Fight Boredom & Stay Cozy

Family time with Maranda Elizabeth and Mommie Dearest.

Here I sit at my kitchen table, which is pretty much my favourite place to be. Just got home from a bike ride… a bike ride in the snow. It was the perfect snow, the kind where there are flurries in the air, but they’re not yet ready to stay on the ground. I brought some zines to a friend and he said, “You’re having your magical winter moment.” That I am. I like the first snow, I like the beginnings of a new season in general, but like I said to the postal clerk that I bought my stamps from this afternoon, « Après quelques semaines là je suis tannée de la neige. » Still, I am looking forward to this winter, oddly enough, and here is my game plan: eat well, read lots, stay cozy.

I just spent three weeks in my home province, more time than I’ve spent there since I moved to Québec nearly four years ago. I alternated between my mom’s home in Fenelon Falls, Dave Cave’s new house in Lindsay, and Maranda’s place in Guelph. I had literally zero obligations while I was there, and spent most of my time reading books, writing in my journal, and practicing making comics. There were good thrift scores to be found, tasty food to be eaten, and many conversations to be had. (I know what you’re thinking: But weren’t you supposed to be in England?! Well yes, but there was a slight change in plans and I’M GONNA MAKE A ZINE ABOUT IT OKAY).

Dave Cave took care of me while I was in Lindsay. He greeted me in the mornings with lemon water and vitamins, then we’d make a to-do list for the day. When he came home from work, I’d say, “How was your day, dear?” and we were basically a married couple for the week. His dining room became my favourite place in Lindsay, more of a writing nook than anything else.

When I came home, Stefanie (my roommate-soulmate!) had hung a banner in my bedroom… actually she hadn’t quite finished it yet. I walked into the house carrying a backpack full of zines, another one full of books and clothes, and a bag of cat ornaments and junk from various thrift stores and she said, “You can’t be home yet!” So I waited outside the door and played with Sebastian and Thunder. Finally, she invited me in, and there it was: a handmade sharpie’d banner! Stefanie is seriously the most considerate and thoughtful person that I know. She’s in the kitchen right now too, preparing vegan gluten-free pizza for our guests tonight. Tulip Farm dream life.

I’m still riding on the posi vibes that I picked up while visiting friends and family in Ontario. I’m spending my time doing the things that I always do: reading zines, writing letters, riding my bike. I feel optimistic about the upcoming winter.

Fight Boredom Distro News: 1) I’ll be updating the distro with a whole bunch of new stock soon, including Skinned Heart #4, Pinch Kid #2 – #3, Rot #4, Live To Win, Everybody Moon Jump #8, Hungry, Radio Antarctica, SCAM #9, 6 Ans De Pouce: L’ordinaire & L’extraordinaire and a few books – Telegram: A Collection Of 27 Issues, a zine anthology by Maranda Elizabeth, the Shotgun Seamstress anthology, and the SCAM anthology of the first four issues.

2) Last month, I was interviewed by The Link about the Fight Boredom Zine Residency. Can’t wait to have new residents next spring!

3) I’m tabling with the distro at a house show in Verdun next weekend, please stop by! The Facials and Vile Intent are so fucking good. Facebook event here.

Reasons To Order Zines From Fight Boredom Distro – Right Now!

1. The website will be on hiatus from October 16th until the New Year – so this is your last chance!
2. Every order placed this week will come with a free copy of Teacups & Typewriters, the Tulip Farm newsletter.
3. I’ve just added a whole bunch of zines to the catalogue – check out the news here!
4. I’m about to go travelin’ and every little bit helps.
5. It’s my birthday and it’ll make me happy.

Say Hello To September’s Fight Boredom Zine Resident!

Khristina Acosta is a mental health worker and caretaker living in central New Jersey. A co-organizer of C.L.I.T. Fest New Brunswick, she is interested in making people of color (POC) more visible in the punk and DIY scenes. Her zine will be about how a string of disappointing romantic situations have convinced her to be non-sexual with anyone until January of 2013. Although these disappointments were the catalyst, it will also deal with issues of consent, boundaries, mental health, family history, failed polyamory, and both internalized misogyny and white suprematism. Overall, what it means to be a sex-positive feminist while figuring out how to unlearn your oppressive and unhealthy habits. An avid reader of zines, this will be her first zine coming to fruition and not just floundering in Google Docs.

