SHUT UP AND LOVE THE RAIN: $4 + shipping, 7” x 5 ½”, offset w/color cover, 64 pgs.

I have read and reviewed a few zines by Minneapolis’s Robnoxious in the past. He has done quite a bit of solid work that is admirable because he has a range of topics to write about; from boat punx to gender identity. One of his newer zines is Shut Up and Love the Rain, a tell-all about Rob’s sexual experiences. The first fifteen pages were wildly uncomfortable to read, as they were about experimentation and discovery in his childhood, with most of it illustrated in comic form. No doubt it was a liberating experience for him to write about all that, but most of us would feel like total creepers while reading it and skip ahead to the next section. More in my area of interest and comfort zone, there are a few great essays on how being queer means more to Rob than just being attracted to other guys. Then it gets really good in the second half of the zine, when the parents who raised Rob in a repressive Christian Science household reveal that his dad is coming out as a transgendered woman at the age of sixty-five. Rob’s interview with his dad Rachel is just mind-blowing because of how easily Rob accepts and supports his choices. I would like to think that I’d be as cool as Rob was to his dad under the same circumstances, but, wow, that would take some getting used to! –Microcosm, 222 S. Rogers St., Bloomington, IN 47404