Zine Reviews

AT HOME #4, $10, 11” x 14”, newsprint, 40 pgs.

It took me a little while to track this one down after it started popping in friends’ feeds. Totally worth the chase and then some: newsprint the size of a free weekly with heavy emphasis on photography. Long, in-depth interviews with punk photogs Cynthia Connolly, Brian Maryansky, and Justine Demetrick and skateboard photographer Jaime Owens, […]

BIG TAKEOVER, THE #93, $6.99, 8½” x 11”, printed, 168 pgs.

If you were sitting around thinking, “Jeez, I’d really like to read a two-part interview with some mid-’90s Bar/None Records band that nobody cared about at the time and even fewer people care about now,” this is the zine for you. The Big Takeover is a zine of all the bands that served as my […]

BOOTS-N-BOOZE #4, $18, 8½” x 11”, color print, 42 pgs.

Did you ever wonder what it was like to be a (non-racist) skinhead in the 1980s in Santa Cruz, California? Did you ever want to know about the beginnings of the Swingin’ Utters? Well, then Boots -N- Booze is for you. Ten different friends from that period came together to produce this comic of stories from their […]

CURRANT JAM #3, $25, 8½” x 11½”, printed, 80 pgs.

A vibrant and wild art zine out of Los Angeles, Currant Jam covers an impressively wide range of creative endeavors. That said, there are a lot of puppets in this issue, from the gonzo DIY Freak Nature Puppets to the Gumby-like stop motion puppetry of the film My Wacky Life. I adore puppetry, but my […]

EAST VILLAGE INKY, THE #69, $3.60, 4½” x 5½”, copied, 40 pgs.

I’m probably not the best person to review “The (Anti) Fashion Issue” of The East Village Inky. Even if it’s anti-fashion, I gave up caring about anything relating to clothes around 1995. My wardrobe consists primarily of Razorcake T-shirts (let’s hear it for the year-end donation drive!) and clothes I’ve been given for free or had to […]

ENIGMATIC AUDIO,$10? ppd., 5½” x 8½”, glossy printed, 62 pgs.

Previously published online, but inaccessible as the website itself is now defunct, this collection provides a sample of the author’s favorite essays on obscure, bizarre, and rare music from around the world. Each essay gives a little history, alongside the best tracks from the band, genre, or time period being written about. Punk rock co-opted […]

FAKE PLANTS, $?, 2” x 3½”, copied, 14 pgs.

Absurdist micro fictions accompanied by equally absurd black and white line art. To give you a feel for the vibe: there’s a piece called “Meta’morphesini” that’s a riff on Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis with the main character waking up to discover they’ve been transformed into pasta. This is the most traditionally structured piece in the […]

FOGTOWN #1, $12, 7” x 10”, copied, 76 pgs.

An environmental activism zine by Ari Gold, Fogtown #1 is squarely focused on the current climate crisis through a punk perspective. This is punk as in DIY and grassroots movements, but the zine does feature some big (as in Hollywood) names, like Rosanna Arquette. The Pulp Fiction and Desperately Seeking Susan star is interviewed by […]

HERMIT THRUSH, THE, $5, 5½” x 8½”, black and white in 11”x17” wrap cover, 20 pgs.

Daryl Gussin’s new collection of poems comes with all the rage and love one might come to expect from him, were one in the habit of expecting things of the artists we love. Defying stability, but not consistency (as the first poem explicitly explores), Daryl’s words expect nothing but that life will, sometimes, be shit. […]

HOME ALONE, $4, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 24 pgs.

This is exactly what it sounds like: a Home Alone fanzine. It delves deep into the sequels, adaptations in book and videogame form, and even the lore of Kevin’s famous scream. If I could remember anything about any of the Home Alone movies I might have been more entertained; needless to say, if you are […]

LOITERER’S ALMANAC, THE, #1-3, “well-concealed ones and fives,” 11” x 8½”, color copied, 2 pgs.

Third month in a row I’ve gotten stuff for review from Liz Jones, whose zines on Tompkins Square Park hardcore shows and East Village diners have both been crucial texts. Here, Liz and her pal Jordan provide monthly moon almanacs—including sage advice like “disappear yourself from a part of your life where you will be […]

MARYMARK PRESS GIVE-OUT SHEET SERIES 2023, $?, 8½” x 11”, loose copied sheets, 6 pgs.

A promo-type item of previews for various titles published under MaryMark Press. Experimental poetry and artwork, all on loose pieces of 8½” x 11” copied paper. The poetry and art sheets are abstract and seemingly themeless, while one sheet advertised a spy novel. Honestly, I couldn’t make heads or tails of any of it. –Tricia […]

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