Who and What We Are

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, March 17, 2013

GRUNTED WARNING #13 (Oct 2011)
12 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 (digest), $2 (US, Can/Mex,World), trades yes
PO Box 35
Marrickville NSW 2204 AUSTRALIA

"Cut & paste zine featuring newspaper clippings of strange deaths, UFOs, all manner of bizarre and grotesque wonder." Extra copies & back issues available for $1.00, stamps (AUS), trade, friendly letter, or unusual/grotesque clippings." This zine is a delightfully weird find; it's got strange clippings of really weird stories and it's got an old-school zine style with the cut & paste approach. Weird and fun.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

PLAYERIST #1 (Dec 2011)
20 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 (A5 size), trades maybe
1 pound 50, US?, Can/Mex?, World?
Martin Slidel

Described by the editor as a "multi-media arts edition" this issue "is based on the themes of the dualities within love and loss." Inside, there are a number of works by a variety of artists; some poets, artwork, drawing, photographs -- it's an assortment of many different things. One of the most compelling ones is a series of photographs called "Previous Personality" that documents the artist's mother's descent into dementia. It's worth checking out for this piece alone.
OPUNTIA 69.1C (June 2010), 70.5A (July 2011), 70.5B (August 2011), 71 (Sept 2011), 71.1D (Jan 2012), 248 (April 2012), 251 (Stampede 2012), 259 (Feb 2013)
16 pages (all issues), 5.5 x 8.5, $3 "cash for a one-time sample copy, trade for your zine, or letter of comment." (Note: Americans, please don't send checks; bank fees to cash them are high; US banknotes are better.)
Dale Speirs
Box 6830
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2P 2E7

Okay, so I obviously have some catching up to do. Here's the story: Whole-numbered OPUNTIAs are sercon, x.1 issues are reviewzines, x.2 issues are indexes, x.3 issues are apazines, and x.5 issues are perzines. However, Speirs writes in issue 248 that a lengthy project has shifted his writing, and so future issues will be a mix of articles and reviews, and getting more time-sensitive work published (uh, unlike me, apparently. Sorry, folks.). Issue  #71.5 was the 247th issue, so...that's how we got to #248 and part of why that list up there is so initially baffling-looking. Dig? OK.

So, in this span of issues, we've got a good range of material, from earthquakes ("Shaking All Over" in #259), H.P. Lovecraft (#251), work and retirement (#70.5A) along with some really cool photographs and a very funny story about what a factory worker did on his last day of work to his alarm clock, trains, travel, and construction -- along with some intense mountain driving (70.5B). It's a pretty wild mix of different topics, but interesting reading nonetheless. I kind of lean toward the perzine ones, but there's something here for everyone.