December 13th, 2010

Meniscus #17


   
36 pages, digest, $? c/o Brainstorm, 1648 W. North Ave., Chicago IL 60622, USA + hadmatter(at)hotmail.com
Besides doing Meniscus, Matt is also a reviewer for Xerography Debt. He gave Blackguard #2 an awesome review, so receiving his comic in the mail was tricky. Was I obliged to give it a great review even if it sucked? Hell no! I couldn't do that! I'd chop my damn fingers off before I did that, man. But it sure fucked with me before I read it. So thank god Meniscus was really great. (In fact it made me depressed that it was up to #17. How the hell am I gonna get the other 16? It's not gonna happen, is it?)
The main theme of this issue is that the comic store (Brainstorm) that Matt started working at, then later became co-owner of, is in danger of having to close down as a result of the shitty financial crisis, and distributor dramas. I got pulled in real fast. Great writing and cool art, plus Matt comes across as a real likeable guy.
On the one hand I tip my hat (or more accurately my 'Hard Wars' baseball cap) to Matt for getting to issue #17, but on the other hand it really sucks that I didn't get in on the action back when he started it. (What the fuck was I doing?) It would be great to see how Meniscus (and Matt's life) has developed and changed, progressed, or whatever you call it.
I've read a few other reviews giving the thumbs up to Meniscus and now I know why. It's bitchin'!

First World Youth Culture Problems To Be Addressed #1



20 pages, digest, $2.00 from Nicholas >>> firstworldyouthproblems(at)gmail.com
Very funny zine this. First up he writes about dragons, how cool they are, loads of spelling mistakes, so it's as though written by the most passionate yet spazziest contributor to an online forum for teen fantasy fans.
Then there's a bunch of personal ads. Example: "OLDER MAN IN 70S LOOKING FOR LITERATE COMPUTER OPERATOR OR SUBMISSIVE/DOMINANT WOMAN WHO ENJOYS CLEANING POOL. NO SEXUAL CONTACT NEEDED. I AM NEUTERED."
There's some movie reviews. Example: "Orpahn. This movie is scary about a oprhan that looks bad & I think she kill people. She gets in a home w/ parents but then bad stuff happens. i dont want to see this movie..."
An overview of the recent Batman movies including The Dark Knight, in which "the criminal masterking JOKER was played by super dead actor HEATH LEDGE."
I love this kind of demented idiot savant type humour and I know some of my zine pals do too. You know who you are.
[Note: There's at least five issues of FWYCPTBA. Collect 'em all!]