GENEVA13 #19: $?, 8½” x 5½”, copied, 59 pgs.

Sep 19, 2013

This is a quality slice of printerberry pie. This issue is about hauntings. Both in the sense of the past imposing itself on the present and the Scooby-Doo variety. Punks have always had a fascination with the past and with the evolution of their towns. It’s a combination of love for history and an appreciation for preservation, documentation, and exhibition of local culture. Geneva13 combines all these things in a well-presented and diverse format. This issue features old-timey photos of Geneva superimposed on the modern town. It has essays, poetry, comics, and illustrations. And a long, hilarious, and engaging interview with a group of local paranormal investigators who operate out of an old ambulance. The ambulance is probably my favorite part. They’ve somehow managed to put in an electric fireplace and a toaster oven. Overall, this zine shows the importance of learning about the past and being mindful of the hard work of those who came before you which enabled you to learn about it. It makes you want to look at the buildings that surround you and find out what stories haunt their walls. It also made me want to make toast and cruise around town looking for ghosts. A job well done. –Matthew Hart (Geneva13 Press, PO Box 13, Geneva, NY14456, [email protected])