Published in Minneapolis, the zine first appeared in 1991. Aside from Kirby's own comics, contributors included Alison Bechdal and Diane DiMassa. The zine ran from 1991 till 1994 and during this time five issues were released until the zine came to an end. In 1994 Kirby teamed up with David Kelley to publish Boy Trouble.
Strange Looking Exile was featured in the Factsheet Five Zine Reader.