Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Two of the Zines I Read This Summer

Narcolepsy Press Review #7
By Randy Robbins, PO Box 17131 / Anaheim, CA / 92817-7131 USA / narcolepsypresszine@hotmail.com
Randy opens his zine with some quotes, his Top 5 TV Shows and his Top 5 “most remarkable and beautiful celebrity girls”: that girl who played Ramona, Kaley Cuoco and Kate Middleton, to name three out of five. There are some cute illustrations by his daughter, which have an anime feel to them and he writes about some books he recently read…and then the extensive letters section begins. I can’t imagine having to type up that many letters from their handwritten originals so they will print nicely in a zine! Most of the letters are sent from prison or non-incarcerated zinesters. This issue's zine reviews include many reviews for fellow zine review zines – I had no idea there were so many! And here I am, a zine review zine reviewing another zine review zine. In one of the letters Randy’s correspondent mentions “the possibility of there one day being nothing but zine review zines reviewing other zine review zines”.

Beautiful Mess #2 and #3
By Sarala, sleepswthghosts@yahoo.ca / sleepswthghosts.etsy.com
I read a review for Sarala’s zine in Broken Pencil and contacted her about trading, which she agreed to. Her zines are beautifully done cut n’ paste perzines. In the introduction of 2009’s issue #2 she agonizes about why she even makes zines, but I think for a lot of us zines are sometimes creative therapy. I think it feels good and helps me understand things more when I write things out. A lot of the writing in these zines reminds me of my own journal writing when I’m trying to clear my head. Issue #3 is the Polaroid Issue and is printed completely in colour. The vibrant colours really showcase Sarala’s talent for the art of cut n’ paste zines.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Zine Reviews from Photocopy Press #3

Call&Response #4: Windows
Edited by Gianni Simone, jb64jp@yahoo.co.jp,
3-3-23 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama-shi, 226-0027 Kanagawa-ken, Japan
This issue of Call&Response is all about what the contributors can see out their windows. I thought this sounded like it was going to be a very interesting zine and couldn’t wait to read it. Almost everyday at work I would read one or two stories and was delighted with every single one. They were all so different and original - as different as each view the writer could see. Contributors come from all over the globe: the US, Canada, Japan, Spain, Denmark, Turkey, Sweden, the UK, Australia, Portugal and Singapore. They don’t just write about exactly what they see: a tree, a sidewalk, maybe a squirrel or two. No, they all start in the same place, looking out their windows, and end up painting lovely stories about their lives and their cultures. There’s the queer American teenager living with his homophobic father, there’s the girl from Singapore who wakes up to school children playing band music and recalls her own happy school days. There’s Kris Mininger from Spain who lives in a rather interesting apartment near a cathedral. He shares stories about his wife’s family, including how her grandmother used to sew their pet rooster up after getting in fights while he roamed the streets all day. There are black and white photos for each story and the centre pages include colour photographs from K. Frank Jensen’s home in Denmark. I highly recommend this zine.
I’d like to take a moment and share what I see out my window. I recently moved to a new house and I have some interesting window views. From my bedroom and kitchen window I can see another country. I live in Canada, but I can see the tall buildings across the river that make up downtown Detroit. From my shower window, I can see a street light. I have never had a window in my shower before. It is very odd to be washing my hair while watching a streetlight go from green, to yellow, to red. The rest of the windows aren’t that exciting…just the neighbour’s roof, the driveway, the street and the little backyard which has a barbed wire fence because it backs onto land owned by Ford Motor Company. I have spotted some interesting wildlife in the backyard: common sparrows, morning doves and robins, but also a blue jay and a family of squirrels, one of which is distinctly half black and half brown.

Don’t Tread on Me! #9
Co-Edited by Ratso and Johnny Misanthropy, ratso27@gmail.com, DTMzine.blogspot.com
I liked this zine, because it was a zine. It was cut and pasted. It has an alligator on the cover that probably took less than a minute to draw. There were reviews of found garbage and an interview about the alligator cover. It was just a zine being a zine and it doesn’t seem to care what anyone thinks about it, yet it was sent to me, addressed to Photocopy Press, with no accompanying note. I can only assume they want me to review it. I read it the same night I got it and am now writing this review as soon as I finished. Maybe they will put a quote from this review on their next cover. Their current cover quote is: “[DTM!] is awkward and ugly in general. – MRR”.  Ugly and awkward isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Maybe that’s what they’re trying to say… It’s one of those zines that appears to be put together by a group of friends, which I think would just be the greatest thing ever - to have actual in-person zine friends to put together fun zines with. For some reason I find myself wondering, is this truly a zine put together by a group of friends having fun, or is it one lonely zinester just pretending it’s that sort of zine because they like reading zines like that? Then I realize…no, that’s just something I occasionally think about doing, surely no one actually does that. I hope. My kitten enjoyed chewing on one of the corners.

