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Zine Reviews

From Reglar Wiglar print edition:

Reviews by Chris Auman unless otherwise noted.

RW #9 1997

Reglar Wiglar #9 cover photo of Trip Hill by Lori Kolb

A chronicle of life in Amsterdam by expatriate Americans who caution would-be travelers to their adopted country, not to listen to the "free diet of illusion being fed to you by the Dutch public relations hyperbole wurlitzer. Listen to them instead. Those crazy expatriates!

Goddamn! Nobody's got more state pride than Texans not even the malcontents in the Lone Star State, or so it would seem. This zine covers everything Austin and Texas. ZZ Top Ate My Enchiladas! Viva La LAIH!

If a Goblin makes the news, you'll hear about it in the Goblin Goblin Gazette. From updates on who the band is currently feuding with, to details of their current recording contracts, you'll find it here in the Goblin Goblin Gazette.

There's plenty of top ten lists, personals, funny made-up letters to the editor and other assorted silliness as well as fiction, poetry, and commentary in this lil' zine.

Danish punk rock newsprint zine with interviews, music, comic and zine reviews, columns and fiction.

Internationally acclaimed "underground" artist, T.R. Miller's zine of poetry and pooch tunes.

Features an interview with Will Oldham that both myself and Jason, the zine creator and interviewer, were surprised Will sat through without hanging up. An example of the intriguing and insightful questions is "Do you have a pet name for your penis?" to which the Kentucky gentlemen replied, "Um... I don't think I do, no." Whatta sport!

A zine on everything Queen. I thought I was a Queen fan, but these people... jeeesh. Seriously, you have to be a really, really big Queen fan to enjoy this, but if you truly are, you truly will. Stay sweet.

This zine monitors right wing absurdities as found in various newspapers with the help of such cartoon characters as Militia Mark, Evan Jellick and Biker Mike.

This is to The New Rob Robbies what News of World is to Queen and The Goblin Goblin Gazette is to the Goblins; the happenings of a happening band.

A zine of various people's lists of best live shows, albums, bands, etc. There's some music commentary, one in particular by a guy who hates The Clash. He compares listening to The Clash to getting "pelted on all sides by horse shit" and compares Joe Strummer to Bono calling them both "cocky little guys who could really use an ass whuppin'". Tough talkin' macho music commentary to piss you off. It pissed me off. Just for the record, I got 500 bucks says Joe Strummer, in 1977 or 1997, could kick this guy's punk ass sideways 'til tea time.

Totally zine. This zine is sooo zine. A zine you'll read cover to cover, no foolin'. Zine and record reviews and funny commentary. Great cover on issue #18.

RW #10, 1998

Reglar Wiglar #10 cover photo by Max DeZutter

The Anti-Literary Journal of Sour Grapes
Have another drink, Ann. The letter I received along with Bottle Fed was not written by a sober person. It was an invitation to trade zines and had vague, blurred threats and aggressive declarations about the Green Bay Packers. Fair enough. Bottle Fed contains fiction (the "Hangover Monkey" by Mike 'Bondoman' Terhune is the creation story of the hangover), an essay by Keffo of Temp Slave fame about the drinking habits of zine publishers as well as miscellaneous alcohol-inspired mayhem which I will neither condone nor condemn publicity.

Literary & Visual Arts #1
A small zine of fiction, poetry, drawings, photos and a couple or two zine and book reviews. Basically a zine of literary and visual arts as the subtitle accurately suggests.

E. Persimmon's thoughts on the legalization of drugs, the psychological damage of beauty rituals expected of women, things that taste good together but you don't think they should (or you wouldn't think they could), jokes, a crossword puzzle and "Reviews of Movies I Haven't Seen" which I haven't seen either.

ZEEN #14
Though the mailing address and the format may change from time to time, Doug keeps ZEEN moving with another fine issue of his zine, ZEEN. In issue 14, we get a comparison of music genres, Country and Death Metal. The biggest similarity between the two, according to the author Matt Cowbell, is the white trash creative element behind both musical styles. Also in this issue, interviews with Xerobot, Glen Galaxy of Soul Junk, John Skuldt of Coat-Tail Records, a beginners guide to Phillip K. Dick plus record and zine reviews and it's only a friggin' dollar and fifty cents!

