Sassyfrass Circus #5 / $1.00 / 30g
I think it’s pretty obvious by now that I love J Bee’s zines. In this issue, we see J Bee graduating with a BA in American Studies, falling in love, growing a unicorn horn, having an awkward visit with the doctor and coining the term femmederfuck. Sometimes these stories take shape in the form of comics, other times in a short essay or even a flow chart.
Sassyfrass Circus #6 / $1.00 / 30g
“Sometimes when you make grand declarations you need to be prepared to put your foot in your mouth. Like in the last issue of this zine, when I declared to the world that ‘my ship is leaving port’ referring of course to how I was ‘so ready to get the fuck out of College Park.’ So here I am, working 40 hours a week in a cubicle, in College Park.”
Sassyfrass Circus #7 / $1.00 / 30g
It’s the latest issue of your favourite queer comic! This is always one of the most popular zines for people to pick up when I’m tabling at zinefests, and not without good reason. The artwork is indeed eye-catching, and the content is original, humourous, and intelligent. This issue is all about J Bee’s post-graduation misadventures: job interviews, fashion faux-pas, co-organizing the DC Zinefest and more. I’m super into the piece on idiopathic hirsutism and queer visibility, and another installment of the Puke On Annoying People Project. Fuck yeah!
SCAM #6: In The Streets Of Buenos Aires / $3.00 / 85g
“Was there really a “revolution” to be seen in the spray paint on Argentina’s walls? If so, what kind of revolution was it? What did the graffiti, angry political slogans and lyrical stencil images, have to say about where Argentina was heading now after four years of political and economic crisis? I sought out Buenos Aires’ stencil artists to find out.”
SCAM #7: The Return To Miami! / $3.00 / 85g
“When I tell people I’m from Miami, frequently they respond by saying, ‘I’ve been there once.’ If a shadow seems to cross their face for a second and they appear to be involuntarily remembering the worst thing things they’ve ever seen, I can usually correctly guess that they went down there to attend the protests against the Free Trade of the Americas Agreement (FTAA) in November of 2003 and experienced the brutal and violent police attacks on the protesters. Otherwise, it usually turns out that they went to the week-long glitzy orgy of art, money, and celebrity known as Art Basel Miami Beach. Either way, they will usually politely say, ‘But I’m sure it’s not always like that…’”
SCAM #9: Damaged – The Story Of Black Flag’s Classic First Album / $3.00 / 90g
Description from Erick Lyle himself: “Here at last is the long awaited new issue of SCAM, the story of the making of my favorite record ever, Black Flag’s classic first LP, Damaged. Based on an expanded version of a story I wrote for the LA Weekly last winter to celebrate the record’s 30th anniversary, the zine includes primary interviews with Black Flag members, Henry Rollins, Greg Ginn, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Kira Roessler and others around the band, including Mike Watt, Joe Carducci, Raymond Pettibon, Ed Colver, and Dave Markey.”
Scoopin’ Times #2 / $1.00 / 30g
You might already know Alanna from Finale 95 and Puker Nation, well here is another rad zine from her weirdo mind. It’s all about working in an ice cream parlour! I love reading customer service stories anyway (hey, I’ve worked in convenience stores, call centres, and coffee shops, so I’m full of ‘em), and this one is basically a comic full of hilarious stories from work – like, the kinda messages that people have iced onto their cakes, quirky customer profiles, and a classic battle over which radio station will be played at work. Super fun times!
Self-Care For Zinesters / $2.00 / 10g
Description from Maranda’s Etsy: “In this zine, I write about self-care from the point-of-view of an introvert, weirdo, and decade-long zinester with depression, anxiety, BPD, & chronic pain. I travel quite a bit for zinefests & readings, so this zine focuses on how to take good care of yrself while on the road & at home, livin’ the zinester life (including For Zinesters on the Road, Taking Care of Ourselves & Each Other at Zinefests, Self-Care for the Zinester at Home, Advice for First-Time & Aspiring Zinesters and more). This zine is an expanded & updated version of an article I originally wrote for my blog. (There’s lots of new stuff! Don’t worry, I wouldn’t make you pay to read a blog entry pasted onto paper.) I write about telling your friends about your needs, my tiny pharmacy that I bring with me wherever I go, the importance of sleep & coffee, being realistic about what you can do in an unfamiliar city, journaling, patience, and gratitude. I also write about learning how to say no and setting boundaries in various zine-related situations, participating in workshops, and finding friends who support what you do. I feel like this zine could be useful not just for zinesters, but for writers, travelers, DIY & DIT artists, and anybody who wants to take their art on the road but has a lot of baggage (as opposed to luggage).”
