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Posted November 3, 2004
¿The Zine Year- Book¿ has a variety of underground magazines from all over the United States. Jen Angel and Jason Kucsma love the underground press because they believe it is a great form of self- expression. They are filled with humor, street fashion, voiced opinions, and so many other awesome things that you just can¿t get in mainstream magazines. Those magazines that are sold in Wal-Mart are always in competition and all have the exact same stories about our society. Jason and Jen both noticed this as well, so they created ¿The Zine Year-book; A year in the life of the underground press¿ that is filled with independent zines. Some of the zines include comic strips, others include a typewriter, others may have pictures, or drawings, and some are just typed. Almost all of them are black and white because it is cheaper, for not that many people buy these zines. ¿The Zine Year-Book¿ is filled with the zines in alphabetical order and it starts out with Jen and Jason¿s introduction stating that, ¿Simply put, written zines are still one of the most accessible forms of self- expression. You don¿t need any specialized equipment to broadcast over the airwaves or record your ideas, and you don¿t even need a computer to create or view zines. All you need is a pen, paper, and a couple of dollars for the copy machine (5).¿ For instance, there is a zine they put in this book that is called ¿Letters from Bicycle¿ and the article is by Five (a lady), and she wrote about her friend who had died. It is a very sad article, but beautiful nonetheless. It is beautiful because she wrote it in her own handwriting and copied it on to the paper, which makes it much more personal. This book allows readers to see the other side of the magazine world and discover their creative side.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.