Vy-Zine is a blast from the past, a zine that was done four years before I even began to associate myself with the zine culture. I found this 1995-1996 (unsure of which year it is from exactly) zine in the free box at the Allied Media Conference, and needless to say, Iâ€™m surprised that the editor of this â€˜zine is no other than zine royalty Jason Kucsma (Clamor Magazine). Vy-Zine is the essence of what I wanted my own zine to be , with tremendous amounts of humor and only the loosest ties on reality. The only major thing that I could deem a problem with Vy-Zine is the fact that so much of the material is dependent on individuals reading the previous issue. I have no idea where to pick up any of the other issues, so what results is a number of insider jokes that just waste space to the new readers. While it may seem clichÃ© now, the relevance of â€œAchieve instant college kid statusâ€ really maintains importance, as the stereotype has not changed in any meaningful way since 1995 (although, some of the hot authors have changed – for example, Iâ€™ve never heard of Brautigan (although I think Palukhiuk would be an admirable switch-out). To go a little further, the appeal of Vy-Zine nearly a decade after this issue made it to light is the fact that everything is essentially the same – emo is still emo, death metal is still death metal. Still, there are some positive facts that come out of this zine – ska is pretty much dead (it was at a fever pitch then), and that there will be always be a market for humorous zines, whether it be Vy-Zine, Get The Strap, Mecaroni and Fleas, or anything else on the market.
Vy-Zine #fore / :40 / 40M / Reviewed 08 July 2005