One Minute Zine Reviews is an occasional one minute podcast and a blog with occasional posts by DJ Frederick.
OMZR is also a paper zine curated by Stephen J. Lazotte. Zines for review are welcomed by: Stephen J. Lazotte PO Box 383 Manchester NH 03105. Long live the paper revolution!
I don’t exactly feel “qualified” to review comics. When I
was a kid I went through a brief phase of reading “Richie Rich” and a couple of
other non-superhero series. As a young adult I read Doonesbury and Bloom
Country for a while, then grew bored with them. Often comics just leave me baffled,
and ultimately disappointed.
That’s not the case with My Life In Records, a very coherent narrative that explores the
author’s childhood. Bert & Ernie’s LP Side
By Side plays a prominent role in the events in young Grant’s life and
imagination. Grant’s story continues in Into
My Heart which brought visceral memories up for me of nearly drowning when
I was a child when I was 4 or 5 years old. Grant’s childhood echoes my own in
several ways – right down to wrestling with religious questions and baptism.
Everything flows in these comics and everything “works” –
the visual style, storytelling, and the narrative text. Vinyl records anchor
the story, something most of us of a certain generation can relate to. Will
anyone be nostalgic for their mp3 player in twenty years? I won’t give away any further specifics about these comics
because I hope that as an OMZR reader you will discover these excellent zines for