I recently received a distressing postcard. Jeff Somers, proprietor of The Inner Swine, the longtime zine devoted to alcohol abuse, cats, pantlessness, rants, and well-written fiction has now gone online only. It will be available as an ebook and archived as a pdf.
Somers cites costs for abandoning print, but I wonder if his growing audience among prisoners also had something to do with it (the audience for print zines these days seems down to hardcore longtime zinesters and convicts without access to the Internet). I still traded zines (a serialized print zine version of Blog Love Omega Glee--it's hush hush) with Somers, so perhaps it's my fault. He might have been sick of waiting for years to finish reading a novel that's available complete online instantly.
Somers, I'm sorry!
Seriously though, I'm sorry to see the print zine go. I enjoyed reading it when it popped up in my mailbox twice a year. The good news is that given Somers's increasing success in mainstream publishing (check out the Avery Cates novels for some sci-fi fun) that he has time to still do a zine at all. He's a fine writer, so let's be grateful that we still have the Swine at all.
Keep on oinking!
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