Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Zine Review: Smog City #1

Smog City #1
PO Box 29753
Los Angeles CA 90027

Mulnix was gracious enough to send me the back issues of his zine & this is where it all began. Smog City #1 set the bar high for graphic design & quality. The stories that unfold here might be considered “genre” fiction as they definitely blur the line away from typical literary narratives. The protagonists (or perhaps they are anti-heroes) are caught up in situations they have little control over, or worse, are oblivious to. The writing is straightforward without a lot of the flourishes that fiction is noted for – this is clean, minimalist work where there is more bubbling up behind the scenes than meets the eye, a la Ray Carver. 

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