THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON ADDICTION: WHERE THEY COME FROM AND HOW WE HEAL, $4, 5½” x 8½”, 15 pgs.

I thought a lot about Crimpshrine’s “Wake Up” while reading This Is Your Brain On Addiction because, as Jeff Ott says, “…everyone’s addicted to something” and “it’s OK as long as you feel love inside,” which is true. But also, there’s a lot of stuff that doesn’t get done when one’s addicted. Like mopping the floor, seeing your friends, getting to work on time, and doing anything that’s not a part of bending the day to meet the addiction itself. Harper does a good job of explaining where the condition can come from—sometimes it’s a “coping skills gone awry”—how they work, and how one can go about taking their life back, however incrementally, from that behavior or substance. This zine might be helpful for those who are suffering from the condition, but it humanizes addiction for unfamiliar readers, too. Zines like this will probably lead to more conversations around the topic, which in turn might mean less loneliness and less shame and more compassion and help, which would be awesome. –Jim Joyce (Microcosm, 2752 N Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227)