HOT TAG #3, $3, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, copied, 24 pgs.

A gripping and emotionally affecting tale of a young man whose bond with friends in the wrestling fan world gets him through some serious personal problems. The editor Dan, and the subject JW Grizzle, tag team the story. Their to-the-point prose and clear love for wrestling and friendship give the story’s centerpiece—a blow-by-blow of a wrestling role-playing game session—a surprising sense of action and emotional depth, as the friends find redemption in their imaginary and day-to-day lives. I never thought I’d be so touched by a scene where a guy stuck at home with a DUI tapes his phone to his fridge to record himself talking smack for a role-playing game, but here I am. –Chris Terry (hottag.bigcartel.com)