Zine Reviews

AMERICAN DREAM, THE #3, $3 or trade, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 20 pgs.

The first line of the second page sums up The American Dream nicely: “I’m forty-five years old and I’m angry.” This piece is printed in the fashion of so many other anarchist zines.

AMERICAN DREAM, THE #3, $3 or trade, 8½” x 5½”, copied, 20 pgs.

This is the first political zine I’ve read during the Trump administration, so fuck it. I, too, have often been consumed by inarticulable rage, and I have probably already used a lot of the same lines as this writer in Facebook arguments with my dad.

BEHIND THE WHEEL: FROM UBER/LYFT TO TAXI #3, $5 ppd., 5½” x 8½”, saddle stitch and glossy cover, 60 pgs.

In this third volume of Behind the Wheel, our author/driver has gone from Uber, to Lyft, to now taxi driver. This series is an inside look at what it’s like to be a Bay Area driver.

BLACKPOOL ROX II #11, £2, 8½” x 11”, glossy, 18 pgs.

Another sharp-looking issue from this U.K. fanzine. As with the last issue, #11 strikes a cool balance by covering a lot of nationally and internationally relevant bands but tying almost everything back to the local Blackpool scene…. Not bad!

CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN BLOOM, $4 or trade, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, copied, 40 pgs.

In this comics zine, Chris Kill documents his pilgrimage to the Young Street Bridge, a mecca for Nirvana fans. From start to finish, Cherry Blossoms in Bloom is an engrossing slice of life zine, with minimal artwork that recalls Ben Snakepit.

CONTESTED GROUND #2, £1.50, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 38pgs.

Here we have a compilation zine put together by some British punk dudes who are nerding out on football, hereafter to be referred to as soccer.

EMERGENCY EXIT #2, £2, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 27 pgs.

Our author, Ben Smith, who normally lives in Leeds, writes about cycling around Europe as a way of beating the blues. Along the ride, Ben thinks about ways to live off the grid.

FLAG DAY, $3, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 12 pgs.

Rick V., Emily Timm, and Ben Snakepit: this is a comic zine focused solely on random birthdays in each of the three artists’ lives. A very quick, fun read.

FRANCESCA, $?, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 32 pgs.

Sean Dunne’s writing has depth and brutal honesty about addiction, dysfunction, and desperate attempts to connect with other humans.

FREAK TENSION, $6, 5½” x 8½”, copied with gloss full color cover, 42 pgs.

This zine compiles some of MP Johnson’s favorite summaries, stories, and pieces that his freaky brain has created. From mutants to amphibian humanoids, each short piece of fiction is more and more bizarre.