Xerography Debt #6
Table of Contents
I know this issue is late, but I think I may be making zine history here by not apologizing. I could rattle off a list of reasons why I didnt work on the zine for over two months, but I dont feel like getting into for the moment. Im here now and thats all that matters. Initially I decided I wouldnt work on the issue until I had a new job. Yes, I quit my job. Weeks were drifting by and still no job, thus - no zine. With everything that has happened in the world in recent weeks I have realized that nothing is as permanent as wed like to think and that the present is the only thing we can minutely control. So with that, I decided to pick of the reigns of this neglected issue and get to work. Also, in the spring of 2001 the Leeking Inc. website went online. All back issues of Xerography Debt are available there. Youll also find information about my other zines (Leeking Ink and The Glovebox Chronicles), Eight-Stone Press, and Ped Xing. Go take a look if you get a chance www.leekinginc.com.
October 31st, 2001
One of my Favorite Pieces of Reader Mail
Thanks for XD#5 and for the splendid review. Yes, we have to ask ourselves what is it all for? Mostly vague glory.
Basic stuff you should know
If this is your first issue, this should clarify things: XEROGRAPHY DEBT is a review zine for zine readers by zine writers. It is a hybrid of review zine and personal zine. XEROGRAPHY DEBT has its own freestyle approach. It is all about communication, so each reviewer has used the format or style most comfortable to him or her. Also, each reviewer "owns" the zine in a completely communal, non-possessive sense. We are individual artists and writers coming together to collaborate and help keep zineland flourish-ing. It is a communal experience from start to finish. It is available for free online (some artwork will only be available in print) or paper copies can be ordered.
There is no way I can review everything that I receive. I will do the best I can. I am but one overworked person with a few splendid reviewers. Do your part by ordering a few zines from the many reviewed here and, if you self-publish, please consider including a few reviews in your zine.
If you are interested in reviewing for XEROGRAPHY DEBT, please contact me by mail or e-mail for some rather vague, but supposedly helpful guidelines. All you need to do is write five reviews that will excite people to send money, stamps, or a trade. Due to the ridiculous pressures of self-imposed deadlines, #7 will be done when it is done, but hopefully early winter.
Basically, I don't have what one would call a cash flow. Cash trickle
would be an overstatement. I would like to keep publishing Xerography
Debt, so if you would like to help sponsor Xerography Debt with a
few stamps or cash, please feel free to do so. Also, let me know if you wish to
remain anonymous. This issue's sponsors are:
Al Cene, DB Pedlar, Androo Robinson, Rudi Rubberoid, Donny Smith, Patrick Tandy, Owen Thomas, Ken Carl, Kristy Henshaw, Richard Jacob, Sam Cucchiara, Zebulun, Christopher Robin, Anne Thalheimer, and a few anonymous folks.
In the last issue I mentioned that Dwayne-Michael Alborn, had taken over as the new editor of FACTSHEET 5. Well, he disappeared and took the zines he had been sent to review with him. There should be an update on the mess and news on the new editors in the new issue of A READERS GUIDE TO THE UNDERGROUND PRESS.
Adam Winsenburg of ADC ZINE has set up a new online Zine Scene. Go to www.addam.com and list your zine or read about others.
Predators and Prey in
the Zine Community
Donny Smith's Response to the Bill Price problem
Some of my favorite zines of all time have been Amusia, Peppermint
Soda, My Straight-Faced Twin, The Messy Eater, and Sludge Pond. All
intense, funny, smart, very personal zines written by young women. And, I hate
to say it, naive young women. They wrote out all their hopes and fears and
their daily routines, then gave out their home addresses and (in most cases)
their first and last names. A horror movie waiting to happen.
I admire the way zinesters open up their lives for all to see. There
aren't many places you can read truth. But you wouldn't publish your credit
card number, would you? You can take a few steps to protect yourself:
But what about Bill Price?
Yes, there are serial rapists, stalkers, and child molesters out there.
The scary thing is, most of them haven't been caught. You don't know their
names. The creepiest letters I've gotten have all been from long-time
members of the "zine community."
What can you do?
Some of my best mail friends are prisoners. And even though we've
corresponded for years, I'd be cautious about meeting them in person. But no
more cautious than I'd be about meeting any zine person for the first time. We
zinesters are a bunch of misfits, punks, wackos, and queers. We're hypocrites
if we single out prisoners as a group that we won't have anything to do with.
The legal term courts use to describe queers (and justify mistreating
us) is "unapprehended felons." Remember, prisoners are just the ones who got
Notice About Bill Price:
Bill Price is a twice-convicted child molester. In 1984, he was sentenced to 8 years in prison for molesting a 9-year-old girl. He went to jury trial with 5 counts of child molestation. In the early 90's, he molested the two girls starting at ages 5 and 6, respectively. In 1993, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He is approximately 50 years old.
Distros and zinewriters have reported that he has shown particular interest in zines with topics of rape, abuse and sex, and zines by young women, heavy-set women, and lesbians. He is having some of his zines and letters mailed from outside the prison, so that people he contacts do not necessarily know he is incarcerated. He is currently up for parole this year.
He has published three zines: Bars, Ishi, and Fem Zine. The first issue of Ishi is written as if he is a sexually abused, young girl, and attempts to appeal to the same. Fem Zine is a listing of zines by young women. Zinewriters have reported an increase in orders from prisons after being listing in Fem Zine, which implies he is distributing this to other prisoners.
He was released on parole in May 2001.
Eric Lyden (Fish With Legs)
Hows it going, Debt heads? Welcome once again to my little corner of this fine review zine. First of all, Ive got a couple of odds and ends to take care of- odd & end #1- some of you may have heard through the zine grapevine that I am the review administrator for the new FACTSHEET 5. Well folks, it aint happening. No one has heard from Dwayne Michael in over 3 months so I think its safe to assume that the project is dead. He doesnt respond to any attempts to contact him so its a mystery to everyone what happened... but there is some good news in all of this- if this new FACTSHEET 5 had taken off and become a huge success I may have been so busy that with that that I may not have had time to review for XEROGRAPHY DEBT. But no, happily I am able to devote all my reviewing energies to XEROGRAPHY DEBT. Damn, you people are lucky.
Odd & end #2- if youre reading this and you are a zinester and youre not an obnoxious, pretentious, self important jerk you ought to join my new internet group. Its called Zine Geeks and you can join by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you love to argue politics and other serious issues you can go somewhere else. Its great that you ponder these things, but I really dont give a shit what you think. If you want to talk zines or anything else of a not so terribly serious nature come join the zine geeks. I was going to write a longer explanation of why exactly this group exists, but it started to turn into a rant so youll have to live with the short version. Now on with the reviews
DESPERATE TIMES #8
This here is on entertaining zine. Sometimes I read a zine review that says something along the lines of there was a laugh on every page and it sort of pisses me off because it sounds like typical hyperbole and I just dont take it seriously. So listen to me when I tell you that that this zine features a solid laugh on damn near every page and for the pages that dont feature a laugh there are other pages that feature multiple laughs so it all evens out. Will this zine change the way you look at the world? Doubtful. Will it inspire new and deep philosophical thoughts? Probably not. Will it make you laugh? Sure. Will you find it entertaining? You sure will and Ill take that over pages of political pondering any day. Highlights include Janelles really funny and well drawn auto bio comics, and article on Dead Girls I Want to Party With (and it sounds like its be a pretty swingin party) an article on making a gay porno flick (not for your more sensitive readers, but I liked it) and a piece I found hilarious for some reason- a photo centerfold on the Four Food Groups of Poverty I found the pictures to be completely hysterical, though for the life of me I cant figure out why its so damn funny. But it is and this zine is funny and really nicely put together- color cover and everything, 44 full size pages and just a really nice looking package- send $3.50 to: Janelle 3122 Burgundy, New Orleans LA 70177 No website or e mail address. Hell yeah! You kick it old school, Janelle!
