Zine Reviews

CABILDO QUARTERLY #10, $1, 11” x 14”, copied, 2 pgs.

It’s yet another issue of everyone’s favorite two-page literary rag.

CHEAP TOYS #8, $?, 6” x 4”, 56 pgs.

Giz’s Cheap Toys reads like Cometbus if half the issue happened to be in French… Part travelogue, part scene report, part music review sounding board, and part-obscurist progressive history lesson.

DECEIVED, THE #1, $2 and a 9” x 12” SASE, 8½” x 11”, copied, 20 pgs.

This zine is focused on the CIA’s experiments with mind control through their programs like MK Ultra, Bluebird/Artichoke, and the sort.

DORIS #32, $3.75 by mail or $3 and two stamps, 5½” x 4”, copied, 46 pgs.

Doris reads like an advice column from a personal friend or like a letter that you’ve been waiting on for a long time.

DOWNPOUR #5, $10, 5¾” x 8¼”, 82 pgs.

A punk zine in 2016 that makes no obvious effort towards inclusion and does not seem to offer a space for different voices is a little tone deaf and, frankly, misrepresentative of the punk scene at large.

EARTH FIRST!, Fall, 2016, $6.50, 8 ½” x 11”, 88 pgs.

Dedicated to saving our home planet and fighting against the assholes who seem hell-bent on destroying it.

FATHER, THE, $8 ppd., 5½” x 8½”, copied, 20 pgs.

Huh. Interesting enough short story by Jakes Bayley about a Spanish priest dying of dysentery and how he, uh, time travels to a future California after ingesting some green powder a Native American dude blows up his nostril

FIRE PIT #1, $4, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, 63 pgs.

There is much in this world to feel downright shitty and pissed off about, but a collection of writers and poets dedicating their time and effort to create “a flicker of humanity” is well worth celebrating.

FLUKE #13, $5, 5½” x 8½”, offset, 68 pgs.

One of the coolest zines happening these days, and this issue marks twenty-five years of existence!… Reading through this, you will get a strong sense of community, the important role everyone plays in keeping their local scene alive, and how it affects what they do during and after.

GET LOOSE! #6, $?, 8” x 10”, 7 pages (two posters), screenprinted

The reading content is short but sweet with some cartoons, an interview with the band Holly Hunt, and a recipe. I’m partial to the Bum Wine Tour of Oakland Park, Fla. and a map full of annotations of what they drank and where they vomited.