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  1. BURN COLLECTOR #15 ZINE (Al Burian)

    BURN COLLECTOR #15 ZINE (Al Burian)

    $4.00

    The expatriated Al Burian reflects on a year spent living in Berlin, Germany. His wildly free-range topics include: freedom, happiness, animal liberty, Aristotle, modern dentistry, riots as rituals, uncomfortable proximity to drunken teenagers, and how to best color co-ordinate an outfit that includes a Black Flag T-shirt and a baby stroller. Plus: “when you realize the freedom,” an illustrated essay by Anne Elizabeth Moore. "Burian is one of our generation's great storytellers, a wily and insightful observer of the human condition,” says Davy Rothbart of Found magazine, and this zine is “the best one yet,” says Al. Learn More
  2. BURN COLLECTOR (Al Burian)- "#1-9" BOOK

    BURN COLLECTOR (Al Burian)- "#1-9" BOOK

    $16.00

    The first nine issues of Al Burian’s sporadically published and widely acclaimed personal zine. Beginning in the mid-nineties, Burian distributed his work through the tight-knit network of the DIY punk music scene. Burn Collector caught on because of its unusual content—the writing blueprinted a post-punk persona that was smart, strange, political but not correct, attached to sub-culture, but striving for a connection to the world at large, and to the greater themes of human existence. Timeless stories and reflections on suburban boredom, cross-country travel, living without luxury, existential dread, and Black Sabbath, among other salient topics. The book first appeared in early 2000; it went through six printings, along the way garnering acclaim from readers, and inspiring more than a few to write and self-publish. Another generation of kids can now be moved by its message of hope, laughter in the face of adversity, and the beauty of stolen office supplies. Al played in Hellbender, Milemarker, etc. Learn More
  3. BURN COLLECTOR (Al Burian)- "Fourteen" Book

    BURN COLLECTOR (Al Burian)- "Fourteen" Book

    $10.00

    In Burn Collector #14 zine superstar Al Burian lays down 156 pages of truth, trouble, and everyman blues. Whether battling the cops in Chicago, essaying the frenetic nervous breakdown of city life, spilling the secret truth of all religions, or talkin' comix and punk shows, Burian does so with class, humor, and a timeless feel for language. Heavily illustrated, dense with stories, and ripped right from the headlines of Burian's hard, hilarious, rowdy life. Al played in Hellbender, Milemarker, etc. Learn More
  4. COMETBUS #49- ZINE

    COMETBUS #49- ZINE

    $4.00

    This is a contributor issue of Cometbus. It's got a TON of stuff, including some gritty, experimental poems, an interview with Pat Wright of KALX and Gilman Street and one with Erik Zo about making messenger bags, stories by folks like Spam, Jess Hillard, Charlotte Subenhara, Samara Halperin, and Jeff Grimes, and art by folks including Shannon Wheeler. Altogether it's a deep dive into Bay Area culture of the turn of the millennium. This was the last issue published before the zine went on its 2004-2006 hiatus. Technically, it's long out of print. We were happy to find a few boxes recently to share with you til it's gone. Learn More
  5. COMETBUS #51- "Loneliness of the Electric Menorah" ZINE

    COMETBUS #51- "Loneliness of the Electric Menorah" ZINE

    $3.00

    This one's a history of the East Bay through the lens of independent bookstores and their mercurial management. Aaron has delved into East Bay history to produce this complex set of interweaving stories. He has done a ton of work on this issue, combining information gleaned from over 40 individuals. Learn More
  6. COMETBUS #52- The Spirit of St. Louis ZINE

    COMETBUS #52- The Spirit of St. Louis ZINE

    $3.00

    Cometbus #52 introduces us to a new ragtag cast of punks and weirdos, struggling to build a community amongst their own personal troubles. The citizens of sleepy St. Louis attempt to persevere through love and theft and death. Issue 52 explores the idea of support and how often in punk communities, it can appear to be lacking. In the end, your surrogate family is the only family you have left. Learn More
  7. COMETBUS #53- ZINE

    COMETBUS #53- ZINE

    $3.00

    Cometbus 53! Maddalena Poletta and Aaron trade writing duties in this issue, and their writing styles compliment each other quite nicely. You can always count on Cometbus to provide a good subcultural fable. Where punks are the protagonists, and hippies often the fools. The villainous roles are filled by time, and death, and the whole thing will be related to books somehow. Even as Aaron implores the reader to focus on more than the ending, to pay attention to the process itself, he provides us with storybook reliability, and comforting resolution every time. The issue features Bent Stories, wherein motorcycles are ridden, and hats lost forever. It also includes the fascinating story of John Holmstrom, student under Will Eisner, and perhaps, the inventor of punk as we know it. In the NYC Scene Report, we learn what punk shirts are being worn around town, and Hole In The Wall is about an underground "apartment" in a subway tunnel. Maddalena tells a series of stories about cancer that will break your heart, one in the form of letters. And Nate Powell did the cover. Yes! Learn More
  8. COMETBUS #54- "Travels To China With Green Day" ZINE!

    COMETBUS #54- "Travels To China With Green Day" ZINE!

    $4.00

    Long time friend of Green Day and drummer of Billie Joe's side band Pinhead Gunpowder, Aaron Cometbus has recently released the 54th issue of his punk zine, Cometbus. This issue of Cometbus is dedicated to Green Day and talks about Aaron's experiences with Green Day as he toured with them in Asia in January of 2010. One of Cometbus' finest issues, and not just cus were huge GD nerds. Learn More
  9. COMETBUS #55- "Pen Pals" ZINE

    COMETBUS #55- "Pen Pals" ZINE

    $3.00

    When you're within Cometbus's pages, you experience the work of one of the greatest writers of our generation through his eyes, as he invites you to be a tourist or a regular in an underground cultural milieu. It's a framework of beliefs that you can carry with you and mull over the contents therein for days or weeks. And in the last five years, Aaron Cometbus has again reinvented himself on a project he's been working on for over thirty years—writing brilliant novellas that are illustrative like all great literature is. After the achievement of cataloging the history of Berkeley bookstores and chronicling his Asian tour with Green Day, this issue beckons back to unique friendships like the one Aaron has had since 1988 in Berkeley with a woman named Yula and a collaborator named Andy as they shifted and evolved, involving many entertaining side-plots. It's about Aaron finding himself, casting his interests in stone, and friendships maintained through the post. And it's all held together by a wraparound Jordan Crane cover! Learn More
  10. COMETBUS #56- "A Bestiary Of Booksellers" ZINE

    COMETBUS #56- "A Bestiary Of Booksellers" ZINE

    $5.00

    The 56th issue of Cometbus is a loving ethnography of New York City's wild, weird, and bearded used book trade. Aaron writes about his fellow book dealers—and their tribes—with all the unflinching and generous powers of observation that he's applied to every subject. As he writes in chapter one, "A book sale is a competition, after all, where knowledge, physical endurance, and speed all count. But like an early eighties hardcore show, it only looks violent and chaotic from a distance. Up close, where the action is, everyone is helping each other out." This Cometbus zine is also a love story—about books and about people. Full of wordplay, dusty houses, and animals of all species. Learn More

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