EYEBALL MAGAZINE #2
The first issue of this zine (magazine? I dont know. This is one of those zines that straddles the line between magazine and zine. But seeing as how Im writing zine reviews and not magazine reviews Im going to call it a zine) was called Indy-Media but they changed it to avoid confusion with an organization called Indymedia. Makes sense, but I much prefer the title Indy-Media because that in a nutshell describes what this zine is all about- independent media in all its forms- zines, comics, movies and happily no music (Im sorry, but if I read one more article about or interview with some band I never heard of Ill bang my head against a wall...) The zine content this issue features an interview with Jen Angel and Jason Kucsma of CLAMOR magazine, an article on Beantown Zinetown and a ton of reviews. Theres also an article on Jordan Crane of NON comics which was very interesting and...one could argue that there is too much focus on micro cinema featured in here and I wont argue with that, but I find these articles to be quite interesting and informative just because I know nothing about it and the articles are long enough to be interesting, but not so long that they get boring. And besides, Im pretty sure the micro cinema guys read EYEBALL and say Whats up with this zine shit? Who needs it? Its probably near impossible to do a zine of this sort that will appeal 100% to all of its audience, but these guys do a pretty damn good job of it and I can honestly say that I read every article in here, even the ones that on first glance didnt look too interesting to me, and found all of them interesting on some level. Send $3 to: Eyeball Magazine PO Box 21141, Oklahoma City OK 73156 www.eyeballmagazine.com; email@example.com
GET BENT #8
When I went to Beantown Zinetown this year I got there before the place was open and there was a massive throng of zinesters standing outside the building. Standing there in the midst of all these punks, anarchists, and misfits in general was one fairly normal looking middle-aged guy. I assumed that he was some sort of narc just because he didnt seem to fit in with the rest of the crowd (of course I didnt quite fit in with the crowd either) but I soon found out that this was no narc, it was Ben T Steckler, author of the comic GET BENT! At any rate, GET BENT #8 is the final appearance of Sid Ska and Dex. This might mean something to longtime readers, but since this was my first issue it didnt mean a whole lot to me. And that actually is my main problem with this comic- this is the last issue of the story and as a result its maybe a little hard to get in to. But having said that, Ben does an excellent job of being readers up to speed with a text piece at the beginning that explains the basic plot and tells us what went on before. Ben is fully aware of what should be the first rule of comics (or zines for that matter) which is every issue is somebodys first but its still a little hard to fully get into the story when youve already missed so much. But this is still a very funny and entertaining story and worth reading even if youve never read an issue before- the basic premise is that Sid and Dex go to Hell and Sids mom has sex with God and its hard to explain but its all good. Im eager to see what the next story will be like so I can read it all from the start. And the back up story is also cool if somewhat corny. But Ben promised a text piece explaining all the various pop culture references but it was nowhere to be found. Where the Hell was it, huh? (minor detail, I know, but its my right to complain) send $2 to: Ben T Steckler PO Box 7273, York PA 17404 firstname.lastname@example.org
THE WORLD IS BROKEN #5
Hey, while Im on something of a Beantown Zinetown theme here I should mention that I met Bri (editor of The World is Broken) while I was there. I said hi and we exchanged small talk for a couple seconds and... well, that was pretty much it. Damn, that was a pointless anecdote not worth mentioning, wasnt it? Hell, not everything I write can be brilliant, interesting and funny yknow... Anyhow, this issue is part one of the West Coast Saga which tells of Bris trip out west where she basically got drunk, did a whole bunch of drugs and had a couple crushes, but its a whole Hell of a lot more interesting than I make it sound (though now that I think about it that sounds pretty interesting in and of itself, doesnt it?) Bri tells the story mostly through the journals she was keeping at the time and she occasionally includes an entry on how she feels now about what was going on then. Its a very well written and interesting read and it never veers too far into punk road trip clichés, which is a trap that a lot of zines of this sort can fall into. There is a lot of good, emotional writing in here, which is the key to any good personal zine. The only problem I had with this zine is that its too short- 20 half-size pages and as soon I was really starting to get into the story and what was happening...Bam! It ended. Since this is labeled Part 1 you know going in that youre only getting a small portion of the story, but it still ends a little too abruptly for me. But it did make me eager to know what happens next, so maybe thats a good thing. And this zine also boasts an excellent cover by Shawn Granton that I would be remiss in not mentioning. Send $1 and a stamp to Bri: 85 Scituate Ave., Scituate MA 02066 And Bri also does the very entertaining Puke zine that is full of vomit stories by various folks which is also $1 and a stamp and in addition to that she also runs Broken Distro which carries a bunch of cool zines and other stuff.
CHATTY PIG #3
On the inside front cover this zine is referred to as Trifling tales of grown up life and thats pretty much what this zine is...well, maybe not the trifling part, but Abby seems like a fairly normal well adjusted woman with a husband and a real job...it begs the question-what the Hell is she doing a zine for? I though only misfits were allowed to do zines...go figure, huh? anyhow, the highlight of this issue is Abbys look back at life on her 30th birthday including some sweet though somewhat sappy letters her parents wrote her when she was a baby, plenty of embarrassing photos, and excerpts from her childhood diary (including pearls of wisdom like I wish I could meet Rick Springfield well, dammit, dont we all?) complete with Abbys comments on it as an adult. The whole diary piece was interesting and funny and made me wish I kept a diary as a kid so I could rip of the concept. I also enjoyed her article I wish you hadnt said that which featured...well, things Abby wishes people hadnt said to her. There was also an article on womens magazines, which was interesting, but the accompanying collage of various headlines taken from such magazines was a bit much. Interesting at first, but she included a few too many pages of it...though I must admit, I never realized how warped these magazines were so it was interesting in that respect, there was just a little too much of it. This is a very enjoyable zine and well worth checking out. Send $2 or a trade to: Abby Koch PO Box 06311, Chicago IL 60606 Chattypig@yahoo.com
Here are a couple short reviews. Some are zines Davida sent me that I didnt think needed full reviews for one reason or another, some are zines I liked but just dont have a lot to say about
MODERN INDUSTRY- FUTURISTA VOLS. 1 + 2
Great comics anthology of various small press cartoonists views on the future. Wouldve written a full review, but to tell the damn truth every single review Ive ever read of any comics anthology has been exactly the same- some great stuff, a ton of good stuff, a few duds...you all know the score. Throw in a few names- vol. 1 features Ben Catmull, Jesse Reklaw, Lark Pien, Sarah Oleksyk. Vol. 2 features Billy McKay, Bruce Orr, Androo Robinson, Chris Larson, Mike Tolento, Sean Granton and of course the average reader has no idea who most of these people are so it ends up being a waste of space. See, this review may be boring, but this anthology is pretty damn good - each volume is $4 and the 2 volumes together are worth $8 but if youre cheap/broke Id go for vol. 2. Send your $ to: Shawn Granton 3719 Hawthorne Blvd #243, Portland OR 97214 Shawntfr@hotmail.com
INNER SWINE VOL. 7 ISSUE 1
Davida sent me this one, but I didnt give it a full review because this issue features an excerpt of a letter of mine and...I dunno. Didnt seem kosher to give it a full review. But its a damn fine zine. send $2 or a trade to: Jeff Somers PO Box 3024, Hoboken NJ 07030 email@example.com; www.innerswine.com
THE FALLING CONTEST- A Ped Xing comic
Another one Davida sent me. I love Androos comics. The stories are always good, the art is always beautiful, but it just seems to me that Davida reviews at least one of his comics in every issue of XEROGRAPHY DEBT. Not sure Androo really needs any exposure in here, but you could do a lot worse than sending a couple bucks to: Androo Robinson 2000 NE 42nd Ave. #302 Portland, OR 97213
And by the way, THE FALLING CONTEST is good, but so far Androos best comic has been JUG. But like I said, just send Androo a few bucks, say send me a few comics and you wont be disappointed.
CONTESSAS TOME #6
Davida sent me this one as well and its the same as Androo - DB gets a ton of well deserved exposure in here for both CONTESSAS TOME AND SKUNKS LIFE and Im not sure I can say anything about his zines that Davida hasnt said already. But this issue tells the too interesting to be made up story of DD Palmer, the first ever chiropractor. Very interesting and if you arent careful you might actually learn something. Send $2 to: DB Pedlar 25727 Cherry Hill Rd., Cambridge Springs, PA 16403 firstname.lastname@example.org
I mention this zine simply because its a zine about biking but for some unexplained reason it features a centerfold of some (not very attractive) naked dude. Not sure what the purpose is, but the guy is on a bike so I guess that makes it appropriate for a bike zine. Who the Hell knows, but this is a fun zine and worth reading whether youre into bike riding or not. Mature readers should send $2 to: Ghostride 69 Berkeley St., Sommerville, MA 02413 Skunk@skul.org; www.skul.org/ghostride
So I thought I was done with my reviews, but then Davida e-mails me and tells me that she plans on doing an expanded issue to make up for the long gap between this issue and the last one. I said sure, but then the problem arose of what exactly to review. Then I came up with a gimmick- classic zine reviews. The following are older zines that I love for whatever reason and feel the need to tell the world about.
Cometbus is something of a legendary zine and to be quite honest I dont get it. I think Aaron Cometbus is a talented writer, but I dont think hes the most talented writer in all of zines. There are others with more talent and still others who dont have his talent but do more with the talent they do have. Now Cometbus has been going on for about 50 issues now, so obviously some people are loving it and yes, Aaron deserves a ton of respect for what hes done- I believe hes is the originator of a lot of the zine clichés we are all sick off... not that clichés are good, but to invent a cliché means you did something that a lot of people want to copy and damned if that isnt impressive. But as much as I respect Cometbus, most of the issues I read have been over long and under interesting... until I read #42. With this issue Cometbus finally lives up to its considerable hype and delivers an issue that is funny, touching and extremely well written... a lot of times you hear people say that something is very well written for a zine Well, this issue of Cometbus is extremely well written for anything, for any writer on any level this is a great piece of work. Im not sure why this issue clicked with me in a way that no other issue has, but it really did. Recommended to anyone who likes good writing. Send $3 to: BBT PO Box 4279 Berkeley CA 94704
SHOUTING AT THE POSTMAN #12
For this issue only Ken changes the title to Fist Fucking the Postman and declares it the Offensive issue. S@TP is always an enjoyable read, but this issue really tickled my fancy. The idea behind this issue is that people nowadays are just too easily offended so we should set aside the month of Nov. to be National Offend Everyone month and he decided to do a zine that would just be as offensive as possible. I really like this idea... this issue was published in 1995 and sadly, people are a lot more easily offended now than they were then... especially zinesters...if ever a group needed a good offending, its zinesters... maybe Ill try to talk Ken into doing a new offensive issue. Because dammit, we need it now more than ever. Send a stamp to: Ken B. Miller PO Box 101 Newtown PA 18940-0101 Kenbmiller@aol.com; members.aol.com/satpostman
THE IMP #2
So have you ever seen those Jack T Chick tracts? Those little religious comics that people frequently hand you in the street? Theyre pretty insane and the fellow who creates them is one Jack T Chick. Now religion is pretty nutty in the first place, lets face it, but ol Jack takes it to a whole new level. From what I can gather, in Jacks world the only people who arent going to Hell... well, I think Jack is the only one whos safe. Anyhow, this zine is an examination of these tracts and the oddball theories contained within. Its a fascinating glimpse into the world of Jack T Chick... and as odd as the guy is and as bizarre as his theories are, youve got to admire the guy for being dedicated to his cause. This zine is a must read if youve ever seen any of Jack T Chicks tracts and still worth reading even if you havent. Send $5 ($5?! Yes, but its worth it. Trust me. ) to Dan Raeburn 1454 W Summerdale 2C, Chicago, IL 60640
Too new to be a classic, but I truly love the URBAN HERMITT and issue 11 is the best and funniest issue yet and I just wanted to mention it. Send $2 or a trade to Sarah ODonnell 1122 E Pike #910 Seattle WA 98122
Donny Smith (Dwan)
ACE HERBERTS JOURNAL (JUNE 2001)
free if you have Internet access
Romperace / Ace Herbert
inside: His diary. Stories of being a transperson and a womens studies major. Thoughts on femmephobia among gay men.
