• Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: Strange Romance #1

    Strange Romance #1: A Shit’s Fucked Anthology
    Edited by Iggy Nicklbottum
    Graphic Design by Josh Corea

    Strange Romance #1 is a full colour zine that is a bit smaller than A5 size full of stories, poetry, and art all along the theme of strange romance.

    Strange Romance opens with a poem called ‘Love and Demons’ about a strange love under the full moon, setting a tone that plays into the title completely. What follows are stories, poems, and art – some equally as strange as ‘Love and Demons’ and some moreso. From odd creatures to love beyond the grave, Strange Romance hits the spot for creations out of the norm.

    Tourist is my favourite of the collection – a short story about loving each other despite mistakes made. I predicted some of the elements but was pleasantly surprised to find it ended a bit differently than I expected.

    I love the look of this zine so much. The cover art is fantastic (and horrifying), and it’s made to look like a well-worn trade paperback. I keep touching the ‘cracks’ and ‘rips’ in the art. This is carried inside with yellowed and stained (looking) paper. This is broken up in the middle with a couple of art pieces printed on glossy white paper, but I just smiled at that because I’ve read more than a few old books with crisp glossy paper pages in the middle to feature photos.

    My cover photo pic doesn’t do it justice.

    My editor side picked up a couple things here in there, but the combined package of the looks and the content kept me reading right along.

    I’m happy to see that this is #1, implying that there will be more in the Strange Romance series. I think if you like the odd, the strange, and/or the slightly weird in writing as well as art then you will enjoy this zine.

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: Wiseblood #64

    Wiseblood 64 Zine

    Wiseblood 64

    If there is anything I love about reading a perzine series for a while, it’s having my assumptions about a person challenged. This issue of Wiseblood certainly did that for me in regards to Fishspit.

    I feel like Wiseblood #64 is a bit nostalgic in ways that other issues aren’t. Past mistakes, childhood memories… I like ‘reflection’ mixed in with the current stuff. Especially when it’s not all sunshine and flowers stuff.

    It’s not easy to admit when you’ve wronged someone, even in the quiet of writing your own zine. Fishspit would (will?) likely brush off the statement, but I have to tip my fedora to someone who up and admits it.

    “I was never mean to Jessie…I just wasn’t good for her.”

    As much as I don’t like needing to hunt down details like websites and such, I do like it when I can look into the actual zine content a bit more (if I want). It might be a song mentioned that I’ve never heard of before, a kind of coffee I’ve never tried… In this case, it happened to be “The Absinthe Drinker”. A bit of bonus content to pursue if I really like a zine.

    I think Robert at MoreVerbs said it well when he said of Wiseblood:

    Is it good? Definitely. Will you like it? That one is tougher.

    I think with Wiseblood, you need to give it a go and see what you think.

    Check out my reviews of Wiseblood #62 here and of #37 here.

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: Wiseblood #37 The Cat-Sitting Issue

    Wiseblood 37

    Wiseblood #37 The Cat-Sitting Issue

    Sometimes you read a zine, and all you can do is experience it. Not think too much because it’s better for you to go along for the ride.

    This is definitely one of those zines.

    I received Wiseblood #37 (along with another) in a trade with Fishspit himself. After such charming short messages, how could I not be curious about a zine with this cover?

    The content doesn’t disappoint from the cover expectation. Inside you’ll find three stream-of-consciousness style stories with a silly sort of humour that I think most people can appreciate. They remind me a little of Billy Connolly long, winding story humour (obviously less long and winding given the format).

    I must know his cat-whisperer secrets. Haha.

    I was a bit shocked a little at some of the content and language. It’s been a while since I’ve read anything that’s so clearly for an adult audience.

    Frankly, someone, somewhere along the line is going to be offended by something in this zine. To be sure, it’s a curious zine.

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