When Melissa Mendes discovered her unexpected obsession with the Texas high school football drama, Friday Night Lights was shared by a lot of her friends, she knew there was only one thing to do:
Make a fan zine.
Printed on her risograph, Melissa has collected comics and pin-ups by a group of artists whose talents are only equalled by their passion for Coach Taylor and Tim Higgins. A great fun read for FNL fans, the zine is a healthy mix of humor and fiction, as well as adoration for the show.
The comics that transcend the specifics of the show focus their attention to the unexpected fandom the contributors discovered. It’s been noted that a significant number of Friday Night Lights’ fan base are -like Melissa- people who will admit they don’t watch football, or come from a place like the small fictional oil town of Dillon, Texas. The skepticism some of the contributors of Can’t Lose had going into watching Friday Night Lights seem to have made their love for the show all the more potent. Maybe this zine will convince you to give Julie, Tami, Smash, Streets, Saracen and Lyla a try, if you haven’t already caught friday night fever.