quote: anyway. queen latifah is on, and she has a boner for a hott cop who is getting a make over.
overall: Too soon to tell.
BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED
$3 (U.S. addresses), $4 (non-U.S.)
Richard Freeman, 513 North Central Ave, Fairborn OH 45324 USA
note: This is a new mailing address!
inside: Discussions of porn.
CUL-DE-SAC #6 THE RECREATION ISSUE (FEBRUARY 2001)
Liz Saidel & Julie Halpern, PO Box 6074, Buffalo Grove IL 60089-6074 USA
inside: The article titles sum it up pretty well: Requiem for Plaza Verde (even though its not dead yet). Andy, the dick-licking dog. Car accidents that were my fault. All Girl Scouts go to hell. Forensics expert. Bagel bitch. Penile painter. Starbucks tastes like ass. People my parents would have stay with us when they went out of town. I went to Denmark all I got was this lousy bastard sword. Audience participation, and I dont mean that stupid clap your hands crap. Luv and fish eyes. Check my butt.
quote: I YAM A PAPER AEROPLANE OF LURVE AND I BRING YOU OUTA TIME GUITAR PYROTECHNICS OF THE 3RD KIND!!
overall: I wish they were my friends.
$2 (cash only), free to prisoners
Donny Smith, Box 411, Swarthmore PA 19081 USA
note: This is my zine!
FACTURA NO PAGADA #6 (NO DATE)
$1 or trade
Lissette Orellana, HC-02 Box 4788, Guayama PR 00784 USA
on the cover: Dogs play in a rock band called Were Dead.
inside: Badly drawn cartoons.
quote: PARA de dibujar tanto la A[NARQUIA] y empieza a VIVIRLA[NARQUIA] (Stop DRAWING A[NARCHY] so much and start LIVING it).
overall: Refreshingly poetic.
FOLDED MEMORIES VOLUME III: THE COSMOLOGY OF THE BABYNOUS CULT (March 28, 2001)
no price ($2?)
The Babynous Cult, 110 1/2 State Ave, Bremerton WA 98337-1241 USA
on the cover: Star-nosed mole, with a close-up of the nose and a star-shaped machine part for comparison. Inside the cover, Library of Congress subject headings.
inside: Snapshots of family, friends, pets, and coworkers, with allusive, nostalgic, snide, philosophic, and personal captions.
quote: She seemed to have only two or three modes of behaviour. / One was endlessly smoking cigarettes / & filling in crossword puzzle magazines. / Another was screaming hysterically. / Between these two dominant activities, there were / innumerable fuzzy states which usually incorporated / ingredients of the other two. // i now loath both crossword puzzles & smoking, / which i think are the stupidest human endeavors, / except for all the others.
LIBRARY BONNET 4 (2001)
$2 (cash only)
Tommy & Julie, 1315-I N Tustin #259, Orange CA 92867 USA
on the cover: Cute bunny, meat cleaver, hot dog sticker, and the maddening One-half of the errors (is, are) unnecessary. inside: Julies thoughts on ponies, catties, short pants, and Sandy Duncan. Tommys story of censorship at his library (itll get you angry). Julies secret places in her library. Tommy musings on A car crash. A granny. An exposed penis and balls. A mysterious pot of chicken. Interviews with Pansy Division and a band I never heard of. Poems. Song lyrics. Hilariously cute cartoons.
quote: I still dont know how to do very many things on my computer. I figured out how to put a box around text today and felt like Marie Curie discovering penicillin.
overall: Theyre such cute librarians! How could I not love them?
my confession: I bought this at Tower Records. I rarely go into Tower, let alone buy anything there (evil, evil corporations). But I had a half hour to kill and there it was.
MICHAELS JOURNAL PAGEA GAY TEENS PERSONAL PAGE (MAY 2001)
free if you have Internet access
inside: Its Winson diary. His friends, his job, his classes at the Rochester Institute of Technology, his video projects. Strangely, even though hes not a Christian, his personal struggles with Christian fundamentalist teachings on gayness (those bastards got to mess with everyone).
quote: But anyways, not to sound like a total sissy, total wuss, total faggot about the roller coaster, Im just saying I am scared of Roller Coasters with my life (ironic eh?)
overall: So open, so funny, so fragile. Makes me want to be his uncle or big brother or something. Youll want to go back and read all the back issues.
WATCH THE CLOSING DOORS 14 (2001)
$10 for 4 issues (cash preferred)
Fred Argoff, 1800 Ocean Parkway #B-12, Brooklyn NY 11223-3037
on the cover: Photo of a New York subway sign.
inside: Meticulous descriptions of subway rides. Histories of subway lines. Photos of subways and related architecture. A kind of archeology of subway signage.
overall: Why have I avoided this zine for so long? Just the right mix of obsession and documentation. Exactly what I want from a zine.
how this zine invaded my sleep: The night after I read it I dreamt I was in Manhattan, trying to get somewhere specific. But not sure where. In a tunnel under Times Square, heading to the cross-town shuttle, but couldnt walk fast enough. People kept bumping me from behind, pushing me forward along with the crowd, right into the train car.
We came out under Grand Central Station and the crowd started pushing me along again. But I knew there was somewhere I needed to go. Where were the signs? None of the staircases were marked. I finally chose one that the crowds were avoiding. It brought me up into a hotel restaurant. Beautiful nineteenth-century ambience, lace and white tablecloths.
I step out onto the street, into a scary, unfamiliar neighborhood. Walk to the corner, flag down a bus. Its a double-decker. From the top deck I can see all the things in New York you usually cant see. How everyone is keeping livestock on their roof, how the ocean goes right up into some peoples backyards, the fields of corn behind the rows of buildings.
WINSON SHUENS JOURNAL (JUNE 2001)
free if you have Internet access
inside: A much briefer continuation of Michaels Journal Page (see above).
quote: Im currently in Hong Kong being sick in this very very hot, humid and homophobic environment.. and how are you sweetie?
my confession: I printed this out. I just cant read things on a computer screen. Im very good at skimming a computer screen and highlighting, cutting, and pasting. But anything of any length I print out and read while Im riding the train or eating lunch or lying in bed. I know it goes against the whole concept of hypertext and its doubly environmentally damagingnot only killing trees with all the paper I use, but killing everything else with all the electricity used to keep all the server farms going that run the Internet, not to mention all the toxic waste generated by microchip factories, and all the Third World workers going blind manufacturing our computersbutbutI also printed out the other e-publications reviewed here.
Fred Argoff (Brooklyn! & Watch the Closing Doors)
RAMBLINGS--THAT IS TO SAY, INTRODUCTION
I used to work in the book publishing industry. Glamorous reputation, and always good for the Impressed Look from Audience. But slave labor nonetheless, save for the owners of the companies. Nowadays, however, I have a fascinating new job as a subway conductor with the New York City Transit Authority or, if you're wondering how I expect to relate this to zine reviews, I have kissed Corporate America and its demands goodbye. I believe more strongly than ever in zines and zinedom. And Davida must surely have a sixth sense about this, because the batch of zines she sent me for reviewing are all right in line with my feelings. People magazine be damned! Let's see what was in the overstuffed envelope this time...
So here's CLAMOR. Full sized, professionally published, and it wouldn't look out of place at all sitting there at your corner newsstand. What's going on here? Al, but the veneer of professionalism and corporate respectability disappears like bad air out of a just-opened window when you delve inside. This is a zinc, no question about it. Each and every one of the writers are people just like you and me--lots of them produce their own zines as well. They have something to say, and they say it. This particular issue, Number 8, is divided into departments called Places, People, Economics, Media, Sexuality & Relationships, Culture (I especially liked editor Jason Kucsma's piece, "Hopped Up on H2O"), and Politics. Quality production values? As we say here in Brooklyn where I live, fuhgeddaboudit! Subs are $18 for six issues or single copies for $4 from Become the Media (which you ought to do, anyway!), P.O. Box 1225, Bowling Green, OH 43402.
