Zine Review - Jelly Cake Vol 1 No 2

The Nervous Large peppermint Eclair issue


Ben’s Back, this time with a nice handful of giggles and nods. I favored in this Issue Hennepin’s “Peter Aqualuna Sabrina” and may well have thrown a bottle cap at him for making the observation that in fact bottle caps do not have corners, much less faded ones. Grasmere’s video game grab reminds me of many real life retrogamers I’ve known. It’s a good little read, although I favor number one to this issue.

Snippet:

“We may not specialize in the highest form of insightful and educational journalism, but we are a far cry from your gobbledygook. As to your inquiry for employment: No thank you.”

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Zine Review - Jelly Cake Vol 1 no 1

Zine Review - Jelly Cake Vol 1 no 1


Zine Review – Jelly Cake Vol 1 no 1 “The Geiger Muffin Issue”

Initially, I found Jelly Cake to be oddly confusing, but then I realized this was the concept of it, that it’s the accounts of five New Yorkers who coexist in their own little world. It works. Castle’s more than mildly amusing, and his snippets echo real life in more than one genre. I favored the discussion between a tomato and a potato, the Creative Writing assignment and the two act play between Amy and Harold. Very fun little zine.

Snippet:

“Tomato:

No one eats a potato. You take too long to cook. Forever will you be a shadow of your former self. Chips, fries, salad, you’re a convenience food. Pathetic. You’re very presence is a mockery to all vegetables. Slice me, dice me, sauce me, a million and one uses I have. And I’m ready to serve.”




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Zine Review - Nobody can eat 50 eggs No 27


Nobody can eat 50 eggs #27

Steve goes from the glossy to the half bound, this one could easily be called the, ‘cartoon’ issue, because it’s a thick fatty beast of his best work. While his art style is a touch difficult to see in this smaller format, I feel the volume offsets it. I like the narrative style that he tells his stories in, it makes it easy for the reader to follow, and also I like at the bottom under each cartoon of breaking the fourth wall, it really allows me to enter into Steve’s world and not be an outsider. His insights reguarding the work place are fascinating, and the bits with his Myspace addiction are very funny. Tastes like: Doritos (classic Nacho Cheese, if we must be specific)

Soundbite:

“For her birthday, I got Jennifer a sketchbook and a DVD of the movie mean Girls. At the bottom of every page in the sketchbook I wrote something for her to draw (like ‘surly pirate’ and ‘suspicious kitty’), The idea came from a conversation we had where she had said she would draw in a sketchbook but never knew what ot draw. She has not draw in the book to date.

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Zine Review - Nobody can eat 50 eggs No 26



Holly heck, is this guy for real? He needs to be on stage. I’m serious, one word:

FUNNY

For a mere three bucks you get a professionally printed glossy zine that it’s pretty clear someone put some love and care into. This just might be one of those few zines that you’ll see cross from being a zine to a magazine. I wish that All Jaffe (mad magazine) would hire this guy, but it might make the mainstream humor media actually funny again. His images, and artwork are sketchy, loose and very cartooney, in an odd sort of Charles Aadams way, but with good use of spot coloring (yes a color zine folks). My personal favorite was a multi-page article, ‘Get rich the EASY WAY’ which advises ladies to marry rich old men. Great layout, good use of illustration and just plain laugh-out-loud funny. Tastes like: Fritos

Tidbit:

“The fun and games soon end though. During the night, the giant croc attacks their camp. A helpless cameraman is drug off and is never seen alive again. In vain, Steve tracks the blood trail only to discover his friends’s mutilated body. He takes careful note that the crocodile didn’t feed on its prey. It’s almost as if this is a warning of sorts”

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Zine Review - Introvert Number Four

Zine Review - Introvert Number Four


First of, I love this cover. The skull faces in the embrace, the white on black, thin scratchy lines, it’s bold, it’s dynamic and a good use of shape and form. Inside we have the usual apologies for the lateness of the issue; this is normal with zinesters, but Nicole is honest in saying it’s been six years since the previous update. A darned shame, I say, because Introvert is a zinesters zine, lots of text, lots of photos, lots of everything that makes zines fun. The intro story I found interesting and sweet all at once, with a good use of visual dialogue. Nicole’s writing is varied, something as an author I respect, and with the next work, we see precisely how varied. This whole zine is like that, flitting from topic to topic, but always with good, clear writing, and a great use of imagery. I’ve been told number five is on my way to my mailbox, so look for that review soon. Tastes like: Sourdough toast with good real butter. It's merely a buck, so please try this one out, you won't be disappointed.

Tidbit:

“She doesn’t pardon herself. Just gathers her old grin and memories and heads for the door. No matter the urge, there’s no reason to compromise her mind. With the fifth of whiskey poking from her back pocket, it’d eventually be easy to do so. But not tonight, it’s just not worth it to her anymore.”

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Zine Review - The Hss Reader No 5

Zine Review - The Hss Reader No 5




Another thick issue, HSS Reader is what many mainstream (maga)zines strive to be. Informative, witty, and downright cool, this issue was considered the, ‘Easy’ one due to the high volume of submissions – it’s no wonder why, who wouldn’t want a piece of their work in it. Of course we still have the same high production values, 40 pages for a buck. One thing I like is about how Olivia tells you how she’s trying to improve her zine – an ever reaching quest for something better – that’s just something mainstream media will never admit to. Of particular interest is, ‘stumble into fame’. Bad idea / Better idea, is great as usual, and should be common sense – but it’s obvious that it’s not, so it’s here for all to see. The usual good stuff, crafty bits, music, lit & art reviews. Travel story (great as usual – this time by Celeste Tabora), interview (tightened up considerably), Comics & Credits. Brill work as usual, keep it up Olivia. Tastes like: Dark Chocolate with nuts.

Snippet:

“If you know who we are at HSS you know why there is no time for hobbies such as writing, editing, cutting, gluing, copying, shopping, folding, stapling and labeling each and every issue we send out - usually along with a hand written letter. It’s fun believe us you, but between all the jobs, the people, the demands of city life, and the other hobbies we play favorites with, it’s hard to make this thing a regular publication. But we will try our damnedest to make them more frequently.”

One buck, and worth much more. Email the creator directly, until I get stock in.

Hssreader AT hotmail DOT com

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Zine Review - The HSS Reader, Number 4




A fat little culture zine bursting with information and a wide range of it. At 40 pages for a mere buck, this quarter zine is hefty. With its’ own mail section, Jokes, Website reviews, Crafty bits, Lit Reviews, Music reviews, Bad idea, better idea (love the whole toilet paper rant – makes so much sense…!) Raquel Mendoza’s Travel Diary is particularly good, Olivia Arrow’s interview with Pink Bloque is very, very in-depth. An insider’s guide to cities afar and comics conclude the issue. Tastes like: Really good See’s Candy

Snippet:

“We are focusing on women this issue just for fun and because we recognize the effort of certain ladies and like what they do. Some people call this action ‘giving [one] props’. Being believers of equality, there are also many boys in here, so nobody is feeling ostracized.

One buck, and worth much more. Email the creator directly, until I get stock in.

Hssreader AT hotmail DOT com

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