Cometbus #55: Pen pals - Aaron Cometbus


Cometbus #55: Pen Pals by Aaron Cometbus

This addition to the Cometbus zines concerns itself with a friendship that lasts on paper, a young man who reads a lot, writes letters to lesser known authors, but doesn’t want to actually meet or get to know (just like they don’t really want to get to know him, apparently) and theorizing on why communism appeals to the author.

There are a varied group of people introduced, his friends in Berkley and New York City are interesting, but uncensored as they are, I found myself rolling my eyes and gritting my teeth to get through this apparently languidly edited self-reflection.

I think you’ll enjoy this more than I did if you’re interested in punk culture, the underground, reminiscences from the fringes (and he was on tour with Green Day in China) and something short and different. I can definitely see why people find his style appealing and the content is interesting, I just couldn’t get into the author himself, and that’s a big part of reading enjoyment for me.

I finished this just past midnight and am afraid the best I can say is that I didn't hate it. I don't think I'll seek out any more by him.

I haven't read any of his other zines.

Pages: 72
Year: February 1st 2013
Publisher: Microcosm Publishing

Read: 14 January 2017 to 14 March 2017
Stars: 2 (ambivalent)