Just about at the opposite end of the spectrum from the zinc reviewed above is SKORCH--typed, cut & pasted ... hey, I love it! My favorite part of issue #2 was Katjusa's job-related rant, because let's face it, who among us hasn't screamed and yelled about some job(s) we've had. Probably working for a Boss from Hell, too. Anyway, the featured piece in this issue was a kind of diary of her year in Europe, which resulted in the surprising conclusion that she thinks of herself as an American. These things will happen, I suppose. My summation: one must hope that there will be more issues of SKORCH, because I want to see them! No price listed (I can never figure why anyone would do that), so probably a buck or two lands you a copy, from Katjusa Cisar, 1936 Commonwealth Ave., Madison, WI 53705-3932.
Right on the top of the first page, you see the title FOR THE CLERISY, and I bet you're wondering what kind of religious tract this is going to be, right? Wrong-o, kiddies! "Clerisy," if you don't happen to have a dictionary right at hand for cracking open, means people who read books for the sheer pleasure of it. People who actually read--what brand of subversive activity is this? It's the zine brand of subversive activity, and a highly recommended one it is, too. Craziness and lunacy seem to be carefully edited out, and what we're left with is still fascinating commentary on what's Out There, it's just that it happens to be expressed very well. And this issue, Vol. 8 #42, takes a sneak peek into the cheap laughs department with a selection of quotes from our current, unintentionally hilarious, and selected rather than elected President, Mr. Shrub himself. So go ahead, frighten your family and friends who probably don't know what the word means and join the clerisy today. Just $2 or trade from Brant Kresovich, P.O. Box 404, Getzville, NY 14068-0404.
Many is the time I've heard of a zinc called THE INNER SWINE, and now I can say I've read it, too. And not just any issue, but the special theme on depression. It was actually not depressing at all to read; one might go so far as to say, it was rather a hoot. Without question, Jeff and his cronies (who say they accept submissions, but do most of the writing anyway) write with a twinkle in the eye. How can you really, truly be depressed when you're titling stuff, "You Wouldn't Know Crazy if Charles Manson was Eating Fruit Loops on Your Front Porch," that's what I want to know. Plus, the Inner Swine Suicide Enabling System--which is a hilarious read, but you wouldn't have thought of it unless you had an inner swine in the first place. $2 (a frickin' bargain, as it rightly says on the cover) from Jeff Somers, 293 Griffith St. (#9), Jersey City, NJ 07307. Or, of course, you could really rack up the savings with a full subscription, $5 per year.
Someone once sent a mild criticism my way because I tend to write positive zine reviews. In reply, I said something like, yo, waddaya want me to do if I happen to like the material that comes my way? And for yet more stuff I happen to like, there's MUSEA, which both covers what's happening in the arts, and advises you not to trust anything glossy--generally good advice. #97 was a special issue on education, with a feature article asking the (basically unnecessary) question, Is There a Dunce Cap Big Enough to Fit Every School in America? You know you'll enjoy reading that! Then, #98 returns to the usual, including the contest and ways to win Free Cash. There is an art revolution going on, you know, and one of the ways you can get involved is to start thinking. This zinc will give you a kick start in case. you need one. And the choice is yours: free sample issue, $6 for 6 months, or $10 for one year. Art S. Revolutionary, 4000 Hawthorne (#5), Dallas, TX 75219.
Finally out of me this time, there's SLUGFEST LTD., The International Zine of New Voices. That pretty much tells you what to expect, with editors as well as contributors from an impressive variety of nations around the world. Whether or not you're going to like this zine depends mostly on how you like your contents. If, let's say, you insist on everything revolving around a particular subject, then just say thanks but no thanks. If the thought of poetry--ANY poetry, even just a tiny little haiku--causes you to break out in a sweat, then the less said, the better. But if you're curious to see how our fellow planet dwellers are expressing themselves, you might want to check out a copy. You might even find yourself inspired to send in some of your own scribblings--hard to imagine, I know, but then, you can never tell when inspiration will strike. A sample copy of this full-sized zine is $5.50 from SlugFest Ltd., P.O. Box 1238, Simpsonville, SC 29681-1238. (See? This just proves my point about never being able to tell: when someone mentions South Carolina, you don't immediately think of an international litzine, do you? But here it is!)
William P. Tandy (Eight-Stone Press)
THE FISH THAT WALKS LIKE A MAN
I have been placed under arrest on a charge that has no name.
But youll have to wait for the rest of that story, because, right now, its time for lunch.
Its this sort of attention - equal time, as it were - to the Details, large and small, that keeps me corresponding with Eric Lyden. The smallest facial creases that belie which muscles, and expressions, are used most often. An obvious change in the weather or a favorite soft drink. The corroded heart of reasoning, no matter how heinous or beautiful. Camus at 7-11, where he lays his money on the counter just the same, whether he likes it or not.
Mr. Lyden readily holds the mirror before the crowd, but unlike many others that are all-too-willing to try the same, he does so from within the heart of the Swarming Menace, revealing, in the process, his own reflection as well. He is the fish that walks like a man, moving constantly, desperately, just to be able to breathe, because to stop means death. Most impressive, indeed, from the man that taught me All I Know about the WCW.
True, hes not the only such face in that crowd, but I havent known of many others. Paul, an old friend of mine, is the only person that leaps to mind. And it was of Paul that I was reminded upon reading that first letter from Mr. Lyden.
Ah, yes, Paul.
The phone rang.
His voice was calm but severe.
Whats the matter?
Well, he said. I just got back to my room. I was down the hall taking a shower, just standing there, thinking about work and life and things in general, and thats when it hit me.
Christ, I thought, a communal bathroom. What a place to have an epiphany.
But it sounded serious. Life-altering, even.
What the hell happened?
I looked down, he said, and thats when it dawned on me: Im not even breaking a fucking inch! It was damned cold in there.
Thats fucking great, Paul, I thought. Thanks for the insight.
But even Freud took care to point out that, despite all else, a cigar is still, sometimes, just that and nothing more.
Which is an important thing to remember, because theres a fuck of a lot in the world that is what it is, and just as much that is that and then some. And Mr. Lyden, the FISH WITH LEGS, precariously straddles that chasm, moving, swimming, walking, evolving
Trying to breathe.
$1+stamp/trade; Eric Lyden, 224 Moraine St., Brockton, MA 02301; Ericfishlegs@aol.com
Kate Haas (Miranda)
It turns you into a sleep-deprived zombie, makes you question your sanity, impairs the powers of correspondence, and sends you careening through the extremes of exhilaration and despair. At the same time, you get to go to work in your pajamas, and are afforded endless opportunities to act as silly as you want, all in front of an adoring audience. Ah, parenthood! But most babies do take naps (eventually), and in these all-too-brief respites from the fray, the zine-reading parent (or anyone, for that matter) may wish to peruse one of the following.
THE EAST VILLAGE INKY
122 Dean St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
#9 By far my favorite parenting publication, and easily one of the best zines Ive read, Ayuns accounts of life with her daughter Inky (and recent addition Milo), copiously illustrated with hilarious cartoons, kick butt over most parenting literature. Ayuns vignettes capture the turbulence and humor of life with kids, without being at all cutesy. A recent issue (#9) featured a description of the logistics involved in leaving the house with a toddler and infant, and a list of the evil characteristics of her occasional alter-ego, Bitch Mother (#15: breaking the golden rule right and left; #1: frumpy old clothes which she hates; #16: pinched and humorless). The issues highlight was the account of the birth of Milo (And then, boy howdy, Ive never been so happy to feel like acid has been splashed on my genitals because you know what that means! A head! A big one like his mothers!). The East Village Inky is a revitalizing read for this mama. It reminds me that despite chaos, fatigue, and getting peed on regularly, parenthood really is exciting, adventurous and HIP! (There is a more recent issue, but it was last seen within reach of Mr. Baby, and is probably in shreds by now.)
#12 By far my favorite publication relating to parenthood, and easily one of the best zines Ive read, Ayuns accounts of life with her daughter Inky - routinely portrayed in a "f#@* all yall" t-shirt - and recent addition Milo, copiously illustrated with hilarious cartoons, kick butt over most "parenting" literature. Ayuns vignettes capture the turbulence and humor of life with kids, without falling victim to the dreaded Cutesy Syndrome. The latest issue offers a travelogue of Brooklyn spots, instructions for making a zine, and confessions of a sporadic housekeeper, ("I tried to honor my home by flicking lavendar scented water frankly, my home was too gross to enjoy the ritual"). Plus video and zine reviews, and a wonderful drawing of Ayun shampooing her two kids while singing, "Glow Little Glowworm." The East Village Inky is a revitalizing read for this mama. It reminds me that despite chaos, fatigue, and getting peed on regularly, parenthood really can be exciting, adventurous and HIP!
HIP MAMA #24
P.O. Box 12525, Portland OR 97212
Hip Mama, The Parenting Zine is a reader-written zine containing an eclectic assortment of articles, poetry, music reviews and advice. Its feminist, progressive, indignant, funny, and supportive of moms outside the mainstream of motherhood, especially teen moms (Ariel Gore, the editor/publisher was one, so she knows). This issues got a memoir of growing up in the Unification Church (sad and scary) music reviews (Ida, the Dolly Ranchers, Jai Agnish, Giant Sand), and an article about a bunch of folks in Portland who get together to sing union songs (sign me up!). Theres also words of wisdom on raising daughters (We fear they will say something about us that we cant bear to hear.), and a profile of the Hip Mama of the Year, a coordinator for a food bank. My favorite in this issue was a piece ripping into the recent ad campaign to prevent teen pregnancy, which features pictures of teen with words like cheap, reject and dirty. Just what a pregnant teen needs to hear. HM can contain somewhat froofy stuff, represented this time by the nearly incomprehensible ramblings of a woman who apparently wants welfare mothers to move to Hawaii and live with the whales and dolphins [who] bear witness to and dance to our aspirations of love. But on the whole, this zine is well worth the money and its arrival gladdens the stressed-out souls of mamas everywhere.
