CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN BLOOM, $4 or trade, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, copied, 40 pgs.

Mar 23, 2017

In this comics zine, Chris Kill documents his pilgrimage to the Young Street Bridge, a mecca for Nirvana fans, as Cobain spent some time there in his youth and may have in fact lived there for a stint. Before his trek as an adult to Cobain’s hometown, Kill recounts his teenage obsession with Nirvana, echoing my adolescent experience with punk: buying bootleg CDs, reading countless biographies and zines, arguments in high school about what band is better. There’s a refreshing lack of pessimism in his panels. For example, in finally arriving to Aberdeen, Wash., Kill experiences a near religious experience: “Something definitely touched my soul.” He returns home euphoric. From start to finish, Cherry Blossoms in Bloom is an engrossing slice of life zine, with minimal artwork that recalls Ben Snakepit. At once uplifting and relatable, Cherry Blossoms proves that a life spent making noise just might make a life well spent for someone else. –Sean Arenas (Chris Kill, 11051 Grassyglen Dr., Houston, TX 77064)