BOOTY #24 (Holyoke, MA)
The newest issue of Anne's personal comic is about her experiences as a roller derby referee. The stress of constant practice and bouts wears on her, but a real enthusiasm for the sport shines through. There are also one-page stories relating to stress reduction and Halloween costumes, and a diagram of what to put in your roller derby gear bag. Charming hand-drawn illustrations throughout, in Anne's usual doodley style. $2.00, half-legal, 16 pages.
BREAKFAST AT TWILIGHT #3 (Towson, MD)
The latest issue of my (Erica, your friendly neighborhood distro lady) personal zine discusses moving to Baltimore, mental health issues, and wacky stories from the many day jobs I've had over the years. The bulk of the zine centers around my diagnosis of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder at the age of 26, and the difference that treatment has made in my life. Slightly illustrated throughout, with hand-colored covers. $1, quarter sized, 32 pages.
LOVE LETTERS TO MONSTERS #3/ALABAMA GRRRL #9 (Lawrence, KS)
This is a split between one of my all-time favorite zinesters, and a great new discovery (for me), respectively. Ciara's new zine is one long story, starting with her move to Kansas and being a “grad school widow,” then segueing into stories about her mom's conversion and de-conversion to Islam, closing her distro, thoughts about physical disability, and the community she has in Lawrence and how it compares to previous experiences trying to find a political community in big cities. On the flip side, Ailecia's zine discusses Lawrence punk scene history, college memories, and gives a realistic warning to those planning on going to grad school, which should be required reading for anyone considering spending years of their life on it. $3, quarter-sized, 80 pages.
ROOTS OF HOPE #2 (California)
Korinna's newest zine is a travelogue of her journeys through Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, while working on organic farms. She discusses the tensions between the nations, the political history that creates these tensions, the American ex-pat communities she was a part of, hiking in the mountains, and dealing with harassment. I love the way Korinna's writing segues from funny stories about other ex-pats, to heartfelt deconstructions of American privilege and self-examination. Very dense and text-heavy, but with a great cut and paste aesthetic. $3, quarter sized, 70 pages.
SECRET IDENTITY #1 (Maryland)
Trebro's personal zine explores identity issues. He describes what it's like to have to mask his true self for the sake of his dysfunctional family, and discusses how he found kindred spirits in the Motown music of his youth. There's also an anecdote about meeting an unconventional childhood hero. A great zine for anyone who has ever felt the need to hide. $1, quarter sized, 40 pages.
THREE DAYS OF MY LIFE I WILL NEVER GET BACK (Boston, Lincolnshire, UK)
Steve Larder's (Rum Lad) travel zine documents a multi-day bus ride from Baton Rouge, LA to Portland for the 2010 Portland Zine Symposium and following Zines on Toast tour. The cast of wacky bus characters includes an idealistic hippie, restless children, and a metalhead with a sleep disorder. This zine will either make you want to take a long bus ride yourself, or save up your pennies for the plane. Handwritten, with illustrations. $1, quarter sized, 20 pages.
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