Sister Friend #4 /

Sister Friend #4 / Half-Sized / 16 Pages / JJ + Leslie, PO Box 4539, Fairview Hgts, IL 62208 / /

Picked up this zine from Loop Distro at AMC 2003, from the owner who was then in a Bunny Suit. Fun times. And Sister Friend fits in perfectly with the bunny suit – this zine is slightly off-beat, weird, and incredibly enjoyable to read. While I know in the past I have had some problems going off the side of each page when I bring my dummy copies to the printer, the two at Sister Friend must have been traumatized by their experience – each piece has at least one and a half inches of white space around it. In this issue, the sisters discuss the nuances of their crazy family, the “People Who Should Shampoo My Crotch”, which is a little too short for my taste (even though I’ve read similar pieces that go on for much too long). “Pissed Off At The World”, the piece where the one sister, Leslie, interviews the other, JJ, is probably the most comedic and overall humourous piece in the magazine due to this irreverent type of humour that insinuates itself particularly heavily in this piece. Continuing with this funny-perzine vibe, “The Ugly Pictures Issue” is a piece where both the editors show off pictures which indicate their older-than-me age and their preteen goofiness (which pretty much everyone has, anyways). The issue ends with yet another piece about the Pee Wee Herman arrest, which I think I would be blessed if I never heard another word about again, but overall, the zine is short and a quick read. Fun too.

Rating: 5.5/10

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

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