Issue 74

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Heavy Metalloid Music: The Story of Simply Saucer!

Category: Issue 74, News

illustration by Robert Dayton Broken Pencil is excited to share this exclusive excerpt! Written by music journalist Jesse Locke (AUX, Weird Canada, drummer of many bands), Heavy Metalloid Music tells the story of the legendary (and underrated) Hamilton psych-punks Simply Saucer. This excerpt discusses how the band (young, scrappy and broke) collided with producer Bob Lanois […]

The Hustle: how indie creators are making it work right now

By Suzanne Alyssa Andrew I always wanted to be an author when I grew up. As a teen I moved 4,000 kilometres away from my hometown on Vancouver Island with two suitcases and a box. I worked like crazy to pay my way through two university degrees, then competed like a champ for writing work […]

Chapbook Review: What I Learned in Florida

What I Learned in Florida Litzine, Cary Fagan, 32 pgs.,, $15 Fiction and children’s author Cary Fagan collects nine precious pieces of youth memoir in What I Learned in Florida. Fagan’s short stories employ writing that is warm and concise, but without giving short shrift to his young self’s feelings and epiphanies. Painting a […]

Chapbook Review: Three Bloody Words

Three Bloody Words Chapbook, Stephanie Bolster, 23 pgs, above/ground press,, $5 This is an anniversary publication, a reissue, twenty years after the original release, celebrating Stephanie Bolster’s chapbook Three Bloody Words­—a sequence of poems and short paragraphs aiming to rewrite well-known fairytales from the perspective of the princess. Now with an afterword by the […]

Chapbook Review: String Practice

String Practice Chapbook, Jan Zwicky, 36 pgs, Vallum Society for Arts & Letters Education,, $10 Nearly all of the poems in this collection are reprinted from previous releases, and there was no shortage of material to choose from — Jan Zwicky is an award winning writer and philosopher with a lengthy bibliography. For this […]

Chapbook Review: Sonnets on a Night Without Love

Sonnets on a Night Without Love Chapbook, Yusuf Saadi, 24 pgs, Vallum Society for Arts & Letters Education,, $10 For a collection that professes to be about a night without love, the word “love” and its machinations sure make a lot of appearances. Perhaps the title is more suggestive of an effort to fill […]

Chapbook Review: Shiftless (Harvester)

Chapbook Review: Reframing Paul Cadmus

Chapbook Review: PTSD south beach

Chapbook Review: Poetry is Dead

Chapbook Review: Playdate

Chapbook Review: My Friend Goo #2

Chapbook Review: I Wanted to Be the Knife

Chapbook Review: The Great Hoop Dance

Book Review: The Greatest of Marlys

Zine Review: You, Monster!

Book Review: Kitaro Meets Nurarihyon

Zine Review: The First Picture I Ever Took of You

Book Review: Mooncop

Zine Review: Super Crappy Comix

Issue 74

Zine Review: Roadtrip to Nelson

Zine Philosophy: The Story Swallowers

Book Review: Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq

Zine Review: Read More Comix

Zine Review: No One Likes to Keep Going After They’ve Cum

Zine Review: Locus #7

Zine Review: An Illustated Guide to Identifying Assholes

Zine Review: Fu Yuanhui at the Rio 2016 Olympics

Zine Review: Dogvomit

Zine Review: Deathplate #2

Folio: New, unseen work by cherrykuti

Zine Review: That Darn Diva Cup

Book Review: The Ghosts We Know

Power Up!: Heartbeat for Barney

Anti-Trump Zines at Pro-Trump Rallies

Anxiety Dream Zine

Zine Review: The End and The Beginning- Thoughts From the Tragically Hip’s Final Shows

Zine Review: Hoser Punx #4

Zine Review: Cockroach #18

Learning to love Melania Trump

Zine Review: Kill Your TV

Making and smashing the Trump piñata: a how-to guide

Aaron Lange’s “Huge”: A Grotesque and Cathartic Anti-Political Comic

Comic: Babcia, a papercut story

Book Review: Centring the Margins

Zine Review: You Still Need a Coffin

Book Review: Somewhere a Long and Happy Life Probably Awaits You

Zine Review: Ballz Montreal

Book Review: Spaniel Rage

Smell of Our Own: Glockabelle

Book Review: Finding Home in the Promised Land

Book Review: The Hidden Keys

Zine Review: My Friend Goo #2

Zine Review: Fu Yuanhi at the Rio 2016 Olympics

Music Reviews: Cool Ghouls, The Magic, The Seams

Zine Review: The Hallway Closet

Zine Review: Section 8 Magazine #33

Book Review: Price Paid, The Fight for First Nations Survival

Zine Review: Three Bloody Words

Book Review: The Conjoined

Book Review: Defiance: Greece and Europe