10 THINGS JESUS WANTS YOU TO KNOW
8315 Lake City Way NE, PMB 192, Seattle WA 98115
10 Things focuses on the punk-underground-hardcore community, and is not a zine about parenting. However, in an issue that came out in 99 (and was reprinted in The Zine Yearbook), editor Dan Halligan decided to interview a bunch of punk parents, to find out how they managed to work, raise and support a kid, and still have any time left for punk and hardcore in their lives. The result, I Cant Believe I Have Punk Rock Parents! is a most insightful set of interviews. I have no connection at all to this community, yet I was struck by how universal the concerns and joys of parenthood are. When one of the parents laments that there are no playrooms in places where bands play, and another rhapsodizes about the sight of her kids cute little naked butt running around the house, I knew exactly how they felt. The interviews touch on religion, birth, breastfeeding, music, and the philosophical reasons for having children. Although not all three-year-olds necessarily enjoy dancing to the Misfits and Bikini Kill, every person striving to stay true to their values and raise up kids at the same time (or considering it) will find common ground with these punk rock parents.
EAT YER HEART OUT, MARTHA #2
316 S. Willard Ave., Hampton, VA 23663
Subtitled, "A journal of poetic terrorism, radical motherhood, and practical autonomy," Eat Yer Heart Out, Martha deals with "parenting, sustainable living, independent health care and mental health". I really enjoyed this zine, which is a nifty combination of passionately personal writing and instructions for cool DIY projects. Candyce tells why and how she homeschools her eight-year-old son, describes her struggle with manic depression and the doctors who sought to "treat" her, and explains various methods of natural birth-control. She gives advice on growing plants from grocery store items (sweet potatoes, beans, limes and the like), and tells you how to make such items of homemade fashion as a duct tape belt, soap, hand-dipped candles, and a skirt from a pillowcase. Candyce is an articulate and powerful writer; she comes accross as the kind of person youd want to live next door to, so that you could do neat projects together, while hashing out the most complex issues of life.
Violet Jones (Spunk)
There are many walls around us in the world today; all of them are barriers we could do without. Who built these walls? What holds them up? These are questions which I would have answers for, but there are walls around the answers, too. There are two ways to look at the underground press. Most people see it as a dried up, empty stream, with a damp spot or a trickle in places. Look further up along its course-- there you will find a wall, a mighty wall, an official, almighty WALL. This wall is, in fact, a dam, and behind it lies a vast and sparkling reservoir-- the world of zines.
Once I tapped this reservoir in earnest, I was awash in fresh and vigorous ideas. At the moment, I am completely inundated; there is no way to stop the incoming rush now-- not that I'd care to. My empty stream runs deep and swift once more. The walls that kept my world so dry have buckled, and fallen! This is what a truly FREE press can do for people: it lets us see the world for what it truly is, not what it gets paid to look like. To me, zines (on PAPER) are the wellspring of free thought amid the tempestuous, overwhelming, and ultimately undrinkable sea of "mainstream" mantra and. dogma.
This is not to say that having to SWIM all the time is just fun and laughs and squirting water. As I said before, I am inundated, flooded, SWAMPED with zines at the moment, I mean hundreds of them, and so a certain review-burnout is taking hold of me. I think the main problem with reviewing zines is that a zine is above all meant to be read, not just read about. This is always in the back of my mind when I am reading a zine I enjoy, and want to share with others.
It is so much better to just put the zine into another person's HANDS, and let them review it for themselves. Well, dear reader, I am not beside you now, though I'd like to think that is your sigh I hear so gently sounded by my cheek. All I can really give you is the next best thing-- a glimpse of the strange and beautiful fish in the zine-stream at the moment, written as I sit up on its bank and rest my limbs for a spell. From where I sit so contemplative and melancholy, I can see clear down to the river bottom; and among the countless living things I see, these are the ones whose colors shine brightest as they pass me by:
1800 Ocean Pkwy. #B-12 Brooklyn, NY 11223
($2/trade; 24 pp. digest)
Charming, detailed, endearing zine all about Fred's beloved hometown. Filled with gorgeous photos taken by Fred. Theme issue: abandoned buildings. Inspired!
BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED, May 2001
Richard Freeman 513 N. Central Ave. Fairborn, OH 45324
($3 US/$4 WORLD; 12 pp. newsletter)
Top-shelf zine about sex and the sex "industry." Intelligent, enlightened, often humorous. All-text. Classy and raunchy at the same time.
Kyle Bravo PO BOX 14523 Richmond, VA 23221
($2-$3/donation; 112 pp. digest)
Massive and diverse compilation of DIY tips from zines. Includes making wine, vegan photo-developing, g-spot tips, car maintenance, human-hair paintbrushes, and on and on. A keeper; a bargain!
Sean Stewart 2216 Terrace Way Columbia, SC 29205
($2 US/$3 WORLD; 28 pp. digest)
Read-in-one-sitting personal narratives palmetto bugs, working shit-jobs with a college degree in pocket; getting married the simple way, defeating alcoholism, hating the telephone. Excellent conversational writing.
Karl Thomsen POBOX 2061 Winnipeg, MB R3C-3R4 **CANADA
($4; 40 pp. full-size PLUS 20 pp. half-legal)
"Beyond Words 2s Underground Wordless Comic Chaos." Packed with superb comic art, collected from around the world. No words. Burst its seams with fantastic artwork-- 20-page supplement is included to display the spillover. A magnificent DIY publishing achievement.
KING-CAT C0MICS #59
John Porcellino POBOX 881 Elgin, IL 60121
($2; 32 pp. digest)
Eye-pleasing, accomplished line-drawings about a young man's life. Earthy and sweet.
SHOUTING AT THE POSTMAN #45
Ken Miller POBOX 101 Newtown, PA 18940
($1/trade; 12 pp. digest)
"Weekend in Hell." Visit a friend who lives in unbelievably trashy circumstances feel deep sadness for her troubled son, a lovable and sorely neglected boy of 8. Also: the usual extensive list of active, up-to-date mail-art contacts.
John Johnson POBOX 8145 Reno, NV 89507
($3; 68 pp. digest)
Lucid, interesting, hopeful essays about living life without telling others what to do. News from the wire services you don't see in the newspapers (Johnson works for a paper). Matter-of-fact style-- truthful, candid, understanding. Thoroughly engrossing and enriching.
Davida Gypsy Breier (Leeking Ink & The Glovebox Chronicles)
Due to the gap between issues I had a teeming box of stuff to review. If your zine isnt reviewed below it is possible I set it aside for the next issue. Im sorry the reviews are shorter and blunter than usual. I debated with quality over quality, but decided that all the zines listed below had value and to include as many as possible.
Zines that Stand Out from the Rest
CHASING SNAKES IN CHARM CITY
An Eight-Stone Press Publication
I should have sent a copy of this out to another reviewer, but I forgot to, thus you get the most biased review in this whole issue. He is gifted with the ability to create dialog that throws you into the settings he paints. Chasing Snakes in Charm City is a tale told of St. Patricks Day Baltimore style. Recommended.
William P. Tandy
PO Box 963, Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Ok, technically Cali doesnt have a new paper version of any of his publications available, but his website is really worth your time. He is putting all sorts of new content online. Check out www.diacritica.com if you want first hand accounts of what is really going on in the world; CNN is too busy saluting the cascade of a few megatons of western technology on Kabul to notice (and probably wouldn't care anyway), but war has broken out in the Georgian breakaway province of Abkhazia, and there's a very real possibility that Moscow may be pulled into the conflict.
His is moving soon, so check the website for a new address: www.diacritica.com
If you like poetry, youll love Dwan. If you enjoy the revelations of letters and journals, this is for you. A favorite since I got hooked on this zine stuff. (Im currently reading #31 and it is fantastic!)
$2 (free to prisoners)
PO Box 411, Swarthmore, PA 19081
THE FALLING CONTEST
A Ped Xing Comic
The Falling Contest is Androos broken-fingered, split-lipped, scraped-kneed, busted-nosed, front-teeth-knocked-out valentine to sisters and brothers everywhere. The art and story are beautiful, as always. He also has a new mini-mini, Satan Scores a Babe, which is more perverse than his usual fare. Send this man money now before he gets all famous and isnt as easily swayed by dollar bills in the mail!
A buck for each, send a SASE for a catalog.
2000 NE 42nd Ave. #302 Portland, OR 97213
FARM PULP #S 37, 40, 41
#37 Millenial Dinner Music
#40 Fringe Element
#41 The Birthplace of Aviation
Each time I read an issue of Farm Pulp, I am reminded that some of the finest modern writers are not limited to bookstore shelves, and are, in fact, among us. I look forward to reading a new Farm Pulp in the same way I look forward to reading a new Tom Robbins or Kurt Vonnegut book. There is something about Gregorys writing style that greatly appeals to me. Oh, and the design part deserves equal merit. Recommended.
Issue #41 is $5, back issues are $3.
