ROOTS OF HOPE #3 (Portland, OR)
Korinna's second Latin America travel zine starts off with a visually stunning cover. Seriously, my jaw dropped when I saw it: every issue comes with a different glossy photograph with hand-written titles. This fat, text-heavy zine chronicles Korinna's travels through Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. A stop in Bogota finds her searching for a Colombian boyfriend, and ending up discussing plastic surgery with Australians (I didn't know this, but Cali, Colombia is the plastic surgery capital of the world). In Ecuador, she has a life-changing experience on a commune and befriends a Finnish girl who will become her traveling partner for much of the rest of the zine. Korinna also discusses the widespread use of cocaine in South America, and the ways in which imperialism fuel the drug culture there as much as here. Pictures of street art and cityscapes accompany and enhance the stories, giving them depth. An epic zine for anyone who is interested in Latin American politics, travel, or mature analyses of anarchism. $3.50, quarter sized, 82 pages.
NO MORE COFFEE #3 (Galveston, TX)
Ben Spies' litzine contains five stories, running from only a few paragraphs long to novelette-sized. These minimalistic stories concern the everyday lives of ordinary people, confronted with situations from dying animals to dying relationships. The standout story is "Stagger Lee," an exploration of the effects of bullying on a high school science student. Spies' fiction is good enough to be in any literary journal, and is definitely one of the best litzines out there. $2, half-sized, 32 pages.
SHOW AND TELL #7 (Bend, OR)
Rachel Lee-Carman's newest zine is an exploration of her childhood. Mostly handwritten, with illustrations, she touches on some of her neighbors, including a reclusive cat man she calls "Jon Arbuckle." Sketches of her friends and the local fauna and flora of her neighborhood paint an image of a happy childhood, though one complicated by a serious flood that forces her family out of their home. A light-hearted, nostalgic read. $2, half-size, 32 pages.
Also, I will be closing the distro to online orders after this summer. I don't really like the day to day work of coding a website, dealing with Paypal shopping carts, or any of the various other fiddly things that go into running a zine distro with an online store. I will continue to run the distro as a table-only venture. So if you don't live in the eastern US and want some zines from me, make sure to order!
Thanks for reading,