Erik and Laura-Marie Magazine #48
By Laura-Marie, robotmad@gmail.com, dangerouscompassions.blogspot.com
I liked this issue of ELM right from the beginning: the cover is a collage of stamps from around the world. Perhaps Laura-Marie collected these stamps through zine trades and letters, which makes it all the nicer. There are a bunch of zine and book reviews, and as always I find myself highlighting a few to check out. There was also a piece called Cat Love which was touching, since I recently lost my cat friend of eighteen years. She also writes about Girl Love, which was another wonderful piece. There is a bit about Laura-Marie and Erik’s trip to the San Francisco Zine Fest 2010 and some poetry, including some poems about wizards by Erik.

Erik and Laura-Marie Magazine #49
By Laura-Marie, robotmad@gmail.com, dangerouscompassions.blogspot.com
The cover of this issue is full of fish and bugs, which looks pretty neat. There are some poems (I especially liked Ode to Tomorrow) and two thought provoking articles: Delayed Gratification Requires Security and Take Back the Word (that word being slut). There are just a few book and zine reviews and then Laura-Marie interviews the Erik of Erik and Laura-Marie Magazine, which was pretty cute.

Johnny America #4
Published by The Moon Rabbit Drinking Club & Benevolence Society, johnnyamerica@johnnyamerica.net
PO Box 44-2001 / Lawrence, KS / 66044
This is a 40 page litzine I found on Etsy. Usually it is hard for me to find short stories I like…I try reading the fiction magazines in Chapters but I think most of them are boring and pointless. But Johnny America was different – it was actually entertaining, witty and thoroughly enjoyable. Several different writers contributed stories and I enjoyed almost every single one. I am definitely going to seek out more issues of Johnny America.

Narcolepsy Press Review #6
By Randy Robbins, PO Box 17131 / Anaheim, CA / 92817-7131 / USA
Another excellent issue by Randy. This one starts off with “What I Did for my Summer”, which includes a Donnas concert. Then there are two detailed lists: one of books recently read and the other of Randy’s top 25 played songs. This is followed by an extensive letters section and then the zine reviews begin! There are also some comics and interesting clippings and zine ads. You’ll find plenty of cool things to check out after reading this zine.

The Perfect Day
Edited by Janell Hoon, janell.tk, janell.hoong@gmail.com,
cover by Sarah Amnah
The Perfect Day is a ¼ sized zine packed full of people’s ideal 24 hours. Janell did an excellent job of collecting so many varied, creative and well written perfect days. Some are straight forward and include indulgent baths, full mailboxes, good food and good friends. Others, such as #21 by April Inez Kaplowitz from Portland, Oregon writes about her perfect day embodying Portland sunshine, apparently something that isn’t around very often. Sharifah N. offers several choices, varying from good to very best, while Sharlene Lim can’t seem to make her mind up just what her perfect day would include. I loved reading this zine and I hope Janell will consider making a second issue. I submitted a perfect day for this zine, but as time goes by I think my idea of a perfect day changes. Check out the excerpt from this zine on page 10.

Poetry MFA, a zine about grad school
By Green Lacewing, greenlacewingwoman@yahoo.com
This is a small ¼-sized, 12 page zine all about Green Lacewing’s experiences during grad school. I really have no idea what grad school is like, especially for a poetry MFA, and I enjoyed finding out about this topic. The writing is nice, flows easily and has a personal touch.

The Remnants, Chapter One
By Harley R. Pageot, waltzingwiththeopensea@hotmail.com, alongwaltz.etsy.com
785 Wolfberry Crt. / Oshawa, ON /
L1K 2J2 / Canada
Herein lies a superhero origin story. The story takes place in Toronto on New Year’s with a group of twenty-somethings. I’m not sure what to make of it yet, since this is just chapter one, but I’m interested to read more.

Shards of Glass in Your Eye #3
By Kari Tervo, shardsofglassinyoureye@gmail.com
This is a funny little zine hailing from Beverly Hills. It was sent in a neat manila envelope with a professional looking cover letter right before Christmas, and I have to admit that I just skimmed the cover letter and then put it in my bag of zines to read and…forgot about it for awhile. I finally read it in April and I’m very happy I did. I think this zine falls into the comic-perzine category, if such a category exists. I seem to share a very similar sense of humour with the creator of this zine, Kari. I honestly laughed out loud at a few parts. There was also an intriguing essay called “In Defense of Thin Women” which I have chosen to reprint in this issue of Photocopy Press. But the whole cover letter and clean envelope thing got me thinking…if this zine had arrived in an envelope covered in dragon stickers and there was a hot pink post-it note stuck on the cover of the zine saying, “Hey, read my zine!” I may have actually read it right away. Is it weird that in zine culture it seems more acceptable to be untidy and unprofessional? Or is it just me and that happens to be one of the reasons I enjoy zines so much?

she was ready for anything. #10
By Alana, awkwardstage@hotmail.com, awkwardstage.etsy.com
A happy accident at the printers makes this issue of she was ready for anything. a full-colour zine! Woo-hoo! This is a perzine with some lovely cut n’ paste, made even lovelier by the uncommon presence of colour. In this issue Alana writes about friendships, relationships, troubles with sleep and missing her days of film photography. This issue also includes a mini-zine tucked into the last page, titled Ten years ago today…or a day just like today. The zine is about how Alana first got into zines ten years ago and her journey since. I love hearing about how people first discovered and first started making zines, so I really enjoyed this mini.

