HENRY & GLENN FOREVER & EVER #2: $5, 5½” x 7”, offset, 36

Sep 19, 2013

Two things before we begin: 1.) I don’t want to live in a world without irony. 2.) I love and appreciate stupidity more than most people. Given both of those facts I should love this zine. However, I have a few concerns. I’m skeptical of anything that perpetuates “punk” celebrity. The careful avoidance of mentioning Rollins and Danzig by their full names and the need to stick, “This is a work of fiction and parody. Any resemblance to characters living or dead is coincidental,” in the preamble is evidence of that celebrity and the lawyers that surround it. Why give celebrities anymore page-space than they already have? I get the joke, but making fun of celebrities is still an engagement with them. I’d rather put my energy into people who don’t have agents, TV shows, and parody shirts. It is a visually pleasing zine with great art and funny jokes. Microcosm always makes good stuff. If you’re less touchy about celebrity, I’m sure you’d get a real kick out of this. But I’m going to go get a six pack and feed the flies that I know. –Matthew Hart (I Will Destroy You Comics, iwilldestroyyou.com / Microcosm, microcosmpublishing.com)