ASYMMETRICAL ANTI-MEDIA #12, $1 or trade, 5½” x 8½”, black and white, copied, 8 pgs.

Jul 20, 2021

The tagline of this zine is “The Review Zine that Loves Antiquarian Windmill Tilts” and the cover is an image of what looks like dental students practicing on dummies. The entire zine is a DIY cut and paste layout that looks fantastic. Primarily this is a zine review zine, though some music slips in here and there. Their main requirement for submission is a tangible piece of media with a physical address. These days that can seem like a tall order to some, though I’m glad Jason is keeping print alive and weird. The reviews are from all over the world, though mostly North America and Europe. Razorcake even got a review! My only criticism is there are a few typos (though, they honestly add to the ephemeral charm of a print zine), and that most of the reviews start out with “This is” and the majority of the review is just describing the zine. I struggle with that in my own reviews, trying to inform the reader about the subject, but also cast an impartial and kind judgment on it. After all, someone worked really hard on the things they’re submitting. Jason has so many reviews that they bleed over and fill the back cover even! I really enjoyed this line about social isolation in his intro: “If I’m going to be alienated I want my alienation in hardcopy, I want the print version.” Keep it up. –Kayla Greet (Jason Rodgers, PO Box 10894, Albany, NY 12201)

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