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Broken Pencil #102

Broken Pencil #102

8.25"x10.5", about 50p, off-set print, full color cover, b+w & color inside, saddle-stitched


BP sez:

In March of 2023, more than 50 individuals were indicted in Georgia on RICO charges. The evidence against them? Zines. We take a look at Cop City, a police training facility displacing a forest, and how the persecution of its critics became a chilling assault on free expression.

Introducing Broken Pencil 102, our Cop City Issue.

On top of this crisis, this edition of Broken Pencil features a look at:

*Brontez Purnell and why he’s burning the story down.

*How the young cartoonist Nate Garcia is making a scene for himself from the sidelines (or in his case, sidewalk).

*A report from the Brooklyn Museum’s Copy Machine Manifestos exhibition and how we curate the meaning of zines.

*Underground animator Brad Neely perverts American History yet again with new novel.

*Why college radio stations remain one of the last vestiges of indie media.

*A guide on surviving your first art fair.

*A look at this year’s Doug Wright awards!

*A microessay mixtape for the foodies and freaks alike.


Since 1995, we have been a print magazine and online hub dedicated exclusively to exploring independent creative action. Our mandate is to raise awareness of the possibilities of independent print publishing and underground creative action, with a special emphasis on the DIY zine scene. Published four times a year in full colour, each issue of Broken Pencil features reviews of hundreds of zines and small press books, plus comics, excerpts from the best of the underground/independent press, interviews, original fiction and advice/how-tos about all aspects of the independent printed arts. From the hilarious to the perverse, Broken Pencil challenges conformity and demands attention.