by Julia Arredondo Vice Versa Press, 2012 18 pages, stapled
If you are coming off of a bad breakup, struggle to make friends, or just aren't that comfortable doing things in public by yourself, this zine has got you covered. Solitude is something I've become intimately familiar with over the last year—my partner is in school working on his MFA, I freelance from home, and we are both trying to situate ourselves in a brand new town. Arredondo shares a lot of useful advice here—specific stuff beyond basic positive attitude tips. The writing is funny and frank and the collages and illustrations bring a new experience to every 2-page spread. My favorite part was the section about finding better friends—not necessarily because the friends I have now suck, but once you're out of college, making friends is more difficult. I'll definitely be taking this advice to heart. The zine also covers what to do when you realize everyone sucks, how to be at home alone, how to be in public alone, and how to travel alone. It also feels different than a lot of the other zines I've reviewed because of its unique size (8.5"x7"). I love the cover illustration and rounded corners!