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by Fred Fredericks
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“Meet REBEL–the wild, mod teen who’s the rage with teens everywhere!”
“What a crazy crew! You’ll laugh through every madcap cartoon adventure!”
My local renegade bookshop Arise! Resource Center & Book Store will close its doors this weekend. It’s sad for anyone who has passed through the Minneapolis underground within the last 17 years to see this monument to anarchy and activism give up the ghost. Members of the collectively run shop are restructuring though and will renovate and reopen the shop as a new creation — Boneshaker — but what will that new shop mean to former Arise! volunteers? Or customers? Will they continue to stock zines and minis which were their best selling items? Will they still support local cartoonists by hosting release parties? Will their dollar bin still be as excellent and jam-packed with jems like it was this week when I picked up Rebel and the 1995 Osseo High School yearbook?
I bought Rebel on an impulse. The girl at the counter was so excited to see it again that she generously threw it in for free. She was delighted by this book ready to share. So am I.
This book is so painfully dated but so beautifully illustrated, so completely unaware of its own cornball structure, so classically prone to predictable punchlines — basically, Rebel is a hipster’s wet dream.