Brains is a queer fetish zine first published in 1990. Made originally as a parody of gay fetish zines and magazines which were prominent at the time (Bear, Trade, Daddy, Hombres, etc.), Brains editors Nayland Blake and D-L Alvarez decided to create a zine that celebrated their favorite sex organ. The first issue uses Mr. Peabody as a cover model with the tagline, "The Journal of Egghead Sexuality." It featured a nude couple making out in a bookstore, book reviews, a quiz for how to determine if your trick is smart, and personal ads of a particular nerdly flavor. A second issue was pieced together and then shelved for years, until Graphic designer Carl Williamson decided to revisit Brains in a (re)publishing project hosted by The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in 2012. The zine also inspired a lesbian spin off called I.Q.
Brains is a literary punk zine released in the U.S.A.
Brains is a serial-fiction zine about punks fighting zombies. The zine also contains original artwork by Mike Threat, Rob Rawr, James Lee Johnson, and Jeremy "Hush" Clark.
In Issue 270, Maximum Rock N Roll reviewer AR wrote about Brains zine; "This is a series of short stories set in a universe where the 'normals' are actually undead and the punx are the only ones living. Much like our world. The project is nothing short of brilliant. Well-written, high concept - the punks will rule when the undead roam the land."
Issues 1-3 are available from Microcosm Publishing. Issue 4 is due out "next year".