Hi-Fi Anxiety Zine
Hi-Fi Anxiety is a zine I created with some help from some friends. It focus on music and collecting. It is a flip style zine; meaning you open it, read to the center, close it and flip it over, open it and read to the center again. Each issue has a Side A, Side B and mixtape/playlist in the center.
Issue #1 is mostly about music. It features a Deep Dive with Lemuria and a piece about my trip to Third Man Records.
Issue #2 is our video game issue. It features a Deep Dive on The Fake Boys and an interview with Heavy Kevy Stout of Insanity Alert and The Apers.
Issue #3 is our movie issue. It features a Deep Dive on The Horror Section, an interview with Mitch Ryan of the Nerd Emporium, and a bunch of full color movie posters. This whole issue is in full color that's why it costs a little more.
Issue #3.5 is the companion piece to issue 3. It has write ups on each of the movies I made posters for and more Top 5s.
Issue #4 has a Deep Dive on The Queers who are celebrating 40 years of being a band. It also has two Record Store showcases and more.
Issue #5 is our found object issue. It was pieced together using photos that I had and other random things. It has a Deep Dive on Rancid, a piece on Music Shack (Albany/Troy NY), and artwork by Girlspit.
Issue #6/9 is a surprise and I don't want to ruin it. It is a good one though.
Issue #7 is the zine issue. Yes a zine about zines. It features a history of zines and a Deep Dive on Aaron Cometbus bands. It also comes with a mixtape and a mini zine template.
Issue #10 is a look back on the previous issues. There is a lot of behind the scenes stuff and rough sketches for the interactive elements. There is also a Deep Dive on X.
Issue #11 picks up where #10 left off. There was so much to cover we couldn't fit it all in one issue. More behind the scenes stuff and a Deep Dive on The Manges.
Issue #12 focuses on mixtapes mostly. Each A Side cover is hand die cut to reveal a cassette tape inside the walkman. The cassette is actually printed on a postcard that can be removed from the issue. The idea is to write a playlist on the postcard and mail it to someone. This issue also contains a Deep Dive on Daniel Johnston and mix CD artwork.
Issue #13 focuses on my artwork. There are four different variants for the cover of Side A. There are Deep Dives on The Descendents and ALL. We also see the return of Recent Acquisitions and a collage of all the flyers I did for the Nerdy Flea Market.
Issue #14 is dedicated to collecting Pez dispensers. It features a pop up Pez dispenser, a Deep Dive on Less Than Jake, and mini zine with pictures of some of the dispensers in my collection.
Issue #15 is all about the band Black Flag. The Deep Dive is obviously on Black Flag. I was really lacking Black Flag records in my collection so I tried to get as many as I could and I documented the whole thing. There are other surprises in this issue as well.
Issue #16 is an AMA (Ask Me Anything) issue where I try to answer the questions I
get ask quite a bit. The side B cover is a working Magic 8 Ball. Issue 16 also contains part 1 of the saga about the record label I used to run. Part 2 will be in issue 17.
Fun Size #1 is a special mini zine (4.25"x5.5") that I made for New Years Eve at the Nerd Emporium. We were showing Dead Alive and Rocky Horror Picture Show, so side A is Dead Alive and side B is Rocky Horror Picture Show. I had some left over so I put them up for sale.
Fun Size #2 is another special mini zine (4.25"x5.5") made for National Sticker Day (Jan 13th). It's got some sticker related stories and the meaning behind some of the stickers I've made. It also has a sticker pack inside.
Fun Size #3 - Rex Manning Day issue! I made this one just for Rex Manning a/k/a April 8th. It's got stuff all about the movie Empire Records, a Deep Dive with Gwar and of course a mixtape.
Fun Size #4 - Our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issue. Originally this was intended to be released with Hi-Fi Anxiety #8 (our comic issue) but it is too good to wait on. Lots of fun stories about TMNT.
Fun Size #5 - A Fun Size issue dedicated to Return Of The Living Dead. There's a Deep Dive on The Cramps, a Trash paper doll and lots of activities.
Fun Size #6 - An issue dedicated to the found footage film Hell House LLC. It has a working Ouija Board inside of it and again, lots of activities.
Fun Size #7 - This issue is dedicated to the movie Killer Klowns From Outer Space. It has a Deep Dive on The Dickies, fun facts about the movie, a cotton candy cocoon shell game, and other activities. There are a few Circus Edition (purple and pink cover) left.
Fun Size #8 - This one is about Dracula and vampire movies/TV shows and the effect they have had on our culture. Both of the covers are die cut and one of them has Nic Cage on it.
Fun Size #9 - This one is all about Mystery Science Theater 3000. I talk about tape trading and how I first saw the show, seeing it live with my son, some of my favorite episodes and a Deep Dive on the band The Riverdales. There is also a Dave Ryder Space Mutiny name generator and other activities.
Fun Size #10 - This one is all about buttons. Inside there are pictures of my guitar strap which is covered in buttons and the stories that go along with. Each one also comes with 5 buttons so you can start your own collection.