Silly Little Song #8: Catch Us If You Can
By Ariko Kitsu, pureandeasy.michikusa.jp,
Ariko’s zines are beyond adorable. This issue is all about travelling. There are pages about making your own guide book, travel fashion, song lists for different forms of travel, shopping and eating, relaxing, your hotel room, making a travel scrap book, things to do while in Japan, what Ariko packs in her suitcase and a convenient packing checklist. Every single page is neatly handwritten and covered in cute illustrations.

Edited by Sabrina Simon, sundaymorningdistro@live.com
33 Bosworth Lane / Willingboro, NJ / 08046 USA
This is the perfect zine for the DIY-er. This zine is full of fun little projects you can do around the house. There are instructions on how to make your own butter or cheese, how to make compost tea and a recipe for play dough, which I remember my mom used to make for us when we were kids. There is a page about how to sprout seeds by Dan Murphy and how to make a knit dishcloth by Katie Haegele. There’s also stuff about food preservation (freezing and canning), making your own applesauce, creating one of those baking soda and vinegar volcano things for the kids and some ideas for stress relief. If you’re bored and looking for some fun projects to do, then check out this cute zine.

Sugar Needle #35
Corina Fastwolf and Phlox, PO Box 66835, Portland, OR, 97290 USA
I was excited to read this zine about candy. I love candy, I especially love trying candy from other countries. I love British candy and my brother who lives in Japan gives me weird Kit Kats. The zine had a few candy reviews, an entertaining interview with a band called Guantanamobaywatch and a page in which Phlox imagined what the candy version of turducken would be. The zine was fun, I just wish it would have been longer.

Summer Tears #1
Written by Harley R. Pageot, waltzingwiththeopensea@hotmail.com, alongwaltz.etsy.com
785 Wolfberry Crt. / Oshawa, ON / L1K 2J2 / Canada
Illustrated by Andrea Manica, andrea_manica@hotmail.com
I really liked Andrea’s illustration style. I’m not sure what other zines she has made, but seeing this zine makes me want to find out! To add to her beautiful illustrations this zine has light brown pages and is printed in black and white (brown) with touches of red. The story itself, penned by Harley who makes the zine Yard Sale!, is a sweet little tale about a group of friends in the summer, one of which seems to be going through some heartbreak.

Teaching Nutrition
By Sabrina Simon, sdsimon3@hotmail.com,
33 Bosworth Ln. / Willingboro, NJ / 08046 USA
This is a little zine Sabrina made for a Teaching as a Profession class project. It explores the eating habits of school children and ways to help make healthy eating part of children and teens’ lives. When I was in grade ten I took a health and nutrition class. It was my favourite and most useful class of my entire high school career. I agree with this zine, that if kids are taught about healthy eating and are given the opportunity to follow healthy lifestyles, they will take part and become healthy adults.

this kitty. #1
By Jen Y., jeneration.y@hotmail.com, alongwalt.etsy.com
The title is in homage to the band that dog. Cute. This is a nice, little ¼-sized zine by Jen Y. There’s a story about meeting an on-line friend in-person and I’m not sure if it is fiction or non-fiction…There are some other bits of writing, poetry and drawings too. It looks like it’s been typed on a real typewriter, not just typewriter font on the computer. That plus the simple illustrations give the zine a very nice perzine aesthetic that I enjoyed.

 Yard Sale #7
By Harley R. Pageot, waltzingwiththeopensea@hotmail.com, alongwaltz.etsy.com
785 Wolfberry Crt. / Oshawa, ON /
L1K 2J2 / Canada
Another wonderful issue of Yard Sale!. In this issue Harley writes about high school, his previous jobs at Wal-Mart and Zellers and his current university studies. The second half is made up of writing he has contributed to other zines. There is an inspiring piece called Everything is Broken about how he formed the arts collective Broken Arts and a touching piece about the passing of two of his pet cats that he had known his whole life. I also enjoyed the two lists,
one titled 5 Signs We’re All Doomed and the second one titled …And 5 We’re Not.  This sounds like it would’ve been an interesting compzine but apparently it hasn’t been published.

Young Adventurer’s Guide to Inanimate Creatures
Let’s Learn About: The Parking Lot Sock, The Cassette, The Tea Cup
By Alana, awkwardstage@hotmail.com, awkwardstage.etsy.com
This is the second set of Young Adventurer’s Guide to Inanimate Creatures and they are just as creative and fun as the last three. These zines are like mini National Geographic magazines about everyday objects that you may not have given much thought to before. Alana explains that she has “a strange affinity for inanimate objects and their interaction with society”. After reading these informative guides you will never pass by a parking lot sock, share a mix tape or drink a cup of tea the same as before.

