HOPELESS CITY #2: THE MAYDAY ISSUE, Free, 8½” x 8½”, copied, 12 pgs.

Hopeless City is a seemingly regular publication brand new to the Twin Cities zine scene. Branded in jest as a lifestyle magazine, the front cover reads “MY MAGAZINE IS BETTER THAN THE CITY PAGES!” and further down, “(BUT REALLY THO—FUCK THE CITY PAGES).” The cover is cheeky and fun; it sets the tone for the zine. The first entry is “Town Gossip,” preceded by a warning that some of these things are true and some are not. I’d refer to the whole zine as a romp if I wanted to sound like a jackass. I don’t, so I’ll just say it’s funny and invaluable if you live in or around the Twin Cities. Contributions from anyone are accepted, which is part of the charm and how you end up with a review of MTV’s Catfish, “Learning from Our Mistakes Horoscope,” and a psychiatrist’s office missed connection in the same zine. I also really dig the square, slightly large size, which isn’t too far off from standard but still makes it stand out. Overall, Hopeless City is a solid cut-and-paste aesthetic, has solid content, and is a solid zine! –Jimmy Cooper (hopelesscityzine@gmail.com)

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