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Xerography Debt is a review zine for zine readers by zine writers (and readers). It is a hybrid of review zine and personal zine (the ancestor to many blogs). The paper version has been around since 1999. This blog thing is are attempt to bridge the gap between Web 2.0 and Paper 1.0. Print is not dead, but it is becoming more pixelated.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Jumbly Junkery

Jumbly Junkery #3 and #4 by L. Nichols
$5 each, though the Etsy shop

When I was at MoCCA recently, I picked up the two most recent issues of L. Nichols' Jumbly Junkery. What drew me in, of course, are the cool covers; one's silkscreened (#4) and the other looks spray-painted (#3). But as I read, I was pulled into stories that have to do with gender and identity, and existing in a world where you don't quite fit but at the same time don't really want to. Usually they're autobio work, aside from one story in #3 (an issue that includes some really cool color work; generally these collections are in black and white). I'm glad I read them in sequence; it seems like the newest issue is evocative of so many larger issues--growing apart from people, gender bias, and so on--that the issue before it doesn't spell out quite as directly. They're there, of course, but somehow the newer issue felt more cohesive.

Anyway, it's a long way of saying they're worth a look.
(and, of course, a nudge if you're anywhere near Massachusetts: think about coming to see some rollerderby?)

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