PO Box 2151, Seattle, WA 98111
FOR THE CLERISY VOL 8, #43 (JUNE 2001)
Stern Words for Readers
Brants deceptively simply format for talking about books and things that interest him is quite engaging. This one covers work issues, Charles Manson, humiliation, the Stanford Prison Experiment, the Byzantine Empire, and the 8th World Wide Party. Also include are letters and Brants responses. If you read for personal enjoyment, youll probably like this.
PO Box 404, Getzville, NY 14068
HAVE YOU SEEN THE DOG LATELY?
Throbbing Orange issue from June 2001
I love The Dog. It is a smart look at nonsense. The ladies will fill your head with circus peanuts, tests for sexual attraction, bad candy, mind maps, surrealist games for slumber parties, The Beats, the definition of yobs, Auntie Mame, and Rizzo. Fun!
Jenny & Serena Makofsky and Megan
465 38th St.
Oakland, CA 94609
A source for practical and inspirational DIY guides to actively pursuing more independent, self-sufficient and empowering lifestyles. This thick zine covers everything from making a woodstove to how to play a guitar to wine and puppet making and toilet repair. Contributions and reprints come from all over zinedom. Cool collection of ideas and suggestions.
PO Box 14523, Richmond, VA 23221
THE INNER SWINE
Ya know, it is sort of irritating how Jeff manages to fill 60 pages every other month, do it well, and make it appear so effortless. Christ, if he didnt drink so much hed probably escalate to 150 pages a month then again if he didnt drink so much, there probably wouldnt be the same fuel to his fire. Anyhow, each issue is packed full of his commentary on life, really good fiction (which makes it easy to see why he has also recently published a book), and more to round out the bulging issues. Very worth your time.
PO Box 3024, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Dave has been on a hiatus from zine publishing for the last few years, but he is back with a new (relatively) personal zine. This lovely publication is an ode to all things geeky! As he says in the introduction it is a zine for and about geeks, geek culture, geek topics, geek issues, etc. He introduces us to some of his favorite geeky things, such as the Apollo Guidance Computer, Unix vs. Mac, software reviews, website architecture, audio-gear, favorite movies, books, tv shows, and albums. Ive known Dave for years, but I learned a lot about him I didnt know reading this. The design, complete with spiral binding and color cover on colored cardstock, is beautiful.
c/o Leeking Inc.
PO Box 963, Havre de Grace, MD 21078
ON SUBBING # 2
Dave does an excellent job revealing pieces of his life, beliefs, and character while documenting his often torturous position as a special education substitution education assistant. His writing is honest, with a dead-pan style, I experienced two firsts: my first toileting duties (I had to help a kid take off his overalls and diaper, get on the toilet, then dress again), and my first kick in the testicles. She didnt mean to, but she didnt particularly care that she did.
5415 N. Albina #314, Portland, OR 97217
PSYCHO.MOTO ZINE #14
Emergency Room Stories
I started reading this and couldnt put it down. PMZ is a collection of stories, urban legends, and 100% true events. We are attempting to document obscure modern folklore. History isnt simply made up of big events covered by CNN. And thus you get a painful taste of what life is like in the emergency room. The stories are wild and generally well-written. Not for the squeamish, but then again, lifes not for the squeamish. St. Marks Operation on the back cover is a riot. Excellent, fun-to-read layout. Recommended.
$1 via post/free elsewhere
PO Box 20223, New York, NY 10009
QUESTION EVERYTHING, CHALLENGE EVERYTHING V6N1, #13
This is the Fifth Anniversary Issue. Speaking of which, I think any zine publisher that sticks around for 5 years should get a plaque or free stamps or something. Larry evaluates QECEs success, and covers the tactics of right-to-lifers on college campuses, patriotism, World Car-Free Day, the addictive behavior of Americans, voting, Labor Day, and Larrys anniversary trip to Cape Cod. His essay about Conflict Diamonds was especially interesting. As much as I knew about jewelry, I never thought of how diamonds fund wars. I read this right after Sept. 11th, and despite having been written in the months prior, the topics and tone were quite timely.
406 Main St. #3C, Collegeville, PA 19426
SLUDGE POND #8 (AGAIN, SORT OF)
It has been a couple of years between issues of this zine, but it was worth the wait. There was always a certain tone in Sludge Pond that I liked, a sweetness, and this issue is no different. She has graduated college and has been working as a childrens librarian. And example of the true nature of her job is revealed, Just so you know, the girl says, I got sick and threw up in that book, but my mom cleaned it off real good, so now you cant even tell. It doesnt even smell! Go ahead, sniff! This is a particularly good example of the per-zine where you finish the last page feeling like you have spent time with a person, not just their words.
PO Box 356, Hatfield, PA 19440
Violet shows us what is possible when you have boundless faith in independent media, a sharp design sense, interesting ideas, and a superb silkscreen set-up. I was wowed by the last issue, but this one goes even further. This limited edition of 400 was all handwritten and silkscreened and bound by hand on brown kraft paper. Violet introduces us the latest batch of zines chosen for burial in a time capsule in Joshua Tree, CA. Also included in the issue is Think for Yourself, an essay by Hugh Mansfield, an article on the governments attempt at species control, detailed instructions on How to Print with Silkscreen, dialogs with readers, and zine reviews. This is well-worth your time and $.
Violet says it is free, but sending at least $3 would be the right thing to do.
PO Box 55336, Hayward, CA 94545
Dont get excited, there isnt a new issue or anything, I just happened to pick up a few early issues of this zine at Atomic Books and was reminded just how good Thrift Score was. If youve never read Thrift Score and you like to thrift, get a few copies, youll be glad you did. Order directly from Al Hoff or from Atomic Books (see page 41).
PO Box 90282, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
ANYWHERE BY HERE #3
Catlin took me to task about my review of Anywhere but Here in the last issue. I admit it wasnt a fair review, but much of what she presented was a defensive view of being a teenage sex worker. I didnt know how to write a review covering that. In her latest issue she presents a more rounded examination of her life and experiences. She discusses crushes, childhood fears, sexual experiences in high school, sleeping in libraries, and friends.
PMB 143, 603 W. 13th St., #1A, Austin, TX 78701-1795
This is a thin, inexplicable collection of essays. There are romantic meetings in the library, sheets assigned to sex work and sheet assigned for sleeping, finding the name Woodruff on a grave, and Port Authority. Fact? Fiction? Regardless, the writing is interesting.
148 Park Pl., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
CRAIG KINGSBURY TALKIN #8
This is a good idea for a zine take someone old enough to have endless stories and a capable editor and youve got Craig Kingsbury Talkin. Kristy, Craigs daughter, collects his stories, as well as those of his friends. In this issue Doug Dias offers stories about Craig.
RR1, Box 592
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
The Recreation Issue
This zine gets credit for making me laugh and snicker all by myself in the middle of Penn Station. They fondly reflect upon their strip mall of youth, bagels, attempts to buy Girl Scout outfits for costumes, people who watched them when they were kids, and a Chris Knox show.
The passage that caused the uncontrolled snickers:
That night Scamp [a fat Chihuahua] wore a plaid, Christmas cape and was perched on a pillow on his mothers lap in the car.
At Arthurs grandparents house lives a freaky, perverted poodle named Andy. As Scamp entered the house, Andy followed him around, bouncing off all the nearby furniture, just to get a good shot at Scamps dick. Andy couldnt get enough of Scamps dick.
Julies account of unwittingly ending up in a forest in Denmark at a Dungeons and Dragons event surrounded by large Danish men and equally large slugs was also side-splittingly funny. Recommended.
Liz Saidel and Julie Halpern
PO Box 6074, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
THE EXPLODING GIRL #1
In this debut issue, Jessica theorizes that Marylands high cancer rate is correspondent with the local obsession of devouring blue crabs. She and her friend Ashley were extras in Cecil B, Demented. I think that article was a tad short, but then again I milked the Homicide thing for as many issues as I could. Scary dating stories, poetry, and local color. Good first issue.
401 Gristmill Xing, Severna Park, MD 21146-2321
Forty-Two shares Marks interests, which include exploring his new neighborhood, mass transit, baseball, pirate radio, and APAs. There is a conversational rambling to his stories. He offers readers letters and responses similar to For the Clerisy.
2100 W. Commonwealth #238, Fullerton, CA 92833
IN MY ROOM #3
As I passed through Bellingham, WA this summer, I went on a local tour with Karlos (Throwrug). A girl walked up to us and gave us copies of her freshly printed zine. This is the type of zine utopia he lives in. Anyhow, a few weeks after I got home I was able to sit down and read In My Room. I dont generally throw the word sweet around, but it is the one adjective I keep coming back to regarding this zine. Serene is a recent graduate who works as a dishwasher, gets crushes, travels to New York, gets mistaken for a boy, enjoys post-structuralism, and goes to shows. She adapts a college presentation on Eminem and racial identity for the zine. Very approachable per-zine.
No price listed ?$1-2
914 North Garden, Bellingham, WA 98225
LIME #6 & #7
This zine has been around since 1996. It is mostly autobiographical, with a scrapbook feel. Some fiction, but mostly essay, dialog, and comics. Friendly.
6066 Shingle Creek Pkwy, #148, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
MENISCUS #S 1-4
These were fun issues that the old F5 would probably have described as medley. There are stories of a landlord and a hole in the roof, song lyrics, attending a Jerry Springer taping, fiction, and more. The introduction to his comic, The Blood of Christ (#4) is an interesting examination of being paid as an artist/writer. He quantifies joy by applying his daily wage to the hours he poured into the comic, then he asks several people how they would value the comic. He also takes us with him to Amsterdam. Meniscus is a fun read.
