Itâ€™s Raining Outside / 1 stamp / Eighth-Sized / 36 Pages / Melanie, 6270 ST Rt 113, Bellevue, OH 44811 / Reviewed 01 February 2004
In what is probably the most honest title for a zine, â€œItâ€™s Raining Outsideâ€ is a very stream-of-consciousness rant about the titular event and the separation of the zine writer and eir significant other. While the even is physically very small, there is simply a lot of emotion packed into such a tiny â€˜zine. This narrative is as vivid as any movie, and with a personality just not to be found in anything besides a zine of this nature. The backgrounds on each page, while not detracting from the narrative in any way, still really donâ€™t make much sense in the greater scheme of things, seemingly being not tied to anything in the zine. Simply put, Melanieâ€™s devotion to eirâ€™s significant other is so intense, just the fact that this zine is being made, that I donâ€™t understand why any individual wouldnâ€™t be flattered to death by â€œItâ€™s Raining Outsideâ€. There is nothing in the way of jadedness, nothing in the way of hatred or paranoia â€“ Melanie truly loves this individual, and even being able to talk to eir on the phone is something to really rejoice about. In a time where zines are almost never happy or jubilant, Melanie puts out â€œItâ€™s Raining Outsideâ€ and really cuts out a lot of the posturing and bullshit that plagues many a zine and zinesters, zinesters who feel afraid to show positive emotions because they may be â€œsappyâ€. Letâ€™s hope that some other individuals read this zine, and take Melanieâ€™s emotion as a blueprint for a number of future zines.