BROKEN PENCIL #79, $7.95, 8 ½” x 11”, offset, 72 pgs.

If you’re not familiar with Broken Pencil, it’s Vancouver’s magazine of zine culture and all things DIY—all that’s worth knowing about, anyway. Besides reviews of zines, indie lit, and independent art, this issue has a feature on deaf zinemakers and another on how to make it tabling a zine event without getting overwhelmed with anxiety. I found the latter irritatingly petty. Yeah, it’s awkward and uncomfortable at zine events. Life is pain! Attention is focused on a contest called Deathmatch where short stories are pitted against each other in an online arena. The winners are reproduced here; most of them are of a sci-fi nature. I can’t say I was blown away by them, but they were worth my time. So, the features are kind of hit or miss, but their review section is spot on as usual. –Craven Rock (Broken Pencil, PO Box 203, Station P, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2S7, Canada, brokenpencil.com)

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