I was thrilled to see this thing finally come to pass. It seemed like quite an ambitious project and it is. It's like Factsheet 5 without the reviews, but with just as much useful information. It is what it ways it is; a zine guide. Also contains the top "150 Best Zines" according to their survey of zinesters and indy label people.

In the summer of 1996, comic creator Dave Kocher went on a little mini vacation to Baltimore, Maryland and chronicled the event in comic form, thus his comic, Baltimore Chop. Dave felt so guilty about the way he was unable to draw his then- girlfriend-now-wife and do her justice in comic book form, that he included an actual photograph of her with the comic. Not a reproduction, but an actual print of her doing the dishes. Wait a minute, she has her clothes on. Christ, you people are sick!

TEN PAGE NEWS #13, #15
Ten Page News is in fact, ten pages. Whether it's news or not is subject to debate, but not here. Owen Thomas' Ten Page News is ten pages of short stories, recipes, zine reviews, comics, poems, and an occasional rant on the correct usage of commas. It's a ten page grab bag, is what it is.

Indy Ana Jones, of Ten Page News fame, devotes this mini-zine to zine reviews and a discussion of zines. This issue's focus: punk, zines, political zines, medley zines and "Joke Religion" zines such as Church of the SubGenius, Principia Discordia, etc.

The Uptown Enabler claims to be the only newspaper in Uptown for under 10¢ when in fact it's free. Entertaining for seconds at a time, confusing and absurd for longer. I would highly doubt that there will ever be an Uptown Enabler #2. I think the Enabler creators need to lay off the hooch for a while, sober up and start hittin' the Help Wanted section of their local paper with a little more gusto than they had when they slapped together this piece of crap.

There seems to be this consensus in Zinedom that if someone takes the time and effort to produce a zine then it should be judged on that act alone regardless of the relevance or quality of the product. Not so true anymore thanks to San Fran's Zine World. With the glut of zines out there ZW has come just in time. Packed with, not necessarily negative reviews, not entirely positive reviews, but honest reviews from people who read a lot of zines. You would expect no less from an art, music or literary publication, why should zines be exempt? They shouldn't, so take a little Zine World with your Factsheet 5. The two can and do co-exist peacefully. Amen. Incidentally, reading Zine World did not inspire me to trash the Uptown Enabler in the above review, the Uptown Enabler provided all the necessary inspiration for that all by themselves.

RW #11, 1998

Oh sure, even Angus McIllwrath, the editor and creator of this little newsletter, will admit that there are hundreds and hundreds of contradictions in the bible, but here are 101 of 'em anyway. The purpose being, to arm you against fundamentalists and other religious nutballs when they start spoutin' off bible quotes at you. Personally, I think the devil wrote this zine.

The Anti-Literary Journal of Sour Grapes
Another zine from, Ann another rant letter to me, this one much more coherent and written on a paper napkin of the fast food variety. More piss and vinegar from one of Zinedom's foremost misanthropes. Nonfiction by Ann includes the essay "Why I Hate Being Fucking Queer" which is not a real excuse for drinkin' as any therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, clergyman or Ann Landers will be sure to tell you. There's also some eating tips for alcoholics. It's heavily based on eggs. Real heavily based. I told Muggsy about it. Even he can't handle it and he's an egg eatin' freak.

More news and excitement from the world's most newsworthy and exciting band, the Goblins. Nothing (and when I say nothing, I mean nothing) will ever stop the Goblins in their quest for musical supremacy. It's frightening. I'm frightened.

Indy Ana Jones is back with another issue of his/her (?) review zine which kicks off with another rather humorous poem about zine criticism. The theme of this issue is academic zines (The Baffler, New Philistine, etc.).

Clever cover on this zine. It's a parody of a Dungeon & Dragons module. Remember D&D? C'mon you geeks. I know you're out there. The rest of the zine is a partial account of a 10,000 mile American road trip.

On the one side, it's a newsletter/catalog for Mike Hunt Publishing packed with books, comics, music and art prints, and on the other side it's Kind Velveeda's Cheeselog.

A newsletter/catalog for artist, Kind Velveeda that's packed with art work, photos, tattoos and pleas for cash.

A mishmash of comics, band interviews (VooDoo Glow Skulls, CIV) and other celebrity interviews (Christian Wrestling team, The Power Team, and Teller of Penn & Teller fame) Essays on Fabio, The Muppets selling out, vegetarianism, etc. All this for two bucks!

