After talking to my friend, Denny (from Supreme Nothing), this zine was recommended by eir after I had picked it up at AMC 2003. You Idiot is done by Nate (from Pick Your Poison), and seems to be a mix between Alco-Beat and Get the Strap. Discussing a slew of video games, including those with moralizing messages like NARC and Wally Bear and the No Gang, Nate continues to pound eirâ€™s reader with a spot-on sense of humour. Moving onto religious video games, You Idiot dictates the history of Color Dreams/Wisdom Tree, which came from the ranks of secular game producers to slightly modify each of their games to pander to a Christian audience that â€œnumber about 9000 at any given time, and they all wanted to have our games. Thatâ€™s even more stores than Toys R Us.â€ Moving on, and still focusing on fundamentalist Christianity, Nate tackles anti-Rock pamphlets in â€œSatan Lurks Within Journey Albumsâ€, making sure to take a number of examples from â€œWhy Knock Rock?â€. All and all, You Idiot reads well, not too fast and not too slow, and Nate writes in a style that uses a laid-back feel. You Idiot is definitely a zine to check out.
Rating : 7.9/10
You Idiot #1 / Half-Sized / 28 Pages / $1 / Nate Gangelhoff, PO Box 8995, Minneapolis, MN 55408 / firstname.lastname@example.org / Reviewed 09 December 2003