Book Review: Punk Is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night

Richard Cabut & Andrew Gallix, 318 pgs, Zero Books,

If you know absolutely nothing about the roots of punk and are eager to learn, then I highly recommend this book. Filled with wonderful origin stories, it gives first-hand accounts of how it all really started. However, if you, like me, have read books, watched documentaries, and gone to see old punks play once more, then this book might read like something you’ve read time and time again.

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The New Tattoo Underground

Words by: Jonathan Valelly 

Photography by: Jah Grey


If any of these phrases mean something to you, you may have already noticed: tattooing is having a special kind of moment in the DIY scene. Sure, sporting ink on your body has always signified a rejection of mainstream mores, and might have marked you as a member of one community or another over the years. But there’s been an undeniable upsurge in illustrators, zinesters, queer artists, and justice-minded creators turning to tattooing as a means not only of self-expression, but also of community building. With tattooing practice often being guarded away as the property or knowledge of tattoo shops alone, independent tattoo artists from around the world are taking the craft back by teaching themselves and each other how to do it properly.

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Comic Review: Otter Days

comic, Jessica Bromley Bartram, 19 pgs, Sea Beast Books,

There are days filled with small annoyances that add up to a general feeling of frustration. On these days, it is nice to take a small break from the world and gaze upon cute animal pictures. A baby elephant joyously playing in the water. A dog napping in the sun. It is almost as if you can feel your blood pressure relax as you take in the animal world. Jessica Bromley Bartram’s beautiful risograph comic zine had this exact effect on me.

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Book Review: Turning Japanese

MariNaomi, 228 pgs., 2dcloud,

Between a serious bout of salmonella, a hasty engagement, advice on how to avoid getting groped in San Jose’s illegal hostess bars, and a life-changing trip to Japan — graphic memoirist MariNaomi’s latest work covers a lot of ground. Although the publisher’s notes describe it as a clear-cut tale of the author connecting with her elusive cultural background, the truth is that Turning Japanese absolutely bursts with life, skipping between scenes and memories so quickly that one can feel lost in the story at times.


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Zinester’s Toolkit: Monica Trinidad

Zinester’s Toolkit is a new column about the tools zinesters use to make their work, and how you can use them too.

Words by Monica Trinidad


In my head, I imagined myself becoming a cool zinester with cool zinester friends. We’d sit on the ground in my messy punk house, typing out words on my thrifted aqua blue typewriter with one hand and holding a beer in the other, blasting Hole, with someone gluing paper strips of angsty words onto another sheet of paper, someone else copying the sheets of paper onto our donated Xerox machine, and then we’d have some really cool zines. But that’s not quite how it happened. I definitely ended up with some really cool zinester friends, but we didn’t know we were zinesters until we started creating together. We called ourselves Brown and Proud Press, and I compiled our zines using a variety of methods.

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Rochdale Still Lives in Print

Photos courtesy Natalya Rattan / Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Dismissed by some as a hippie’s dream, and remembered by others as a radical education experiment, it’s hard at times to fully grasp what Rochdale College was and its lasting legacy.

But while the “free university” was shuttered back in ’75, it still lives — in a manner of speaking.

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the experimental, student-run school and community living, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library has rustled together archival materials for a display.

The mini display includes a fake degree, photographs, course booklets, a student card, newspaper and magazine clippings, printed ephemera and samplings of the various publications (and their iterations) that circulated the college’s halls, including the Daily, the Daily Planet, Tuesdaily, Undaily, the New Daily, the Bulletin, the Rochdale “Occasionally.”

The display is on until March 30 on the second floor of the University of Toronto library.


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