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SHARDS OF GLASS IN YOUR EYE #6
$3, 5½” x 8½”, photocopied, 28 pgs.
By Kurt Morris

This zine is comprised of some humorous bits and other randomness. It’s done in a cut and paste style reminiscent of how I did my zines back in high school and how I really feel like all true zines should be done.


RAILROAD SEMANTICS #1
$7.95, 5 ½” x 7”, paperback, 64 pgs.
By Kat Jetson

Recommended exclusively for tramps


RADVOCATE #4, THE
$2, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, photocopied, 28 pgs.
By Dave Brainwreck

Somebody might like this, and these people are definitely putting serious thought and energy into it­—it’s just that reading short stories about going to parties, especially where the character has extensive dialogue with “petite girl,” is so rarely ever what I wanna read, anywhere.


PUBLIC STREETS, CORPORATE POWER
$?, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, hardstock cover, photocopied on recycled paper, 35 pgs.
By Todd Taylor

The full subtitle sums up this zine’s focus up: How cable companies, phone companies, electrical companies, and their relatives are using our own streets to hold our lives hostage. Inside, is a geeky (said affectionately and self-applied), warm, knowledgeable treatise on the history and application of getting utilities to their destination in America.


PAPAS, THE
5 ½” x 8”, photocopied, 30 pgs.
By Craven

The male hegemony rewards no one, except for, maybe, the wealthy at the top who were born into it and, yet, somehow believe they’re self-made men. It’s a humbling work that attacks the entire system of patriarchy, demanding everyone take account of how they play into it, and encouraging them to resist it.


OVERDOSING IN REPUBLICAN WORLD #1
5 ½” x 8 ½”, 40 pgs., $3
By Matt Average

. This was a pretty interesting read the whole way through, and I did find myself re-reading sections before I had even finished reading through the entire issue once.


MEDIA JUNKY #16
$1, 5½” x 8½”, photocopied, ? pgs.
By Kurt Morris

If you’re interested in learning about more zines and some new music, definitely check Media Junky out.


MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL #346
$4, 8 ½” x 11”, newsprint, 128 pgs.
By Dave Brainwreck

My grandmother wouldn’t subscribe me to MRR for Christmas that year because she didn’t like the cover. That’s probably the simplest and best way to describe this magazine if you somehow haven’t come across it


MAXIMUM ROCK ‘N’ ROLL February 2012
$4, 8½” x 11”, newsprint, 128 pgs.
By CT Terry

Upstart newsprint music zine from the Bay Area.


LOOSELEAF #3
$?, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, photocopied, 16 pgs.
By Dave Brainwreck

Short, stylized “vignettes” (for lack of a better word) that go for some “oomph!” but underwhelm pretty hard.


HEY HEY LONESOME
$6, 4 ¼” x 5 ½”, 63 pgs.
By Kurt Morris

I’ve read other material by Gnade and felt this was some of his better stuff (although I do prefer his novel Hymn California the most). This would certainly serve as a fine introduction for those who wanted to get to know his work.


HEAT AND THE HOT EARTH, THE
$6, 4 ¼” x 5 ½”, 61 pgs.
By Kurt Morris

My problem with The Heat and the Hot Earth was the utilization of dreams as a centerpiece. This is primarily because the dreams are all told in such detail: how the person looked, what they did and what followed, what was in a room or the inflection on their face.


GENEVA13 #16
$3, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, 60 pgs.
By Dave Brainwreck

This issue’s theme is creative reuse, and the bulk of this is three long interviews—one man makes instruments out of garbage, another works to fix up and preserve antiquated steam-powered machinery, and one couple makes furniture out of reclaimed wood.


EVERYTHING DIES #7
$5, 6” x 9”, offset, 32 pgs.
By Kurt Morris

I’m not sure I understand this comic zine. Was there an edition before this that put things in context? It all seems rather short and simplistic.


DWELLING PORTABLY, Collection #5
5 ½” x 8”, photocopied, 56 pgs.
By Craven

What kind of regressive fetishism of the archaic is this?


BLACK PELICAN #2
$?, 5½” x 8½”, photocopied, ? pgs.
By Kurt Morris

There’s not much here—I suspect the main draw is that it comes with a mix CD.


TAZEWELL’S FAVORITE ECCENTRIC #11
$3, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, copied, 20 pgs.
By Katie Dunne

Things were really tough for a while, tough like rape and death, tough like realizing someone you love cares more about heroin than you, but she’s happy now with someone who respects her.


TASTEMAKER #1
$4, 8 ½” x 11”, copies, 34 pgs.
By Daryl Gussin

Instinctively, not what you’d expect from a punk zine, but, according to Matt, he doesn’t want Tastemaker to only be confined to punk.


STARTING FROM ANCHORAGE
$2, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, copied, 24 pgs.
By Katie Dunne

A chapbook of poems, the best of which are simple, sturdy poems about place and movement, and the worst of which are Facebook-based exquisite corpse exercises.


RIOT 77 #15
3 €, printed, 8 ½” x 11 ½”, 55 pgs.
By Steve Hart

Chock full of high-definition pictures on glossy pages, Riot 77 doesn’t leave a whole lot of wasted space.


RADVOCATE, THE #3
$2, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, 28 pgs.
By Dave Brainwreck

Read the treatise on how the fans at Phish shows (the writer’s favorite band) have changed over the years, trudge through the mundane skating-tour of Europe journal, glance over the bad photos and art, and cling on for dear life through the even worse short stories...


PUNKS! PUNKS! PUNKS! #5
$2, 8 ½” x 11, 20 pgs.
By Matt Average

From out of Danville comes this zine that sheds a little light on what’s happening up in the Bay Area.


PUBLICK OCCURANCES #13
$2 or trade, quarter-size, photocopied and screened, 24 pgs.
By Billups Allen

Publick Occurances artist Danny Martin draws eerie and mildly surreal black line portraits.


NO ONE WILL SYNDICATE ME
8 ½” x 11”, 26 pgs., $3
By Dave Brainwreck

It can be pretty funny and endearing at times, and not to discourage the ambitions of the author, but I can’t see many newspapers that would want to run a comic strip largely speaking the language and in-jokes of an insular subculture.


NEW SPEEDWAY BOOGIE TO CUMBERLAND BLUES
$?, 3 ½” x 4 ¼”, color copied, 16 pgs.
By Nighthawk

It’s only one piece of paper, but this one piece is filled with news clippings, photos, and other stuff on both sides.




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