Happy New Year! It’s Time Again For Fun-A-Day!

It’s 2014 and it has been for about ten hours now (where I’m from). I celebrated quietly because I’m way more into cozy times than parties and isn’t that what wintertime is all about anyway? My resolutions this year are to make more room for femmes and sober people in my life (I’m a sober femme y’know!), to improve my French, and to continue building my self-confidence. I wrote a lot about my efforts to build self-confidence in The Triumph Of Our Tired Eyes #3, a lot of it has to do with putting myself out there and doing “embarrassing” things like karaoke, and also learning how to be alone, which I think I’ve gotten really good at. But now I wanna work on it in new ways, like being more honest about my feelings, allowing myself to be vulnerable, going to the gym and getting tough, and also DRAWING. Which may seem so simple, but whatever. I think it’s kinda funny that so much of my life is focused on (reading and creating) perzines, because I think in images more often than words. I’ve never allowed myself to draw very much, because my pages never turn out the way I imagined them and I’m easily discouraged. So I’m giving myself a chance to draw, to find my style, and to share these pages with people. I want to draw more often and have confidence in what I’ve created.

So this is where Fun-A-Day comes in! Fun-A-Day was started nearly a decade ago by Artclash in Philly and has expanded to cities all over the world – that means you can organize your own, too! The premise is simple: pick a project, do it every day in January, then show your work in a big group show. Stay inspired and beat the winter blues! I’m doing a drawing a day. My first one is posted below. In February, we’ll do a group gallery show where people can display their projects and talk about ‘em.

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Winter survival strategies are so important to me. It’s too easy to stay curled up in bed to avoid the cold, get up at noon, then the sun goes down at four and suddenly you’ve missed the whole day and you’re in darkness, falling into a depression. I made a goal to be awake for most of the daylight hours of the winter, and so far, so good. The thing that’s been most important to me is my membership at the Y. I joined the gym because I wanted to have some sort of physical activity to make up for a season without my bike, but it turns out that it covers so many winter survival bases – most importantly, happy endorphins! It’s also good for boosting self-confidence, first in challenging myself to go to fitness classes alone (and soon, to learn to use the fancy gym equipment and maybe start lifting weights), and then, getting tough and feeling more and more confident in what my body is capable of. For the record, if you have proof of your low income, you can get up to a 50% discount on a membership at the Y (I’m paying $30.00 a month).

Fun-A-Day of course is a part of my winter survival strategy. That, and keeping myself busy with projects, eating well (by which I mean, I dumpstered eighty bucks worth of sushi the other night), writing, giving myself plans to look forward to (like going to see Godspeed in a couple of weeks!), making tea dates with friends, co-ordinating the winter workshop series at the Ste-Émilie Skillshare, and well, snuggling. I hope wintertime is being good to you too, dear readers. Take care and stay cozy!

Fight Boredom Distro News: There are a bunch of new zines in stock, including Anarchism & Hope; Scoopin’ Times #2; Telegram #31; Birthday Party #1; Psych Girl #1: Stories From A Clinical Psychologist; Sinvergüenza #1-#2; Long Walk Back To Broadway; Imaginary Windows #6; Sour Puss #8-#10; Zine Crush #3; Tongueswell #1; and Finale 95 #2. Also, I booked my table at the Chicago Zine Fest – see you in March!

See You In Toronto!

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I’ll be tabling at the Toronto Anarchist Fair this weekend – Sunday, December 15th from 10am-7pm. Please come say hello and check out some zines! There are all kindsa rad events going on over the course of the next few days, like workshops and panels and even a bus going to Lindsay to demonstrate against the indefinite detention of migrants; check out the full list on the Facebook event.

After that, I’ll be sticking around Ontario for a bit to visit my family, work on some projects, and relax. The distro will be on hiatus for a few weeks, but I’ll be back late-December. Take care and stay cozy!

It’s A Very Busy Week For Zines In Montréal!

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Just a quick reminder to all my local readers – this weekend is going to be so hectic and so wonderful! First thing in the morning, I’ll be hopping onto my bike with an overflowing backpack and basket full of zines and tabling at Expozine (5035 Saint-Dominique, 12-6pm on Saturday and Sunday). Come say hello and check out all the new zines I’ve got in stock! Later in the evening, there’s a zine reading and show at La Époque in Verdun. Tabling again on Sunday, and then off to see Jeff Miller and Aaron Cometbus at Drawn & Quarterly. AND THEN on Tuesday afternoon, I’ll be reading at A Zine Show & Tell Tea Party, hosted by the Sidetracks Screenprinting Team (with whom I’ve been volunteering for three years). See you there!

