Essentially, all this issue is is a collection of fliers that Josh Redd Sanchez has created for concerts during the last few years. However, the evolution of the fliers is shown through a chronological arrangement and as such, we can start to notice the construction of a set of characters and story. The style is a very sketchy style and J.R.â€™s comedy properly shows the problems that plague many of the independent music scenes in America. Instead of just Xeroxing and placing the advertisements, Josh does the right thing in putting a caption explaining the circumstances regarding each of the concerts. This zine is just as valuable to the Ann Arbor scene as something like a pile of demo tapes or interviews with individuals, as it provides dates, bands that were supposed to play, and a little bit of history about that show in particular. Even though it isnâ€™t really a part of the zine per se, the high point of this issue comes in a call for music from about 100 different Ann Arbor-area bands. The continued archiving of a sceneâ€™s history is imperative for a scene to progress and bring itself to more national prominence. J.R. has put out this inspirational zine, and one can only hope that eirâ€™s fliers continue to bring individuals into Ann Arbor-are shows, and the Shoulda Been There collection can actually get off the ground! $2 would seem a little high-priced for this â€˜zine, but some of the more glossy books collecting old fliers can approach $20.
Stupid Comic Fliers / :20 / 20M / $2 / J.R. Sanchez, 807 North Main, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 / Reviewed 05 September 2005