Zine Reviews

AWESOME THINGS #4, $4 or trade, 4¼” x 5½”, printed, 48 pgs.

A while ago, I tried to start writing down one thing that I was grateful for everyday. Mostly I ended up being frustrated, sitting in front of a blank notebook, willing my brain to think of something new to put down instead of the same “friends, family, roof over my head, et cetera” items. Liz […]

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DEAR ACABBY #1, $3, 3½” x 7½”, copied, 40 pgs.

In February 2021, Dear ACABby: a punk advice column made its debut in Razorcake, providing a space where Razorcake readers could have their concerns, major and minor, addressed by Minneapolis-based punks jimmy and bryan. For this first issue of zine Dear ACABby, jimmy and bryan culled from the first six months of content from this […]

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DESPERATE TIMES #1, $5, 8½” x 11”, copied, 46 pgs.

Capturing the strong outsider spirit of 1970s punk in look, feel, and written expression, Chairman Ralph’s new zine, Desperate Times, is a must-read for lovers of music on the margins of rock. In this first issue, which features front and back cover art by Lisa D. Quinlan, there are passionate, feature-length articles on Swedish artist […]

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DESPERATE TIMES #2, $7, 8½” x 11”, copied, 95 pgs.

Dedicated to “The Rise & Fall of Safari Sam’s,” Chairman Ralph’s Desperate Times is back with issue number two, which is a whopping ninety-five pages. What readers get with the heft is a hearty tribute to the legendary Huntington Beach, Calif., live music venue that saw a stunning parade of bands in its brief, but […]

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EXTINCTION STINKS #1, $7.99, 4½” x 6½”, printed, 16 pgs.

Extinction Stinks is a comic that accompanies an album (“that Big Oil doesn’t want you to hear”) of the same name by Related Records artist Dinosaur Love. On the cover of the comic is a vibrant color illustration of a large factory gushing billows of yellowish smoke into the atmosphere; a sign on the factory […]

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EXUVIA #4, $?, 8½” x 11”, copied, 24 pgs.

Centered around arts and culture, this submission-based nonprofit zine out of Minneapolis brings a large presence with its art, interviews, poetry, and other mixed media. The short “How to Know If You’re a Werewolf” comic was great, and I loved the top five Halloween albums and movies list. Strange and unusual photography and art held […]

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FURIOUS BEAUTIFUL, THE #1, $2, 8½” x 11”, copied, 4 pgs.

A newsletter of book reviews by jimmy cooper, The Furious Beautiful is really much more than that. Yes, there are books reviews (of The Unseen by Nanni Balestrini, Nightwood by Djuna Barnes, Vagabond by Isabelle Eberhardt, and Black Sunlight by Dambudzo Marechera), but there are also personals (“me: curvydork karaoke god”), poetry (“A Poem by […]

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FURIOUS BEAUTIFUL, THE #2, $2, 8½” x 11”, copied, 4 pgs.

This second issue of The Furious Beautiful: Review of Books starts like the first issue, with a “love letter from the editor.” The newsletter’s creator, jimmy cooper, uses this space to pen tributes to artistic figures, typically literary, who’ve had great meaning in their life. In the first issue, the “love letter from the editor” […]

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GEEK GRAB DIY ZINE, 5½” x 8½”, black and white, copied, 20 pgs.

This is a zine done by a prisoner as a means of creative therapy. Kit, I’m using this review as my letter to you. I can only imagine how hard it must be to have to do what you do every day. It’s incredible that you’re able to put together something like this. It’s as […]

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GENERAL SPEECH #10, 8¼” x 10½”, black and white, 48 pgs.

I don’t have the same nostalgia for the past as the author of General Speech does. There’s a point where I find archive diving to be diminishing returns and the demos of obscure bands in scenes I find interesting to be less than fun to listen to. In five short years, it will have been […]

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LITTLE ENGINES #6, Free, 6¾” x 10”, color newsprint, 14 pgs.

Adam Voith is back with his sixth issue of the mid-brow literary zine, Little Engines. There are stories and poetry from Lexi Kent-Monning, Mike Nagel, Gauraa Shekhar, and Sean Ennis. The artwork is all by the wonderfully talented Joan LeMay and is the highlight of the issue. That’s not to say the rest of the […]

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NO SCENE ZINE #5, $6, 5½” x 8½”, printed, 20 pgs.

For children of the 1980s, the aesthetic of issue number five of No Scene Zine: Presents Lisa Frankenstein will (or at least, should) look unmistakably familiar. Go back to those elementary school classroom days and visualize the shimmery multicolored stickers featuring unicorns, hearts, and kittens clinging to rainbow moons that were traded with fervor and […]

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