$2 #s 1-2
$3 #s 3-4
1573 N. Milwaukee Ave. PMB #464 Chicago, IL 60622
Miranda has been a favorite from the very first issue. This is the All Baby All the Time issue, as Kate has recently become a mother. She discusses her delivery and trying to name the baby, If we had gone by what he looked like, his birth certificate would now read, Red and Wrinkled Haas Barbarasch There were problems in the beginning because Simon wasnt thriving on breastmilk alone and Kate discusses her disappointment. He also became very ill with the flu and was hospitalized. Always stimulating, intelligent, and well-written.
3510 SE Alder St., Portland, OR 97214
PEDESTRIAN PARALLAX #1 (SUMMER 2001)
This mini-zine details Denises job working as a university telemarketer and her current job with the Womens Health Initiative. She also argues that Friday the 13th Part III is the ultimate horror film. Short, but a good introduction.
4800 University Dr. Apt 1-H, Durham, NC 27707
POWER DREAMS PART 1
Growing and Moving
While this zine follows a year in the life of student at Roland Park Day School, I was stunned to realize that the narrator was only 13. Hannah makes her life in Baltimore, the desire to get into the School for the Arts, and her subsequent move to New Jersey interesting to read. The raw, intensity of being young is captured in real-time. A Precocious and promising writer.
PO Box 1375, Princeton, NJ 08542
This zine covers the experiences and travels of Wylie starting with a trip to Active Resistance in 1998. Wylie drives cross-country to Toronto and leaves by way of freight train. The writing is sharp and engaging. There is a special place in hell for motorists who honk and give the thumbs up sign when passing hitchhikers. If you like decent travel writing, youll surely enjoy this, I know I did.
PO Box 540304, Houston, TX 77254-0304
REJECTED BAND NAMES #6
Jeriannes zines are always worthwhile. She delves further and further into her personal life. In this issue she updates us on her life in Berkeley. She also explains how she and David took a trip and opened the door to a relationship together. She has a pregnancy scare and goes to Planned Parenthood. Regular features include rejected band names and the stories behind them and deaths corner (all sorts of interesting death facts). Recommended.
NEW ADDRESS PO Box 330156, Murfreesboro, TN 37133-0156
RETAIL WHORE #3
This issue starts with The Paxil Diaries, Depression: Is the glass half empty or half full. Who the fuck cares about the glass? Paxil: Is the glass empty or half full? Either way, its cool. She gives an incomplete account of first kisses. Her customer complaint list is frightening. Restaurant reviews for half-hour lunch breaks, a pregnancy scare, Urinary Tract Reflections, and more round out the issue.
5741 N. Ridge Apt. 3NE, Chicago, IL 60660
A Corvid Revue Corvus Publication
Dave shoots and edits video segments for a regional news program. Dave had worked on storyboards for an action sequence that would have taken three cameras and 33 different takes from each camera. The segment was never produced, so he reprints the storyboards here. He also explains about other segments hes worked on and shares those storyboards.
NEW ADDRESS 2087 Pleasant Hill Rd., Pleasant Hills, CA 94523
SHOUTING AT THE POSTMAN #S 44 AND 45
#44 (Pecking Like the Postman) offers up the 7th Annual Cult Figure issue with Abraham Lincoln. Ken reprints artwork from dozens of contributors. #45 (Wallowing with the Postman) details Weekend in Hell or Marys Friends and Why I Hate Them, Part 2. Always a good read.
Stamps, 1 IRCs, or something cool in trade
PO Box 101, Newtown, PA 18940
Frances explores death in this issue. The experts say about serial killers, that once they get you in the car, youre a goner. Thats the way it is with Italians and grief. Once they get in griefs car and slam the door, they never come back in one piece. She offers sidebars on Ten Best Ways to Die, Ten Worse Ways to Die, and more. There are several contributors, as well as books Frances has read since the last issue and brief reviews. You can also Dial-a-Death with a hand rotary phone (remember those!) and address book. Her creative centerfolds deserve some sort if recognition.
Frances Biscotti PO Box 8782, Erie, PA 16505
At first I thought this was going to be another newsprint zine filled with cd reviews for bands I had never heard of. While there are several pages of music reviews, the rest of the issue offers a nice balance of essay, personal accounts, zine reviews, and fiction. Worth your time.
PO Box 68711, Virginia Beach, VA 23471
Teenage Stories and Lots More
This thick issue is Misuns look back at her teenage years. She reprints lots of photos of herself and her family. Her teen years spanned 1978-1985. She grew up in suburbia and faced racism (she is Korean-American), as well as the social stigmas of glasses, intelligence, hair that refused to feather, and a flat-chest. Readers respond to questions such as The first concert you went to There are sections on sign-language, hand-drawn fashions, and much more. Very full issue.
$3 + 4 stamps
NEW ADDRESS 101 Arbor St., SF, CA 94131
THAT GIRL #7
This is my favorite issue of That Girl yet. Kelli does a good job telling the story of going to Eastern Europe in 1996 to visit her father as he worked on the movie The Peacemaker. There is evidence of an older editor, but the fresh reactions of her experiences. These include interactions with George Clooney, the town hub K-mart, and traveling with her younger brother. Recommended.
PO box 27894, Los Angeles, CA 90027
It is obvious Sean put a lot of thought into this issue. Instead of the standard my job sucks! article, he explains when his job didnt suck and what happened to make it suck. He ties this into industry and social changes. He also worked as a cleaner and explains how he came to clean a mausoleum one night. He was diagnosed with scoliosis when he was 13, and at 20 he had to have surgery. He had been very insecure and embarrassed by the problem and is now able to talk about it. There are additional articles and all are interesting and well-written. Recommended.
2216 Terrace Way, Columbia, SC 29205
VERSION TWO POINT OH
Kelley is a 5th year college student studying photography. This issue delves into dreams, journal entries, dealing with jealousy, and more. There are also a few zine reviews.
Kelley J. White
1409 Mullins Drive, Plano, TX 75025
Each issue of this long-running zine is better than the last. In #10 we learn that Angela has finished school and is getting married. She has been with Bruce for nine years, and now that school is done, the red tape that was the problem has been removed. Shes had some bad job experiences and part three of Employment Hell is quite funny. Kittigrrrl contributes some helpful computer information in Geek Grrrls Unite! and Angela offers some pointers on buying a computer. Bruce contributes Drilling for Lies: More Oil Industry Hype, Kittigrrrl sounds off about the Confederate flag debate, and Angela offers up a personal view with several pages of The Journal.
NEW ADDRESS P.O. Box 1098, Grover Beach, CA 93483
ZEN BABY #8
Zen Baby is a cornucopia of cut and paste images and words. There are poems by Christopher and several other contributors. Christopher reports on the SF Anarchist Book Fair. There is also a review of Christophers neighborhood and the transcript of an anonymous message left on an answering machine. Vernon Maulsby, an incarcerated transsexual offers his take on the Bill Price issue. Somewhat scattered, but of all the issues of Zen Baby Ive read, this is the one that I felt I could connect with.
PO Box 1611, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Passions, Obsessions, and Politics
CASHIERS DU CINEMART
I feel really guilty about this I got several issues of Cashiers du Cinemart at the UPC last year. I put them on my to-read shelf, instead of the to-read stack, and accidentally forgot about them. If you love weird cinema, or just cinema in general, there is much to love about CdC.
PO Box 2401
Riverview, MI 48192-2401 USA
To Heed the Moronic Dictum
After a few pages, their glee at building and riding bikes had become infectious. I wished I lived somewhere where I could bike to everything and even build my own set of wheels. Some of their creations are closer to sculptural than transportation. The bike as a political statement, the bike as a firework display, it is all in here.
PO Box 5791, Portland, OR 97228-5791
New Perspectives on Politics, Culture, Media, and Life If you seek news and view from independent, first-hand sources, this is a great read. Im rather impressed with the job that Jen and Jason do with Clamor. Recommended.
$4 ($20/6 issue subscription)
Jen Angel and Jason Kucsma
PO Box 1225, Bowling Green, OH 43402
FOUND MAGAZINE #1
Rachel at Atomic Books pointed this one out to me and Im glad she did. Yeah, there is something sleazy and voyeuristic about reading found notes and mementos that were meant for private eyes, but it didnt stop me from reading it. Everything from found and stolen signs and notes, to misaddressed emails. There is also an interview with Lynda Barry on the subject of scrounging. Every cover is different.
PO Box 14364, Chicago, IL 60614
SUGAR NEEDLE #15
A zine devoted to candy! They review and wax poetically about candy, the way the French pontificate about fine wines. They eat nasty candy so you can read about it and avoid the gelatinous masses of sugar. This is fun.
PO Box 300152, Minneapolis, MN 55403
This was possibly the most open, personal issue of Booty yet. Anne has made reference to her friend Galens murder, but in this issue she shares the effects that grief continues to have on her. She also has a funny comic on mock personal ads. Shes still fighting with her dissertation, participating in the AIDS Walk in Philly, and working for the university.
$1 + .55 postage
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Suzanne has a way cool style. Watch how hard it is for one man to find the right words as one woman tries to find the right hat.
PO Box 12096, Hamtramck, MI 48212
One womans true stories of living with Multiple Personality Disorder Powerful. Wrenching. Recommended.
