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$2
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I got my copy at Sticky

Short and sweet and bittersweet: I really loved this zine because it’s simple and a personal story told in just a few lines per page. Sometimes this storytelling effort can end up super laboured and overworked, and it almost always ends up wanky, but this zine? shows you how it’s done. By having one hell of a story and telling it in short punch lines.

I laughed out loud: it’s probably wrong to laugh out loud in a shop reading how a girl is told to wear a heart monitor by a specialist and in that same 24 hours she has her art show opening AND her boyfriend dumps her.  Beyonce makes Lemonade, this person makes a kickarse zine.

Awwww: amazing little story, painfully honest too, and yet quite nonchalent and understated and the most beautiful thoughtful ending. Makes me want to know the person & hang with them.

Aesthetic: Just a simple reproduction of a heart diagram which is repeated on each page done on tinted light pink paper, with the sentence snippets placed over it in manual type. Probably a tad overpriced for what it is. I do like that there was not an exerted effort in trying to source alternative images for each page – the repetition works, and doesn’t distract from the story.

-E.P.

Fifty Eight Thirteen

Fifty eight thirteen
Jo No Mercy
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I got my copy for $1 at sticky

Personal writing covering observations and heavy emotional shit

Fragmented: This is one of those kind of zines that begin abruptly and finish in the same sort of manner: you’re dropped in the middle on a seemingly random entry point, swim with the currents, learn about this person, and get washed up on the final page from the zinemaker’s thoughts. Like being allowed into someone’s life for a limited amount of time before your paths no longer cross. It’s a pensive writing style, written from a bit of distance but still arresting and intense.

Aesthetic: That rough and ready cut and paste effort with a mix of patterns and image snippers roughly scissored down, the computer text with the occasional pen correction.

Strong: There are powerful scenes in here. Sadness. Glimpses of sobriety in between the distorted sense of reality of an addict, and glimpses of why the run from reality as well. The zine looks for meaning where there may just be none…being ‘together’ when you need to be falling apart. Being ‘proper’ in the face of rot and decay and disorder. It’s a powerful little unassuming read.