Pops: Par­ents on Par­ent­ing

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Zine, Jonas, #1, 40 pgs, pop­szine@gmail.com

This zine is fan­tas­tic and we’re lucky its con­trib­u­tors didn’t just cop out and make some lame-ass blog. Pops is about par­ent­ing and it gives a few dif­fer­ent POVS on the topic from a few dif­fer­ent folks. All ac­counts are, more or less, first­hand and it’s in­ter­est­ing to hear var­i­ous sto­ries of tod­dlers, tots and pint-sized ter­rors with­out the req­ui­site bitch­ing you’d find within your av­er­age gar­den-va­ri­ety par­ent­ing blog. Jonas is the cu­ra­tor and he does a great job at en­sur­ing there’s a lot of va­ri­ety here, free of hy­per­bole and hys­te­ria, which is al­ways nice. The in­nards in­clude sto­ries of par­ents deal­ing with anx­i­ety, the strug­gles and re­wards of hav­ing a child with autism, cus­tody bat­tles and other weighty top­ics. Pops works be­cause there is a dire re­al­ness to the con­tent here and it’s pre­sented with­out frills in a sim­ple, sorta sloppy look­ing zine packed with a whole lotta heart. There’s even a 2D death me­tal in­ter­lude that breaks up the di­a­logue just to prove that even amid all the heavy adult-ori­ented stuff, par­ents (and peo­ple read­ing about par­ents) can crack a smile too. (Cam Gor­don)

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