Sinvergüenza #1 / $2.00 / 25g
“Struggling with real loneliness – like, the kind that fills you with anxiety and despair and an unreasonable fear that you will always feel that way – is a recent thing for me. I used to be very possessive about my alone time. I used to enjoy being able to do pretty much anything, with the exception of going to the movies, by myself… I used to like being at home by myself and working on stuff without having to worry about any distractions. But when you live by yourself, especially in the house where you grew up and used to live with two caring parents who are now very much deceased, you find that you have more alone time than you know what to do with.”
Sinvergüenza #2 / $2.00 / 30g
Pronounced something like ‘seem-bear-whence-a’, sinvergüenza is Castillian Spanish for ‘without shame’, or, as writer Jamie adds, “A derogatory term my Puerto Rican-born grandmother uses to describe any woman, especially a woman with children, who gets home after 10pm.” This issue continues on the trajectory that the first issue began – working through grief and loss, confronting things like shame, anxiety, internalized misogyny. It’s about friendship and self-care and family histories and going to punk shows. Like getting a long letter from a friend.
Six Ans De Pouce / $3.00 / 80g
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Skinned Heart #3 / $3.00 / 40g
I’ve read this zine several times, most recently at my kitchen table on an autumn evening, with a cup of tea by my side. It’s one of those zines that you can spend a lotta time mulling over, you know? There are a few main themes in this one – female friendships, jealousy / competition, open relationships, and being a person of colour in a predominantly white punk scene. Really thoughtful and honest writing, with a cut-and-paste layout. Total favourite.
Skinned Heart #4 / 40g / $3.00
In this issue, Nyky documents her moves from Texas to Arizona and most recently to Seattle, Washington, while also navigating the complicated effects of colonization – including feeling like an outsider to both Mexican culture and to radical-feminist-punk subculture. Other topics include learning to take care of herself in regards to chronic illness, dealing with the fallout of being involved in an abusive relationship, and learning how to communicate within an open relationship. “They [the author's family] had a lot and they lost a lot chasing the American dream. Slowly but surely we chased and assimilated to that American lifestyle in the Arizona desert looking for a life full of respect and status. This is where those cracks in my identity began, where there was a Mexican me and an assimilated me, where I began and learned to tolerate a life of duality.”
Skinned Heart #5 / $3.00 / 10g
Description to come.
Skinned Heart #6 / $3.00 / 30g
The cover of this issue was illustrated by Nyky’s father, and she begins by writing about her experiences with having a father who is incarcerated. She writes not only of the frustration, sadness, and fear that come out of this situation, but also critiques the prison industrial complex, the US’s “war on drugs,” and the way race and class figure into her father’s arrests and incarceration. She writes of the matriarchal family she was raised in, and witnessing reactions to women of colour’s expressions of anger – be it her mother confronting school employees when she was a child, or right now, her own anger when organizing with white feminists, for example. In Punkera Por Vida, she writes, “What I love most about being a punk is the access I have to other folks of color and gender marginalized people who are having the same experiences and finding creative outlets to live outside of the margins. I’ve met so many brujas, artists and musicians, writers, great thinkers and amazing inspirational people through punk.” She writes about calling white punks on their (our) racist bullshit – namely, white queers writing POC out of hard-femme culture – and also bringing her politics into her interactions with her family. She reminds readers, “Punk is not inherently white.”
Sour Puss #8 / Fergus #30 / $1.00 / 25g
This is a split zine on the theme of food; one half by Fergus, an omnivore, and the other half by Tee, a vegan who has medical issues that limit the sorts of food she’s able to consume. Each of them kept a food diary for a week, so what we get is an example of the kinda meals they typically eat, filled with stories of the day and memories around food. The side by Fergus sees her at the coffee shop at 6:30 every morning, musing on what it’s like to be a ‘regular’ – in that place where the barista fills your order before you’ve said it aloud, which can be lovely but also strips the writer of the anonymity she desires. She writes about airport food, her newfound interest in vegemite, having her home broken into, and a visit to the Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair. Tee writes a lot about childhood and teenage memories around food, the old fear of eating in front of people, and cooking meals for her family. She includes fun vegan recipes for all kindsa stuff, including burritos, basic scrambled tofu, pancakes, banana bread and more. She also recommends really excellent pizza topping combos, like pumpkin and spinach, and caramelized onion, mushroom and artichoke. Yum!
