Modern Dungeon Quarterly Number 2 Front Cover

Front Cover for Modern Dungeon Quarterly Number 2

Edited by Perverted Imp
Published in 2012 by Perverted Imp Productions

I was somewhat on the fence after reading the first issue of this zine, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I received the second issue.

Upon seeing the cover of issue two, I couldn’t help but notice that it was virtually identical to the cover of the first issue.  While I appreciate zines that keep a similar art direction from issue to issue, this zine’s cover was so similar to the first issue’s as to be distracting.  If the cover were the only problem I noticed with Modern Dungeon Quarterly’s art direction and layout, I probably would not mention it. Unfortunately, there is much wasted space (the inside front and back covers are blank) and the pictures seem inserted in random places. They lack captions and are run together with the text.  Taken as a whole, the layout is neither pleasing to the eye nor informative to the reader.

The biggest change between this issue and the first is the inclusion of other writers.  While the articles are still far too short, the guest contributors’ articles were the best in this issue.   I especially enjoyed The Monkey King’s article “Setting the Mood: Music.”

Even though the second issue of Modern Dungeon Quarterly didn’t improve upon the first as much as I hoped it would, there were a few improvements that make me hold out hope that it can get better.

Copies of both the print and online version of Modern Dungeon Quarterly are available from their website at http://moderndungeonquarterly.com/.