EXPLODING BUFFALO, Vol. 1, Issue VI: photocopied, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, 35 pgs.

Jun 13, 2014

This is the “Sexuality” issue and in the middle is a pop-up penis cutout which is hand-glued. It is the star of this issue. Also included are provocative illustrations: vaginas, penises, and buttholes get pretty much equal time. All that’s pretty good, but the text is, overall, a little disappointing in this collaborative zine. No clear distinction is made between “sex” and “sexuality.” (“Love” and “sex” also seem to be often interchanged indiscriminately.) Under the precept of fiction, women are casually called “bitch” several times. With a few exceptions—Nicole Macias has a distinct voice—this issue almost feels like writing assignment first drafts, which is too bad. Talking intelligently and frankly about sexuality is something we all could benefit from exploring. –Todd Taylor (explodingbuffalo.com)