Zine Reviews

REMOTE OUTPOSTS, $6+$4 shipping, 6”x8”, full glossy color, 32pgs.

This is a solid photozine collecting pictures by Greg Harvester from 1997-present (the majority, however, span 2021-22). Most depict, you guessed it, “remote outposts” encountered on his travels: bridges, signs, gravestones, some people, some scenery. There’s very little “scene” photography as a matter of personal preference on Harvester’s part. The zine is printed in full […]

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RITUAL VIEW#1, $2 or trade, 8½” x 7”, stapled, 33 pgs.

The subtitle for this inaugural issue is “An overview of Satanic moral panics.” Andrew, the “recovering anarchist” author, reviews several books that cover cults, religion, and problematic social movements. Andrew takes a deep dive into The Storm Is upon Us, a book about the rise of QAnon, and a couple of books that have to […]

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SMELLY CURB NERD ZINE, $12, 8½” x 5½”, stapled, 36 pgs.

Donny Humes of Smelly Curb zine fame and John Lucero of Black Label Skateboards collaborate on a zine focusing on skating curbs and the 2022 Deckaid Ohio art show. The zine starts with the adorable retelling of Humes’s and Lucero’s hang sesh in Ohio. There’s something sweet about two middle-aged skaters hitting up thrift stores, […]

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SOMETHING FOR NOTHING #81, two stamps, 5½” x 8½”, 40pgs.

This issue of the prolific Something For Nothing is largely an in-depth overview (oxymoronic turn of phrase, I know, but one that suits the zine format) of the albums of Crass (and one of Penny Rimbaud’s). It’s not necessarily groundbreaking, being Crass journalism, but it’s still entertaining and, in terms of Crass journalism, well-done and […]

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SQUISH! DAYS OF THE GRUMBLE, $15, full-color, 5½” x 8½”, 12pgs.

This is a comic zine meant to accompany the debut album by Squish! in the time-honored tradition of marrying the concept album to the visual arts. I didn’t realize this until I got to the very end and read the credits; the comic itself is a bit disjointed but nonetheless satisfying as a one-off. The […]

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STRANGE TAPES: VHS ODDITIES UNEARTHED #12, $6, 5½” x 8½”, color cover, 36 pgs.

This issue of Strange Tapes includes an interview with Jiana Estes of the Chicago-based experimental theater group Hot Kitchen regarding her video Pissing Buddies. Strange Tapes also contains several reviews of VHS tapes: some discovered like The CTC Pasta Express Instructional Videotape (1990) and some more recent fare like a current film called Bubblegum (2022) […]

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TWO PACK, $8.21, 5½” x 8½”, printed, 24 pgs.

In a handwritten note that accompanied Two Pack, its creator said the zine “looks at how we observe the world around us through the lenses of our phones.” Indeed, the photos that make up this full-color zine are of international tourists who have traveled to London and are hoisting their phones up high, either with […]

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WEIRD THING, THE #3, $?, 5½” x 8 ½”, 20pgs.

Reading previous RZC reviews of The Weird Thing, I knew pretty much what to expect: stream-of-consciousness slice-of-life writing in twenty pages per issue, printed in, it seems, a run of ten each issue. This issue continues the theme of parenting being exhausting, day-to-day life stuff, a funeral, a vacation, the family’s pool, et cetera. It’s […]

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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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