An Ode to No One / (7 by 6?) / 28 Pages / Trade / $1 / BasementFreak@antisocial.com / http://www.basementfreaksdistro.cjb.net / Ashley Lambert , PO Box 1417, Revelstoke, BC, VOE 2S0, Canada /
This is probably about the first true fanzine that Iâ€™ve ever read, and I canâ€™t think of many better bands to lavish attention on besides the Smashing Pumpkins. Ashley does this fanzine in an interesting paper size, one I hadnâ€™t seen before, and puts a very cool spin on the issue. I get as much of a weird feeling from this zine as I do from the more emotion-filled ones that I typically get. The layout is fairly airy, with much space surrounding a small amount of text on each page. The effect of this is to allow for connections on more than one layer â€“ one can fall in love with Ashleyâ€™s writing, or they can fall in love with the very artistic and grainy pictures of the Pumpkins. Moving from typed text to handwritten words really is an interesting transition, as I canâ€™t find any specific reason for it. However, it does have a nice effect. By far though, the best part of the zine is the letter that ey wrote (and didnâ€™t send?) to Billy Corgan and the rest of the Pumpkins, detailing a dream that ey had about them and just how big of a fan ey is. Even if you donâ€™t like the Pumpkins, this is still a zine to be checked out, and Ashley is definitely a cool zinester in eyâ€™s own right.
Rating : 7.5/10