Issues #2, 32 pg. at quarter-letter size
Issue #3, 28 pg. at quarter-letter size
I don’t know about where you are, but here, a windstorm yesterday blew all the handsome leaves off the trees, so now it’s just cold, time to buckle down, lay in supplies, and get cozy with some zines. I also feel like, for people who live in places where it’s winding down into winter, this is a time of year for introspection, since you’ve probably got more quiet time at home, rather than being out and about in the sunshine.
About a year ago, I wrote about the first issue of Lake Effect zine, which was a split with Your Secretary, both halves of which were so good. Remembering how much I liked #1, I recently ordered issues #2 and 3 from Stranger Danger Distro.
Issue #2 has a fun concept: it’s about clothes that have been important to K. at various times in her life, for various reasons. She even includes a little paper doll of herself that you could dress up if you are feeling especially ambitious/creepy. It could have been pretty silly, but she touches on some serious and scary events.
Heather of Stranger Danger Distro wrote of Issue 3, “This is hands down one of the best zines I’ve read in the nearly 20 years that I’ve been into zines.” Since her knowledge of zines is profound and her taste exquisite, I knew I had to get a copy of this.
This is a not-especially-long quarter-size zine that feels much more substantial. It’s elegantly put together and easy to read, and damn K’s writing is good.
She writes about a health scare, about visiting friends in the hospital, about driving to a wedding listening to Exile in Guyville (yesss), about having a concert ruined for you by a creepy dude, and about getting shot with a BB gun. It’s understated but powerful, and it captures well how the big feelings in our lives play out in small moments.
I really admire writers who can write very specifically about small moments in a life, but also imbue them with gravitas and feeling without, y’know, saying “this was a moment imbued with gravitas and feeling”, or having anyone dropping to their knees and weeping.
Lake Effect #3 shows how friendships and relationships are made and broken with minute gestures of care or its absence, and how decisions hinge on small moments of recognition— this is the stuff lives are made of. I recommend Lake Effect wholeheartedly!
- Lily Pepper