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Born along bold black and white lines in Berkeley, CA in 1968, Aaron Cometbus began publishing Cometbus zine at age 13, a scant few months before Maximum Rocknroll got off the ground in 1981. A few years later, Aaron participated in the Gilman Street Project and started writing music and touring with Crimpshrine. By 1989, Crimpshrine had broken up and Aaron steadfastly focused on his writing which he honed to focus on "punk anthropology," partly to be remembered for something other 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 zine became a consistent and determined force to be reckoned with. After over thirty years of steadfast involvement in the scene, virtually everyone you meet has an anecdote about meeting Aaron. Cometbus, when its 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 33 years, we too could become a Great American Classic. 

Add Toner: A Cometbus Collection

by Aaron Cometbus

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

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Last Supper

by Aaron Cometbus

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

by Aaron Cometbus

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

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Cometbus #55: Pen Pals

by Aaron Cometbus

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

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Radon

by Aaron Cometbus and Travis Fristoe

A clear and effective parody of the 33 1/3 series of books, Radon happens to focus on one of my favorite bands and ...

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Cometbus #54: In China with Green Day

by Aaron Cometbus

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

by Aaron Cometbus

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

by Aaron Cometbus

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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Cometbus #51: The Loneliness of the Electric Menorah

by Aaron Cometbus

This issue of Cometbus is a history of the East Bay through the lens of independent bookstores and their mercurial ...

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Mixed Reviews

by Aaron Cometbus

Just as "Chicago Stories" goes out of print, we are treated to another new short book from Aaron Cometbus. It pulls ...

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