ZINE NATION #2: $3/2/6, 8 ½” x 11”, copied, 42 pgs.

With the demise of Zine World in 2013 there will be a void in zines that cover zine culture. Perhaps it will be up to Zine Nation to take up that role. Although this is their second issue (after a more than ten year hiatus), the zine seems as though it has what it takes to step up to the plate and succeed. Not only are there a plethora of well-written zine reviews (including Razorcake), but also there are some interesting interviews. Interesting because they’re with people doing some different things in zine culture: Ratalia Espigadora created a mobile zine library that can be pulled behind a bicycle, Frandroid is the owner of Great Worm Distro and talks about the challenges of running a distro in our digital age, and Skot Deeming is part of a “collective of curators, artists and scholars dedicated to exploring the intersections between games and contemporary art practice.” These unique interviews were interspersed with the zine reviews, giving the zine some welcome diversity. There were also ads for lots of zines and zine fests. This is a great start and I’m interested in seeing where Zine Nation goes from here. This publicationis based out of Toronto, Canada, so the price for a copy will differ depending where you are in the world: $3 US, $2 Canada, and $6 International. Zine Nationalso accepts trades. -Kurt Morris (#4-425 Crawford Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6G 3J7, [email protected])