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Zine Review: Want Crack

Want Crack

Zine, Jean-Thomas Bouchard, 24 pgs, stolenground.com, $5

What does everybody want? Crack, apparently. So says this photog zine from Jean-Thomas Bouchard, a Montreal-based snapper with an interest in referencing drugs. Back story: “El Barto” is Bart Simpson’s graffiti-tagging alter-ego, and is “one of the most infa-mous outlaws in Springfield” (according to some online Simpsons Wiki thing). Bouchard saw a ton of El Barto graffiti tags plastered in and around Montreal. He photographed them and made a zine: hard stop. It’s a pretty cool if you like this sort of thing.

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Power Up!: Purity & Decay

By Al Donato

Who killed Merriam LaPensee? The question looms over Purity & Decay, a visual cyber-noir novel by Achimostawinan Games. But by asking one question, the game’s creators also ask another: What does an Indigenous future look like seven generations from now?

Let’s get this out of the way: Noir, as a genre, is white. The genre’s silver screen sleuths were typically hard-boiled in heady broths of French cynicism, German aesthetics, and American post-war masculinity. Their world-weary individualistic outlooks legitimized themselves through monochromatic monologues afflicted with metaphors and misogyny. Purity & Decay fixes noir’s shortcomings by decolonizing the whodunit.

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Zine Review: Sober Queers Do Exist

 

Sober Queers Do Exist

Zine, Clementine Morrigan and geoff (eds.), out of print

Note: This zine is from 2016 and the project is no longer underway.

“It’s kind of like playing Minesweeper with my life.” That’s how one contributor describes sober dating in the queer scene, where it can seem like everyone, at the very least, casually drinks, making navigation as complex as that glitchy puzzle game of yore. In the nearly two dozen contributions to Sober Queers Do Exist, we find proof that here are many, many sober queer folk. The majority of contributors are queer, but also trans, mad, immigrant, asexual, and Indigenous, giving this zine an inclusive and full picture feeling.

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Zine Review: Write Or Die, Vol. II

Write Or Die: Poetry, Prose & Condz Vol. II

Compilation zine, various authors, Issue 2, 52 pgs, betweenthebars.org/group/papco, free to prisoners

After a decade of being bombarded by self-published materials, it’s nice to be reminded of just how vital and subversive this tradition can be. Write or Die is a mostly handwritten publication coming out of death row at the world-famous San Quentin prison in California. The work of a creative writing group within death row, the contents here reflect a diversity of approaches, experiences, and talents that are the hallmarks of this type of compilation.

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She’s Got Moxie: A YA novel where feminist zines take front and centre

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Young adult fiction has picked up on social justice issues in the past couple years. Yet even though teenagers are again being introduced to zines as an outlet of rebellion, there has yet to be a rad YA book that includes the genre. Until now.

Enter Moxie by high school teacher and former zinester Jennifer Mathieu. Moxie is the fictional story of Vivian Carter, a 16-year-old who starts a zine that sparks a feminist revolution in her conservative southern high school. This is the book that crafty feminists (of any age) have been waiting for.

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Comic: Edge Desert by Sophie Yanow