PTHB! #4
This is a travel zine of Rex and occasional travel companions from Alaska all across the United States. Dumpster diving and floor crashing. Rex takes it all on and still manages some thoughtful writing. It's a little Punk Rock On the Road journal definitely worth the buck it'll cost you to have it sent to your door. Have you ever sent a dollar all the way to Alaska? It's fun.

This is a one sheet publication of everything Robbie, and by that I mean everything pertaining to the Chicago Rock and Roll group, The New Robbie Robbies. You'll learn all about their likes (beer, sports, laundry on Sundays) and dislikes (sunshine, warm weather). Look for their upcoming release on the new Owned & Operated label. These guys are gonna be the next teen sensation and their well past their teens!

This mini exists solely for the benefit of those involved with the world of the small press, mini comics in particular. It contains contact information, spotlights on small press artists and reviews of mini comics, but you have to be a subscriber to get a review, you gotta pay to play in the insular word of the Small Press Creative Explosion.

This is the anti-war issue of Struggle and it has poems and essays about war, from Vietnam to Iraq. It's an anti-establishment, revolutionary, literary journal that's been around for quite some time (14 years!)

TEN PAGE NEWS #16, #18
Not necessarily the ten page news. Absolutely no filler. Just writing about zines and... other things related to zines... or not.

A compact, nicely laid out 24-page jab at pop culture from the latest blockbuster movies to recent indie record releases that Karlos the Jackal does not entirely approve of, and neither do I, and actually neither should you.

A not at all attractive looking zine that contains your standard zine fare: "funny" horoscopes, faux news stories, comics, a pop quiz and three or so sheets of toilet paper—the idea being that you would read this zine while on the toilet. Ha! I get it.

I really stuck it to this/these guys pretty hard in their last review in the last issue of the Wiglar. I don't remember exactly what I said. I could look it up but that would require me getting out of this chair and walking, probably three to four steps and that ain't gonna happen. I'm gonna go a little easier on them in this review and just say the Enabler sucks without getting into any nasty name calling. Actually, I enjoyed the Uptown Society Confidential and the Uptown Jumble which, when the clues were unscrambled would fill in the blanks on this sentence:

"When the police told him he had to wear pants to sell hot dogs in Rogers Park, he had a _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _!"


There was a zine fest here in Chicago this past June (1998) and you weren't there. I know this 'cause I was there and I did not see you. You were probably at the Book Expo pretending you've actually read a book in the last five years. At any rate the Reglar Wiglar was represented at this event, hosted by Mike Hunt Productions and held at the Charybdis Multi-Arts Complex, and there I met some people and had a swell time and got some free zines that are gonna get plugged, so look out, fools.

1544 W. GRACE
Larry Roth is a well-mannered, forty-something bachelor who lives at the above address which is an apartment building that he also manages. This newsletter is about this building and the people who live in it. It's a very detailed account of life in and around 1544 W. Grace. Some examples of what you might find in his are a list of bumper stickers seen on cars in the neighborhood (not just slogans but the color and style of typeface of the sticker and the make and model of the car). Also several issues concern Larry such as the absence of 1975 quarters in the buildings coin-operated washers and dryers. Included is a breakdown of the quarters collected by the year they were minted and photocopies of all Larry's keys.

This is a mini-comic self-produced and distributed by Tara. AM chronicles the adventures of characters such as Dax, Sinya, The Smoker and of course Auscar Morbid. Watch as they drink forties, fight for control of the remote control and bust Grandma out of that hell hole of a nursing home. Kinda reminds me of an American version of Simon Gane's Arnie Comix. Much potential.

The lovely and very personable ladies of Cul-de-Sac (they invited me to a bar-b-que, god bless 'em) produce this little zine of thoughts and commentary about things they find interesting, such is the nature of zines. Number 3 is the "Loser Issue" with true loser stories, a how-to on breaking up with boyfriends and the love of mmmmmm, cheese fries. In addition to Cul-de-Sac they also head to WHAM organization (Woman Happily Advocating Masturbation) and would love for you to send them your masturbation stories be you male or female.

This is a tiny 'lil poetry zine done in one day and is a supplement to another zine called Distracted by Stars. It consists of letters and poetry to/from/for and about Rebecca and her friends. It tells a little story and has a happy ending.

This is essentially a zine concerned with extreme music: hardcore, punk and metal. Music that'll make yer damn ears bleed. In this zine, you will find record and show reviews, an interviews with DYI, Lunatic Wrestling Federation and an assorted bunch of cut and paste madness.