Zine (& Book) Reviews from Photocopy Press #2

Zine Reviews
100 Things I Love
By Harley R. Pageot, waltzingwiththeopensea@hotmail.com, alongwaltz.etsy.com
785 Wolfberry Crt. / Oshawa, ON / L1K 2J2 / Canada
This was such a nice, little zine. Maybe you could tell by the title, but it is definitely the kind of zine that will put a smile on your face. Each page is indeed something Harley loves and is put together cut n’ paste style.

A Book of Cats
By Nicholas Beckett, nuggetmatisse@hotmail.com, sonofsamorr.blogspot.com
This is such a sweet little zine for all the cat lovers out there. It is super tiny (1/8th in size perchance?) and each page has a little cat masterpiece. Most are in full colour with a few black and white ones too. One of my favourites is titled “Cat napping after enjoying a Jam Sandwich”.  

Broken Arts: Year One
By Harley R. Pageot, waltzingwiththeopensea@hotmail.com, alongwaltz.etsy.com
785 Wolfberry Crt. / Oshawa, ON / L1K 2J2 / Canada
Harley runs an arts collective (Broken Arts) in his hometown of Oshawa, Ontario and this zine documents their first year: concerts, craft fairs, workshops, summer camps, a buskerfest and more! This indie arts group has done it all – some of it was a great success, other times things didn’t turn out as planned. They persevered and got through a whole year of events and are eager to continue. An aspiring zine for anyone who runs an arts collective in their own town or for people thinking of starting one up. Visit: brokenarts.ca Email: info@brokenarts.ca

Chromat: A/W 2010, musclechrome
By Becca McCharren (and Emily Kappes), Photography by Ashley Florence and Lauren Baker, Chromatgarments.com, chromat.etsy.com
I wrote a bit about Chromat in the last issue of Photocopy Press. This is a full colour, ¼-sized zine made for a fashion collection. The first half is of an outdoor photo shoot and the second half is photos of their runway show. The theme for this season’s collection was “inspired by monochromacity, body builders, muscle tendons and underwater sea tendrils”. There are some interesting and cute dresses. It’s a very nice little fashion zine and only costs one dollar plus postage!

Cinnamon Insanity #1
By E*phi, stibizi@yahoo.co.uk, http://www.ephi.etsy.com, ephilog.blogspot.com
KoBgasse 16/90 / 8010 Graz / Austria
This was a wonderful ¼-sized, 40 page zine from Austria. I love the over all look and aesthetic of this zine – E*phi uses a combination of typing, handwriting, illustrations/doodles, comics and cut n’ paste to make an amazing little zine. I don’t know what kind of photocopier she uses, but it makes the pages look really cool. The writing itself was wonderful too: heartfelt perzine writing all about school, making big decisions, having break downs about school and making big decisions…I could definitely relate. And then there were also recipes for hot and cold banana desserts! Yay!

Counterpoint #3
Edited by  Max S. L., maxstephensonlong@gmail.com, myspace.com/opinionsociety
A compzine out of the UK. This issue had an interview with a band called Ellen and the Escapades, an interview with the co-ordinator of a British festival called Green Man Festival as well as two essays in the politics section, poems, quotes and some photography.

Culture Slut #20
By Amber Forrester, amber.norrean@gmail.com, helloamber.etsy.com, hello-amber.blogspot.com
10124 Ave. Hebert #8 / Montreal, Quebec / H1H 3W5 Canada
I keep hearing about Amber’s zine Culture Slut from other people’s zines and I have checked out her blog and now I finally got around to mailing away for some zines from her. I must say, I was not let down by the hype. I expected a wonderful zine, and that’s exactly what I got! Amber is a talented perzine writer. In this issue she writes about moving from a small town in Ontario to Montreal. She also writes about her first Pride experience, Diva Cups, her cats and lots of other stuff, all cut and pasted into this great little zine.

Culture Slut #21 / Stab Heart #11
By Amber Forrester, amber.norrean@gmail.com, helloamber.etsy.com, hello-amber.blogspot.com
10124 Ave. Hebert #8 / Montreal, Quebec / H1H 3W5 Canada
And Stab Heart by Jane, janeboston@gmail.com, theexits.livejournal.com
PO Box 398 / Baltic, Ohio / 43804 USA
The 21st issue of Culture Slut (March 2010) is a split-zine with Jane’s perzine Stab Heart. I liked how both had some similar content, such as a list of what they collect, words they find repulsive and things they are looking forward to. On her side, Amber writes about some books she has read, fun things she plans to do in the Spring, and some Frenchy stuff. Jane includes some photos she has taken with various cameras, writes about her goals and shares some recipes. I think these two zinesters compliment each other well and making a split zine was a super idea. I hope there will be more Culture Slut / Stab Heart split-zines in the future.

