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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.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Watch the Closing Doors #50 and Brooklyn! #67
Fred Argoff, Editor
Brooklyn! is $10 for four quarterly issues…and “read carefully: payment in cash!”
20pp; lots of pictures, trades ?
Penthouse L
1170 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11230-4060

(I’m not sure how much Watch the Closing Doors costs, but I bet you could write & ask).

I’m in a slight state of disbelief at the number of issues of each of these publications. The introduction to Watch the Closing Doors makes mention of that title’s 50th issue (which is hugely impressive, and even more so when you consider that Fred Argoff’s published two titles that have reached that milestone) and mentions that the theme of that issue is crossover. So it seemed to make sense to review the two zines together. (One’s about subways, one’s about Brooklyn---no surprises here!--so it seems straightforward enough: an issue about subways in Brooklyn!). Mostly reading these issues make me want to visit New York; I’ve always been into train travel, and the idea of a subway line acting like a veritable “elevated sightseeing tour” is pretty excellent. Similarly composed, with a beautiful combination of written history and photographs, they’re both compelling reads and are kind of a nice pair to read together anyway.

Scenes of America and ed markowski – 15 poems
(Liliput Review #s 171 and 172)
Liliput Review
c/o Don Wentworth
282 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
$1 each (or SASE and 2 stamps), 6 for $5, 15 for $10, trades?

Basically, these are tiny zines (19 pages, quarter-size) packed with poems and illustrations. There’s a whole list from which to pick (I guess you’d have to write and ask for the list?). LR is published quarterly, shipped two issues at a time, and every 4th issue is a broadside that features the work of a single poet. I love the concept.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Reviews from Anne: The Famous Hairdos of Popular Music

The Famous Hairdos of Popular Music, Volume Four - Aretha Franklin, Winter
Ethan Krause, ed.
$3 US only; maybe trade
18 pp; digest, 16 images
PO Box 11872
Milwaukee, WI 53211

I'm not sure you could find a more descriptive title than this zine's; the
concept's pretty basic but the results are extraordinarily funny (and the
construction/layout is very nice).. I had to go to the blog to check out
the other Famous Hairdos, especially when I found out there was a
Morrissey issue.  Side note: I would still love to see that one-maybe it
was in the stack tragically devoured by the Postal Service Monster last
month; they actually delivered an empty, torn manila envelope encased in
that pre-printed apologetic plastic bag they put around damaged mail. I
hope someone in the post office is reading and loving that pile of
zines.Anyway, self-described: "drawings by friends and strangers,
submitted by mail or in person, affixed to one xerox of a famous
musician's hair." They're very funny.

Keywords: art, parlor games, Rorschach test, culturejacking

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Maynard Reviews some zines (March 2010)

Eaves of Ass: Promise & Theft
US: $3 or trade
36 pp.
Craven Rock
10511 Phinney Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98133

An aspiring writer struggles to maintain a semi-vagrant, alcohol-laden lifestyle, whilst writing and driving a cab. The collection of food stamps is an ironic bonus. I wish I had the guts to live this way, but I insist on a life of quiet desperation. Worth a read, especially if you are a struggling artist, desperate to generate creative output in an environment that has multiple drags on creativity.

The Baltimore Bicycling Manual, Issue #1, December 2009
Stephen B. Thomas

User-friendly guide to riding a bike for commuting or recreation. Offers pragmatic, frugal-minded advice on gear, tools, bikes, and attitude, for biking is a mind-over-matter activity.

Also gives a summary of some state law requirements in Maryland, with some tongue-in-cheek commentary.

Has advice on selecting both new and used bikes with insight into appropriate bike style and price ranges. Includes info on bike shops and venues for used bikes in and around Baltimore.

£1/€1.50/$2 incl postage, free to prisoners
18 pp.
PO Box 74

A collaborative zine comic with pages drawn by alternating members of a 2 person, woman/man team, that chronicles a trip to Cairngorms National Park and other parts of Scotland.

A joyous chronicle of hiking, cafes (including a vegan co-operative cafe), train travel, Edinburgh, and meeting up with friends along the way.

Exuberant, simple, cheap, fun travel with friends: life doesn't get any better than that.

The Famous Hairdos of Popular Music, Volume Three - Morrissey, Fall 2009
Ethan Krause, ed.
$3 US only; maybe trade
34 pp ; 16 images
PO Box 11872
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Start with “a single, Xeroxed image of Morrissey's famous hair”; add whatever primitive line-art the muse suggests; and Voila! - an amusing, purely visual zine. Includes blank postcards for the reader to add their artistic flourishes to add to the hair image and mail back to the zine editor for future zines devoted to Prince, Barry Gibb, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin.

Keywords: art, parlor games, Rorschach test, culturejacking

The Silk City Series, Issue #1, (May 2009) and Issue #2 (June 2009)
Eric Nelson
$2.50 US; trades ok
9 pp.
160 South 3rd Street, Apt 3
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Short narratives that give glimpses into some rather painful lives. The dialogue is especially effective in showing, with remarkable clarity how drugs and alcohol infiltrate life, in a moment-by-moment way. The second issue is particularly powerful as it shows mostly through dialogue how people who love each other are forced to lie to each other in a don't-ask-don't-tell way because of their relationship to drugs. It also gives a non-user great insight into what life is like for those who are involved in being a dealer and user. The thing that is so alarming is the casual, business-as-usual tone that Nelson gives to these brief stories.