Sour Puss #9 / $1.00 / 45g
Whenever I’m tabling at zinefests, this is one of the first zines that people pick up. It’s just so beautiful! And it’s a hefty one too, nearing sixty pages of text-heavy goodness. In this issue, Tee illustrates every house she’s ever lived in and uses them as writing prompts to share stories of growing up in Australia.
Sour Puss #10 / $1.00 / 40g
Tee writes such evocative zines, and this one is no exception. The first half of this issue is about the death of her grandfather, and all of the memories and feelings that come with such a time. It’s about grief and loss and love. In the second half, Tee writes about anxiety, agoraphobia, suicidal thoughts, and her strategies for dealing with them. It’s honest and detailed and thought-provoking. A real text-heavy zine, with some illustrations scattered throughout.
Télégramme #24 / $3.00 / 20g
Version française de Telegram #24, traduit par Lou pour Mad Pride Montréal. Déscription à venir.
Telegram #26 / $3.00 / 15g
Description from Maranda’s Etsy: “I asked my friends to ask me questions about anything at all, and their questions led me to all sorts of stories & memories & inspiration. This zine answers some of those questions and tells some of those stories. In Telegram #26, I write about learning how to be honest despite my fears and shyness, dealing with jealousy in the realm of art & writing & creativity, and my various writing processes and the beauty of creating spaces to write as well as venturing out of those spaces to write elsewhere. I also write about life as a genderqueerdo who also feels left out and invisible, not feeling part of a genderqueer community, but wanting to, and having to give up some of my dreams of girl-friendship & girl-romance & girl gangs. I talk about nightmares I had when I was growing up, the beginning stages of treating my depression & agoraphobia as a teenager, and I talk about my favourite kinds of days and adventures.”
Telegram #28 / 20g / $3.00
Description from Maranda’s Etsy: “Telegram #28 is all about home, tour, writing, & magic. In this zine, I write about what it feels like to publish a book, my thoughts & feelings during book launches, reclaiming & embracing “crazy” and capital-C Crazy as an identity, the irksomeness of people (often, friends) choosing to use oppressive language like ‘crazy’, ‘insane’, ‘psychotic’, etc. inappropriately, happiness as a process rather than a goal, breaking down feelings of self-hate, going on my first tour with Mend My Dress Press (we traveled from Seattle – Los Angeles), Witchy Punx Club & psychics & Tarot cards, my hatred of landlords and my need for a stable home, and my reasons for leaving Guelph.”
Telegram #29 / $3.00 / 15g
Description from Maranda’s Etsy: “This is the story of how I began to write my first novel, and my self-publishing process. My goal with this issue of Telegram is to help demystify the process of novel-writing & self-publishing, encourage weirdo writers, and answer the questions a lot of friends have been asking me.
When I started writing Ragdoll House, my queer young adult novel, I was struggling with alcoholism & loneliness, feeling pathetic & unloved, and trapped in my small hometown. In one of my many attempts to quit drinking, I set aside my usual drinking hours/days for writing instead. In Telegram 29, I write about how my Crazy (the word I am embracing for my lifelong mental health issues) inspired & influenced & interfered with my creativity; it’s all about writing for survival.
This zine documents the many changes in my life during the novel-writing process (moving six times, hospitalized countless times, coming out as genderqueer, developing a chronic pain condition, getting sober, etc…), growing up in & continuing to live in poverty and how that affects how I choose to write & share, some feelings about class & access to technology, dealing with the complications of jealousy (both feeling jealous of others and folks feeling jealous of me) and how making books has changed my friendships… I write about support and $upport, self-absorption vs. self-awareness, and my weird feelz about reading reviews.
One of the most important parts of this zine, for me, is sharing my feelings about putting yet another story about cis people into the world, and how I’m dealing with those feelings as a genderqueer / trans* writer (with a tiny note about my next novel, which is indeed a genderqueer story rather than a girl story). Oh, and I open up the awkward conversation about numbers & money, how much I paid to self-publish my novel, and how much I get paid each time you buy a book (spoiler alert: not much). (This is not a zine about How to Make A Living As A Writer, because I’m not.)” Cover illustrated by Clara Bee.
