both issues, but I think I liked the first one best.  I could relate to the topic of divorce and how painful it can be because I was divorced several years ago […]

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Jetty #4

I just read Jetty #4.  It was my first encounter with Rio Aubry Taylor’s work.  It’s quarter-size in black & white with glossy paper, bound by staples. I like the robots, the metaphor, the storytelling, the emotions.  I like the format, the drawings, the length, the depth.  It’s long enough to engage but not too […]

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Quitter #10

I read Quitter #10 this afternoon.  It’s a beautiful zine.  The writing shimmers, and it’s just the right amount.  I can relate to the feelings of longing, nostalgia, lack of nostalgia, worry about losing everything. I like the plants and birds.  I like everything about the kids.  I don’t want kids myself, at all, but […]

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strenuous stilts

This is an art zine by david sait of Canada.  It’s beautiful and brief. I like the colors, the shapes, the feelings, the moods. I like the chaos of some of the pages.  I like the collage.  Sait’s art is greater than the sum of its parts. strenuousstilts.tumblr.com

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A High Degree of Spring Fever

Prose poems of drugs, cigarettes, bugs, sex, and sustained high drama–lotsa grit, cities.  No overall storyline, that I could find–just fragments.  It’s beautifully made physically with nice paper and a few pretty pictures.  My main complaint is that everything is at the same volume–I would have appreciated variation in the emotions. It’s all different kinds […]