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Perzines to the Front! Dear Diary Zine Fest

Like many things, I first saw it pop up on Twitter: There was a new zine fest on the horizon, and it would be dedicated to the art of the perzine.

Like many a perzine — zines centering the personal narrative of the creator, often in an ongoing series — Dear Diary Zine Fest was created out of frustration. While there seemed to be a flourishing of expensive art zine fairs in their East Bay community, the number of cut-and-paste, text-heavy zine events were dwindling. But sharing perzines can be a sacred act, and the organizers of this new event understand this.

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Fiction: A Cheaper Cut

Illustrated by Vesna Asanovic

By Malgorzata Nowaczyk

WELCOME TO THE CENTRALIZED HOSPITAL DICTATION SYSTEM

BEEP

ENTER YOUR AUTHOR ID NUMBER

7-8-9-2-3

BEEP

YOU MAY BEGIN YOUR DICTATION AT THE PROMPT

BEEP

“Good morning this is Dr. Catherine Bocian dictating a consultation letter on Ms. Audrey Wilbur to Dr. Arthur Marshfield at Marshfield Neurology Associates St. Paul Minnesota copy to genetics chart.

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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, arsenalpulp.com, $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 with his boyfriend, Derek, and the ghost of Derek’s previous boyfriend. Though on the nose, the story is a terrifically executed exploration of the metaphor of ghosting and how we’re haunted by those who leave us. Like this first story, Zomparelli’s collection, Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person, is that rare combination of critical, humorous, hopeful, and cynical.

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Zine Review: Prince

Prince

Art zine, Jenn Steffey, 8 pgs, jennsteffey.com, jenn@jennsteffey.com

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 Prince, and as such, it features several drawings of Prince. Period. It folds into many parts, it’s colourful, and it even fits into a mid-sized pocket with room to spare. Inside, you’ll find some drawings of The Purple One from various points throughout his career. In some, he looks glum. In others, he’s shredding on the guitar.

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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.

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Zine Review + Excerpt: Mushroomsss

Mushroomsss

Art zine, Nattee, 8 pgs, @iamnattee, $3

I ran into Nattee at Zine Dream and picked up a few of their zines, attracted by the colourful washi tape binding and the playful linework. Mushroomsss is what you would expect it to be: studies of various fungi, from morels to button caps to ones that look particularly magical!

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