Dave Cave… You may know him from such zine titles as Everybody Moon Jump, and How Many Pictures Of Dicks Do I Have To Look At Before I Stop Wanting To Look At Pictures Of Dicks? (which, by the way, have just been restocked, look under Zines A-I). I know him from Real Life. We grew up in the same small town, but somehow didn’t meet until precisely one month before I moved to Montréal. So we became pen pals, and now we get to hang out with each other like once or twice a year, and we get along in a way that is just unbelievable. I spent a week at his house in October/November last year and I would probably call it one of the best weeks of 2012 – I actually enjoyed my time in Lindsay! Fancy that! He is funny as hell, and also totally helps me process things like mental health and self-care, so there. This past weekend, he came to stay at the Tulip Farm. Basically, we wandered around St-Henri and drank tea and talked lots and it was the best. He took a lotta silly pictures and wrote nice things and posted them here and here and here and we did some Amateur Therapy Hour videos together, too (a staple on his blog).
On that note, Lily Pepper recently wrote some sweet reviews of a couple of Dave’s zines, which you can read over at Ravenswing Zines, a blog that you should probably already be following.
Working backwards in time now, Brianna Dearest also came to stay at the Tulip Farm for a bit… five or six weeks, actually! I don’t write a lot of things on the internet anymore – it all goes into letters, and my journal. Thing is, sometimes really fun things happen and I wanna share it with everyone. And sometimes I just plain forget to write about distro updates. So here goes…
WINTER SURVIVAL – WE DID IT! Somebody asked me the other day, “How was your winter?” and I had to wonder at how I made it through, yet again. Do you wanna know how I did it? Karaoke. I know it sounds like I’m joking, and it probably started as a joke, but I have a pretty serious love for karaoke, like I would probably put it right near the top of the list, with zines and everything, of things that I love and that keep me going. I think of bike-riding as a major anti-depression strategy, but I can’t do that when the roads are snowy and icy. So I replaced it with karaoke et voilà, I had something to look forward to every week. Wanna know what made it even better? Photobooths! While Bri was here, we had a Thursday night tradition of stopping by one of the photobooths at Berri-UQAM, then going to karaoke together. And you know what? She has a couple of new zines out, too! You can get issues #20 and #21 of Motor City Kitty under Zines J-R.
We also spent a day in Cleveland, Ohio together, and then we were off to the Chicago Zine Fest and we got matching tattoos AGAIN. I’m so excited about zinefests and faraway friends that I’ve already booked my table at the Portland Zine Symposium, too.
Fight Boredom Distro Updates: I’ve just added Broke Ass #2, Truckface #16, Télégramme #24, Motor City Kitty #20-#21, and Zine Crush #1-#2 to the catalogue (I have a comic in Zine Crush #2!), and you can read a more detailed news update here. Most importantly, the deadline for the Fight Boredom Zine Residency is only three days away! Fill out the application and get it in by April 5th, 2013. Bonne chance!