2000 NE 42nd Ave., #302, Portland, OR 97213
DRUNKEN MASTER 2 SUMMER SPECIAL
The Drunken Master has gone all slick and colorful! If you like wresting, stylish comics, or The Hissyfits, this is definitely for you. Other features include a cigarette survey (with responses from smokers and non-smokers), video reviews, and reader letters.
C/o Shino Arihara, PO Box 51033, Pasadena, CA 91115
INVISIBLE ROBOT FISH #S 1-10
There is something oddly likable about this mini-comic. Each issue is a short, generally silly, story. Billy keeps track of the time he spends drawing the issues and it can range from an hour to a day.
PO Box 542, N. Olmstead, OH 44070
MINIMUM SECURITY #1
Wow, smart, well-drawn, political cartoons with a distinctive style. Get this! Recommended.
PO Box 2083, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33303
MY SMALL DIARY #3
Like a per-zine, only with pictures. This issue covers days large and small in Delaines life, including her wedding. Nice design.
1204 Cresthill Rd., Birmingham, AL 35213
PLANET NAMED DESIRE #7
I really enjoyed this one. Joe has a good writing voice in addition to an appealing about his drawing style. He discusses how he likes to draw curvaceous women, becoming a father, and sitting in his yard.
PO Box 40321, Tucson, AZ 85717
This sci-fi serialized comic is great! The art is superb and the character dialog is entertaining. Worth your time. $1/Trade/4 stamps
PO Box 542, N. Olmstead, OH 44070
UNLUCKY WITH PETS
Kelly discusses the pets shes had or known. These included a miniature dachshund that Kelly saved from almost choking. $1
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Zines with a Literary Bent
LADY CHURCHILLS ROSEBUD WRISTLET #8
An Occasional Outburst
Nicely edited selection of fiction, poetry, and a few non-fiction pieces.
360 Atlantic Ave., PMB 132, Brooklyn, NY 11217
LILLIPUT REVIEW #S 113-120
Tenny-tiny tomes filled with short poems. Nice style and decent writing!
282 Main St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201
A MULTITUDE OF VOICES VOLUME X
This weighs in as the heaviest zine Ive ever received. Matt collects art, poetry, stories, comics, and more from, well, a multitude of voices. He even has plans for a future issue on cd. He wants to publish people from all walks of life, so contact him if you are interested in being one of the voices. At 176 pages, there is quite an assortment to choose from, including contributions from Bobby Tran Dale, Delaine Derry, Chandra Cho, Tayte Bicknell, and many more.
He says free, but the postage alone is going to cost him nearly $3. Dont be a cheapskate.
1945 B Berryman St., Berkeley, CA 94709
Nice, well-produced mixture of articles, prose, art, poetry, and fiction. This issue includes the editors thumb sucking, the story of a flying boy, The Many Emotions of Pasta, filming the inaugural protests last January. Good start!
SKUNKS LIFE #18 & #19
Always worthwhile! DB edits together a nice selection of writers, many from outside the mainstream of zineland. In #18 Carla Filisha discusses her mothers death, while retaining her trademarked humor, On his way up to give his eulogy my Uncle patted me on the ass, I guess it was his way of comforting me. There is also a fun creature-featuresque story by Kiel Stuart. DBs Musty and Dusty Book Chat has become a favorite feature. In #19 we are treated to heftier than usual issue (60 pages). In this one DB busts out with a whole cranky section and shows off his budding art skills. Stories include time traveling, the further adventures of Denzil Bond, and all sorts of things that drive DB crazy about the world. Recommended.
25727 Cherry Hill Rd., Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
TWO EYES #3
This is a well-done, erudite literary zine printed in English and Bangla.
Stephanie McMillian and Shapon Majhi
PO Box 2083, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33303
VICTOR CECIL EDWIN
This is a short story by Tim Weldzius, written while sitting behind three inches of bulletproof glass at the Amoco on 96th Avenue and 143rd Street Cecil is lonely, and an encounter with a stranger leaves him with a handful of mysterious pills which create vivid dreams of childhood.
22136 Princeton Circle, Frankfort, IL 60423
Pulp with a Pulse
This fiction-based zine offers stories by Jeff Somers, Ann Sterzinger, Jennifer Callahan, and Jim Monroe. Jeffs story does a nice job capturing urban ennui and apathy. Loads of good storytellers in this one.
Frank j. Marcopolos
4809 Ave. N #117, Brooklyn, NY 11234
White Buffalo Gazette
I couldnt figure out how to classify WHITE BUFFALO GAZETTE, so I
gave up and gave it a heading of its own. Ive got a stack of nine issues
here, so it deserves its own heading! To explain, sort of, White Buffalo
Gazette is a non-sequential publication that has been edited by several
different people. The content is contributor-based and it has the feel of a
zine community newsletter. Jeff Zenick published it for the last few years, and
recently Larned Justin took over.
JEFF ZENICKS WHITE BUFFALO GAZETTE
This final issue of Jeffs is packed with regular contributors, including Ed Bolman, Delaine Derry Green, Matt Feazell, Violet Jones, James Kolchalka, John Porcellino, and many more. It weighs in at 81 pages, and I believe is $3.
PMB 174, 210 Bradford Rd., Tallahasse, FL 32303
LARNED JUSTINS WHITE BUFFALO GAZETTE
Recent topics have included Briget Reillys views on the credentials of homelessness researchers, a profile of George, a man with a drinking problem that Jeff Zenick befriended, and Great Moments in Rock and Roll. On a regular basis youll find fiction, art, cartoons, reviews, and reader letters. It is monthly.
$2 each/$24 for a 12 month sub
PO Box 471, House Springs, MO 63051
Honest to Goodness Perfect Binding!
Good lawd! Bobby has gone and collected some of his past issues, artwork, an interview with Playguy Magazine, and new material and rolled it into a book! Personally, I think he is an exceptionally talented artist and writer. It isnt often you get both. If you love old B-movie horror, comics, and/or penises, this is a goldmine! 120 pages; B/W with a full color cover.
$20 (postage paid)
Bobby Tran Dale
BURN COLLECTOR #11
Suicide as a Xerox
I picked up a copy of this at Atomic Books. It is no wonder that there is now a Burn Collector book. The writing is damned sharp, witty, and engrossing.
Ive gotten into a lot of new things here, she said, electronic music. Raves.
Electronic music? Raves? These interests, I have found, are much like Mormonism. Those who ascribe to them seem to possess an unearthly glow about them, as if they are constantly receiving encouraging pep talks from other planets via transmitters implanted in their brains.
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Sometimes it is hard to tell if you are reading something that is purely autobiographical or vividly detailed literature or both. Regardless, this is a great read.
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Francis ODowd creates a grimy, painful, ridiculous fantasy world for his characters. Wishhobbler succeeds in being a childrens story for adults, while never talking down to either. It is well-paced with beautiful drawings. If you like Lewis Carroll and Michael Ende, you might enjoy this.
Jam Jar Lurker & Son
PO Box 8883, Coatbridge ML5 3WF, UK
I had heard of this Canadian based (and legitimately Canadian biased) review zine, but didn't read a copy until I met editor Emily Pohl-Weary at the UPC. I was very impressed with the articles, as well as reviews. Well worth your time.
PO Box 203, Stn P, Toronto, ON M5S 2S7, Canada
This new well-produced publication covers zine reviews, film reviews (microcinema and independent), multimedia (ie, an episodic series that is Internet based), and comics. I really enjoy the diversity and scope of the topics covered.
PO Box 21141, Oklahoma City, OK 73156
INDY UNLEASHED #11
Well-written, lengthy reviews by someone who loves zines. How can you go wrong?
4 or 5 stamps
PO Box 9651, Columbus, OH 43209
Nice selection of zine listings, mail art, book reviews, and more. 16 pages.
$3 for sample copy/trade/or letter of comment
Box 6830, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 2E7
QUEER ZINE EXPLOSION
This is a long list of small press resources, zines, books, music, videos, and more for and/or by the Queer community.
2 33¢ stamps/IRCs/$1 overseas
PO Box 590488,San Francisco, CA 94159
A READERS GUIDE TO THE UNDERGROUND PRESS #15
Jerianne has taken over as editor of ARGttUP. I like what she is doing. The news section was as interesting as the reviews and helps remind us why independent media is so crucial.
$4 (cash, stamps, or checks with pay to left blank only)
NEW ADDRESS PO Box 330156, Murfreesboro, TN 37133-0156
ZINE GUIDE #5
Thousands of zines listed. The surveys, which rank a zines popularity within several demographics, seem to attract attention, both positive and negative. This issue offers a forum on zine related topics, with hundreds of responses from zinewriters. Great resource.
PO Box 5467, Evanston, IL 60204
Zinehead reviews review zines, letting you know where to send your zines or where to find some new reviews. He also has a list of international comic anthologies and distributors.
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Reviews pages 7-12
Fish with Legs
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Reviews pages 16-17
Brooklyn! & Watch the Closing Doors
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Reviews pages 19-20
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Leeking Ink and The Glovebox Chronicles
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If you are reviewed, remember that the reviewers are doing this out of a
sense of community and a love for zines. None of us are getting paid. A quick
thank you goes a long way to motivate us to keep trudging along. I can't
guarantee I'll review everything I receive, but I'll do what I can. If you
would like to send a zine (with a note!) for review direct it to: Davida Gypsy
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