Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Different Shades of Normal #3



It was difficult for me to read this zine, as the writing is very abstract and the ideas are very familiar.  A randomly-chosen example is "And yeah, this world can suck sometimes but it doesn't always suck.  Cause even though life can be rough, I know I'm not the only one fighting to make things right."  Multiply this by 200 and you have the zine.  There are lots of abstract observations about "life" and humanity and struggling.  But I didn't read any ideas that were new or insightful or helpful.  Also, the art doesn't come together with the text. 

My favorite part of this zine was the ending where Zippity lists some facts about themself.  It was nice to have something concrete.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Everything. is. Fine.



I don't usually like 24 hour zines much because I want to read something good, not really caring how long it took to make. 

But I really like this one.  It's a fascinating story of a painful incident and the painful incident that followed--it's got just the right amount of detail to be very interesting. 

I learned a lot about the zine's speaker.  I wanted to be her friend.  A fantastic personality shines through. 

It contains heartache but also hope and strength.

The visuals are good, and I liked the content as well as style.  Relationships and especially breakups fascinate me.  I felt a lot of compassion for the speaker.

Five stars (out of five).

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Grim Love



Grim Love is a zine of short short stories and art.  The paper is glossy.  The layout has a professional feel (as opposed to DIY cut & paste photocopy).

The stories are partially based on fairy tales--some are and some aren't.  One's got a dragon.  One's got a ghost train.

I read the zine pretty quickly, sitting outside a library in San Leandro.  What struck me the most were the photos of the zine's creators with the bios in the back.

This zine probably would be best enjoyed by a young person who fancies himself or herself a lover of the macabre.

As for me, I love short short stories sometimes, especially when they're poem-like, but these aren't poem-like for me.