An update on the Fight Boredom Zine Residency: Bri, the first-ever participant, completed her zine in June and information can be found here. Teresa, the August resident and Lacy, the September resident (whose projects are outlined here) both had to cancel due to having found jobs. If and when Teresa’s zine is finished, it’ll be in stock at Fight Boredom Distro, and we’re hoping to have Lacy here next spring / summer. We weren’t able to find a replacement August resident on such short notice, however, we talked to our second-choices for the residency and are so happy to have Khristina coming to stay with us at the Tulip Farm for two weeks! She’ll be here from September 26th – October 10th. Subscribe to this blog and ‘like’ Fight Boredom on Facebook to keep up with all the latest scoop.

Send Me Your Zines For Distro Consideration!

I’m on a distro-stocking frenzy at the moment and I want YOUR zines at Fight Boredom Distro. As you may know, I’m visiting the UK for six weeks in the fall and winter (itinerary-in-progress here), and part of my trip involves tabling at some zinefests (like the Leeds Zine Fair and Queer Zine Fest London, among others). I’ll have a backpack overstuffed with zines, and I wanna bring a whole lot more with me.

So, here’s the deal. I want my website to be entirely up-to-date in early-October. If you want your zine to be listed online and available during my travels overseas, you need to mail me a consideration copy RIGHT NOW. Y’all know that I’m into perzines written by queers, anarchists, feminists (and remember: my feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit). I like diary comics and thoughtful accounts of things like small towns, community-building, livin’ on the cheap. I’d also like to stock more zines on sex work, sobriety, and general hopeful tales of creating yr dream life. Also, more zines from Canada and Québec please! If you’ve got a zine that you think fits well with the distro catalogue, please send a consideration copy my way, along with yr contact info and wholesale/retail prices (wholesale is generally 50% of retail, ie: I will buy ten copies of your zine at $1.00 each and sell them for $2.00 each, with all money going straight back into the distro).

Amber Dearest / 344 rue St-Ferdinand / Montréal, Québec / H4C 2S8 Canada.

My feet, reading/writing materials. Halifax, July 2012.

I’m seriously really excited right now. I just ordered a bunch of new stock this afternoon and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.

And please tell me in the comments: What have you been reading lately? What would you like to see at Fight Boredom Distro?

The Triumph Of Our Tired Eyes #1

The Triumph Of Our Tired Eyes #1 / $1.00

This is the zine that I completed as artist-in-residence at the Roberts Street Social Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It’s a quarter-size perzine, mostly typewritten, with a few handwritten phrases and sparse cut-and-paste details. I’ve written about accepting loneliness as an inevitability and staying sober in a world that seems to want me drunk or dead. Excerpt: “The heaviness on my chest, the fluttering in my tummy… they are always going to be there. It is time to stop searching for the remedy and to finally accept them as a part of me. I want to embrace my sadness without letting it keep me in bed for days on end. And if my anxiety keeps me locked in my apartment, I’d like to invite someone else over.”

It is currently available for $1.00 + postage via Fight Boredom Distro, and will soon be in stock at Vampire Sushi (UK) and Stranger Danger (US). I accept Paypal and well-concealed cash (just click How To Order).

Read in a safe place, take care, and write me a letter. ♥

Fight Boredom Distro Is Up & Running Again!

After several weeks spent on the East Coast, I’m finally home and getting back to Real Life. I’ve just updated the website and added Broke Ass #3 – #4, Imaginary Windows #5, Photomill #2, Playing Victim #5, and Unicornzine to the catalogue, as well as the two zines that I created during my zine residency in Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Triumph Of Our Tired Eyes (a perzine about lonely times and radical sobriety) and a bilingual mini-zine called Kurt Cobain Was A Feminist / Kurt Cobain Était Féministe. I’ve also started carrying cassette tapes! I’ve got the Force Quit / Fail Better split tape in stock, Glitterbomb by Eekum Seekum, and Settings by noisy Chicago duo The Ovens. Get in touch if you’d like to have your own cassette available in the distro.

Restocks include Pourquoi Je Suis Féministe, Pinch Kid #1, All The Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues, Sassyfrass Circus #6 – #7, Reimagining Queer Community and Not Queer As In Radical But Lesbian As In Fuck You.

You can place orders online anytime (just click How To Order for more details), and if you’re in Montréal, please come see me at Queer Between The Covers, the annual queer bookfair (Facebook event here). It’s taking place this Saturday, August 18th at Centre St-Pierre (1212 rue Panet) from 11am – 6pm. ‘Til then!