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!

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.

SALE: It’s Winter, Fight Boredom with Zines!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ SPEND $10.00 ON ZINES, GET 1 ZINE FREE! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
(Spend $20.00, get 2 free zines, etc. Total before postage. You can choose your own free zine that’s regularly priced at $2.00 or under, or ask for a surprise. Sale ends on Sunday, February 10th.)

As usual, just click How To Order, send your payment, then check your mailbox in a week or two. By the way, this’ll be your last chance to order from Fight Boredom before the springtime, as I’ll be going on hiatus while I travel and work on other projects – I’ll have all kindsa new zines listed when I’m back.

Every year, I make a winter survival to-do list, something to keep me going through this season of chilly weather and early sunsets. But this year, I haven’t needed it! Just like I trained myself to become a Morning Person, I seem to have made myself into a Winter Person, too. People complain to me about the cold and I’m just like, “Huh?” I’ve been walking all over the city; eating lunch at the People’s Potato, going to shows, singing at karaoke… Still, there are many times when I’m just curled up in bed reading a book or a zine (I’ve already read six books this year!), and I’ll bet y’all are doing some winter reading too. Just to make sure you’ve got enough to keep occupied ’til springtime, I’M HAVING A DISTRO SALE YAY! Maybe you can get zines for your valentine and read ’em together!

Sunday Afternoon Quiet Parties

Back in the summertime, we started having Quiet Parties at the Tulip Farm. The first one happened by accident. Kit and I were writing letters together, then Justin showed up with a pair of pants he was mending. Charline came over and wanted to join in, so I dug some supplies out of my desk drawers, and she sewed an old patch onto one of my cardigans, stitched a ‘C’ below. We didn’t walk much, just drank tea and worked on stuff. If I’m not mistaken, Hari and Frankie joined us later in the day, when they were off work.

At the end of the day, I realized that it was the Perfect Sunday. And I wanted it to happen again. So I started inviting friends over – Hey, I’m having a Quiet Party today. Bring letters, patches, crafts, whatever. People are welcome to show up throughout the day. Things usually get going around noon and then people are out by dinnertime. Generally, there are three or four of us workin’ on stuff at the kitchen table together, though I think we’ve managed to cram fifteen people into our little apartment on a couple of Sundays in the past. I set up a box full of stationery on the kitchen table, brew some tea, sometimes I’ll bake something. The thing about Quiet Parties is that for the most part, they really do remain quiet, and that’s what I like about ’em. Often, when I’m reading a book or writing letters alone, I wish there was someone next to me doing the same thing. So when I have a Quiet Party, I have the company I’ve been wishing for, but without the pressure of being fun and entertaining and on. We’ll talk and catch up a little bit, we’ll listen to cassette tapes, but we’ve got our own projects to focus on.

The reason I’m writing about our Quiet Parties is because people often ask me what the deal is, and if they can start their own. Well, here it is: Invite a few people over, share your stationery, and you’re set.

Maranda Elizabeth & Their New Book

My twin and favourite writer, Maranda Elizabeth, will be in Montréal tomorrow to launch their new zine anthology, Telegram: A Collection of 27 Issues. The book was published recently by Mend My Dress Press, and has already seen launches in Toronto and Guelph – with Peterborough, Ontario to come and then a tour of the US West Coast. This is your chance to see them reading at the Ste-Émilie Skillshare, alongside friends Hayden Slays and Kit A. (Facebook event here).

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When: Sunday January 13th, 2-5pm.
Where: Ste-Émilie Skillshare, 3942 rue Ste-Émilie (métro St-Henri).
Who: Maranda Elizabeth, Hayden Slays, Kit A. and Fight Boredom Distro.
What: Readings, conversation, inspiration. Probably snacks.
$: The event is free. Copies of the book will be available for $25 and zines will be available for $1-$5.00.

From the back of the book: “In Telegram: A Collection of 27 Issues, Maranda tells tales of daily adventures, friendship, gender identity, falling in love with bicycles, getting tattoos, moving out, going crazy, and their experiences with inpatient hospitalizations. They also write about their relationship with their twin sister, and learning how to take care of their mental health within and without conventional institutions, identifying as genderqueer, getting sober, living a creative and meaningful daily life, and finding reasons to keep on going.”

“Telegram is the kind of zine that made me want to start writing zines in the first place. They write about their personal experiences with enough distance and care that they become not purging, but rather small maps that can help us to look at our own lives and the beauty of how we survive and become more fully the people we want to become.” – Cindy Crabb, Doris

Yelle lance aussi Télégramme #24, la traduction française de Telegram #24 qui inclut les articles Yelle Yelle Yelle Bla Bla Bla et Comment Être un.e Bon.ne Ami.e d’une Personne Cinglée. Le zine serait disponible via le Etsy de Maranda et Mad Pride Montréal.

Don’t forget to check out their launch at The Spill in Peterborough, Ontario with one of the funniest people we know – Dave Cave of Everybody Moon Jump (Facebook event here) – and keep up with their tour online. The book will also be available via Fight Boredom Distro in the coming days – keep up with the news here.

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It’s Time For Fun-A-Day!

From www.artclash.com: “What is Fun-A-Day? The premise is simple: pick a project, do it every day in January, then show your work the following month in a big group show. Started in 2004 by a group of friends in Philadelphia, Fun-A-Day began as a way to stay creative and motivate each other to make things through the winter. Now in its ninth year, Fun-A-Day has grown from its Philadelphia roots–in 2010 there were 10 Fun-A-Day shows, organized by different art collectives and groups of friends across the country. If there’s not a Fun-A-Day show in your community, consider organizing one. It’s fun, easy and you’ll probably meet new friends!”

My friends Frankie, Morgan, and myself, are organizing a Fun-A-Day event here in Montréal (Facebook event here). The perfect way to fight boredom and keep on goin’ through the winter. I thought I’d write here about what I’m working on, and also include suggestions for others – after all, January is only two days a way!

I’m gonna call my project Food-A-Day. One of my winter goals has been to cook more often and be less anxious about being in kitchens (seriously, I swear I live off of toast and cereal most days), so I’ll be documenting some of my meals and writing daily journal entries on various food-y memories, pizza dates, riots-not-diets… Food is a pretty broad topic that can take me on all kindsa tangents and I’m looking forward to it. In the end, it’ll probably turn into a zine (as I’m sure you may have already guessed).

Christmas Eve breakfast: Tofu scramble with sriracha, toast with avocado and alfalfa sprouts, banana smoothie.

Christmas Eve breakfast: Tofu scramble with sriracha, toast with avocado and alfalfa sprouts, banana smoothie.

Here are some ideas for things-to-do-a-day: Read a zine; create a self-portrait; make a comic; give something away; try a new tea; write a letter; call a friend; write a haiku; try a new recipe; say hello to a stranger; write down a secret; learn something new about yr neighbourhood; bake something and share it; mend an item of clothing; make a postcard; take a picture; draw something; write about a childhood memory; write a review; learn a new word in a second, third, fourth language; make a diorama; write a song; write down a fear, a hope, and a goal; tell your friends what you love about them; learn a dance move; play a game; pet a cat; make a poster; listen to an album you’ve never heard before… and document your daily efforts!

So, who else is participating in Fun-A-Day? And what are you gonna do?