Welcome to Nixes Mate Review. Out of the ashes of the 1980s Allston zine scene comes a new journal of hand-crafted artisanal literature. We are excited about our first issue. We can almost taste the ferrous grit of photocopied paper, almost smell the poverty of basement print shops, feel the numbness in our hands from hours of folding and stapling hundreds of zine copies. There appears to be a resurgence in zine publishing and zine awareness, analogous to the vinyl resurgence in music. An old friend from the Allston zine scene just moved back from Amsterdam to open an underground bookstore in New York affiliated with Quimby's, the bookstore he founded in Chicago 25 years ago. As we used to say: 'Talk is cheap, publishing is expensive'. It's in our blood. We breathe those black worms on paper, on the screen, on the walls.
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