BROKEN PENCIL #80, $7.95, 8 ½” x 11”, full color, 64 pgs.

Broken Pencil is a Canadian zine that focuses on independent arts and runs the gambit covering zine culture, reviews, and comics, along with interesting and sometimes oddball fictional short stories and columns. Issue 80 features an article covering webcomic platforms (something that I’m not all to familiar with but found pretty intriguing), urban foraging, and a few short stories, most notably the emotional and quirky “Whatever This Is, It’s Something” by Nicole Chin, about a father leaving his family to “find himself” and the emotional fallout and eventual peace that follows. Chin writes, “I spent two days trying to channel my energies into hating my father, but it didn’t last long. Hating people is exhausting business.” Kind of a kitschy, cool addition to this mag was the 3D glasses that gives a bit of depth to graphics and adds a bit to the intrigue. Broken Pencil has lush pictures of mixed media from submitting artists, colorful and cheeky comics, and very thorough and thoughtful zine, book, and independent music reviews. I’m not sure out how essential this magazine might be for punks, but I can say it was enjoyable to thumb through. Plus I dig the glasses. –Camylle Reynolds (Broken Pencil, PO Box 203, Station P, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2S7, Canada, brokenpencil.com)

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