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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.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

My Brain Hurts by Liz Baillie (review by Anne)

My Brain Hurts (volume one)
by Liz Baillie
isbn: 978-1-934620-038 (Microcosm #76063)
www.microcosmpublishing.com

Yes, this too is a book, but before it was a book it was a zine and an awfully good one at that. Following the lives of a group of teenagers who are punks and queer, Baillie's work chronicles a range of things from friendship, abuse, falling in love, heartbreak, religion; I don't want to say too much and ruin the tension of how the narrative unfolds, but it's interesting to see how much stronger Baillie's work becomes as it goes on. The collection is of the first five issues of the series, and just glancing at the beginning and the end of the book will show you how far she's come. The early panels are crammed with images and words that sometimes don't all fit, but by about two issues in you can really see the change in her layout work alone. Her characters are always compelling and the tension you feel as the story progresses is authentic and true. There's also an extras section in the back, including paper dolls (they're really cute) and guest art. Baillie includes a resource section with information about shelters and resources for LGBTQ youth, which I thought was a particularly good thing and worthy of note. Highly recommended.

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