Issue 76

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Book Review: Winter Child

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Winter Child Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau, 200 pgs, Freehand Books,, $21.95 When her son is born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, a mother watches in agony as a doctor tries to resuscitate him until “at last the baby uttered a first tentative croak like a frog unsure of spring’s arrival.” The child […]

Zine Review: Mixed Messages Zine

Mixed Messages Zine Art zine, 8 pgs, PO Box 12763, Rochester, NY, 14612 If you want to get anything out of this zine, you need to take a closer look. You can easily skim it and think you are above it all, but if you put your phone in the other room, put your kids […]

Book Review: It Is an Honest Ghost

It Is an Honest Ghost John Goldbach, 144 pgs, Coach House Books,, $18.95 John Goldbach is smooth. Easing us into this prose collection with a gentle meditation on longing Goldbach reminds us that carefully constructed stories still have room for some punch. I held my breath as I waited for a two-page long sentence to […]

Book Review: Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person

Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person Daniel Zomparelli, 204 pgs, Arsenal Pulp Press,, $15.95 Why ghost someone when you could date a ghost instead? In “Ghosts Can Be Boyfriends Too” — the opening story of Daniel Zomparelli’s debut collection of interconnected short stories — Jared, a twenty-something gay man, forms a triad […]

Zine Review: Prince

Prince Art zine, Jenn Steffey, 8 pgs,, Sources say that Prince, the late rock/pop/funk superstar, stood either 5’2” or 5’3”, depending on his haircut and posture. His height was arguably the only thing in his life in short supply and also a semi-grim harbinger of this pint-sized eponymous zine. It’s a zine about […]

Excerpts: Prince zine

Jenn Steffey’s zine, Prince, is full of life, colour, music and celebration. Here are some excerpt pages, and click here for our review.

Zine Review + Excerpt: Mushroomsss

Excerpts: Animol Zoo

Comic Review: Oona Moon (Episodes 1-8)

Excerpts: Oona Moon (Episodes 1-8)

Staff Pick: Occasional Dispatch #2

Book Review: False Friends

Music Review: Noli Timere by Construction & Destruction

Chapbook Review: Astral Projection

Comic Review: Hostage

Zine Review: unproductive, now!

Film Review: Seth’s Dominion

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