BROKEN PENCIL #74, $5.95, 9” x 11¾”, 64 pgs.

May 31, 2017

This issue of this slick Canadian magazine about zine culture is essentially devoted to a collective gag response to the incoming Trump administration. The start of the issue is front loaded with several zinester essays expressing various forms of anxiety to what the new administration will portend and what forms of resistance zinesters can begin honing. The forms of protest quickly explored includes building closer community ties, making artistic statements, and zine-ing all the harder. There’s also a sort of misguided-sounding essay on why people should give Melania Trump a chance and learn to appreciate her. Giving her a break seems especially distasteful now in light of her libel suit against The Daily Mail for claiming a negative article damaged her opportunity to make millions from her highly visible “brand.” There is also a quick article containing micro-interviews with working artists to examine how they make a creative life financially viable, a lot of zine and book reviews, and two quick fiction selections to round things out. Probably the most fascinating thing about this issue in light of America’s Trumpian rise, is realizing that this zine is sponsored through the Canadian government through various grants. That concept is looking more and more like a rare unicorn here in the U.S. over the next several years. –Adrian Salas (Broken Pencil, PO Box 203 Station P, Toronto, Ontario, M5S2S7 Canada,