A very clever idea. Dan Raeburn, The Imp's creator, adopts the format of the subject he is highlighting. This time it's Jack Chick and his right-wing-religious-nutball comic tracts and thus The Imp is a mock-up of a Jack Chick tract, only it's bigger and features the cover artwork of Dan Clowes. Incidentally, Clowes was the subject of The Imp #1. The Imp provides a complete listing of Chick Publications as well as a dictionary-concordance of terms found in said publications, as well as some biographical info and testimonials from people who have actually infiltrated the Jack Chick Compound and seen his War Room firsthand. It will be interesting to see how this zine progresses.

Multi-media mogul, Jake Austen, was "in the house" as they say, with an assortment of zines, records and videos, such as the long-running Roctober zine, currently on issue 21. The chaotic layout and attention paid to the forgotten and more obscure artists, performers and musicians of the latter half of this 20th Century of ours, is what make Roctober unique. There's always something for everyone in this zine, so check it out.

Scab City is a skate zine written and produced by 12-year-old Jackson Hennessey, and it's got photos and stories of, and about, good places to skate, cool skate shops, and some tips on skate tricks, like the "half pressure flips to axle stall or variations on that". Did ya get that? No? Then you better send away for Scab City, baby.

The autobiographical journey of single parent, Joe Chiapetta, continues. I'll admit I've seen this comic around in shops for a couple of years and have never picked it up. Shame on me. It won't happen again. It's a heartfelt and poignant account of Joe's life, be it memories of old friends or anecdotes of daily life raising his seven year old daughter, Maria. They're vignettes if you will.

UFOs, conspiracy theories, and indie rock all brought together in one zine? It's about damn time! This issue, which may or may not be the current one (I don't know) has brief interviews with Rob Pollard of GBV, German band Haujobb plus articles on Roswell, New Mexico and Will Oldham but they totally missed the connection between the two. Doesn't anybody get it?

This has got to be one of the most underestimated zines going. Just kidding, that was just a clever little spin on the title. Actually, you're right, it wasn't very clever was it? This zine has been in existence for eight years but has had a very sporadic publishing schedule. It contains an interview with small press publisher Stuart Ross, a diary on Milwaukee bus riding and a "saucy (male) centerfold and other misc. tidbits and what-not.

RW #12, 1999

Reglar Wiglar #12 cover by Chris Auman

A list of Chicago streets that sound alike, some photocopies of stuff that Larry found in the alley and a three column list of "&s", you know, like Abbbot & Costello, Thelma & Louise, salt & pepper, etc. & etc.

I had read some good reviews of this mini-comic in various review-type publications and so I went ahead and sent away for a copy (don't be afraid to do that, people) and was not disappointed, but you'll have to find out for yourself why that is.

"New Improved" Auscar Morbid comics from Tara, starring the usual cast of characters plus several contributing "cartoonists" offer up some funny, entertaining short strips. An account of last summer's Warped Tour is also provided and the best part about all of this is: "You don't hafta steal it, it's free."

This is a comic light on the action, heavy on the monologue, which made me wary at first, but it is well worth the read. Eight Stories is thoughtful, poignant if you will, so won't you buy it today?

BOG GOB #6-#8
The look has been refined a little over the past issues. It's actually quite humorous. It's slim, it's newsprint, it's got some stuff that's funny and some stuff that ain't so funny—I can relate.

The Anti-Literary Journal of Sour Grapes
More Bottle Fed, the foremost zine of misanthropic writings by grouchy people. In this issue, a musical in one act, "I Toucha You Sista," (you provide the music, chumpy), Part IV of "The Long Thing" (I'll admit the title scared me off) and "The Snake in Daddy's Pants" subtitled "A Weak-Ass Excuse for a Story" which I whole-heartedly agree with 'cause it ain't nuthin' but a fourth graders version of a dirty joke that has no punch line.

DSA is a mishmash mash of material that includes comix, poetry, interviews, observations, stories, essays—you name it, Jack, it's in there! Such luminaries as appear in these two issues are zine staples, Sparrow & Blair Wilson, Carrie McNinch of The Assassin and the Whiner fame (see above review) and the veggie Micky Z, plus a whole heck of a lot more.

