Issue 97

Review: Take The Long Way Home

Jon Claytor’s main conceit is to bleed his unfiltered self onto the page. He bounces between dark suicidal thoughts and folksy vignettes about cute critters he sees on the road, but the flow feels natural.

TOOLKIT: How To Make Your Own Tarot Cards

While tarot may be best known today as a future-telling tool, it is much more than that. Meditation, personal growth and beyond. Follow your ideas to truly make your deck your own. Allow each card to become part of your own personal system of self-discovery.

Art Holes: Boo!

Horror artist Trevor Henderson gives us a peek at the nightmare factory.

Review: The Second Substance

While it’s poetic enough and creates a lush mood of grimy eroticism, leveraging Lardeux’s talent for capturing sensory detail, The Second Substance’s experimentalism wrestles with the musk of the overly familiar.

Review: The Squire’s Reunion

Austin MacDonald’s colour choices give the pages of Squire’s Reunion a sense of foreboding. Houghton’s writing complements this. To make a recent reference for fans of swords, it’s as though the petite protagonist of Ranking of Kings popped up in Elden Ring.

Review: The Employees

In space, no one can hear you complain to HR. Olga Ravn’s The Employees is a sci-fi parable about what happens when you can never leave the office.

Gretchen Felker-Martin’s Gory Little Details

A twist of bone. A tease of flesh. Cannibals and testicles. We sat down with the Manhunt author about survival and sinew. “It’s an unfortunate way to get publicity, but if they’re giving it to me, I’ll take it. And I’ll use it to do all the things they’re so afraid I’ll do.”

Review: Rose Riot Volume 1: Pride

Created to challenge beauty standards, Rose Riot is a fashion and activism zine founded in Portland, Oregon that is by and for kids.

Review: Weeding

Geneviève Lebleu explores tense interpersonal relationships between several middle-aged women in a suburban neighborhood through the psychedelic imagery that so defines her lush illustration style.

Review: Cryptic Love: Vampire Edition

K.G. Wehri drums up fear largely in service of amplifying the sexual tension. None of it is gory but at some point, the fangs do come out. These stories yield themes of loneliness, hope, staying the course and the flexibility of time.