I get excited when any piece of mail comes to my mailbox. My excitement doubled, when my eyes caught glimpses of the crafty packaging/presentation around WELCOME TO BEND. Neatly tucked inside a plastic hang-bag with attractive header card I found a lovingly-crafted, handcolored covered zine printed on heavy paper stock. Between the covers not only did I find crisply-rendered illustrations, I discovered a couple of "interactive" touches to a couple of the pages! I was grinning before reading a single page. Laura writes, “This zine is about the town I live in: Bend, Oregon. Tourists and passersby know us as a scenic resort town, with 300 days of sunshine a year and world class golf and skiing. Locals know a different story. We are a community that is absurd and ordinary, ugly and beautiful.We are 80,000 strong, and we have stories. I want to tell you about the Bend that I know....” Small, well-written stories about topics like the lonely mountain goat, meth tacos, balancing rocks, and even a pregnant man comprise this zine! It only takes ten or fifteen minutes but many of the stories linger afterwards because they are so interesting.