A micro-sized version of FFF which includes thoughts on religion, babies, right-wing religious nutballs, Satan, The Great Pumpkin and a funny cut and paste fake TV Guide listing (TAXI (CC) Latka thinks Wally and the Beaver have a half-dressed man in their housekeeper's bedroom closet).

"For people who read books for the sheer pleasure of it." Hey, count me in, buddy. This issue contains a tribute/farewell to director, Akira Kurosawa, a story by zine creator and sole contributor Brant on an intensive ESL teaching class he taught in Poland, and some zine reviews.

Owen Thomas, or ahem, excuse me, Indy Ana Jones, brings us another lil' issue of this review zine Indy Unleashed, and in plenty of time for Christmas, only Christmas is long past, as are any hopes for this issue of the Reglar Wiglar to be out in 1998. But hell, we got one whole year left on this rock, let's party and read review zines. There's time enough for both pursuits!

"The Savior of the Dayton Underground," claims MRZ and having never been to Dayton I can not disagree. This newsprint zine, although published sporadically it seems (not unlike the zine you are reading right now!) has been around a few years. It seems to be growing. In this issue are the results of a survey about high school, high school yearbook pictures of various Dayton musicians and scenesters and miscellaneous high school related stories. In short, it's the high school issue.

This is the printed accompaniment to the growing local polka scene featuring such local polka acts as the Polkaholics (see their interview elsewhere in this zine!). Lot's and lot's of polka related tidbits for you kishka-crazed kids.

PTBH! #5
Rex is back from his travels for the time being and in lieu of his travel writing are several short pieces on life in Alaska; "Secret Drinking Spot," "I Was Once an Annoying Coffee Shop Person," a story about the unfair weight given to traffic violators as opposed to those who commit more serious crimes, zine reviews, and a guest column from punk pal, Twitch.

The Newsletter of the Socialist Party of Pennsylvania
Damn read! Heh, just kidding. This publication is pretty much summed up by its subtitle.

A nicely laid out literary zine. The tiny little stories are exactly how I like my stories, comics, fiction, nonfiction, interviews, art and photographic reproductions, a real treat for those of you interested in a little smorgasbord of culture zine style.

This is quite impressive. Spooneye is a card game invented by, or at least developed by one Jesse Fuchs, from a game called Thirty-fours, which was a game played by pirates in the 16th Century and by "inmates, invalids, and the otherwise socially incapable." This according to an excerpt from Pirates: An Unruly History. If I had friends or time, or friends with time on their hands, I would love to learn how to play this game. It looks like fun. But just reading the rules is entertaining enough as Jesse is funny and a good writer. In addition to the rules there are questions and answers, sample games and a declaration of Jesse's love for cards and card games. There is also an appendix of Uriah Heep personnel from 1965 to 1976. "The game that combines the skill of a traditional card game with the excitement and drama of dining at Long John Silver's." Worth five bucks if you're in for a challenge.

"Struggle is an anti-establishment, revolutionary literary journal oriented to the working class struggle," that's according to the magazine's Editorial Policy and that's indeed what it is. This issue is devoted to fiction about women, mostly, but not entirely, written by women about women in struggle.

Tailspins has been around a couple years. I remember back when they were one of those newsprinty, foldy type things. They've come a long way and have been pretty darn consistent in their publishing schedule along the way. More power to 'em. #31 features an interview with Electric Frankenstein, a Kerosene 454 tour diary, a Cows interview and "Hundreds of Music and Print Reviews".

The mission of ToS is twofold says it's editor, Janine. First, "to eradicate Sting and all that he stands for" and secondly, "to enhance and perpetuate the way of the Bees." Sting being the British bass player and bees beeing, well, bees. Bees are cool, but there are other things in here, such as a very brief interview with Mac of Superchunk and another one with Julie Doiron (formerly of Eric's Trip).

TEN PAGE NEWS #12, #19, #23
Don't ask me why I have issues 12, 19 and 23 of the Ten Page News but I do. TPN is generally ten pages long, isn't necessarily news, but is reviews of movies, zines, books and also contains letters and usually a small essay, article type thing about math or grammar and there you go.

THROWRUG #21-#22
Comics, including the always right-on Toby the Grunge Bo, MikeK's Movie Journal and short little interviews, commentary and the like. Zine reviews and Music Review Jam, where music is reviewed the way it should be, by committee.

Not to be confused with "News of the Weird," Weird News is a short, four page newsletter of fictionalized and satirized news stories such as "Spice Girls Confront World Financial Leaders" and "Malaysia Blames Economic Woes on Homosexuality," somewhat entertaining although you just can't touch The Onion when it comes to this kind of thing.

