BROKEN PENCIL #89, $7.95, 8½” x 11”, color print, 76 pgs.

For those not familiar with Broken Pencil, it’s a magazine that covers zine culture. Based out of Toronto, their content isn’t exclusive to Canada; it’s worldwide. This issue has their regular columns, comics, and reviews. The primary features are regarding zines and democracy. There are many questions authors address in the articles: How can zinesters fight back politically in a democracy? What ways can zines be used to support democracy? What role does the postal service play in being an activist? There’s a lot of food for thought here. At some point in this issue it’s mentioned that Broken Pencil has been around for approximately twenty-five years. I remember its early days and being impressed how the editors were able to capture how zines could relate to so many different aspects of culture. All these years later and they’re still proving that. –Kurt Morris (PO Box 177, Sanborn, NY 14132)