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Zine Review: Hello My Name is Frugal

Category: Issue 76, Joshua Barton, News, Reviews

  Hello My Name is Frugal Zine, Anneliese Schoppe, 8 pgs, $5 In the age of side hustles and creative subsistence lifestyles, we are all counting our pennies. Anneliese Schoppe has packed tons of penny-saving tips and good, financially savvy advice into Hello My Name is Frugal.

Comic Review: Rat

Rat Comic, Chelsea Bellrose, 20 pgs., chelseabellrose.com We don’t often consider the mortality we share with our rat neighbors and co-habitants. I suspect they don’t think of it much either. We’re both so busy. Jobs to do, buses to catch, nests to build, pizza to drag through the subway station. And yet from dust we […]

Comic Review: A Trip to the Store for Nosferatu

A Trip to the Store for Nosferatu Comic, Grisso, 32 pgs., enigmaticlabs.com, $3 When you’re a consummate outsider, even the easy stuff is hard. Such is the case for Nosferatu, among the creepiest of classic, blood-guzzling horror characters, who in this story merely craves a late night carton of milk. Grisso’s illustrations are impressive. His […]

Comic Review: Crisis Centre

  Crisis Centre Comic, Ron Hotz, 33 pgs., bestdayevr.com Comic artist Ron Hotz marks a departure from his webcomic Best Day Evr with this book, Crisis Centre. It is a collection of narratives and illustrations remembering his work as a crisis centre counselor in the 1990s in a downtown Toronto facility, serving survivors of physical […]

Chapbook Review: What I Learned in Florida

What I Learned in Florida Litzine, Cary Fagan, 32 pgs., espresso-chapbooks.com, $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 […]

Zine Review: Locus #7

Locus #7 Art zine, various, 32 pgs., locus-zine.com, $10 The fine folks at Locus have issued another beautiful, full-colour zine of art by multiple contributors, this time with the theme “Upside Down.” With some contributors turning in single pages and others two, the 32-page collection offers up a lot of graphical diversity. The theme of […]

Zine Review: Deathplate #2

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