A few years ago I read tons of those small zines while putting out my own copied fanzine. I remember the the Drachenmädchen has already been around at that time. Constantly complaining that people aren't interested in fanzines anymore, only few years later I became this kind of guy only seldom taking note of smaller printed zines. Nowadays in most cases I prefer reading books or more professional magazines instead of recurring people bearing their souls, poorly written concert reviews, people with a bad taste in music writing about it or even lousy questions to band members who seriously haven't much to tell.
After a longer break of reading small zines I got my personal first copy of the German-written Drachenmädchen in my hands, which pleasantly shortened me a long distance trip by train. In contrast to most music-based fanzines only half of the Drachenmädchen covers music first hand in form of several interviews and reviews, while the other half(!) of the 140 half size pages consists of many diverting short stories. The assortment of the latter part ranges from travel journals, personal columns to fictional stories – mostly on high level quality. The music part has some lows as well as outstanding pages. The two interviews with Good Witch Of The South or Insomnio simply drowse me. Never heard of the bands before I found out nothing about them while reading their answers and also I am not interested in listening to them without having any clue how they could sound. On the other hand the conversation between Nagel (singer of Muff Potter) and Henry Rollins is one of the best interviews I ever read in a fanzine. Rolling pictures his relation to his hometown LA and the necessity of living in a boring town as foundation for his creative work. I also enjoyed greatly reading the interviews with Gunter Gabriel and Peter (Turbostaat) about being father.
Get your hands on one this awesome issue - or at least download the free .pdf-version of the zine on the my ruin homepage.