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Born along bold, black-and-white lines in Berkeley, CA in 1968, Aaron Cometbus began publishing Cometbus at age 13, months before Maximum Rocknroll got off the ground in 1981. A few years later, Aaron participated in the Gilman Street Project and started his band Crimpshrine. By 1989, Crimpshrine had broken up and Aaron steadfastly focused on Cometbus, which he honed to focus on "punk anthropology," partly to create a legacy bigger than his broken-up band. He was involved with many more part time and project bands over the next twenty five years, such as Pinhead Gunpowder, Thorns of Life, Cleveland Bound Death Sentence, Redmond Shooting Stars, The Blank Fight, and filling in for Green Day and This Bike is a Pipe Bomb. Cometbus became a consistent and determined force to be reckoned with predating trends and inspiring legions of imitators. After over thirty years of steadfast involvement in the scene, virtually everyone you meet has an anecdote about meeting Aaron. Cometbus, when at its best, which is most of the time these days, is a perennial reminder that if we just apply hundreds of thousands of hours to one solitary task across 36 years, we too could become a Great American Classic. 

Punks Around #10: Zine About Zines

Punks Around #10: Zine About Zines

by Alexander Herbert Editor, Matthew Thompson Contributor and Aaron Cometbus Contributor

A love letter to the zines that have formatively inspired editor Alex over the years. Includes a long conversation with …

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Cometbus #59: Post-Mortem

Cometbus #59: Post-Mortem

by Aaron Cometbus Author

What are the successes and failures of punk and its institutions? What happened to a once-thriving punk …

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$20 Superpack: Ride the Wohl Whip (Cometbus)

$20 Superpack: Ride the Wohl Whip (Cometbus)

by Aaron Cometbus Author and Super Pack! Author

Featuring a pile of issues of the classic Cometbus zine. Includes the long out-of-print, now unearthed contributor …

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Cometbus #58: Zimmerwald

Cometbus #58: Zimmerwald

by Aaron Cometbus Author

A teenager finds solace in a diner full of grumpy seniors during the heydey of San Francisco punk. It's a …

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Cometbus #49

Cometbus #49

by Aaron Cometbus Author

This is a contributor issue of Cometbus. It's got a TON of stuff, including some gritty, experimental poems, an …

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Add Toner: A Cometbus Collection

Add Toner: A Cometbus Collection

by Aaron Cometbus Author

Add Toner collects recent, out of print issues of Cometbus, including Lanky (a novel about dating at 18), …

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Cometbus #57 NY Comics Scene

Cometbus #57 NY Comics Scene

by Aaron Cometbus Author, Gary Panter Author, Nate Powell Author and Julia Wertz Author

The comics scene is thriving in New York, and comics play an oversized role in the city’s myth. But why? In this …

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Last Supper

Last Supper

by Aaron Cometbus Author

Next door to the chain stores and mini malls are the cheap restaurants with chipped paint and handwritten signs which …

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Cometbus #56: A Bestiary of Booksellers

Cometbus #56: A Bestiary of Booksellers

by Aaron Cometbus Author

The 56th issue of Cometbus is a loving ethnography of New York City's wild, weird, and bearded used book trade. …

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The Snake Pit Book: Daily Diary Comics 2001-2003

The Snake Pit Book: Daily Diary Comics 2001-2003

by Ben Snakepit Author and Aaron Cometbus Foreword

Ben White draws his life everyday in 3 comic panels. This was his first book, collecting quite a few various zines. …

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Cometbus #55: Pen Pals

Cometbus #55: Pen Pals

by Aaron Cometbus Author

When you're within Cometbus's pages, you experience the work of one of the greatest writers of our …

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Cometbus #54: In China with Green Day

Cometbus #54: In China with Green Day

by Aaron Cometbus Author

After twenty years Aaron returns to his duties as a Green Day roadie and heads to Asia. A few things have changed with …

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Cometbus #53

Cometbus #53

by Aaron Cometbus Author

Cometbus 53! Maddalena Poletta and Aaron trade writing duties in this issue, and their writing styles compliment each …

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Cometbus #52: The Spirit of St. Louis

Cometbus #52: The Spirit of St. Louis

by Aaron Cometbus Author

Cometbus #52 introduces us to a new ragtag cast of punks and weirdos, struggling to build a community amongst their own …

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I Wish There Was Something That I Could Quit

I Wish There Was Something That I Could Quit

by Aaron Cometbus Author

Laura is suffering a torrid affair—with the trains that pass on the tracks at the end of her block. As Aaron …

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Mixed Reviews

Mixed Reviews

by Aaron Cometbus Author

A short book pulling together a few selections previously publishing in other zines, magazines, and newspapers to …

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