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.
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.
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 / $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. ♥
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!
Hey friends, hey zinesters, hey readers! Fight Boredom Distro is going on hiatus while I visit the East Coast. Please don’t order zines from me, as I won’t be able to mail ‘em out ’til mid-August anyway.
If you’re in Halifax, come visit me at the Roberts Street Social Centre. For the last two weeks of July, I’ll be living in their shed and making a zine (and hopefully eating pizza and swimming in the ocean and exploring the city, if you’ll join me).
You can also catch me tabling at the zine fair at Sappyfest in Sackville, New Brunswick on Saturday, August 4th from 12-5 pm, upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion. I’m traveling with a backpack full of zines, come empty it so I can refill it with new ones.
All orders placed by Monday, July 16th have now been shipped. Phone and internet access will be limited, so please don’t get in touch unless it’s necessary.
P.S. Sappyfest is gonna rule. Silver Mt. Zion and Julie Doiron and Canailles and BA Johnston and so much more, yes please.
The rumours are true, I am one of this year’s lucky participants in the zine residency at the Roberts Street Social Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. For the last two weeks of July, I’ll be living in a shed and making a zine (and hopefully eating pizza and swimming in the ocean and exploring the city, if you’ll join me).
I wanna bring zines to you! If you’d like to order zines and avoid postage costs, just send me a list of what you’d like. I’ll let you know the total and you can pay me in person and we can drink tea together and it’ll be lovely.
As well, I’ll be tabling at the zine fair at Sappyfest in Sackville, New Brunswick (Saturday, August 4th, 12-5 pm, upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion). Because I’m traveling with a backpack and not much else, I’ll only have a select few titles available. Your best bet if you’re on the East Coast is to pre-order – you’re guaranteed to get the zines you want, and you’ll be helpin’ out a broke zinester.
ACCEPTING PRE-ORDERS UNTIL MONDAY, JULY 16TH, 2012.