||[Oct. 21st, 2005|12:28 am]
blackburn zine distro
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It’s coming up: Canada’s largest zine fair and festival of alternative culture: CAN-ZINE:
Sunday October 30th
1214 Queen Street W.
(just east of Dufferin)
The Event runs from 1-7:00 pm and admission is free.
Come and say hi if you’re in the Toronto area.
Also coming soon is the new Slingshot organizer as well as some news concerning live zine readings in December so come back for updates!
Travis writes punk rock zines in the spirit of mid 90s hardcore. DIY, community, punk houses, politics fill this stenciled and well laid out zine. You would file this somewhere in-between Spectacle zine and HaC back when it was on the cutting edge. Only this zine is about now and it’s still wondering, wandering, and interviewing on things that seem so vital and important. Travis dissects and questions people like Sam Mcpheeters (Men’s Recovery Project), Lance Hahn (J Church) and May from Tree of Knowledge Distro. Travis writes, “Let us live honest as hunger, earnest as sunrise.”
A handful of vignettes written by Lew about a number of friends, and ties well spent with them. Lw’s writing style is kind of choppy, full of fragment sentences that are nonetheless pregnant with meaning. Blurt! is a “per-zine” for sure, but it looks really nice—the layout is simple but very inviting and quite well done, unlike too many zines these days. The absurd and funny drawings that break up the chapters of this zine are also a nice touch. There are some standard stories of traveling, hanging out, road-tripping, etc but overall this zine is more memorable than most in the genre. Worth checking out. (MRR #269)
Lickety Split #1
I met Amber, the editor of this little mag, at the 6th annual Montreal Anarchist bookfair. Her table was beside mine, and before long, I had to see what all the fuss at her table was all about. Her mag, a smut-zine for 18+ had me curious. This issue is filled with articles, photos and stories, vintage porn and comics not to mention interviews with Candy Ass, Holy Moly, Wolf Parade, and Pony Up. I was skeptical at first and I didn’t want to be a smut peddler, but this zine is pretty cool. Great slection of submissions, and a great layout, properly printed and everything, but still, like a zine.
Lickety Split #2
From Montreal this self-professed “smut-zine” contains graphic art, a found photo contest, various articles and stories, comics, an interview with Duchess Says and a lot more. This isn’t Suicide Girls. This truly is a smart, punk-minded and fun alternative forum for sexual expression. Great layout, printed, with a 3-colour cover and, like.. uh, pictures of naked people and stuff.
Snakepit #34 / Gullible #26
A sudden and unexpected departure from Ben's normal life of succinct 3 panel comics illustrating his life. This issue is about his moods, thoughts, and feelings on tour in Japan with J Church. He obviously has a lot of passion for his friends, obsessing about a relationship gone awry, Japanese food and music, going to shows, playing in bands, going to parties, drinking and smoking pot, and working in a record store. Despite his skull t-shirts and rough exterior you can tell he's a big softy and not just cruising for the next kiss or party.
Chris' Gullible side captures punk rock culture wth words and is a good preservation of it. Contains tour stories and descriptions of his homelife. Very entertaining and Chris has a good sense of local history and a good idea of his peronal ethics which translates to good reading. (review from Microcosm Publishing)