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Marked for Life #6 by Sage - 1/2 size - 22 pages

I feel like this is the zine I have wanted to write for a long time, but don’t have the energy for. Sage writes about dealing with her anxiety, how she finds peace in her anxiety-induced solitude, and her anxiety about death – which then leads her into writing about the most recent deaths in her life, including her great-grandparent, grandparent, friend, and step-father. I connected with this zine a lot, and I assume that many zinesters out there will connect as well. There is a lot of strength in Sage’s words, and I appreciate how open and honest she is about her feelings and thoughts.


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Marked for Life #7 by Sage – 1/4 size – 24 pages

Sage writes about moving with her family from Georgia to Washington, and the road trip they took (with a U-Haul strapped to their car) to get to their new home state. They stop at June Carter and Johnny Cash’s gravesite, the Bell Witch Cave, the site of the Pony Express, and more. She also writes about falling in love with Nebraska and all the different scenery they passed. My family is planning a cross-country road trip, so this zine was pretty interesting to read!


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Meta by Marissa - 1/4 size - 24 pages

This is a zine about art, discovery, and how inspiration finds us. Meta is about Marissa’s admiration of the artist Margaret Kilgallen, and her experience with handling her work at the San Francisco Public Library. The introduction reads: Margaret Kilgallen (1967-2001) was a member of the Mission School art movement in San Francisco in the 1990s along with her husband, painter Barry McGee. Margaret’s painting sand murals were influenced by American folk art, and much of her art also included boldly illustrated typography. She created graffiti on walls and railroad cars using the names Meta and Matokie Slaughter.” A visually stunning zine, Meta is written with loads of passion and certainly inspired me to research more about Kilgallen and art in general. HideClick for more


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Milkyboots #10 by Virginia - 1/2 size - 24 pages

I have been really into comic zines lately, so I was excited when I received this in my mailbox. Virginia has a great way of telling stories through images, as any good artist does, and I thoroughly enjoyed taking a visual stroll through her life. Her comics are very clean and legible (which is rare, believe it or not), and range from cute, to funny, to romantic, to sad. She writes/draws about traveling, family issues, relating with her girlfriend, and other zinester awesomeness. Can't wait to see the next issue.


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Milkyboots #11 – by Virginia – 1/2 size – 22 pages

Virginia’s comics are so relatable because she draws about every-day life, from working at a comic shop and the IPRC in Portland, to attending Scrabble parties and watching episodes of Lost with her girlfriend. She also includes panels about zine fests, feeling depressed and anxious, and doing a zine reading with friends. I always enjoy Virginia’s stories and clean comic style.


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Milkyboots #12 – by Virginia – 1/2 size – 18 pages

Issue 12 of Milkyboots deals a lot with traveling, including a trip to San Francisco (and navigating the public transit system), visiting her grandmother in Wisconsin, and attending a comic fest in Brooklyn. Virginia also includes stories about her girlfriend moving in (and all the awesomeness that comes with it), a weird book event at an art exhibition, and more. As always, an enjoyable read.


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Nothing Rhymes #5 by Chelsea - 1/4 size - 36 pages

This zine almost made me cry, which almost never happens - Chelsea's writing is very powerful. The story about her cat, and the illness he faced, as well as when she had to put him to sleep...so heartbreaking. It made me think about my doggie, who has been having some health issues lately. Chelsea also writes about exploring an abandoned building, and her thoughts/experiences on moving to Providence, Rhode Island.


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OCD Throws Bows by Dirk – 1/2 size – 26 pages

Dirk writes: “Let me be curt: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is real. OCD isn’t eccentricity. I have OCD. You probably don’t have OCD. As I became more “out” about my OCD, I encountered a chorus of people who were quite confident that they understood my experience or even went so far as to say “I have that too” because they like to have all the items on their desk in a certain order or always wear the same shirt on Tuesdays…With this zine, I hope to show that OCD is something that people suffer from by sharing my own experiences…I want to make people think more deeply about OCD, to question their assumptions about it, and to make the conversation about it a little richer.” I am so happy to distro this zine. Written with honesty and bluntness, and without apology, Dirk discusses his compulsions and obsessions, the psychology behind his symptoms, and his attempts (failed and successful) at recovery – and Dirk points out that recovery is rarely complete. I think it is so important for everyone to read this, and I applaud Dirk’s awesome contribution to the zine world. Please pick this up! HideClick for more


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Paper Crush #4 by Krissy – 1/2 size – 22 pages

I’ve been collecting postcards for most of my life, and when Krissy announced this zine, I knew I had to distro it. In the fourth issue of Paper Crush, Krissy writes about the history of postcards, how she began collecting them, why she loves them, becoming a part of a postcard-collectors club. Throughout this zine, you will find black and white images of vintage postcards, and each zine comes with its own vintage postcard as well! This is perfect for the avid collector, those interested in vintage images, or anyone who wants to start collecting. I love it!


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Pieces #6 by Nichole - 1/4 size - 86 pages

This thick and text-heavy issue of Pieces is a compilation of entries from Nichole’s journal that she kept during her long commutes to Chicago for work. As someone who worked a boring 8-to-4 job with a really long commute, I loved reading the observations and stories in this zine. Nichole writes: “I don’t know how people can find it in them to commute the way I had for two, five, sometimes even ten years. It’s draining physically, emotionally, psychologically, and socially. I did not have much of a life or time to myself during the week when I commuted. Waking up at 5 in the morning, getting home after 7 at night, and then crawling into bed between 9 or 10 to do it all over again takes its toll after a while.” Pieces contains some beautiful, poetic-style writing and, like any good zine, it completely sucks you in. HideClick for more


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Recinerated #1 / Letters From the Bottom of the World by Rae – two 1/4 size zines- 46 pages and 22 pages

These are two zines by Rae (of Suburban Gothic) that I am selling together. In Recinerated #1, Rae writes: “I’m more than prepared to call this zine exactly what it is: a collection of thoughts from my life during the past year’s spring and summer months, an assortment of bellyaching about my job and my own existential semi-crises. Take that as you will.” This zine reminds me of the zines I used to read when I first got into zines a while ago. It’s very personal, day-to-day thoughts that maybe we’ve all had but never wrote down before. Her writing is what really makes this an engaging read. Letters From the Bottom of the World is basically a letter to a friend who essentially “dumped” her – I could completely relate to this. HideClick for more


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Recinerated #2 by Rae – 1/4 size – 34 pages

In the introduction, Rae writes: “On the pages that follow, you’ll find my reflections about life, work, and some of the people I know, ranging from August of last year through the very first of this year. Once again, I’m not aiming to make any definitive statement about anything; I just want to document aspects of my life as they happen, one day at a time. Maybe they’re important; maybe they’re not – but they’re mine, all the same, and I want them down on this record, here, now.” This reads very much like a diary, and I love her writing. Like Rae says, there’s no big revelation in this zine, but her day-to-day life is very interesting and intriguing, and it’s just so damn readable.


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Recinerated #3 by Rae – 1/6 size - 24 pages

This issue is much like the other two in style, with diary-like prose about events in Rae’s life – from remembering a friend, to past relationships, work, and music. I like the craftsmanship of this one, because it’s so compact and has a vellum cover. Perfect for slipping in your pocket for a train ride or trip to the park. Or wherever you typically go in your travels. Rae is super talented, and her writing just shines. Pick this one up!
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