Fuck the 27 Club, Let’s Read Zines!

Today is my 28th birthday and my two-year sober-versary and I feel like celebrating. So – TODAY ONLY – all distro orders come with a free copy of The Triumph Of Our Tired Eyes #3, my newest zine. It’s a zine about soda and karaoke, which is to say sobriety and self-confidence (and a summer tour in the US). All orders will be posted first thing in the morning (before I hop on a bus to the Toronto Queer Zine Fair). Click on How To Order if you have any questions.

Fight Boredom Distro News: I finally made a new banner for the website! Trying to embrace my childish illustration skills. I also added a bunch of new zines to the catalogue, including Imaginary Windows #6; The Reverse Cougar Years #5; Sour Puss #8-#10; Cheaptoys #13; Zine Crush #3; Tongueswell #1; Finale 95 #1 and It’s Down To This: Reflections, Stories, Experiences, Critiques and Ideas on Community and Collective Response to Sexual Violence, Abuse, and Accountability. Order ‘em online, come and see me at the Toronto Queer Zine Fair on October 19th, or hold out for Expozine in Montréal on November 16th and 17th.

Being that it’s my sober-versary, here are some of the zines I distro that touch on alcohol and addiction: Alex #3; Breakfast For Dinner #1; Filling The Void: Interviews About Quitting Drinking & Using; Pansy #8; Sub Rosa #7 and The Triumph Of Our Tired Eyes #1 and #3. Happy reading!

The Triumph Of Our Tired Eyes #3

The Triumph Of Our Tired Eyes #3 / $2.00 / 40g

The Triumph Of Our Tired Eyes #3 / $2.00 / 40g

I keep telling people that this is a zine about soda and karaoke, which is actually code for sobriety and learning how to build self-confidence. What began as a zine about my love of karaoke has turned into something more. In the summer of 2013, I went on tour with Bad Hex and Xtramedium, carting my distro along in a shoebox and doing zine readings at house shows, infoshops, and the occasional bar. I kept a tour diary and documented our way through the Pacific Northwest, the desert, the West Coast and back again. Included is writing on taking space from dudes at punk shows, fighting depression and self-hate, visiting Viretta Park at twenty-seven years old (next door to the last house that Kurt Cobain lived in), feminist boredom, how I built my self-confidence, and how road games turned the summer into a soda tour – I tasted 140 different kinds of soda! If you wanna talk about root beer, I’m your girl. 62 pages, mostly typewritten with some cut-and-paste details; a lovely piece by Kit (of Pinch Kid) on karaoke, friendship, and mental health; and a cover illustration by Giz (of Cheaptoys).

What Lily Pepper has to say: “Oh man, I’m a really big fan of Amber’s writing, and I was so excited when I heard she’d be coming to the Zine-Off with a new zine, and even more so when I saw how long it is (61 pg. at quarter-letter size). It was a joy to sit and talk with Amber, who is a lovely, smart, kind person, and when I left Pressed, I couldn’t wait to get home and read her zine. Her writing just keeps getting better. In The Triumph of Our Tired Eyes #3, she writes about how she spent her summer on tour with some friends. Topics include reclaiming space for non-dudes at punk shows (so important), drinking 140 different types of soda, and her love of karaoke.

I feel like I say this all the time, but I can’t stress enough how much I love zines where the writer describes how they have struggled their way up to having self-confidence, a fun life, loving friendships and relationships. Life-is-hard-but-rad-and-worth-working-for is not a recognized genre as far as I know, but would that it were so I could find all the wise, ardent, and strong-willed writers I need. This one should be available soon from Fight Boredom Distro, and get it get it get it.”

You can order it for $2.00 + postage from the Zines S-Z page, send me well-concealed cash and/or Canadian stamps and/or a mixtape in the mail, or if we know each other in real life, maybe buy me a coffee or a soda or something?

Fight Boredom Distro News: There is so much going on! I’m still getting back into the swing of things after six weeks of traveling, plus I had the good fortune of visiting Ottawa last week and tabling at the Ottawa Zine-Off. I’ve added a bunch of new zines to the catalogue, including The Reverse Cougar Years #5, Sour Puss #8 / Fergus #30, Pansy #8, Doris #30, Contre l’Amour, Cheaptoys #13, Zine Crush #3, SCAM #6-#7, Tongueswell #1, and Finale 95 #1 and there are way more to come. Keep up to date by checking the News page from time to time, and come see me at the Toronto Queer Zine Fair on October 19th!

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.