I did check out a local zine called Geek Monthly. I wonder if RJ would like it. The guys that write for it are definitely media-geek culture-sponges, like RJ, but which a very specific bent (it seems) towards Horror and gore and, generally, that which is low-brow. And that's not RJ.
On a side note, Cafe Zola has lapsang souchong, the tea-with-the-smoky-flavor-not-unlike-mes