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Reign of Toads cover

Kyle Silfer,
Reign of Toads

Age: 30

Selection: "Before Nintendo" (page 12)

Review (from Fringeware Review): "One of Earth's best sources for attitude, advice and advance warnings by the techno-savvy marginaliens encamped in upper New Mexico."

Sample: $5 from P.O. Box 40498, Albuquerque, NM 87196 (checks: Reign of Toads)

When did you launch your zine? What inspired you to do so?
1991. I needed something to relieve the brain-deadening imprisonment of my lame 9-to-5 job. I started it with Karin Falcone, with whom I had run a college newspaper (The Stony Brook Press). We were both writing for Factsheet Five at the time, which was also an inspiration to produce a zine.

Why publish a zine?
So you can write about whatever the hell you want to write about and lay it out however the hell you want to lay it out.

Any general tips for aspiring zinesters?
Don't bother trying to become a "real" magazine unless (1) you are quite serious about devoting the next few years to the project, (2) you plan to sell lots of ads, and (3) you have the proper financing. Otherwise you will waste money and go broke so fast it will make your head swim.

What's your favorite part of doing a zine?
Delivering the boards to the printer.

In my other life, I'm a:
Systems manager and freelance computer guy.

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