Dollar Dreadfuls
Costume Drama, Does the Cat Fish?, The Galah’s Last Hurrah, The Kid and the Echidna, The Snail’s Pacemaker, White Wings
By Nicholas Beckett, nuggetmatisse@hotmail.com, sonofsamorr.blogspot.com
Every once in awhile I go in the zine section of Etsy and search for litzines. Most of them seem to be comic zines… But recently I found these little story zines from Down Under: Dollar Dreadfuls. The writer/artist decided to write a story a day. He then published his favourites as little zines accompanied by his beautiful artwork. The zines are quarter-sized and just one page, folded. The stories are very short, but also very cute, sweet or quirky. They all have full colour artwork including a cover image and an image on the inside too. I really enjoyed these little zines and they make a nice little collection together. If I had an in-person friend who liked zines, and for some reason I was in charge of stuffing their stocking at Christmas time, I would stuff their stocking with Dollar Dreadfuls. And a chocolate orange and maybe a pair of polka dot socks.

Fake Journal (from Ravenclaw)
By E*phi, stibizi@yahoo.co.uk, http://www.ephi.etsy.com, ephilog.blogspot.com
KoBgasse 16/90 / 8010 Graz / Austria
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll recognize the name Ravenclaw. If you don’t know what it is: it’s one of the four houses at Harry’s school, Hogwarts. This zine is a fake journal by the fan-fictionalized Ravenclaw student Raven R. van Heavensong. E*phi made this Harry Potter fan-fiction zine as part of Fake Journal Month, April 2010. E*phi is a talented artist and the zine is full of beautifully illustrated journal pages which take a look at what it might be like to be a student at Hogwarts. The only small negative comment I may have is that sometimes I had trouble reading some of the handwriting, but overall I did thoroughly enjoy this zine.

Fallopian Falafel #12: Special Issue on Virginity
Editor: Hadass S. Ben-Ari, fallopian.falafel@gmail.com, fallopianfalafel.blogspot.com
Fallopian Falafel is a very sleek, feminist zine published by Hadass S. Ben-Ari in Jerusalem, Israel. It is a half-sized zine with a full colour cover and a neat and professional layout. Issue 12 is the “Special Issue on Virginity”, so inside this compzine are a few “first time” stories and poetry. There is also a touching article by Ben-Ari about her participation in the March of the Living where people visit the sites of former concentration camps from WWII and pay tribute to the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Issues 1, 2, 7, 10 and 11 are all available for PDF download on the Fallopian Falafel blog (fallopianfalafel.blogspot.com).

Fallopian Falafel #13: DIY or Die!
Editor: Hadass S. Ben-Ari, fallopian.falafel@gmail.com, fallopianfalafel.blogspot.com
The theme for this issue of Fallopian Falafel is DIY. Instead of the professional looking layout of the previous issues, it is cut n’ paste style. My favourite article in this issue was about Ben-Ari’s mom: how DIY she is and about her awesome cooking skills. Her mom even made a special bread to look like a brain for her uncle who was some sort of brain doctor. There is a picture and it does really look like a brain! Added to the articles and poetry are some zine and music reviews.

If You Give a Gay Mouse a Cookie
By Art for a Democratic Society, A4DS.ORG, etsy.com/shop/a4ds
This is a different take on the popular children’s book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The subtitle is, “A fable about mice, baked goods and civil rights.” It is a well-made zine with a full colour cover.

Killhope #1, summer 2010
By Rieka, killhope.tumblr.com, PO Box 386 / Singapore / 914013
This is Rieka’s first zine. Wow. I wish my first zine could have looked like this. This is a very aesthetically pleasing cut n’ paste perzine. I really like Rieka’s block letters, which she also used to address my envelope. The concept of this perzine was quite unique: all the thoughts that flowed through Rieka’s mind while driving with her family to a restaurant. My mind often flutters from thought to thought throughout the day, and when you think about it, it’s quite odd what your mind will jump around to. Rieka thinks about her god sister, being on a sports team that is like water polo with canoes/kayaks? (I must admit, I have never heard of this sport, so I’m a little iffy on the details), working as a waitress, friendships, jazz music, etc. It’s a nice little debut and I really enjoyed it.

Super Cool Awe Some #1
By Harley R. Pageot, waltzingwiththeopensea@hotmail.com, alongwaltz.etsy.com
785 Wolfberry Crt. / Oshawa, ON / L1K 2J2 / Canada
This zine features the early works of Harley R. Pageot. He has been writing since age five and decided to collect some of his very first endeavours in the creative writing world into this quarter sized zine. I have also been writing since a very young age and was thinking about putting together a zine of my early works, so I was very interested in getting this zine. It turned out to be an enjoyable read, ranging from some very short stories from the grade school years up until some more angsty stuff from the teen years.

