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'''Roctober''' is a comics and music zine created by Chicago native [[Jake Austen]], together with a regular cast of contributors. The first issue appeared in the Spring of 1992, and it continues to be published 2-3 times a year.
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'''Roctober''' is a [[comic]]s and music [[zine]] created by Chicago native [[Jake Austen]], together with a regular cast of contributors. The first issue appeared in the Spring of 1992, and it continues to be published 2-3 times a year.
"Roctober" takes a broad view of popular music, covering everything from The Ramones, to Afrika Bombaataa, to Dolly Parton and David Allen Coe. Regular features include: "The Hall of Dynamic Greatness," Jake Austen's "Punk'n Head" comics, and "Flamin' Waymon Timbsdayle, King of Reviewland."
"Roctober" takes a broad view of popular music, covering everything from The Ramones, to Afrika Bombaataa, to Dolly Parton and David Allen Coe. Regular features include: "The Hall of Dynamic Greatness," Jake Austen's "Punk'n Head" comics, and "Flamin' Waymon Timbsdayle, King of Reviewland."
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* '''The Secret History of Masked Rock 'n' Roll'''
* '''The Secret History of Masked Rock 'n' Roll'''
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* '''The Rock 'n' Roll AIDS Quilt''' (the cover of which was a full color photo of an actual quilt, sewn with the likenesses of the late-Freddie Mercury, Eazy-E, Klaus Nomi, Sylvester, Ricky Nelson, and Esquerita)   
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* '''The Rock 'n' Roll AIDS Quilt''' (the cover of which was a full color photo of an actual quilt, sewn with the likenesses of the late Freddie Mercury, Eazy-E, Klaus Nomi, Sylvester, Ricky Nelson, and Esquerita)   
* '''Icons and Enigmas''' (which featured a Cyndi Lauper interview and a Cyndi Lauper comic)
* '''Icons and Enigmas''' (which featured a Cyndi Lauper interview and a Cyndi Lauper comic)
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* '''Maximumsammysoul''' (Hilarious spoof of "punk Bible" [[Maximum Rock N Roll]]. Looks just like an actual copy of MRR (right down to the cheap newsprint), except that it's a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. featuring fake (?) Sammy Davis Jr. columns by Rev. Norb, Vic Bondi, and [[Jeff Bale]]. Comes with a free CD.)
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* '''Maximumsammysoul''' A Hilarious spoof of "[[punk]] Bible" [[Maximum Rock N Roll]] that looks just like an actual copy of MRR (right down to the cheap newsprint), except that it's a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. featuring fake Sammy Davis Jr. columns by Reverend Norb, Vic Bondi, and [[Jeff Bale]]. Comes with a free CD.  
* '''Comics Galore!''' (issues 20 and 26)
* '''Comics Galore!''' (issues 20 and 26)
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Many consider "Roctober" to be the best music zine in America ([[Terminal Boredom]] called it "the greatest print mag in existence").  
Many consider "Roctober" to be the best music zine in America ([[Terminal Boredom]] called it "the greatest print mag in existence").  
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Roctober has also been featured in in "USA Today".  
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Roctober has also been featured in in ''USA Today''.  
==Notable contributors==
==Notable contributors==
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* Derek Erdman
* Derek Erdman
* Jason Lutes
* Jason Lutes
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* Chris Ware
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* [[Chris Ware]]
* "King" Darren Merinuk
* "King" Darren Merinuk
* Jason Kochis
* Jason Kochis
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What follows is only a partial list:
What follows is only a partial list:
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* [[Beth Johnson]]
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* [[Sean "Goblin" Aaberg]]
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* [[Gentleman John Battles]]
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* [[Heather McAdams]]
* [[Heather McAdams]]
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* [[James Porter]]
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* [[Gentleman John Battles]]
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* [[Jason Mitchell]]
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* [[Seth Bogart]]
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* [[Jason Shithead]]
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* [[Jenny Zervakis]]
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* [[Jerome Gaynor]]
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* [[Joe Chiapetta]]
* [[Joe Chiapetta]]
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* [[John Porcellino]]
 
