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Shake it baby! (A letter from the Editor)

This is your Captain speaking! Just wanted to give a few updates on what’s been going on behind the scenes here at AZK!

First and foremost, we really need new staff writers and contributors for the print zine as well as this here blog. I know I say it a lot, but it’s true. Everyone here does this out of their own time and pockets because we sincerely love it. AZ Kaos was meant to give every reader out there a foundation for creative freedom. I’ve found that many times, someone has an idea for something they want to send but think it’s not “punk enough” to submit. Well, fuck that! We always need new reviews, interviews, rants, raves, news, stories, comics, opinions, advice, scams, schemes, diagrams, comparisons, photos, or whatever else you want everyone to know about. Seriously, if you’ve been thinking about contributing to the zine, now is definitely the time! azkaos77@gmail.com or AZ Kaos - PO Box 5225 -Scottsdale, AZ 85261

Second, if you haven’t already heard, we’ve finally released our comp with Gagging Maggot Records after nearly a year of working on it! It’s called “Apocalypse Cow: Volume 1” and is currently available for download by donation here.

All proceeds from this comp will go to printing the zine and making hard copies of the comp. We’re hoping to be able to make enough to distribute them inside of upcoming Issue #17, so if you’ve got a few spare bucks hanging around and think the comp is FUCKING AMAZING like we do, please help out! If by some strange glitch, it’s not possible to release them with the zine, we still want you to know that physical copies are indeed being made and will be available shortly.

Speaking of the comp, on behalf of this surly group of wayward writers, I’d like to seriously thank Gagging Maggot and all 30 of the incredible bands that made the whole shebang possible! It’s been a lot of work but I think the end result is far better than we could have expected! Based on some of the feedback since it’s release a few days ago, I’d wager to say that its awesomeness is pretty much just a fact.

So… when is the new issue coming out?

Well, I’ve got 12 pages of it completely finished and just hanging about. Since that is simply not enough to keep rabid eyes satisfied, I’m going to pull out the Passive-Aggressive Guilt Card here and merely say that the new issue will come out when we can fill the rest of those pages with content…which is where 80% of the staff and all of you out there come in. Yes, that’s right, we apparently don’t have enough opinionated, nosy, pushy, know-it-all writers in this community because I’m staring at a bunch of blank pages wondering where the all the hate is. Silence is letting The Man win or something like that.

Seriously…just send stuff…what could it hurt?

In more attempts to raise funds for printing costs, we’ve been working on getting all kinds of merch available for you wonderful, wonderful consumers out there! Shirts! Patches! Buttons! A few oddball, one-of-a-kind items and stickers forthcoming!

Check it out!

(Photos by Closet Photography)

The buttons turned out super rad, I must say! Local darling, Miss Sara over at Deers Not Dears pressed them for us in almost no time at all and did an absolute superb job! Not only do I recommend her for buttons, but also for all of her really nifty artwork, crafts and vintage stuff! This lady is a superhero and deserves your love and support!

Back on track here, we unloaded a good amount of the last run of AZ Kaos shirts at last week’s Underground Publishing Convention, but there are still a few left that I will have photographed and available online by the end of the week as well as a handful of other stuff, so please stay tuned.

That’s about all I’m going to spill for right now. There are many great things to look forward to from us this summer! Thank you for all of your support over the years! We look forward to many more!

Cheers,

Miss Rikki