Summer Hiatus / Summer Tour

Greetings from Portland, Oregon! I’m spending the week here with friends, and then heading out on tour with Xtramedium and Bad Hex – with Fight Boredom Distro in tow, of course. Dates are listed here, and if you see anything that says “help” and you happen to live in that city and wanna book us a show, please get in touch. Or you know, if you just wanna hang out. See ya on the west coast!

P.S. I’m not filling zine orders while I’m away, but you can find me at the shows listed above, and at the Portland Zine Symposium on August 10th and 11th.

Say Hello To The 2013 Fight Boredom Zine Residency Participants!

June: Bee resides in St. John’s, Newfoundland and has been making zines (including perzines Dreamdate and Precious Little, a zine-making guide for pre-teens and teenagers called Zines Are Keen, and a zine about sexual assault called Lolita), playing in bands, and generally participating in feminist punk culture for a decade. She’s into work by Alison Bechdel, Virgina Woolf, Adrienne Rich, Dave Roche, and Cindy Crabb. During her stay, she’ll be writing about her experiences with sex work as a young, white, educated, poor woman.

September: Audrey resides in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She makes comics, crafts, and patches with slogans, paints bloody watercolours, and was a member of The Hand Clapping Girls, a group booking local DIY shows. She likes the work of Sylvia Plath, Patti Smith, Nan Goldin, and Maranda Elizabeth. During her stay, she’ll be making a comic zine about her diagnosis with borderline and the depression that followed. Audrey réside à Clermont-Ferrand, France. Elle fait des bandes-déssinées, des crafts, et des patches à slogans, peint des aquarelles sanglantes, et elle a été une membre de The Hand Clapping Girls, un groupe qui organisait des shows locaux dans un squat auto-géré. Elle aime les oeuvres de Sylvia Plath, Patti Smith, Nan Goldin, et Maranda Elizabeth. Pendant sa résidence, elle fera une bande-déssinée au sujet de son diagnostique de borderline et la dépression qui l’a suivi.

October: Jami Sailor resides in Chicago, Illinois and is a teen librarian who has been self-publishing and reading zines since the mid-90s. Her current titles include Your Secretary and Hex Key. She co-authored Archiving the Underground (with Jenna Brager) about zines in libraries, archives, and academia. During her residency, Jami hopes to complete the final issue of her long running zine, No Better Voice, which will center on the concepts of home and place. This will be Jami’s first visit to Montreal.

To keep up to date on launch parties for each of these zines, as well as general news about Fight Boredom Distro, you can subscribe to this blog via the form at the top of the menu to your right, or you can like my Facebook page.

Wanna know how we chose each zine resident? Well, Stefanie and I sat down at our kitchen table and read through all of the applications together a few days after the deadline. While reading, we were looking for projects that fit within the Ste-Émilie Skillshare’s mandate and Fight Boredom Distro’s submission guidelines, as well as projects that interested us personally and were on a diversity of topics, and applicants who seemed like they understood what Fight Boredom is all about, and are people that we’d love to have hangin’ out at our house. Then we each made a list of our favourites for each month (since applicants were asked about their availability in the months of June, September, and October), and went from there. Our choices were very close, sometimes with my first pick being her second pick and vice versa. We worked it out, and I sent emails to each of the first-choices to check in about availability. Once they were confirmed, I began sending emails to second-choices to ask if they’d like to be put on a list of backups in case of inevitable cancellations (indeed there were multiple cancellations last year, and another one this year). Et voilà, another year of zine residencies at the Tulip Farm!

A Weekend With Dave Cave & A Month With Brianna Dearest

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.

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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.

Amber Dearest, five Thursdays in a row.

Amber Dearest, five Thursdays in a row.

Brianna Dearest, five Thursdays in a row.

Brianna Dearest, five Thursdays in a row.

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.

At the Chicago Zine Fest, photo by Meredith Wallace.

At the Chicago Zine Fest, photo by Meredith Wallace.

Even more photobooths!!! With Liz Mills, Alex Wrekk, and Brianna Dearest.

Even more photobooths!!! With Liz Mills, Alex Wrekk, and Brianna Dearest.

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!

Nicole J. Georges & Cassie J. Sneider in Montréal!

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Nicole J. Georges is an award-winning educator, illustrator and pet portrait artist from Portland, Oregon. Nicole has been publishing the autobiographical comic Invincible Summer since 2000, and has toured the country extensively, including two month-long appearances on Michelle Tea’s Sister Spit the Next Generation. Her work has been featured in Tin House, Bitch Magazine, The Rock n Roll Camp for Girls book, and more. In her spare time, Nicole gives advice at Ask Nicole Georges and volunteers with senior citizens. Calling Dr. Laura is her first full-length graphic memoir.

Cassie J. Sneider is the author of the life-changingly hilarious memoir Fine Fine Music, a memoir about growing up on Long Island, getting into rockandroll, and having many minimum-wage jobs along the way. She has been touring and performing around the country with comics and zines since 2008, including a nation-wide Sister Spit tour with Michelle Tea and Dorothy Allison in 2012. Cassie is a highly-acclaimed story teller, and hosts a monthly storytelling series called THE WORST! in Brooklyn and San Francisco.

This is a really great week for FUN FUN FUN in Montréal: the aforementioned reading and live advice-giving is taking place tomorrow evening, Thursday afternoon will see the Midnight Kitchen Library & Calendar Launch (where I’ll be tabling with the distro), and this weekend, we’ll finally be showing off our winter projects at the Fun-A-Day 5 à 7 and Show & Tell at the Ste-Émilie Skillshare. If you’re in the city, please come out to these fantastic events!

Fun-A-Day 5 à 7 & Gallery – Montréal!

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Winter is almost over – it’s time to come out of hibernation and show each other what we’ve been working on during these endless cold days.

Saturday, March 2nd: 5 à 7 and Show & Tell
Sunday, March 3rd: Gallery Hours 12-6pm

Do you have a project you’d like to display? Send an email to amber.norreanATgmail.com.

What is Fun-A-Day? The premise is simple: pick a project, do it every day in January, then show your work in a big group show. More info at: www.artclash.com

Facebook event here.