Zine Reviews

PANDEMIC ERA NYxHC PARK SHOW, $3 or trade, 4¼” x 5 ½”, copied, 16pgs.

Previously mentioned Liz Jones (see Crappy World #2 review) apprehensively attended a huge hardcore show in Tompkins Square Park in April 2021. At the time it was the biggest hardcore show gathering since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020. Liz starts by giving a little history of shows happening in the park and how they’re […]

PANDEMIC ERA NYxHC PARK SHOW: A SCENE REPORT, $3 or trade, 4¼” x 5 ½”, copied, 16pgs.

Hell yes! This is just what I’m looking for in a zine: a keen eye dissecting a specific event. In this case, Liz Jones is a fly on the wall at the now-infamous Madball show in Tompkins Square Park in April 2021, an event widely criticized as a potential superspreader event on the cusp of […]

RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK, 8½” x 5½”, copied, 28 pgs.

In 2021, I was in a rich person’s high-rise apartment complex in one of the more populated Seattle neighborhoods surrounding downtown. Facing westward, I could see the streets of downtown where police had activated their sirens to begin their attempt at quelling the crowds of BLM protestors futilely attempting to make their voices heard. And […]

SHOUTS / PERFORMER 2022, $?, 5½” x 8½”, printed, 13 pgs.

A thirteen-page excerpt of a chapter book of experimental and abstract writings from Mark Sonnenfeld. Each page contains a cascading set of words in different fonts jumbled together that don’t seem to have any connecting theme, rhyme, or reason. The only thing in common is they all contain lots of exclamation marks, and, in the […]

TRIAL AND ERROR COLLECTIVE #13, $3 ppd., 5½” x 8½”, printed, 26 pgs.

Washington music collective of music nerds publishing a very nice, donation-only, risograph-printed zine (risograph printing instantly makes a zine more interesting to look at in my opinion). Contains new music that the collaborators love, some fill-in-the-blank music limericks, a review of Peter Laughner’s box set, and an interview with an Ugandan musician producing a genre-defying […]

TRUST #216, €4, 11½” x 8½”, printed, 68 pgs.

Ah, Trust. I hate to tell you that my Deutsche has not improved much since we last spoke. I see your English has also not moved towards my direction. Now that we have that language barrier out of the way, let us begin. Once again, we have a sleekly designed punk zine, dishing out reviews […]

WEIRD THING, THE #10, free, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 24 pgs.

I sure hope the author has saved copies of these zines for his or her or their kids to read when they grow up, because I can’t imagine who else would want to read this. Despite the word “weird” in the title, there’s nothing weird about this. It’s stream of consciousness diary material from someone […]

WEIRD THING, THE #7, free, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 20 pgs.

The inside front cover of this issue addresses the reader with a note that reads, “This is the nonrepresentational issue. If it’s the first time you’ve read TWT, I apologize.” Which begs the question, what style of zine, what theme or type of message do the other issues in this series communicate to the readers? […]

WHY DO I GET HIGH, $5.95, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 30 pgs.

This is essential reading. If you aren’t an addict, you have an addict in your life. I’ve been surrounded by addicts throughout my life, and I’m at a point now where I’m worried I’m one too. I was straight edge up until age forty, but then I figured, hey I’m a responsible adult with my […]

WORLD ENDS WITH A POOT, THE, $12, 7” x 9½”, riso printed, 16 pgs.

This gorgeous three-color risograph-printed comic book gracefully tells an epic story that spans the time between one of the earth’s first extinction events and the last. Readers are guided through this story by a narrator, a self-evolved bioandroid on another planet recounting the extinctions, and a mostly-silent tardigrade who experienced the extinctions firsthand before fleeing […]

XEROGRAPHY DEBT #53, 8½” x 5½”, black and white, printed, 60 pgs.

The task presented in front of me is one of tautological torment. How does one review zine reviews? I don’t know and I refuse to contemplate the question. The exercise becomes an ever increasingly hectic staring into the abyss type scenario. Instead, I commend Xerography Debt being pleasantly laid out and easy to flip through. […]

XEROGRAPHY DEBT #54, $4.95, 5½” x 8½”, printed, 63 pgs.

Zine reviews zine with a few columnists in the frontend. This issue’s columns include interviews with other zinesters asking, “What do you do for a day job?”, an autobiographical column from a zinester talking about his childhood, growing up, and how he was able to create his zine for so many years as an adult […]

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