Several of my zines were reviewed in Zine World #28. I'm including those reviews in this blog post.
Before I get to the reviews, I want to encourage everyone to read Zine World. It's a great resource for anyone who has even the slightest interest in zines. It's full of letters, articles, ads, a chart of U.S. postal rates, and lots of reviews. A single issue costs $4 postpaid, US; $5 Canada/Mexico; and $7 overseas. A subscription costs $10 for 3 issues, postpaid, US; $13 Canada/Mexico; $18 overseas. (Don't send checks to Zine World. Send well-wrapped American cash, stamps, IRCs or money orders.)
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And now on to the much appreciated, kind reviews of my zines.
Adult Themes: A fabulous sex-positive zine
from Chantel full of erotic stories, dreams, and poetry. This collection is a standout for featuring safe sex and respect for the partners involved. Her writing does a great job of exploring the varied highs and lows and many shades of sexual experience. Truly enjoyable reading that will definitely leave you a little hot and bothered. A steal for $2. Recommended.—Anu
Candy Box: This zine is a review of some candy from the UK that the author’s friend shipped to her. Chantel rates the candy on the wrapper, the visual appeal, the taste, and awards extra points for being shareable and chocolate. It was fun to read about a bunch of candy I’d never heard of and parts of it made me laugh.--katie
Open Book: “A 24 Hour Zine.” Taking part in a summer zine project, Chantel tells us 38 things about herself, remembers the path that led
her to Kansas, and writes honestly about being fat, weight loss, and the mixed-up feelings around the issues. For something created in a narrow
time-frame, this is very good.--mishap
A Poem a Day: An Anthology: It’s the idea behind the zine that makes it worth reading.
The poetry itself is better than mediocre (and thus better than I expected), but the origin of the zine was 16 poets writing for 30 days, and revising their best, with an eye toward self-improvement. That makes it an excellent use of paper and staples, in my opinion.—ClintoSECOND OPINION: Would you believe this is actually enjoyable poetry? Not only is it
all poems, but they were written in the span of one month. Plainspoken, quotidian, and true, dappled with bright images and strange humor, I appreciated most of these. If you don’t like poetry at all, this won’t convert you. “The whole house is messy with glitter and glue/However illogical or inconvenient, I will not share a toothbrush.”—Jaina Bee
Poems for the Year is a zine of poems organized by month and season. A favorite line is “We watched the wind whip and worried for the trees,” and a favorite poem is “How to Make Pesto,” which is an informative, engaging prose poem in ten steps. Reading the entire zine, the reader gets a sense of a life and a likable personality.”—Laura-Marie