Virgin #1
By Anonymous, virginzine@gmail.com
This is a little perzine published anonymously. I heard about it from We Make Zines and it arrived in my mail box in a silver envelope. The author mainly writes about what it is like to be a virgin in a homosexual environment and the comments and remarks that are made. It does seem rather unfair that no one questions heterosexuals’ sexuality, even if they are virgins, yet if you’re a homosexual you somehow have to prove it by having sex? If you are in a similar situation and have something to say about the subject, the writer is interested in submissions for future issues. You can send zine requests/questions about submitting to the above e-mail address. Because she wishes to remain anonymous, there is no mailing address provided.

Yard Sale! #5.5
By Harley R. Pageot, waltzingwiththeopensea@hotmail.com, alongwaltz.etsy.com
785 Wolfberry Crt. / Oshawa, ON / L1K 2J2 / Canada
This is the first issue of Yard Sale! I have read, and it serves as an introduction to what Yard Sale! is all about, including the history of the zine. I really enjoyed this zine and it definitely made me want to read the other issues!

Yard Sale! #4 and #5
By Harley R. Pageot, waltzingwiththeopensea@hotmail.com, alongwaltz.etsy.com
785 Wolfberry Crt. / Oshawa, ON / L1K 2J2 / Canada
After reading three of Harley’s other zines, I got issues #4 and #5 of Yard Sale! I’m thinking…Yard Sale! is one of my new favourite zines! Harley has a very open way of writing, it feels like I’ve met him just from reading his zines. It’s always nice to read a zine you can relate too. I especially loved the little part in issue #4 where he had three different contributors write about what zines mean to them. It made me realize just how much I love zines. Also in issue #4 Harley chronologically writes about his sexual experiences, which is pretty open, even for a perzine. Issue #5 focuses on Harley’s childhood as he goes back to visit his old homes and haunts and recounts his most poignant memories including childhood friendships and the trials of moving to a new town at the age of thirteen. Both issues are quarter-sized and have wonderful full colour covers. If you like perzines, you should check out these zines.

Yard Sale #6
By Harley R. Pageot, waltzingwiththeopensea@hotmail.com, alongwaltz.etsy.com
785 Wolfberry Crt. / Oshawa, ON / L1K 2J2 / Canada
Harley finished his latest issue of Yard Sale! before I published this zine, so I guess I’m reviewing almost every issue of Yard Sale! in this issue! Harley made this zine as part of the 24-Hour Zine Thing challenge. He writes about the challenge, including a time frame of what he did and when. The main theme of #6 is summer. Harley does an update of his summer goals and how his summer has been going so far. Also includes some found items and a full colour Betty and Veronica cover.

Zine World #29
Edited by Jerianne, jerianne@undergroundpress.org, undergroundpress.org
PO Box 330156 / Murfreesboro, TN / 37133 / USA
Zine World is still one of my favourite places to read zine reviews, mostly because of the sheer volume printed in each issue. (I feel like Broken Pencil has less zine reviews every issue.) In this issue I also really liked the article entitled “Zinester” by Craven Rock, exploring the word zinester. I usually use it interchangeably with zine maker, but Rock brought up a lot of interesting points and it made me think about things I hadn’t thought of before, which is always good. There was also a wonderful article titled “Everything You Wanted to Know About A Zine Fest (But Were Afraid to Ask)” by Nicole Introvert and I enjoyed the free classified section too.

Book Reviews

Whatcha Mean, What’s A Zine? (The Art of Making Zines and Mini-Comics)
By Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson
Every once in awhile I search “zine” in the library catalogue to see if they’ve added anything new. The last search I did came up with this book and the Dishwasher book. This book does act as a good intro guide into the world of zines. There’s a brief history, some info on production and folding techniques, as well as some short lists of other zine resources and zine libraries. The only thing I didn’t like was that some parts were written as if aiming for a younger audience, and indeed, this book was filed in the Junior section of the library. However, in other parts there is swearing, such as the “F-word”. Yeah, I don’t know exactly what my deal is, but I don’t swear and think it is odd to have swearing in a “children’s” book. I think the publisher should have decided what their target audience was before printing. It seems most published books about zines are geared more towards tweens and teens, it’d be nice if there was a zine book actually published for adults. (Or maybe there is and my library just doesn’t have a copy?)

Dishwasher: One Man’s Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States
By Pete Jordan, pete@dishwasherpete.com, dishwasherpete.com, PO Box 8213 / Portland, OR / 97207 / USA
This is the fist book-originally-a-zine I’ve read. I loved this book all about Pete’s backpacking around America, working in dingy dish rooms, commune dishwashing, washing dishes at a Jewish retirement home and dishing at an Alaskan fishery, just to name a few. I secretly wish all my belongings could fit in one bag and that the only food I needed was a once-a-day meal from the bus tub buffet. But then I look around my room and think oh no, I couldn’t get rid of that. And I would need to bring this. And it’d be so stressful…not knowing where my next meal was going to be. So yeah, I could never, ever do what Pete Jordan did, but I can live vicariously through this excellent book. I brought it around with me everywhere until I was finished reading it. If people asked what I was reading, I’d say, “A book about dishwashing.” Which, admittedly, sounds really boring. But Pete Jordan is a gifted writer who can clearly capture his adventurous and often humours tales of dishwashery.

