Optic Nerve #14 by Adrian Tomine (D&Q) $6.95 - Optic Nerve 14 brings Adrian Tomine’s multifaceted, expressive cartooning to a new peak with two stories and a bonus autobiographical strip. “Killing and Dying” is about a father’s struggles to be supportive: it centers on parenthood, …
Think About the Bubbles #8 Trust The Knife
by Joyce Hatton
30p, b&w and color, 7"x8.5"
Holy shit, this zine is an ah-mazing account of a hard, hard journey. The issues of Hatton's Think About the Bubbles zine we've carried at the Quimbystore prior have all been small doses of strategic positivity and this issue has that plus a tremendous account of growth and survival. Hatton opens her life to us and takes us through a diagnosis with cancer, treatment and all its mental rearrangement, navigating medicine without insurance, depression, substance abuse, attempting suicide, homelessness and gradual restructuring, restabalizing and recovering. Hatton's writing is visceral and honest, satisfyingly snarky but also full of power and realization. Oh yeah, and it's visual and beautiful...a photo of grafitti on the back cover does a fantastic job summarizing it's humor and reality, "Joyce was here after a really stupid & boring battle with breast cancer" ...Really great zine, a tough path through a rough time. -EF