Issue 76

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Book Review: False Friends

Category: Issue 76, Megan Hamilton, News, Reviews

False Friends Stephen Cain, 128 pgs, BookThug,, $18 As I read, I am propelled forward through Cain’s poetry, engrossed by never-ending enjambment and captivated by his vast collection of “false friends”: words that look or sound similar but differ significantly in meaning. Comprised of seven distinct sections, False Friends provides an often damning, but nevertheless […]

Music Review: Noli Timere by Construction & Destruction

Construction & Destruction Noli Timere, Independent, Who are they trying to fool, with that title? Noli Timere — Latin for “Don’t be afraid” — opens with what can only be described as horror movie chase music that’s repeatedly interrupted by Colleen Collins screeching “Peace! Agency!” You could call Construction & Destruction’s 2013 album, Dark […]

Chapbook Review: Astral Projection

Astral Projection Chapbook, Kyle Flemmer, 22 pgs, above/ground press,, $4 Reading this collection tends to produce the sensation that you’re in the thick of that old Atari game, Asteroids. Stanzas — fragments, really — are spread around the page like tumbling space rocks.

Comic Review: Hostage

Hostage Guy Delisle, 432 pgs, Drawn & Quarterly,, $32.95 If you’re looking for a high-octane, action-packed, hostage thriller, I would sooner recommend Pierre Morel’s 2008 classic Taken over Guy Delisle’s Hostage. If you’re instead hungry for a look into the deterioration of human bodies and minds in the face of isolation, alienation, and detainment, […]

Zine Review: unproductive, now!

unproductive, now! Comic, Issue 1, Robee Sloe, 24 pgs,, $3 In a wonderfully satisfying collection of concise, minimalist, black and white single page comic strips, Robee Sloe demonstrates apparent mastery of the unwittingly self-effacing character — if such a thing is possible. There is page after page of incredible biting humour, with jokes revolving […]

Film Review: Seth’s Dominion

Seth’s Dominion Luc Chamberland and Seth, 80 pgs, Drawn & Quarterly,, $32.95 For both casual readers and longtime fans alike, however, Seth’s Dominion should be required viewing. The recent documentary, directed by Luc Chamberland in association with the National Film Board, is stunning. The film comes packaged in the middle of a double-spined hardcover […]

Book Review — Palookaville: Seth and the Art of Graphic Autobiography

Chapbook Review — PSL: Poetry is Our Second Language

Chapbook Review: Pioneer 10, I Hear You

Comic Review: Morton

Zine Review: Read More Comix #2

Chapbook Review: Born to Rant, Coerced to Smile

Book Review: Yes Yes We’re Magicians

Comic Review: Crawl Space

Zine Review: Minor Leagues 2 & 3

Music Review: Memorial Ten Count by Jon McKiel

Comic Review: Boundless

Chapbook Review: Anno Zombie Dance

Black and QTPOC Artists (Re)Claim Space

Zine Review: Gloom Serially

Litzine Review — Subliminal White Trash: Neglected Writings

Zine Review: Want Crack

Power Up!: Purity & Decay

Zine Review: Sober Queers Do Exist

Zine Review: Write Or Die, Vol. II

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

Comic: Edge Desert by Sophie Yanow

DIY Cosplay: Make your own fantastical armour

Everyday Superheroes: Anti-Corporate Cosplay & the DIY Multiverse

Zine Review: WoRMHoLE

Podcast Activist Katie Jensen: I Am Woman, Hear Me .RAR

Zine Review: Patch Sewing Guide and Sew Sew Sew

Zine Review: Terminal Boredom, The Early Years, Vol. 2

Comic: Babcia, a papercut story

Art Holes: Autumn Crossman-Serb

The Smell of Our Own: Sami Alwani interviewed by his mother, Ghada

Music Review: Gremlins 3 by B.A. Johnston

Vivek Shraya gives writers a path through barriers with VS. Books

Poetry Review: Empathy Eventually

Zine Review: 10 Poems

Zine Philosophy: Return to the Night: Starting a Band When You’re Over 35

Burgomasterpiece Theatre 13

Zine Review: Not Recommended for You

Excerpt: Don’t Tell Me to Smile

Zine Review: Don’t Tell Me to Smile

Issue 76

Out now! Broken Pencil Issue 76!

Zine Review: Nourish #2

Zine Review: Living Not Existing

Book Review: Mad Richard

Perzine/Comic Review: Chronic Illness Girl

Fiction: The Sisters and the Ash

Folio: “Grounded in their intuition” — Curated by Komi Olaf

Zine Review — Love-Addict: Trials in Online Dating

Comics by Gord Hill: What Is Antifa?

Book Review: Guy

Zine Review: Dislocations #2

Excerpt: All the Badass Girls I’ve Ever Known

Art Zine Review: All the Bad Ass Girls I’ve Ever Known

Zine Review: Koogmo #9

Fiction: My Mother, in 2075

Book Review: Broken Balloons

Zine Review: Hello My Name is Frugal

Book Review: a place called No Homeland

Zine Review: Dear Journal #2

Jordan Abel wins $65K Griffin Poetry Prize

Zine Review: People Who Eat Alone

Staff Pick: Robin Ha’s Cook Korean!

Book Review: Ethereal Voices

Book Review: Arms From the Sea

Book Review: Two Man Tent

Book Review: Yes Yes We’re Magicians