Broken thunder:The Story of The Passenger Pigeon The passenger pigeon was once so common on Turtle Island (north america) that migrating flocks darkened the sky for days. More then ant long-winded political treatise, the story of this bird's extinction illustrates the destructive nature of colonialism and capitalism. This story is passionately written and heartbreaking in its brevity: Once there were millions, now there are none. All the green consumerism in the world won't bring them back. This zine is an essential addition to the collection of any nature-loving zinester.
Half size, 6pgs
APJ#3 - Scar and Skull
Timmy has done it this time and collected some awesomely gruesome and sometimes frightening accident stories. Falling from a roof during some urban redecoration, sledding down stairs, and more. All the shocking details and I mean that quiet literally many of these folks describe the bone crunching, blood clotting denial of shock. If you like alittle gore with your cornflakes or just like to twist your face in horror ask timmy to send you a copy.-e.war
Half size, 20 pgs
I never read zines back to front, I start at the front then flip to the back then to the middle then read forward, I'll flip around till I find the parts I really like, with Dave and Maranda's zines I do this same but a lot slower because fascinated every part. I picked up EMJ 11 & 12 and have to say have after reading 10 (which was bigger, longer, and more intense, where I learned about Dave's life, pain, goals, barriers, triumphs, and loses) and getting an update from these subsequent zines was very satisfying. Dave still faces barriers on a daily basis. By hearing about the changes that Dave implement's on a daily basis. I have said this before and will say it again and by no means mean this in a patronizing way, I find EMJ truly inspiring. I may not have the same issues that EMJ talks about but I can relate, I think a lot of folks can. Write Dave a little letter and they'll send you a little zine.
Maranda and Dave are dedicated to communicating though zines, the zines they both make are touching, organic, and beautiful. I hope they don't mind that I reviewed their zines here together.
Real Life, A Magical Guide to Getting Off the Internet, is a collaborative zine by Maranda and Dave about their addiction to the internet. In this zine they both identify problems found with their internet usage, how they use it and why, and most importantly how it makes each of them feel. There are lists, and I am one for lists. I like lists because I some times don't need whole paragraphs and sentences to relate to emotions that the listed item can bring, albeit that emotion maybe a lot different then what that author feels but reading is an internalized thing, it is something we do for ourselves, not unlike writing.The lists are an easy intro to the things that the over consumption of internet can make the authors feel. I found this zine an important contribution, identifying that we (in the first world) live in a world forever connected and letting us know that it is okay to pull the plug, hit the switch, leave your phone at home, and not check your email/blog/twitter/newsfeed/myspace/facebook/ right now, today, or tomorrow. We are still living, breathing, important, beautiful people with out the internet.
Everbody Moon Jump and Real Life:
Dave Cave, 122 Cambray Rd, Cameron Ontario, K0M 1G0
Real Life and Many other awesome zines:
Maranda Elizabeth, Box 1689, Guelph Ontario, N1H 6Z9
Todi likes to make zines, travel and write letters. In the intro Todi says he going to 'just wing it' and throw together a zine, well the end product is fascinating and has great DIY feeling about it. This zine is full of hitchhiking stores and journal entries about working shitty jobs in halifax.
Half Letter, 40 pages
AA Location: Perzines
A rare gem! This is a fucking great zine made by black punks for black punks. There is a lot of martial about black role models within the punk/ rock and roll subculture with a focus on female rockers. An interview with Brontez (creator of the zine Fag School) really floated my boat. Completely readable DIY punk zine, yeah!
Half Letter, 28 pages
AA Location: Fanzine: music
Half Size, 40 pgs
AA Location: Queer
Full Size, 42 pages
AA Location: (A)