A big-ass listing of all things zine related, including... zines! Even fatter than the first issue. Another cool black and white cover and the survey results of the top 250 favorite zines. After coming in at 83 out of 150 in the last survey, The Reglar Wiglar failed to even place in the top 250 this time around. Nobody's taken a header off the charts like that since Winger!

The heir to the Factsheet Five legacy? Maybe, maybe. Full of letters, reviews, and zine news you can use. Don't look for it in stores, instead order it direct from the address below, sending cash of course, you should know that by now.

RW#13, 1999

Reglar Wiglar #13 cover by Chris Auman

This zine is a collection of writing (about 15 or so small snippets) by Jason Adams. It's kind of a journal-type, observational zine about Jason's life—mostly about his job at Sam's Club. A bit on the dry side even Jason will admit, but it's all part of his exercise of doing more writing. "Don't get it right, get it written," I believe James Thurber said. At any rate, each issue is different and each odd numbered issue is an experiment.

1544 WEST GRACE, #15-#16
Another two issues of 1544 which contain all of the following and then some: "Why This Zine?" (an interesting summation of why Larry does this zine), pictures of suburbanesque architecture that have infiltrated our urban landscape, update on the tenants of 1544 W Grace, a 1998 almanac of everything that happened in Larry's neighborhood (example: "Sept. 16th: Street cleaning on the north side of Grace Street") and "Found Photographs." This is like the Real World for people who hate Baby Gen Xers and their annoyingly contrived little living/life situations, or for those who like both guilty pleasures.

The Politics of Beer
Auscar Morbid returns. This issue includes an answer to the criticism Tara received in Punk Planet and Slug & Lettuce zines for going to the Van's Warped Tour and having fun. Also, the tale of the Beer Nazis and their diabolical scheme to steal the world's beer supply.

Reviews, reviews and more reviews of records, CDs and anything else Don cares to critique, such as his car, talking on the telephone, the year 1999 and Abraham Lincoln, none of which he likes as much as he likes the CDs. There's also a couple of "baby sue comix" to ease the pain, or life or to remind you of the pain of life.

The Anti-Literary Zine of Sour Grapes
Ann relates the tale of a drunken, solo trip to the Wisconsin Dells on the last day of summer—a trip she makes by bus, no less (as if the story wasn't depressing enough). Also, Bondoman comes through with another gem, "The Boy Jesus Didn't Love." And part five of "The Long Thing: (Christ, is it friggin' long), "Letter from a French Drunk Tank" and other sweet, light-hearted writing to brighten your day.

An Illustrated Dream Anthology
This is, as the subtitle suggests, an anthology of dreams, illustrated. It's different people's dream which naturally, when told, sound strange and disjointed, but when put into the context of a comic... remain strange and disjointed. The cool thing is that each dream is treated to a different, though coped, style by Jesse Reklaw. The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and The Far Side are but a few of the artists whose style Jesse adopt to create the dreamscapes found in Concave Up.

Another enjoyable issue of Cul-de-sac from Liz and Julie who, because of their current and/or prospective careers are both involved in the wonderful world of pre-adolescents. This issue is filled with stories which may be humorous now, but were no doubt the subject of much soul searching and inner turmoil back in the day. "I'm a Bloody Mess; A Period Piece" should give you a hint as to the subject matter of that particular tale.

Comics is what it is: "Mack Cheezmo," "A Liver Runs Through It," and gags of which, "Don't Pull Your Nose Hairs" and "Zen Crafters: Quality Karmas in About an Hour" are but a few.

"The Magazine for losers, nerds, freaks, posers, Springer Youth and cool people like yourself," is the intended audience of Dork. And Dork is... sophomoric? Yeah, you could say that. Juvenile? They probably wouldn't deny it. Kind of like MAD Magazine for post-high school kids. This issue features an interview with The Decepticans, an essay titled "Tom Waits is God," and "The Comprehensive Shotgun Rules" reprinted from the Internet.

Zine reviews and short essays on a variety of subjects including sports, the differences in the way men and women talk and the films of the late Stanley Kubrick. Also, zine reviews and letters from readers.

Ten e-mail questions with Jarboe (Swans, Skins, etc.), reprints of some of Jarboe's lyrics comprise the bulk of this issue of Funeral zine by Funeral Girl.

