Zine Reviews

BEHIND THE ZINES #14, $3 ppd., 5½” x 8½”, copied, 40 pgs.

This one hits my mailbox twice a year, a zine comprised of pieces by members of the zine community curated by Billy McCall. This issue is (typically) great, with articles about how to determine your zine’s price, our own Todd Taylor on the value of print media in a digital world, citing zines in academia, […]

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DYNAMITE HEMORRHAGE #10, $8 ppd., 5½” x 8½”, offset, 64 pgs.

Jay Hinman’s zine always includes meticulous articles, interviews, and ideas. This new issue is no exception: Jay casts his critical eye on Take It! magazine, a 1981-1982 Boston music tabloid that ran for six issues, featuring writing from a pre-Forced Exposure Byron Coley. In the issue prior, Jay did a great rundown on ’70s movies, […]

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EAT MY SHORTS, $5, 5½” x 9”, black and white, 40 pgs.

A comic featuring three automobile tales by Chris Resnick. The standout story “Revenge” takes place in the 1980s and centers around two sassy skater kids. After an altercation with a good ol’ boy at a diner, the kids end up skating for their lives to out-skate a truck. The other two stories I didn’t quite […]

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EGON FOREVER! #1, free, 5½” x 8½”, glossy printed, 40 pgs.

The opening page of this zine reads, “Andre Lux began drawing stick figure cartoons as a schoolboy… and has hardly improved his craft.” While his art style has not changed, I would wager to bet his comedy has. These stick figure cartoons are so cute and funny, the art style doesn’t take away from anything. […]

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FIRST (AND LAST?!) YR TEACHER DIARY COMIX!, $12, 5” x 7”, printed, 72 pgs.

Elly Dallas—author of my other favorite autobio zine about being an educator (Student Teacher Journal) and my constant repetition of the phrase “fuckin’ Pam”—is back with an ink-painted comic diary about her year teaching an art class to, presumably, junior high students. The diary has no plot, but does tell a story of burnout, empathy, […]

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GOOD GIRL, $7, 5½” x 8½”, risograph printed, 20 pgs.

Ben Wrex shares their frustrations with dating as a non-binary person through several comic strips. Some have some humorous outcomes while others show how shitty it can be when others you’re intimate with don’t make it a priority to respect your gender. The comics are drawn in a simple style, à la John Porcellino’s King […]

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HAMBURGER EYES #53, $20, 7” x 10”, printed, 100 pgs.

I’m guilty of taking Hamburger Eyes for granted, assuming their collections of miraculous, funny, enigmatic, sweet, absurd, mundane, breathtaking photos will always be there if and when I need them. And lately I’ve needed them, maybe as a palate cleanser from bland social media photo saturation, maybe as a reminder that some people are still […]

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IB 64, A ZINE FOR PRISONERS #5, free, 8½” x 11”, copied, 2 pgs.

It may be brief, but in these two pages is the encapsulation of why zines are so important: a personal outlet, a community resource, a cultural necessity. You get prisoner profiles, info on snitches, some prison history, movie reviews (as well as an explanation on why Turner Classic Movies is so important to prisoners), illustrations, […]

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LITTLE ENGINES #7, free, 4” x 5½”, newsprint, 14 pgs.

Adam Voith is back with the seventh issue of his mid-brow literary zine, Little Engines. There are stories and poetry from Mike Nagel, Vic Nogay, Kevin Grauke, and Leslie Wilbur. All the artwork is by Aaron Burch. I especially liked Wilbur’s piece about the romance between a piñata and a package of prune cookies at a tiendita. […]

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LIVIN’ OUTTA BINS #1, $3, 4” x 5½”, copied, 24 pgs.

For those with a sense of adventure, there’s always a lot to love with a good travel zine. Rachel’s first issue of Livin’ Outta Bins is all about her journey from her home in Seattle to her former residence in the city of Chicago over the course of five months. Along the way she travels […]

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MEDITATION FUNNIES #9, free, 5½” x 4¼”, printed, 20 pgs.

While meditation and mindfulness can sound easy, in practice it’s a constant struggle to not let your mind wander, think negative or random thoughts, or focus on outside stimuli like sounds and smells around you. Meditation Funnies takes this idea and draws one-page comics of the little voice as an actual horned character, distracting the […]

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MEETING COMICS #25: WRESTLING AND MANIA PT. 2, $5, 5½” x 5½”, 32pgs.

As this is part two of a story I did not read the first half of, I can’t really weigh in on the plot, which I was a bit confused by and which the character chart at the beginning does not really help. In any event, it’s the twenty-fifth installment in Andrew Neal’s “comedy soap […]

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