FURY, THE #21: $3, 8 ½” x 7”, 48 pgs.

Mar 07, 2013

I like the idea behind a photography issue of a zine. I appreciate that the photographer used film as opposed to a digital camera, as it takes more skill than just “snapping away like a movie camera,” as the author puts it. Some of the pictures are really great and they span approximately a dozen years and all over the United States (as well as Indonesia). It was great to see pics from bands I remembered from back in the day, like Seven Days of Samsara and John Brown Battery. In doing a photography issue of a zine, it’s important that the photographs are clear, something that suffers at times in this issue. And while I liked the idea of having the first run of three hundred copies include an original photo, the cover of the zine wasn’t printed well and it left dusty black ink all over my hands and anything else it touched. We’re not talking Maximum Rock’n’roll type ink stains, but almost a dust. It was really annoying and I eventually had to rip the cover off just to read the zine. While there was commentary of stories behind some of the photos, it would have been interesting to know more about each of the bands or the situations in which the pictures were taken. And for the commentary that was included, make sure you proofread! Overall, a good concept, but some improvements would be nice to see for the next issue like this. -Kurt Morris (Mark Novotny, 5413 6th Ave., Countryside, IL60525)