ANALOG COMPANION Vol. 4, Issue 3, free, 5½” x 8½”, printed, 30pgs.

Visually, this is one of the nicest zines I’ve seen in a while. The print quality, the paper stock, and the overall layout combine with the content (black and white photos and text), to make something that’s as fun to look at as it is to read. The visual style varies throughout, ranging from the cut-n-paste look of zines of the past, to more skate/snow magazine style looks. It’s appropriate for the content of the zine, with both snowboarding and hardcore punk content on offer. This issue features interviews with Vantage Point and Pummel, as well as photos and reviews of a couple local shows, album reviews, an article on skateboard lifestyle company Heartthrobs, and two articles on snowboarding from two very different spots (Stowe, Vt. and Trondheim, Norway). I thought the interviews were good, but would have liked to see more questions, and perhaps some introductory backgrounds about each band. I loved the quasi-philosophical slant to the article “Resort Resuscitation,” about riding at Stowe, trying to find something new to appreciate even in familiar territory. Definitely a vibe I can relate to as a cyclist. This was my first introduction to Analog Companion, and I’m looking forward to future issues. –Paul J. Comeau (analogcompanion.com)