by Alyssa Giannini Olympia, WA, 2014 12 pages, hand-bound
I feel like my review of this zine should simply be: YES, SAME, SAME. Issue 1 of "Wanderer" by Alyssa Giannini is a half-sized perzine about moving from one small town to another small town 2,801 miles away. One year ago I moved half as far away as Giannini, both of us departing from the same town in Pennsylvania. Her zine covers some of the different stages she encountered along the way, including reuniting with her partner, exploring Olympia, anxiety about making new friends (and keeping existing ones), and the ever-elusive job hunt. I identify so hard with this zine—and I think anyone who has recently moved or is struggling to adjust to a new home would as well. I can't tell you how many times I've opened the back cover of "Wanderer" just to reread her final line:
"If you've left your comfort zone, cheers. It's not easy. Just know you're brave."
Giannini is now up to issue 3, which you can purchase in her Etsy shop, Craft or DIY. Each issue has a corresponding playlist (issue 1 playlist available here). It would be remiss of me not to mention that Alyssa is the friend who first introduced me to zines. Having her zines with me here in Minnesota bring me comfort and happiness. She's the inspiration behind this project as well as my desire to make my own zine one day. This zine reminds me that I'm not alone, and I think that's what I love most about zines—how they can help you feel connected in a way that the internet just can't.