Punk Planet folds

Chicago’s Punk Planet magazine has been hit by distributor bankruptcy woes and is ceasing publication with issue 80 (the website and book imprint will continue). Tom Breihan at the Village Voice remembers what Punk Planet meant to him:

I don’t know if I can in good conscience call Punk Planet a consistently great magazine. Their reviews section was always butt-ass terrible, an overlong string of three-sentence snippets on self-released seven-inches that nobody would ever really need to hear. PP usually had some really long and ranty political articles, which I’d usually not read and then feel vaguely guilty for not reading, like I wasn’t doing my punk duty or whatever. It also had a sex-advice columnist who usually made sex sound like the most tedious thing on the face of the earth. Still, I’m not sure I can adequately describe how important a magazine Punk Planet was for me.

(Chicago-related publisher McSweeney’s is also struggling from a different distributor’s bankruptcy and is having a big sale in response. You can pick the new book Comedy by the Numbers, co-written by the Annoyance Theater‘s Gary Rudoren, for a cool $10. And Gary will be reading from the book at Quimby’s (1854 W North) with Mr. Show’s Bob Odenkirk on Sunday, June 24.)
(via Bookslut and Gapers Block)

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