HIGH ON BURNING PHOTOGRAPHS #4 (Pittsburgh, PA)
Ocean's personal zine is a text-heavy meditation on such topics as sobriety, coming out, tough girls, and voluntary spinsterhood, all wrapped up in a scrappy cut-and-paste layout. The highlight of the zine, for me, is an incredibly moving piece about a childhood encounter with a homeless AIDS victim, and how it has shaped Ocean's sense of social justice. This is a great read for anyone who likes content-heavy zines that expertly splice life stories with broader political ideas. Half-sized, 24 pages.
RUM LAD #4 (Nottingham, England)
Rum Lad is an awesome illustrated zine from England. Written and drawn by Steve Larder, this issue covers a non-lucrative but exciting visit to the Mullheim Zine Fest, adulthood disaffection, and more. There is a very long interview with Marv of the punk zine Gadgie--normally I don't like interviews at all, but it was actually an engrossing discussion about being a "stealth punk" with a day job, as well as how to nurture a small-town scene. The zine is illustrated with delicate, incredibly detailed line art, which alone makes this zine worth checking out. Half-size, 40 pages.
YOU CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE #11 (Los Angeles, CA)
Spanning December '08 to March '09, the newest issue of Carrie's journal comic slips into darker territory, as she sustains a foot injury that leaves her laid up for a month, pushing her into battle with depression and alcohol dependence. Honest and bare as any perzine, Carrie's simple black and white art deeply speaks of isolation and a longing for change. Quarter-sized, 36 pages.
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