Weekly Top 10

What? It’s not Halloween yet? Well everyday is Halloween in these parts.

1. Field Guide to the Aliens of Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Five by Joshua Chapman $1.00

2. Tales To Thrizzle #8 by Michael Kupperman (Fantagraphics) $4.95

3. Lucky Peach #4 Sum 12 American Food Issue $12.00

4. Prince Zine by Joshua Amberson $5.00 –  R U Ready 4 This 1? Although Amberson is no fanatical Rainbow Child, there’s more than enough purple passion and royal dedication here to assemble an inspired and juicy analysis of Prince’s dynasty, talent, discography and lifestyle choices. I like most that the zine puts some time and thought into getting behind Prince’s rampant weirdness — it’s not at all some sorry joke at Prince’s expense like that Mirror interview, but it doesn’t exactly let him off the hook either – it’s critical AND playful AND willing to admit that at everyone’s core there IS a huge weirdo. It may also be worthy of note that this zine rolled into Quimby’s on a snowy day in April, so it’s a little cosmic too, y’know? -EF

5. Animal Sex #3 Under the Sea by Isabella Rotman $3.00 – Rotman renders in chaming detail the zombie dick raunch orgy that comprises the deep blue sea. Darling it’s better down where it’s wetter, take it from me. -EF

6. The Baffler #19 $10.00

7. Hi-Fructose #24 $6.95

8. Start Your Own Haunted House by Gas Mask Horse $1.98 – Gas Mask Horse masterminds the DIY haunted punk house here in Chicago and put out this amazing spine-chilling zine bloodbath of how to grow your own Halloween hellhouse. Walk throughs, how-tos, free Frankenstein’s monster mask. Tricky treats. -EF

9. Love Is Not Constantly Wondering If You Are Making the Biggest Mistake of Your Life $5.00 – 116p, b&w, softcover, 4.25″x7″

10. Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers (McSweeneys) -“In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment.”