It’s Raining Outside

It’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, “It’s Raining Outside” 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 ‘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 don’t make much sense in the greater scheme of things, seemingly being not tied to anything in the zine. Simply put, Melanie’s devotion to eir’s significant other is so intense, just the fact that this zine is being made, that I don’t understand why any individual wouldn’t be flattered to death by “It’s Raining Outside”. There is nothing in the way of jadedness, nothing in the way of hatred or paranoia – 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 “It’s Raining Outside” 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 “sappy”. Let’s hope that some other individuals read this zine, and take Melanie’s emotion as a blueprint for a number of future zines.

Rating : 7.7/10

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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