BROKEN PENCIL #70: $5.95, 8”x 10½”, glossy bound, 64pgs.

Broken Pencil is a zine centered on zine culture and independent arts based in Canada. Can I just say that Canada deserves absolute props for the Canada Periodicals Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts that fund cool zines like this one? Light years ahead of the U.S. Issue #70 is chock-full of artists interviewing artists, a zine reviewing zines, book reviews, and music reviews. Broken Pencil lets artists shine with lushly printed excerpts, comics, and illustrations. There’s a bitchin’ feature, “Up the Disabled Punx” by Sidney Drmay, where “cripple punks” discuss ableism, accessibility issues at venues and the punk community in general, and self identification within their community as disabled. There’s also a sick comic, “The Dream Is Over” by JB. Great zine for zines, with a femme touch. (Broken Pencil, PO Box 203, Station P, Toronto, Ontario M5S2S7, Canada, brokenpencil.com)