Volume 4: Issue 1 has arrived, and brings Analog Companion in a new direction. While we are still proudly all DIY all the time, we are no longer running copies at the local print shop, hand folding, and hand stapling 500 issues. We've been fortunate enough to have a few close friends and family place their faith in the zine, and they've taken ads out to help offset the cost of printing for this issue. The mass-printing has also brought the cost of production down, which is why there is a drop in price, it's also only offered in black and white. It was a difficult choice, and one we were reluctant to make, because we don't want to feel like sellouts. Read the Letter From the Editor to get the full scoop on these new changes.
The latest issue pulls articles from all over the States, and the Globe. We welcome Willy Nevins from Utah and his piece on splitboarding in the Great Basin, Nicole McNulty writes a piece on the Colorado-based skate crew the Denver Danglers, and French writer and journalist Maxime Brousse returns with a feature on road tripping through France in search of Americana. Vermont snowboarders and artists Tucker Speer and John Garoutte interview each other about their work and snowboarding in New England. André Rober Beriau brings in his love of the Hardcore scene in an iterview with Grady Allen of CT Emo/Hardcore band ANXIOUS. He also climbed in the van with the the guys in Philadelphia, PA hardcore band FIXATION to get their take on touring and putting out short, rapid fire hardcore.
**Excerpt from Perception of Place by Willy Nevins**
To the north I looked out at Great Salt Lake, a long standing victim of ecological terrorism. This saline jewel of the high desert is unlike any other place on Earth. It is a shimmering mirror with dramatic islands of rock protruding out. Despite being eight times saltier than the ocean, it is home to a plethora of life which creates a food web and critical ecosystem for over 7 million migrating birds a year. Great Salt Lake is literally being sucked dry of its already precious and scarce water by developers and agriculture businesses who are manipulating the fresh water tributaries, leaving the lake with nothing. Additionally, there has continued to be mineral extraction and copper mining along its shores for decades. With this comes a billowing smelter stack, standing taller than any human made structure west of the Mississippi, connected to the largest open pit mine in the world. From the isolated mountain top, I could count scars of abuse around a sacred body of water.
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