Zine Reviews

STOWAWAYS, THE #20, 5½” x 8½”, 36 pgs.

Another solid issue of The Stowaways, bittersweet because of the author Christopher Gyorgyovich’s imminent move to Budapest. As an often locally oriented zine, one has to wonder what’s next for The Stowaways. I know my publishing practice (if you can call it that) changed drastically when I moved the very short distance from my hometown […]

TELEPATHY MACHINE, THE,$?, 4⅛” x 5½”, printed, 12 pgs.

A mini-chapbook from a larger poetry collection. Contains twelve individual poems all relating to the mind. Wishes for mind reading, a way to achieve closeness between individuals, honesty, truth, and the white noise that can become constant and overpowering inside all of our minds. Would telepathy bring us closer together if we could read each […]

WEIRD THING, THE #9, free, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 24 pgs.

A stream-of-consciousness zine that starts mid-thought (I would say “mid-narrative” if a narrative existed), The Weird Thing continues to do what it does best: serve as a catchall receptacle for whatever pops up in its creator’s mind at any given time. From what I gathered in #9, its creator is a dad who hesitantly goes […]

ZISK #34, $3, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 32 pgs.

Zisk is a zine about baseball created primarily by punks. I’ve read more issues of Zisk than I’ve watched baseball games in the last decade, so I don’t know anything about baseball but I enjoy good sports writing that’s willing to step outside of the sport itself and explore how it relates to culture, or […]

AND SO… #2, $6, 8½” x 5½”, printed, 36 pgs.

Johnny Ryan, James Stokoe, Peter Bagge. These are just a few of the names that I’m reminded of when my eyes take in the pages of Trashy Dream’s And So…. Projecting outwardly, its essence of “one thing and then another,” the drama piles on for our heroes, already sweating the eminent attack from the Psycho […]

BEHIND THE ZINES #16, $4, 5½” x 8½”, printed, 40 pgs.

This issue of the biannually released Behind the Zines centers around the theme “Zines Saved My Life.” Many of the contributors shared their very personal stories of just how zines made an impact on them, some in terms of their identity, and many how this media and culture saved their mental and physical health. Reading […]

CRAPPY WORLD #2, $8 or trade,8½” x 11”, 16pgs.

Former Razorcake reviewer and Penny frontperson, Liz Jones, put together a very rando zine with the help of their two tiny children Darby (age ten) and Archie (age six). Just because these lads are small does not mean they don’t have little deranged minds. To give you an example, it starts with a comic penned by Archie titled “The […]

D.I.Y. ZINE #1, free, 11” x 17”, newsprint, 20 pgs.

This newspaper-style zine gives me hope. It features interviews with and features on activists of all kinds, from older folks who have spent decades working to better the world for human and non-human animals to young people who are out there bringing a new energy to this work. There are people involved in Food Not […]

FLUKE #20, $5 + 2.50 postage, 5¼” x 7½”, color offset, 64 pgs.

This new issue of Matthew Thompson’s long-running zine has “Big Mud” as a theme—punk is a river, with tributaries contributing to the overall flow. The metaphor itself comes from Mike Watt, so it’s no surprise that a sprawling, engaging interview with the man in the van with the bass in his hand is the centerpiece […]

FOREVER AND EVERYTHING #8, 8½” x 5½”, color, 52 pgs.

Mr. Bravo returns with another round of humorous bummers. We live, we laugh, we love. But we don’t really laugh because everything is a little bit sad. The good news is that everything is a little bit funny. Life passes before us in flashes of sad and funny, over and over and over. Forever. This […]

IB64, March 2023, free, 3” x 8½”, copied, 12 pgs.

This is the last issue of a zine by prisoners, published on the eve of the editor getting out on parole after eleven and a half years. It features movie reviews, drawings, a “scumbag informant of the month” feature, and a longer piece about criminal justice reform and how people can get involved by doing […]

MEETING COMICS #26, $6, 5½” x 5½”, copied, 36 pgs.

I’ve read a few of Andrew Neal’s comics before and the main I take away is… I love the art! The stories are largely celebrations of alternative people, lost in the wonder and majesty of being unsure what tomorrow will bring. Adventure calls, after all. There’s a rule of comedy magical realism at play, generally. […]

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