Super Hero Kim #1 Review

Super Hero Kim is a comic by Richard Larios, founder of Feral Publications. Feral Publications hopes to, “counter the mindless movies/stories that dominate the current pop culture world.” The comic opens with a letter from the creator that states, “It is my hope that this character will deal with Female issues and show the rest of the comic universes what a feminist super hero looks like. I hope you enjoy and share, or dislike and create something better.”  Continue reading “Super Hero Kim #1 Review”

Suburban Blight #11

This zine opens with a pleasant letter to the reader, and a helpful Table of Contents. The reflections on the Black Lives Matter movement are personal and from the perspective of the white, middle class author. The author talks specifically about tactics that may or may not be successful when bringing a movement to the attention of the boarder public. The author identifies as white and middle class person, so their approach must be surveyed with discretion. The author mentions some books such as The Angela Davis Reader and The Wretched Earth and speaks of how these titles are forcing the author to think critically about their own privilege and how it affects their ideas about organizing. It is great to see more zines covering this important movement. Continue reading “Suburban Blight #11”

Slug #260 (Zine)

I still do not understand why more cities don’t support independent publishers and magazines like SLUG. For those that are not familiar with the magazine, it is a free, Salt Lake City (and increasingly Ogden)-based coverage of events, skating (and snowboarding), music, art, and media. Beyond that, they have a hell of a strong design staff, intelligently tying together the local advertisements with well-written material. As usual, “Dear Dickheads” starts out the magazine with a solid dose of vitriol, while Jessica Davis’ coverage of local acts Fictionist and Bramble showcases the vibrancy of the SLC. Continue reading “Slug #260 (Zine)”

SLUG #254 (Zine)

While we have had a few years of SLUG delivered to us for review, there was well over a decade of material that we have never had a chance to check out. #254 is an issue that looks to rectify that, as it provides readers with a set of articles that the staff felt was integral for properly appreciating the early years of the magazine. In fact, pretty much the only thing new would have to be the advertisements, which (as always) are based around locally-owned businesses in the Salt Lake City area. The first vintage piece of note would have to be “The Unofficial Story of SLUG Magazine”, which goes into detail about the nascent moments of the zine, as described by former editor JR Ruppel. Continue reading “SLUG #254 (Zine)”

Doris: An Anthology of Zines + Other Stuff 1991-2001

While we here at NeuFutur had a chance to get cracking with a review of Doris #15 a few weeks ago, we were able to get through this massive collection of reprinted Doris issues just yesterday. These prints are sharp, ensuring that the original subject material is captured perfectly. The zine itself bounces from hand-written to typed to gussied up with different drawings and backgrounds, while the written material seemingly follows the same eclectic shifts in subject material and overall tone. Continue reading “Doris: An Anthology of Zines + Other Stuff 1991-2001”

Doris #15 (Zine)

Doris is one of those magazines that has been around since I first got into the creative zinemaking process. It still stands as a high water mark that I could only wish to aspire to. This issue of Doris represents a reprint of materials from about a decade ago, and while there has been a significant amount of time that has passed, a great deal of the information here still works well. The hand-drawn style of this anti-depression themed issue is very inviting, blending hand-drawn articles with simple (but still compelling) drawings. Continue reading “Doris #15 (Zine)”

Xerography Debt #25 (Zine)

Xerography Debt is one of the only print zines still available that makes the zining world their primary focus. Where it seems at the beginning of the issue that Davida was about ready to throw in the towel, Joe (Microcosm) gave eir the spark necessary to continue with this plump and lush-looking issue. The issue continues with a typical letters to the editor section, while the columns that follow afterwards will be reminiscent to some to those similar pieces in Slug & Lettuce. “Why Publish Prisoner Zines” by Christopher Robin is an illuminating look into the prisoner zine community that, while not respectful to those on the outside at times, still is rewarding at the end of the day. Continue reading “Xerography Debt #25 (Zine)”

Burn Collector #14

While we have reviewed other Al Burian titles in the past, this is the first time that we have covered a Burn Collector issue. This small tome bounces back and forth between comics and narratives, allowing individuals to see the different approaches that Burian can take. Where the discussion of the Chicago bus lines seems to go on for a little long of a period, Burian’s deconstruction of the Dan Clowes track about the future of comic books is spot-on and seems to me to be more an update of the tract rather than flying against it. The comic break-down that takes place after the mid-point of the issue is similarly lengthy, but Burian seems to be much more at home with this art form. The story (I believe) takes place after Jack Chick passes on, and is front of St. Peter. A few bites of the apple of knowledge later, and Chick is given a number of different tripping experiences all in the course of a few pages. The house shows piece that precedes the comic may just be the strongest of anything to be found here, as Burian shows exactly how amazing transient house shows are, and how special it is to be part of history being made. Pick up this zine from Microcosm Publishing whenever you get a few bucks.

Rating: 7.0/10

Burn Collector #14 (Zine) / $8 / 156S / http://www.alburian.com

The Metamorphosis of Miss Badass Peacock & Kizzy (Zine)

I have to apologize to Ben (Castle) here for reviewing these out of order, but I have to say from the beginning that this is a fun little zine. Badass Peacock and Kizzy are two fictional creations by Ben, and they reside in a fairly realistic interpretation of the world, albeit one with some pretty interesting prose describing it. The richness of the experience that Castle brings to reader is without comparison, as ey provides tremendous amounts of information in each subsequent sentence and paragraph. Continue reading “The Metamorphosis of Miss Badass Peacock & Kizzy (Zine)”