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'''Cometbus''' was a [[punk]] [[zine]], started in Berkeley, California in 1983 by [[Aaron Cometbus]], born Aaron Elliot. For the past 20 years Aaron has been self-publishing his usually handwritten zine, including band interviews, diaries and observations on the punk subculture in the San Francisco Bay Area and from his travels, many of which involve long, grueling cross-country rides on Greyhound buses.
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'''Cometbus''' is a [[punk]] [[zine]], started in Berkeley, California in 1983 by [[Aaron Cometbus]], born Aaron Elliot. For the past 20 years Aaron has been self-publishing his usually handwritten zine, including band interviews, diaries and observations on the punk subculture in the San Francisco Bay Area and from his travels, many of which involve long, grueling cross-country rides on Greyhound buses.  
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Aaron Cometbus' writing captures a slice of life in Oakland and Berkeley, California from the late 1980s through the 1990s. This includes squatting, collective living, falling in love and other perils of the punk rock lifestyle. His writing is characterized by stories of loneliness and alienation, tempered with episodes of brightness and perennial hope in the ability of humans to connect to one another.
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Selections from 48 issues of Cometbus have been collected into a single volume, titled [[Despite Everything: A Cometbus Omnibus]] (Last Gasp of San Francisco; September 2002, ISBN 0867195614).
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One unique factor with Cometbus was more people bought it directly from the publisher than any other zine.  Aaron's travels led him accross the U.S. where he'd meet zinesters, fans, and make many new fans selling his zine at shows, conventions, punk houses, parties, book stores and on the street to people he'd meet. In the 1990s he became a human connection between zine publishers in different cities and at conventions and on [[alt.zines]] it seemed every other zinester had an a story about meeting Aaron Cometbus.
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Two collections have been translated into French, including En dépit de tout (1997).
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In 2004, Aaron quit writing Cometbus to pursue publishing his writing through other channels. As of 2005, he has been self-publishing a series of small books of short stories, [[Chicago Stories]] and [[Mixed Reviews]] being the first two. He has also recorded and toured with the band [[Pinhead Gunpowder]], which includes members of Green Day, with whom he toured before their mainstream success.
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Cometbus' distinctive handwritten script can be seen in early Green Day album liner notes, the Jawbreaker collection "Etc.", and is emblematic of the decidedly lo-fi zine culture. In recent issues, however, he had switched to typing.
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Selections from 48 issues of Cometbus have been collected into a single volume, titled [[Despite Everything: A Cometbus Omnibus]] (Last Gasp of San Francisco; September 2002, ISBN 0867195614).
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The latest issue, #54,  is about Cometbus going on tour with Green Day in Asia.
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[[Double Duce]] (Last Gasp, 2003, ISBN 0-86719-586-X) is about Cometbus's life in a punk house called Double Duce, and collects material published in Cometbus 32, 35, 37, 38, 41, 43, and 45.
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'''Cometbus''' is included in the Sarah and Jen Wolfe Zine Collection at The University of Iowa.
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Chicago Stories (self published, 2004) is a small collection about Chicago, originally published in Cometbus issues 35, 37, 38, 41, and 45.
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Two collections have been translated into French, including En dépit de tout (1997).
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Cometbus' distinctive handwritten script can be seen in early Green Day album liner notes, the Jawbreaker collection "Etc.", and is emblematic of the decidedly lo-fi zine culture.
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==External links==
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*[http://www.operationphoenixrecords.com/cometbus1.html Flipside Interview] - Cometbus interview from 1986
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*[http://www.operationphoenixrecords.com/cometbus2.html Maximumrocknroll Interview] - Cometbus interview from 2000
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*[http://www.operationphoenixrecords.com/cometbus3.html Punk Planet Interview] - Cometbus interview from 2002
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Cometbus #45
Cometbus #45

Cometbus is a punk zine, started in Berkeley, California in 1983 by Aaron Cometbus, born Aaron Elliot. For the past 20 years Aaron has been self-publishing his usually handwritten zine, including band interviews, diaries and observations on the punk subculture in the San Francisco Bay Area and from his travels, many of which involve long, grueling cross-country rides on Greyhound buses.

Selections from 48 issues of Cometbus have been collected into a single volume, titled Despite Everything: A Cometbus Omnibus (Last Gasp of San Francisco; September 2002, ISBN 0867195614).

Two collections have been translated into French, including En dépit de tout (1997).

Cometbus' distinctive handwritten script can be seen in early Green Day album liner notes, the Jawbreaker collection "Etc.", and is emblematic of the decidedly lo-fi zine culture. In recent issues, however, he had switched to typing.

The latest issue, #54, is about Cometbus going on tour with Green Day in Asia.

Cometbus is included in the Sarah and Jen Wolfe Zine Collection at The University of Iowa.

External links

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