A kind of cut and paste zine of incongruous chaos that is Lumens in its endeavor to be the propaganda tool of the Idiot political movement (which I would argue is centuries old and has thrived under various names.

By god, it is weird stuff for a dollar! The kind of stuff you would find advertised in the back of a comic book, like army men, plastic spiders and assorted gag gifts. Sure, it's useless crap but its useless crap you need!

"The Computer and Technology Issue." This zine has been around for about four or five years. It's pretty erratically published but it does appear to be growing in size and content. To really enjoy MRZ it wouldn't hurt to be from Dayton, but it's not a prerequisite. Features reviews, surveys, interviews and the like.

This looks pretty cool but I have no idea what language it's in or where it's from or what it means or why it was sent here, but it's comics and it looks pretty cool. From what I gather, it's from the Basque section of Spain, which isn't really recognized by the Spanish government and certainly not by the US Government 'cause I tried sending them a zine in trade but the address below didn't fly with the Post Office, so I eventually just wrote Spain on the bottom of the envelope and I will probably never know its fate.

Oblong is a zine zine featuring an E-Z guide to Zine Guides, reviews of zines, short pieces on the Spaulding Grey, smoking and letters.

The Polka Propaganda machine is in full gear with two brand new issues of the Polka Scene Zine. The zine features profiles on polka luminaries, polka advice on fashion, a "Polkascope" and plenty of pictures of the poster boys of the New Polka Revolution: The Polkaholics. This is just the zine you need to drag your polka ass out of the closet.

"Struggle is an anti-establishment, revolutionary literary journal oriented to the working class struggle," this according to their editorial policy. Struggle is also struggling to keep this project afloat, so heed the call all you left-leaning literary minded wannabees, join the struggle.

Not just anti Sting but an interview with a real life beekeeper, article about The Mysteries of Life and The Spinnanes, a list of past roommates (19!) and more!

Moribund. After looking that particular word up in the dictionary, as it was not a part of my vocabulary (it now is, much to the delight of my Goth friends), I've found that Tillinghast's is just that; moribund fairy tales. Kinda cool, very creepy.

Uncompromising Climbing Readability
I hate to join in with the critics whose lukewarm reviews of this zine appear on the second page of this issue, but "How to Toprope Half Dome," "Climbing Pet Peeves," and "Ice Climbing at Steamboat"? You gotta be a climber to really enjoy this and god love yah if yah are, you crazy bastards

Two guys from a city in the Midwest (Midwest City, OK to be exact) and the zine fruit of their labor, featuring many of the staples you've come to expect from a zine: record reviews, top 10 lists, clip art, and other bits and pieces both humorous and not so humorous, compiled, xeroxed and presented for your reading enjoyment or agitation.

ZEEN #15
Zeen prevails. A zine that has morphed and improved with every issue. A zine that features music reviews by people you can trust to filter out the crap and give you the straight gristly meat.

But not for long, ZW is looking for a name change so be on the lookout! In the absence of Factsheet 5, Zine World is thee review zine, or at least the best one I've seen and I've by no means seen them all. ZW not only features straightforward zine reviews, it also has articles of interest to those involved in the underground press, updates on deadbeat zines and unethical retail outlets, distributors, etc. and classified ads. Zine World, or whatever it's name ends up being, is on the rise.

RW #14, 2000

Reglar Wiglar #14 cover by Chris Auman

Xeric Award winning artist, Carrie Golus—whose work has been showing up locally with increasing frequency—is back with another issue of Alternator. From her simple, multi-paneled work to her more detailed stuff, Carrie presents interesting narrative on mundane subject matter. The comic also features "guest artist" Patrick Welch.

The Anti-Literary Journal of Sour Grapes
Another batch of bitter brew from the self-proclaimed "beater of beatniks," the "maimer of mimes," my north of the border neighbor. Ann from Wisconsin. This issue features "Part VI of The Long Thing" and the debut of (gasp!) poetry. Is Ann getting soft in her old age? Well, she would kick my ass or even thinking that, so I never thought it. Do we understand each other?

An Illustrated Dream Anthology
The subtitle hits it on the head as a good subtitle should; Concave Up is a comic book dream journal. It's creator Jesse Reklaw takes the nocturnal submissions from readers and presents them in comic form. His style varies from dream to dream, one story even uses cereal box characteristics to tell the story such as Toucan Sam, Snap, Crackle & Pop, Tony the Tiger and a few more that I won't name due to lack of space. The theme of this issue is religious dreams so get to sleep!

