DEREK NEULAND MAGAZINE: $5, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, photocopied, ? pgs.

This is an unusual zine, but one that I wouldn’t mind having put out. I say that because it’s very unique but focuses entirely on one person, which, in the zine world, I imagine is a great honor. The subject is Derek Neuland, a Buffalo, New York zinester, who also is part of the Thirsty Dudes website (thirstydudes.com). The majority of this zine is interviews done over the course of a few years with Neuland as well as photos of him and photos he took. The interviews discuss a wide range of things about Neuland’s life, including his experience with zines and running a record label. But there are a lot of other topics, too, some of which attempt to be funny but are not. There are also poems and essays he has written from what I assume to be high school, although it’s not explicitly stated. The zine comes with a CD that contains what sounds like a distorted interview. It’s hard to hear, not that interesting, and not real necessary, especially considering it’s the main reason this zine is five bucks. It’s a really unique idea and something I enjoyed reading, but can’t entirely recommend it because of the price. -Kurt Morris (PO Box 893, Buffalo, NY 14213)