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By keith
Thursday, September 21 2006

Had pretty high hopes for this one—layout looked pretty solid at first thumb-through, especially for a second issue. However, after reading the thing (compiled almost entirely of Todi’s travel writing and straight-up journal entries) it’s falling a bit flat—there’s just too many personal references. Tons of em—Rock Truck, Pat Clark, the Guise Brothers, Kristen Krieven, Becky, Virginia, Caleb, Megan, on and on. I guess it’s what happens when you go straight from Xeroxed journal entries—I mean, as a reader, am I supposed to know who these people are? Am I supposed to know how cool they are? Who the frick are they? There’s a few other contributors in here, and some of them do the same thing—more inner-circle name dropping. Not that Todi’s trying to impress us, but so much of the intent of the writing is lost when you lay someone’s name down and there’s no connection for the reader. So, let’s just say it like this: it’s a travel zine, and hopefully the guy will do some more traveling and have some great stories to tell while keeping in mind that we need to know a bit more about his friends for them to have relevance to the story. For a second issue, it’s certainly not jaw-dropping, but I’ve seen zines that’re many, many times worse than this one. Keep running with it. –Keith Rosson (Woozley Industries, 6265 N. St., Halifax, NS, B3L 1P4, Canada)

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