Aaron Cometbus

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Aaron Cometbus is a zinester from Berkley, California, who writes the zine, Cometbus.

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One unique factor with Cometbus was more people bought it directly from the publisher than any other zine. Aaron's travels led him accross the U.S. where he'd meet zinesters, fans, and make many new fans selling his zine at shows, conventions, punk houses, parties, book stores and on the street to people he'd meet. In the 1990s he became a human connection between zine publishers in different cities and at conventions and on alt.zines it seemed every other zinester had an a story about meeting Aaron Cometbus.

Cometbus morphs with every issue - sometimes entirely contributor-based, sometimes short stories, sometimes tour diaries, a hitchhiking trip in Europe, sometimes focused on a single subject, lots of anecdotes based around living a fairly glamorized punk lifestyle, the history of the 924 Gilman Street Project has filled many issues, and one issue was even John Catrona's novel read onto a vinyl record.

Aaron Cometbus is also a notable musician who has performed and recorded with quite a few seminal bands including Crimpshrine; Pinhead Gunpowder which included Billie Joe Armstrong; Scooby Don't; Mundt, Redmund Shooting Stars, The Blank Fight, Cleveland Bound Death Sentence, Astrid Oto (featuring Cindy Crabb of Doris zine on vocals), Harbinger, including Robert Eggplant, editor of Absolutely Zippo zine on vocals, and many more.

Aaron is currently living in New York City - packing and shipping for Autonomedia Press. He still plays drums in an ever-growing and changing list of bands. After a few year hiatus with an uncertain future, he released Cometbus #50 in 2006, the 25th anniversary issue. It is a return to basics issue of sorts after issues like "Back to the Land" and one featuring The Hard Times Cafe in Minneapolis were poorly received by his readers.


Cometbus has been self-publishing a series of small books of short stories, Chicago Stories and Mixed Reviews being the first two.

Selections from 48 issues of Cometbus have been collected into a single volume, titled Despite Everything: A Cometbus Omnibus (Last Gasp of San Francisco; September 2002, ISBN 0867195614).

Double Duce (Last Gasp, 2003, ISBN 0-86719-586-X) is about Cometbus's life in a punk house called Double Duce, and collects material published in Cometbus 32, 35, 37, 38, 41, 43, and 45.

Chicago Stories (self published, 2004) is a small collection about Chicago, originally published in Cometbus issues 35, 37, 38, 41, and 45.



Cometbus' distinctive handwritten script can be seen in early Green Day album liner notes, the Jawbreaker collection "Etc.", and is emblematic of the decidedly lo-fi zine culture.

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