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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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 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!
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.