ACCEPTING FAILURE, $3, 5½” x 8”, copied, 27 pgs.

I found Accepting Failure to be more of a discussion of birth order and gender in determination of family dynamics than a true discussion of failure, but it came together nicely at the end. It includes great line drawings of the author and her family, and the whole zine is handwritten, which lends it the air of being a diary I wasn’t supposed to find. Families are hard. Most of us, even if we have a fucked-up relationship with them, want to make our parents (or even just one of them) proud. How do we do that if we don’t follow a traditional career path? Lopez does not provide an answer, but encourages us to “fail A LOT, and get better at it,” a necessary sentiment that bears repeating, and repeating often, in an (economic) success-driven culture, whether or not you’re making your folks proud. –jimmy cooper (Ana Lopez, microcosmpublishing.com)