Zine Reviews

NOT LIKE YOU: NO DEPOSIT-NO RETURN, $15, 5½” x 8½”, black and white and color glossy pages, 100 pgs.

My favorite skate zine Not Like You is back with another special photo issue (the ’80s skate photo issue from last year was amazing), and this time it’s dedicated to none other than Hermosa Beach’s original hardcore band Black Flag. The main focus is on the Rollins era, and it’s hard to deny that he […]

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NOT LIKE YOU: NO DEPOSIT-NO RETURN, $15, 5½” x 8½”, black and white and color glossy pages, 100 pgs.

The latest issue of Not Like You is one hundred pages of black and white and color photographs of the almighty Black Flag from throughout their years together. When I wrote my book, My War, I did much research on the band and saw many photographs of them. But ninety percent of these photos are new to me. Mike, […]

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PARANOIZE #58, free in New Orleans or $2, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 16 pgs.

I love local music zines, but they’re so rare these days. From front to back, Paranoize is dedicated to pumping up the New Orleans metal and punk scene. It delivers a list of active local bands, interviews, reviews, and all the other stuff you’d expect from such a zine. I live on a farm in […]

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PRESENT MOMENT, THE #1,$?, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 34 pgs.

Abstract art, writings, and mini-comics. A lot of the art features some type of gore or unsettling imagery. Some of it reminded me of early-internet days creepypasta content, where humanoid figures are tweaked just slightly so that the viewer feels really creeped out by the uncanny valley faces. Is the title of the zine telling […]

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RATE OF DECAY #2 (February 2024), $2, 4¼” x 5½”, 12pgs.

A bite-size review zine, taking in hand five punk releases and telling us just what they think. Described as “an exercise in brevity,” that medium really works for the mysterious Chris, whose funny, no-nonsense but generous takes made for a pleasing window into a few releases I hadn’t heard yet, without the onset of overwhelm […]

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READING LOG 2023, $2, 7” x 8½”, copied, 8 pgs.

Aj’s annual reading log is a perennial favorite and something I look forward to each year. It isn’t just that I learn about books I might enjoy or that we both read during the year, it goes deeper than that. The act of pleasure reading is personal, transforming this into perzine that doesn’t look like […]

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SIDEWALK SURFIN’, $20, 5½” x 8 ½”, printed and bound, 56 pgs.

This is a very cool little book-like zine out of Nashville, Tenn., curated by photographer and skateboarder Jamie Goodsell. Sidewalk Surfin’ is a collection of found photographs from the ’60s-’80s of people on or with skateboards. This little book is beautifully printed and bound. The photos are mostly of kids from maybe around age five […]

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TRAVELS WITH LUNA, $4, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 32pgs.

Travels with Luna: Around the Salish Sea on a Little Wooden Sailbox has me daydreaming about washing the salt off my skin in a pay-by-the-minute marina shower and being lulled to sleep by the waves. Kate and her husband Bruce bought a nineteen-foot sailboat and have been adventuring around the Pacific Northwest coast. Kate is […]

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XEROGRAPHY DEBT, $5.95, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 67 pgs.

Every time I pick up an issue of this long-running zine about zines, I’m reminded of how great zines and the zine world is. Zines cover so much ground. I’m excited to order a zine about being a woman working on a fishing boat that’s reviewed in this issue. Clint Johns’s column about his time […]

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ZINES OF THE CRIME #1, $5, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 40pgs.

Zines of the Crime: Showdown at the Rawhide is an absurdist tale written by “Jack Klugman Hernandez” and illustrated by Nicholas Gentile. It is one part Jasper Fforde, one part DB Pedlar, and another part all its own. While there are illustrations, it isn’t a graphic novel, nor is it straightforward fiction. The opening line […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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