Zine Reviews from Photocopy Press #1

Chromat, Issues 1, 2 and 3
By Becca McCharren (and Emily Kappes)
            I found this little full-colour zine by searching for “fashion” in the zine section of Etsy. Not a whole lot came up. But this little gem was one of the few. CHROMAT zine #1: what is chromat gives you the introduction of the fashion line Chromat. Its’ two designers, Emily Kappes and Becca McCharen, met in architecture school and now make wonderfully interesting and beautiful clothing out of “raw materials salvaged from local thrift stores, friends, relatives.” They also work on garments by mailing them back and fourth, since one lives in Lynchburg, VA and the other in Portland, OR, which I found especially interesting.
            Becca McCharen puts together the ¼ sized full-colour zines of each collection with photography by Kim Raff, Ashley Florence and the duckduck collective. The currently available collection zines are Fall 2008, which features denim, stripes and plaid, Spring 2009 which has many florals, and Fall 2009, titled “Cities and Cages”. The zines give a bit of a background of the concept for each collection, followed by photos of the finished pieces. My personal favourite was the floral Spring 2009, since I loved the cute girly-with-an-edge dresses. Oh, and the zines only cost $1. So check them out!
The zines can be purchased at: etsy.com/shop/chromat
For more information about Chromat you can visit: chromatgarments.com
Some of their garments are available here (search for Chromat): internationalplayground.com

Erick and Laura-Marie Magazine #45
By Laura-Marie
I always enjoy Laura-Marie's zines. They are neatly put together and full of non-fiction prose, poetry and reviews of books and zines Laura-Marie has read. I usually highlight a few things of interest in each zine to check out later. It was through this issue that I found out about We Make Zines!
Email: robotmad@gmail.com

Erick and Laura-Marie Magazine #47
Another great issue by Laura-Marie. She is definitely one of the most prolific zine makers out there today and I am happy to be on her mailing list. This issue is quarter-sized and 32 pages. She talks about quitting Facebook and she also writes a lot about her years as a musician. As usual there are also interesting book and zine reviews. I also liked the part about her cat’s recent names…since I tend to do that with my cat…
An excerpt from this zine is included on the next few pages.
Email: robotmad@gmail.com

Fact or Fiction #2
By Amanda and Janell
I find this zine really fun. There are several little stories in here. They are grouped together in fives and you have to guess which are fact and which are fiction. At the end of each group of five, the truth is revealed. The true stories come from the writers’ own experiences and news stories. This is the second issue I have read and look forward to more.
Contacts: Amanda, wtpp@hotmail.com, wtpp.etsy.com
Janell, me@janell.tk, www.janell.tk

The Heart Cave, Volume One: Between Owls and Hummingbirds
By Dennis Pomales
The Heart Cave is an art zine of illustrations. I found out about this zine through the “Science Fiction, Fantasy and Comic Book Zines” group at We Make Zines. It is a 20 page ¼ sized zine full of illustrations of weird creatures. It’s the kind of zine you can flip through once and then go back and revisit later for another interesting viewing.
Web: www.minotaurelab.com

Narcolepsy Press Review #4
Written and published by Randy Robbins, with Wormless Comics by Tanner Robbins.
I enjoyed this perzine where Randy writes about his stay in the hospital and then reviews many books and zines he has read. I thought it was a well written, easy to enjoy zine. I found a few zines in the review section that I'd like to check out.
Email: narcolepsypresszine@hotmail.com

Narcolepsy Press Review #5
This issue of Narcolepsy Press Review features an extensive letters section. Randy receives a lot of fan mail! The second half of the zine is dedicated to zine reviews and there are also some comics by Tabitha Robbins and Tanner Robbins. Narcolepsy Press Review is a good place to find out about new and interesting zines.
Email: narcolepsypresszine@hotmail.com

One Year of Love
By Star Blanket River Child
This is a cute little zine about Star Blanket River Child’s kitten named Kama. It tells the story of how she came about adopting Kama and their first year together. It is quarter sized with eight pages and has full colour photographs of the cute kitty.
Email: starblanketriverchild@live.ca

Potential Mode, Number One
By Jeremy Scott Nichols
Potential Mode is a comic litzine by the talented Jeremy Scott Nichols. The zine is “an anthology of various works”. Every few pages we are introduced to a new and equally engaging story, mostly with a science fiction theme. Presumably the stories will continue on through the next issues, which should make for a new and exciting zine series.
Email: potentialmode@live.com

