Paying for a magazine that is completely in color is a daunting task, and this may explain why there are so many advertisements strewn throughout this issue. Even more so, it seem as if Wonkavision has made the deal sweeter for a number of these record labels by giving them a feature piece in the magazine. The main piece for this issue has to be a feature on those individuals that were in major acts (The Get Up Kids, Sunny Day Real Estate, Avail) that are trying to make it big on their own at the current date. The zine reviews are the high point of the magazine, while there does not seem to be much in the way of smaller-scale bands given a review in this issue. The one good thing is that there are two segments of this magazine that focus on smaller groups and businesses; there is a segment showcasing Philadelphia acts and another showing individuals a few businesses that can help them out (in sticker creation, for example). The layout is very professional and has high contrast. Individuals will never have to guess what a certain word is when reading an issue of Wonkavision. I wish more in the way of up and coming bands were showcased in this issue, however; there are pieces with a number of bands and labels that are already famous (Strike Anywhere, Catch 22, Princess Superstar and Rhymesayers Entertainment). I understand that Wonkavision has to push copies of issues out of the door, but perhaps the zine could focus their creative juices next issue on bands that need it a little more than the batch that are covered this time.
Wonkavision #34 / $2.95 / 1:15 / 104M / http://www.wonkavisionmagazine.com / Reviewed 31 August 2006