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Cheer the Eff Up

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Cheer The Eff Up is part fiction/ part non-fiction, and is one of the most successful genre blending pieces of writing I've have read in a long time. It's hard to see where truth ends and fiction begins, which is part of what makes Jonas' writing so accessible. Written as a lteer/ stories/ advice to offspring, Cheer the Eff up makes me regret devouring an issue so fast because there's no more to read after the last page.

Reading Cheer The Eff Up is like getting to know a warm and inviting friend, and makes you just want to send Jonas a letter and become penpals. (Which, PS, is totally plausible).

What part of Cheer The Eff Up is fiction? What isn't? In the end, it doesn't even seem to matter. Issue #1 starts with a letter to an unborn daughter and takes us traveling through Jonas' life. Going to college, making friends, losing friends; supporting friends. Most of the zine is about what happened to all of Jonas' friends after college, and stories about family, peppered with little wisdoms for aforementioned unborn daughter, including "cheer the eff up." There is a also bittersweet story that ends with a passive aggressive message on a cake. And that's amaze-balls.

Half-size legal, B&W. And, as Jonas says: "a bunch of pages."

Again, Jonas blends truth and fiction, heartbreak and hope into his well written zine. And this time it's a split with his friend Nikki. This issue covers topics like sexual assault, the reasoning behind the "boring-ass" cover design of Cheer The Eff Up (which turns into a surprisingly interesting discussion on generic food and product labeling), people getting old (and I don't mean turning 30. 30 is not old.), communal living, and sending mail to yourself. There is a raw piece on reasons to live, right next to an article about "planking" with ridiculous photos, and then some shit about donuts that I skimmed (for some reason, no one at this press wants to read anything about donuts, but that's another story for another day). At the end of the zine, I was thoroughly cheered the eff up. Well played, Jonas!

Half-size legal, B&W. And, as Jonas says: "a bunch of pages."

Jonas writes about protests and protesting (like the Occupy Movement and NATO protests), and becoming part of a group of friends. He writes about growing older and going to shows. There are scary, sad parts. There and endearing parts. There are funny parts too, but most of the funny parts turn out to be truly frightening, like discussing how Kennedy, the VJ from MTV, turned out to be a creepy conservative. This is my favorite issue so far, but I think my cat disagreed, because she puked on it right after I finished reading it. Trust me, I'm right, and the cat is just wrong. It's a damn good zine.

Half-size legal, B&W. And, as Jonas says: "a bunch of pages."

Jonas writes about depression, anxiety, suicide, fading friendships and new friendships, office jobs and growing older. It's a heavy issue, yet Jonas has infused with humor (for example, when he writes about what he would really like to say at a job interview given the chance...)

(Note: Miss C. Bean wrote these snippets, so the "I" refers to her)

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Navigating the waters of grief and loss and the changing terrain of friendships.