Silly Little Song, Issue 6: “Dedicated Follower of Boys Fashion 2”
By Ariko Kitsu
            Ariko Kitsu runs the Etsy store INOMI, which is where I found her extremely cute zine Silly Little Song. I traded for issue 6, which is all about boys’ fashions. Each two page spread has a male character with his chosen style and illustrations of key pieces in his wardrobe, including his accessories. This zine is so sweet it’ll give you cavities. I have chosen to reprint Ira’s “Vintage Marine” two page spread. Other issues of Silly Little Song include titles such as: Jump Boys featuring illustrations of boys skateboarding, Last Night which is about a detective, and Tonight is Party which is about a teenager’s party.
            Ariko also makes cute little crafty items, such as silhouetted animal felt pins (which I couldn’t resist ordering two of, one is a fox, one a squirrel!). There are also adorable little change purses I am very tempted to purchase.
Etsy: etsy.com/shop/INOMI
She also has a blog here: silly-little-song.blogspot.com
And her webpage is adorable as well: pureandeasy.michikusa.jp

Violet, premiere issue
By Andreanne Gervais
This is a classic little perzine from a Canadian girl named Andreanne. It is quarter sized with a pastel pink cover and inside there is a perfect mix of cute illustrations, cut and paste art, non-fiction writing about her trip to Paris, about her cats, a check-list of non-toxic plants for pets, some recipes and a bit about African Violets. It is a sweet little perzine and I hope there will be more issues.
Email: punkolique@hotmail.com

What Did You Buy Today? volumes 20 and 26
By Kate Bingaman-Burt
These are cute little 1/4 sized zines I found on Etsy. Kate draws a little picture and writes a few sentences about an item she buys, on a daily basis. I thought it was a very interesting idea for a perzine - it is a quick little peek into Kate's life.
Website: obsessiveconsumption.com

Worn, Issue Nine
            Worn is a fashion (maga)zine full of interesting and intelligent articles. It is one of those publications that feels like it falls somewhere in-between bookstore magazines and the world of zines. I enjoyed the fashiony articles that kicked off the issue about denim menders Kill Devil Hill and Everything I Know About Fashion (I Learned from my Mother). Some of the more in-depth articles about Valentina, beauty in World War II and the keffiyeah seemed to drag on for a bit. However, the interview with fashion collectors Jonathan Walford and Kenn Norman was entertaining and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Marchesa Luisa Casati and the article about “the gender-fication of pink and blue”. There are two fashion spreads, “FutureNow” and “Nancy Drew and the High Park Hideout” which was quite cute and features the blonde, brunette and red head trio I loved reading about in grade school.
            The zine comes to a close with a back cover of street style snap shots by Vanessa Jackman and a letter from the editor Serah-Marie McMahon telling the back story of the hard work and efforts that get put into making this stand-out fashion zine. This is the kind of fashion (maga)zine for people who love clothes for their personal aesthetics, stories and history, not for people searching for the next season’s trend in the glossy pages of overpriced advertisement booklets.
This zine can be purchased at: etsy.com/shop/theHouseOfWorn

Young Adventurer’s Guide to Inanimate Creatures
By Awkward Stage/Alana
I thoroughly enjoyed these cleverly funny little zines. Young Adventurer’s Guide to Inanimate Creatures is a series of three mini zines by Awkward Stage/Alana. One is about the payphone, one about plastic bags and one about shopping carts. The mini zines consist of text and a few little illustrations. They are written as if the inanimate object is a living creature as seen in this introduction of the Shopping Cart:
Email: awkwardstage@hotmail.com
Etsy: awkwardstage.etsy.com

You’re an angel, You li’l Devil, Issue 4
This is a little quarter-sized zine with 40pages chock full of devil girl artwork and photos. Randy Robbins of Narcolepsy Press Review puts together this zine because of his fascination with devil girls. He includes all the pictures he finds and also has contributors specifically drawing devil girls for his zine. I liked browsing through the pages even if I’m not a huge devil girl fan. The favourites included the devil girls by Sam Kostka and the back cover artwork by J. Sumii.
Email: narcolepsypresszine@hotmail.com

Erick and Laura-Marie Magazine #47
Another great issue by Laura-Marie. She is definitely one of the most prolific zine makers out there today and I am happy to be on her mailing list. This issue is quarter-sized and 32 pages. She talks about quitting Facebook and she also writes a lot about her years as a musician. As usual there are also interesting book and zine reviews. I also liked the part about her cat’s recent names…since I tend to do that with my cat…
An excerpt from this zine is included on the next few pages.
Email: robotmad@gmail.com

Photocopy Press goes Digital

Due to financial reasons, the print version of Photocopy Press is going on hiatus. I'd still really like to write about zines I have read and loved, so I decided to make this blog. Hopefully sometime in the future I will return to printing the paper version of Photocopy Press and will be able to continue re-printing excerpts from zines. But for now, there will just be reviews on the web.