My friends at Cul-de-Sac are back with another zine attack. This time the theme is Love and once again it is very entertaining 'cause these ladies know how to tell it like it is, yo! Brilliant articles of which "How Not to be My Boyfriend," and "Mike Reno of Loverboy Scares Me" are just a few of the reasons to fall for this zine.

I can't keep up with Brant. He's a zine machine. Let me just deal on #36, which contains an entertaining list of superstitions of the people the Japanese island of Okinawa; e-mail excerpts from an acquaintance of Brant who was fortunate to live through a devastating earthquake last summer in Turkey; and profiles of four misfit artists and of course letter from readers.

Reglar Wiglar contributor Stepan Chapman presents us with a fictitious (?) study of some of the lesser known and seldom observed micro- and not so micro-organisms that "swarm and breed" in his imagination.

MRZ with a glossy cover?! They fuckin' sold out man! Nope, but that is the theme of this particular issue of MRZ. Reviews, interviews and... stuff, and it's from Dayton Ohio which is cool, because, well, I don't know, but it just is.

Hey, it's another issue of that cool looking zine I can't read because I don't understand the language. It looks like biting sociopolitical commentary and it's probably quite humorous and it's about 97% comics, I just need an interpreter is all.

This dern thing is dernwell bi-monthly already. I certainly can't compete. Three more colorful zines of everything polka. Where will it all end?

Billing the publication as "The Only Magazine that Matters" on the cover of your premier issue is quite a brazen statement considering the fact that I honestly can't see how this magazine could possibly matter to anyone besides the people that put it out, especially since I've never read a magazine that was quite so insulting to its readers (except for the one you're reading right now). Nevertheless, inside you're likely to see such statements as "Fuck you Maximum Rock'n'Roll and fuck you 'Punk' Planet" (That's their quotation marks on punk). In one particular record review, they feel the need to remind their readers that "Punk Band X" have "been at it since you were in diapers." Now if you're going to make a statement like that, you better be at least 40 years old, and for a 58-page music zine that has a Managing Editor, a Content Editor and an Editor-in-Chief, you had goddman well better kick some ass. This issue also features an interview with Ian Mackaye that somehow (amazingly) managed to be boring, and in which the interviewer seriously thought that he was pushing buttons when the only button that got pushed was the freakin' snooze alarm. I'm sorry, it's just that the "We were punk first" attitude is just so pathetic that... that... I'm just going to end the sentence right there and forget about it. Oh yeah, and the layout sucks too.

This is a little freebie newsprint collection of comix put together by some folks down there in Texas but it's available in select stores around the country. In addition to comics of the underground variety, PG also features fiction, articles and a handful of zine and record reviews

A newsprint punk rock zine wrapped in a glossy cover featuring a lot of bands whose promos seem to grace the review pages of the magazine you are reading right now. It's got record reviews and zine reviews and band interviews and some column-type stuff and some comics and some ads for punk rock labels and so, it's basically a punk rock zine!

The Zine That Used to be Zine World
It's true, ARGttP is the zine that used to be Zine World. Don't worry though, it still has the same frank reviews and not even brutally frank, despite the boo-hoo-hoo complaints of little whiny zinesters who write in to bitch because some reviewer didn't gush over their contribution to the world. This zine keeps getting bigger and and, yes, better. it also contains info on various deadbeat zines and stores/distros, as well as little bits of news pertinent to the world of the underground press.

Every city/state/region needs a punk rock zine and Spank belongs to Des Moines, Iowa (that's the Midwest for all you geography failing kids out there) and like many a P. Rock zine it does contain the interviews and the reviews and the like, so you know, it's w'sup.

THROWRUG #23-#24
Always a pleasure to get a new Throwrug and these two issues were no exception. In these issues we get more movie, zine and music reviews served up in that special Throwrug style, there's also some entertaining articles (including one on those loveable and annoying Furby's) and comics.

This is the "Pure Fuck You" issue of the Urban Hermitt (sic) and it was produced without computers, that is to say, it was handwritten. UH is a personal zine that is comprised of short slices of the punk rock life as experienced by its creator, Sarah O'Donnell. So if opposition to the WTO and poetry and anarchy are things you hold dear, you might just want to check this out.

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