ADULT CRASH COMICS #2, $6, 10” x 7”, full-color copied, 24 pgs.

Part of an ongoing series about Kettner’s past life-altering experiences. In this issue, adult Kett cleans the house of an eccentric doctor whose house is filled with risqué artwork and morbid keepsakes. Kett accurately draws with detail the layout of the house along with its curiosities—including the photos of erections and Snow White keepsakes. The second story is a very young Kett dealing with several deaths in the family, all before kindergarten. Kett’s artwork is cartoonish with photographic realism. It is a full color comic but only two colors are utilized: a soft purple for the first story and a coral/salmon color for the second. It’s really quite nice to look at and Kett is up there with some of the disciplined punk comic artists alongside Nate Powell. –Rick V. (Jim Kettner, kettnerd.com)

ASYMMETRICAL ANTI-MEDIA #4, $1, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 8 pgs.

A review zine that covers other zines from all over the map—everything the author receives in the mail, apparently. Jason does a good job here; the reviews are pretty thorough and descriptive. Every time I see a reference to Razorcake in a zine I am reviewing for Razorcake, I think the pages are going to open up and suck me into an interdimensional fractal hellscape. This one even has a review of another zine review zine, so whoever is reading this now is really in trouble. –Indiana Laub (Jason Rodgers, PO Box 10894, Albany, NY 12201)

BLUE VELVET AND THE SHADOW SELF, $1, 5½”, x 8½”, copied, 8 pgs.

This appears to be an essay the author turned in for a film analysis class eight years ago. It includes a works cited page and opens up a few threads (not least of which is a cursory response to accusations of David Lynch’s misogyny, jarringly crammed into the very last paragraph) that probably only make sense in the context of whatever the class was. I don’t know that this really had to be turned into a zine, but fuck it, why not? –Indiana Laub (Jason Rodgers, PO Box 10894, Albany, NY 12201)

BROKEN PENCIL #83, $7.95, 8” x 10½”, magazine, 72 pgs.

A magazine of “zine culture and the independent arts.” Packed from start to finish, this seasonally released publication presents its spring issue. Its cover feature is about guerrilla gardening, the origins, instructions on how to do-it-yourself, and an interview with a guerrilla gardener. 2019’s top indie-writing winners (of a Broken Pencil contest) are featured, zine and book reviews, and a paper cutout stapler man is included. A good resource for checking out new zines when not at a zine fest! –Tricia Ramos (Broken Pencil, PO Box 203, Station P, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S7 Canada)

CEMETERY MAPS, $?, 9” x 12”, printed, 64 pgs.

I love this. Over thirty different maps and different contributors fill out this giant love letter zine to cemeteries. Inside this perfect bound, oversized paperback zine are hand-drawn, detailed guides to different zinesters favorite cemeteries across the United States, Europe, and even one each from Mexico and Argentina. Every page features a different cemetery map, along with a short history of the cemetery, specific points of interest, and fun facts! As someone who has found peace in taking leisurely strolls through cemeteries, this zine is a goldmine of info for exploring them with new eyes and new insight! –Tricia Ramos (Cemetery Maps, amymartincomics.com)

CIA MAKES SCIENCE FICTION UNEXCITING #10, THE: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY? AN INTRODUCTION, $4, 4¼” x 7”, copied, 50 pgs.

This introduction to the Black Panthers gives some contextual info about 1960s civil rights and Malcolm X before discussing the Panthers’ political platform and some key members. As the title implies, the focus here is more on the ways the government sought to undermine the party than a complete history. Still, this could work for folks who want to get their feet wet. –Michael T. Fournier (Microcosm, 2752N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227)

HOW TO BOYCOTT, 4 ¼” x 7”, offset, 62 pgs.

Want to, as the subtitle suggests, “make your voice heard, understand history & change the word”? Well, you might try a boycott and this zine might help you out. It’s not quite a step-by-step guide to boycotting, but it will tell you what a successful one looks like and how it began. Think “how to” not “how-to.” It breaks down what boycotts are, going as far back as the Boston Tea Party and the 1808 tenant’s strike against landholder Charles Boycott (an event where we get the term “boycott”) to the Burgerville strike that’s going on today. The main takeaway of this zine is defining what a true boycott is. It’s more than simply saying, I’m against this company so I’m not going to buy things from them. Instead it’s one that’s “organized among a clear base of participants” and, more importantly is clear in what it asks of the oppressor. Some interesting parts of the zine talked about how Nike, a company who’s boldly continued to use slave labor in sweatshops for decades was able to “redeem” itself by starting an ad campaign using Colin Kaepernick. This successful campaign worked well, presenting Nike as a benevolent company whitewashing the struggles of past boycotts while all the while they continue to use slave labor. If you want to organize and stick it to The Man, this comes highly recommended. Casual readers will also find an engrossing read. –Craven Rock (Microcosm Press, microcosmpublishing.com)

LADYHUMP #9, $?, 5 ¾” x 8 ½”, Laserjet, 46 pgs.

A photozine that appears to be put together by a group of people who know how to party. Full color shots of bands, booze, motorcycles, more bands, camping, custom vans, still more bands… There is a lot of fun being had in these pages. I dig what’s going on here. –Ty Stranglehold (Ladyhump, LadyHump.org)

LAST NIGHT AT THE CASINO #14 & #15, $5, 4” x 5”, copied, 38 pgs. and 46 pgs.

God damn I love this zine. Billy has put together a double issue and I devoured both in the course of an hour. I wish there was another issue for me to read. For those not familiar with Last Night at the Casino, Billy, a guy with a punk background, works as a dealer in a casino. He deals all sorts of games and has done it for over six years. He began his career in a Native American casino in New Mexico but these two issues find him with a job at a much larger operation in Baltimore, where he now resides. Billy brings us in from the start—his first day. He details his anxieties at this bigger casino and how he felt in over his head. But we follow along with him as he eases into place. He introduces us to his bosses, coworkers, and the regulars. In great detail he goes into the environment and the nuances of the characters. He takes us along and builds the tension to make us wonder if he’ll ever have the opportunity to deal craps, which is his favorite game. For anyone who has ever wondered what it’s like to work in a casino, check this out. Even if it’s not your thing, the world of gambling is such a weird alternate universe that Last Night at the Casino is worth your time. –Kurt Morris (iknowbilly@gmail.com)

MARYMARK PRESS GIVE-OUT SHEET SERIES 2018 (two issues), free, copied, 1 pg.

This poet, Mark Sonnenfield, puts his (and the occasional contributor’s) poetry on sheets of paper and gives them out to people. Besides his refusal to give me anything I can work with as an actual title, I can only applaud this. If ya send this guy a buck or some stamps, you could probably expect to get a few of these from this obstinate reviewer’s nightmare (WE NEED CLEAR, OBVIOUS TITLES, MARK!), I mean, generous poet. –Craven Rock (Mark Sonnenfield, 45-08 Old Millstone Dr., East Windsor, NJ 08520)