8 ½” x 7”, 16 pages, free/trade
The 8th issue of this Canadian zine is the first part in a series detailing the author’s attempt to re-connect with pen-pals from 20 years ago. It tells the story of the author’s introduction to the world of pen-pals, which came in the form of a Denmark pen-pal agency’s solicitation received by his high school. As a young teenager in the 1980’s trying to beat small town boredom, pen-palling appealed to him. After receiving a few letters from kids in Denmark, Australia, and Sweden, the author’s next goal was to receive a letter from someone “on the other side of the Iron Curtain.” Shortly after contacting the embassies in Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia in search of pen-pal resources, letters started flowing in by the hundreds. Presently, the author has corresponded with hundreds of individuals from countries all around the globe. The neatest part of this zine is the centerfold: a world map listing the countries the author has received mail from, the names of the pen-pals, and numbers of letters exchanged with each one. The layout of this zine consists of shrunken images of envelopes, letters, photos, drawings, etc. sent to him from people seeking pen friends. This zine is for anyone who has ever gotten excited about receiving random letters from strangers in faraway lands. Highly recommended reading.
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