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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
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  6. COMETBUS #55- "Pen Pals" ZINE

    COMETBUS #55- "Pen Pals" ZINE

    $3.00

    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..
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  7. 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. Learn More
  8. COMETBUS #57- "NY Comics" ZINE

    COMETBUS #57- "NY Comics" ZINE

    $5.00

    The comics scene is thriving in New York, and comics play an oversized role in the city’s myth. But why? In this special issue of Cometbus we go door-to-door, uptown to downtown, asking the questions that other rags are either too informed or too polite to pose. We visit cartoonists like Gary Panter, Julia Wertz, Ben Katchor, Adrian Tomine, and Gabrielle Bell, but also comics scholars, publishers, shopkeepers, and librarians. Featuring beautiful illustrations by March artist Nate Powell and an unusual Al Jaffee interview that ties it all together in the end.
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  9. COMETBUS #58- Zimmerwald ZINE

    COMETBUS #58- Zimmerwald ZINE

    $3.00

    A teenager finds solace in a diner full of grumpy seniors during the heydey of San Francisco punk. It's a mythological place, full of ghostly archetypes, the aging veterans of scenes past and future. Reads like a novel, but is it fiction or barely disguised autobiography? Or is it the obituary of a movement? That's up to the reader to decide and Aaron to never let on. Either way, the backstory of the angry old woman glaring at you from the other end of the counter becomes a disturbing glimpse into your own future and distressing as this may be it's hard to put down or get out of your head. Learn More
  10. COMETBUS- "I Wish There Was Something I Could Quit" BOOK

    COMETBUS- "I Wish There Was Something I Could Quit" BOOK

    $8.00

    Laura is suffering a torrid affair—with the trains that pass on the tracks at the end of her block. As Aaron Cometbus' fictional protagonist watches from the porch of legendary punkhouse 309, the trains are carrying weapons destined for the front lines of America's latest war, and Laura can't rest until she's consummated the affair by blowing one up! She plots, she plans—but meanwhile, the trains keep right on coming, haunting her. Taunting her, too. Laura is obsessed. She can't sleep. She sits on the porch all night lying in wait. Then she throws bricks, bowling balls, cans of paint. She loves the sound as they connect, meeting metal and glass. Smash goes the windshield of the camouflage Humvee. Crash go the headlights of a helicopter. Still, all of her good intentions haven't done anything to stop them or even slow one down—yet. Author Aaron Cometbus has remained a legendary status in the punk underground because of the longevity of his zine and for his perfect sentences. He now calls New York his home but lives in a state of perpetual exile. Each issue of Aaron's zine, Cometbus, sells over 10,000 issues, with 57 issues and numerous collections. Learn More

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