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* [[Mark Murrmann]]
 
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* [[Seth Bogard]]
 
* [[Seth Feinberg]]
* [[Seth Feinberg]]
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* [[Russ Forster]]
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* [[Jerome Gaynor]]
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* [[Gary Pig Gold]]
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* [[Beth Johnson]]
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* [[Missy Kulik]]
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* [[Jason Mitchell]]
* [[Slink Moss]]
* [[Slink Moss]]
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* [[Mark Murrmann]]
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* [[John Porcellino]]
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* [[James Porter]]
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* [[Jason Shithead]]
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* [[Jenny Zervakis]]
==External links==
==External links==
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* [[http://www.roctober.com/roctober/index.html Roctober]]
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* [http://www.roctober.com/roctober/index.html Roctober]
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[[Category:Zine|Roctober]] [[Category:Review Zine]]  [[Category:Chicago Zines]] [[Category:Punk]] [[Category:1990's publications]][[Category:2000's publications]] [[Category:Comic Zine|Roctober]][[Category:Comics|Roctober]]
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[[Category:Zine|Roctober]] [[Category:Chicago Zines]] [[Category:Punk]] [[Category:1990's publications]][[Category:2000's publications]]

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Roctober is a comics and music zine created by Chicago native Jake Austen, together with a regular cast of contributors. The first issue appeared in the Spring of 1992, and it continues to be published 2-3 times a year.

"Roctober" takes a broad view of popular music, covering everything from The Ramones, to Afrika Bombaataa, to Dolly Parton and David Allen Coe. Regular features include: "The Hall of Dynamic Greatness," Jake Austen's "Punk'n Head" comics, and "Flamin' Waymon Timbsdayle, King of Reviewland."

Editor Jake Austen refuses to ackowledge musical boundaries, saying that good gay disco is really no different from a good Misfits song. Austen is less interested in promoting one particular style of music than he is in publishing articles that are passionate about their subject matter.

The cover art is a virtual "Who's Who" of poster artists and underground cartoonists.

Contents

Themes

Past issues of Roctober have included some rather notable (or unusual) themes:

  • The Secret History of Masked Rock 'n' Roll
  • The Rock 'n' Roll AIDS Quilt (the cover of which was a full color photo of an actual quilt, sewn with the likenesses of the late Freddie Mercury, Eazy-E, Klaus Nomi, Sylvester, Ricky Nelson, and Esquerita)
  • Icons and Enigmas (which featured a Cyndi Lauper interview and a Cyndi Lauper comic)
  • Maximumsammysoul A Hilarious spoof of "punk Bible" Maximum Rock N Roll that looks just like an actual copy of MRR (right down to the cheap newsprint), except that it's a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. featuring fake Sammy Davis Jr. columns by Reverend Norb, Vic Bondi, and Jeff Bale. Comes with a free CD.
  • Comics Galore! (issues 20 and 26)
  • Chicago Rock 'n' Soul Tour'
  • One Man Band Encyclopedia
  • Black Punk Time: Blacks in Punk, New Wave and Hardcore 1976-1983

Critical response

Many consider "Roctober" to be the best music zine in America (Terminal Boredom called it "the greatest print mag in existence").

Roctober has also been featured in in USA Today.

Notable contributors

  • Pedro Bell, who designed most of the album art for Parliament-Funkadelic
  • Flamin' Waymon Timsdayle, master of the one sentence record review
  • Nardwuar the Human Serviette, Canadian television personality
  • Jessica Abel
  • Rob Syers
  • Derek Erdman
  • Jason Lutes
  • Chris Ware
  • "King" Darren Merinuk
  • Jason Kochis

Notable zinesters who have contributed to Roctober

What follows is only a partial list:

External links

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