Syndicate Product

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Syndicate Product is a pop culture zine edited by A.J. Michel.

Known as Low Hug for its first ten issues (from 1998 to 2004), the zine's title was changed to Syndicate Product in 2005. A wide variety of topics are covered, including personal stories and commentary about popular culture. Featured in most issues are reviews of books, movies, television, comics, music, etc.

Frequent contributors include Ken Bausert, Steve Bojanowski, Davida Gypsy Breier, Eric Lyden, Celia Perez, and Dan Taylor. The zine was originally published in Champaign, Illinois, U.S.A., but is now based in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.


  • 2. "A very special issue, exploring the origins of the 'very special episode.'" Articles about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Felicity, tribute bands, etc. (January 1999)
  • 3. Articles about religion in professional football, C-SPAN, an "Is Rock Dead?" roundtable, etc. (September 1999)
  • 4. Music concerts, reviews and stories. (May 2000)
  • 5/6. "The radio issue." (February 2001)
  • 7. (February 2002)
  • 8. Articles about closing album tracks, the 2002 Underground Publishing Conference, Ghost World, and more. (September 2002)
  • 9. "Castoff culture." Great books, movies, and music overlooked by the mainstream. (June 2003)
  • 10. "Technology!" Articles on obsolescent computers, Internet dating, and more. (February 2004)
  • 11. "Jettisoned! Treasures tossed out before their time." (October 2005)
  • 12. "Year of the (pack)rat." (May 2007)
  • 13. "The television issue." (November 2008)
  • 14. "Syndicate consumption 2008." A log of A.J.'s media consumption throughout the year. (January 2009)

Supplementary issues

A.J. also published a series of one-shot zines referred to as "The Low Hug Life Maintenance Series." Titles included:

Selections from these zines were compiled into a collection called Practice Apartment.

Contact information

P.O. Box 877
Lansdowne PA 19050

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