Telegram #30 / $3.00 / 15g
Description from Maranda’s Etsy: “This issue of Telegram is about tangibility and missing pieces, the disappearance of my belongings and my words, and summertime in Seattle. I flew to Seattle in July 2013 to see Courtney Love live, visit Kurt & Courtney’s old house and the Viretta Park memorial bench, etc., and while I was there, my backpack, which contained my diary, passport, & psych meds, among other things, was stolen. I was 27 & lookin’ for reasons to keep on livin’.
Telegram #30 also includes stories of how nostalgia is different when you have PTSD, trauma and growing up in poverty, unfun criticisms of middle-class white cis feminists & riot grrrl, found magical objects, Weirdo Parlour, crying in public, petals, vulnerability, illnesses, questions, boundaries, allyship as process and not identity, carrying experiences in my pockets… (& love letters to Patti Smith, Amanda Palmer, Courtney Love, & Kurt Cobain.)”
Telegram #31 / $3.00 / 15g
Description from Maranda’s Etsy: “Telegram #31 is all about broke-femme identity, shoplifting, self-care & magic & ritual, finding meaning in chronic pain & illnesses, glam rock & how it influenced my genderqueerdo expression, doing weird art for money, typewriter-busking, stuff about my body, & WINTER SURVIVAL! Personal as fuck. Quarter-sized, 24 pages, text-heavy, 6,000+ words.”
Todo Sobre Mi Madre / $2.00 / 20g
The Spanish title translates to All About My Mother. This is a really sweet cut-and-paste zine wherein Rachel tells the story of her mother’s life via anecdotes, photos, and excerpts from letters. “The first time my mother saw snow was her first year in college. She said the snowflakes were so big they looked like moths falling from the sky.”
Tongueswell #1 / $2.00 / 15g
“All names but mine have been changed; all French is rusty but passable.” So begins the first issue of Tongueswell, a perzine about death, terminal illness, family, and queer stuff. Ever since Jen was a kid, she knew about her uncle who had “died of cancer”. His life and death were entirely shrouded in mystery, until her mother decided she was old enough to know that he was gay, that he’d lived in San Francisco and died from AIDS-related complications. Jen was in love with another girl at the time, a secret she’d kept from her family. She felt an affinity with her uncle, which grew the more she learned about him, the more she learned about queer struggles. Aussi, il y a quelques pages écrites en français – l’histoire de sa grande tante Lisette, qui est née en France et a vécu en Floride. Les deux ont s’écrit des lettres pendant des années, une tradition que Jen aimerait continuer avec ses ami.e.s. This is a zine that comes straight from the heart.
The Triumph Of Our Tired Eyes #1 / $1.00 / 10g
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.”
SOLD OUT but you can get copies from Stranger Danger and Bus Stop Press.
Cheaptoys #10 / The Triumph Of Our Tired Eyes #2 / $2.00 / 30g
Giz and I made a split zine! In the second issue of The Triumph Of Our Tired Eyes, I’ve written about hitchhiking from Montréal to Halifax and the three weeks that I spent on Canada’s East Coast during the summer. Almost entirely handwritten (I have really neat printing, I swear) with simple illustrations throughout. If you ever wondered what a zine residency looks like, this is it. I stayed in the shed at the Roberts Street Social Centre for two weeks, then spent a few days in Sackville, New Brunswick for Sappyfest. Read along as I work through my syndrome de la page blanche and punch a dude in the face. I’d call Cheaptoys something of a punk-perzine, always full of tour stories and photos from various travels and shows. Giz begins by writing of his experiences in the suburbs of Monaco and Paris, and his desire to leave France for library school. Also documented are his adventures from presenting at an academic conference in Utrecht, Netherlands, to playing Plan-It-X Fest in Bloomington, Indiana (up the scholar punx!), plus an interview with an anonymous graffiti artist, and more. Il faut remarquer que ce split-zine est écrit en français-anglais, un mélange de langues comme on s’écrit dans nos lettres. (It should be noted that this zine is written in a mixture of French and English, just like we write to each other in letters).
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). Read a review here.
Truckface #15 / $2.00 / 55g
Another great read from LB. “This is my life as an androgynous public high school English teacher… I generally love my students. I love my city… All of this was written over a very busy summer vacation and fall weekends. Grammar is still an issue. I am not perfect; I am kind of an asshole. Every day I ride the train to work and right before we hit the underground tunnel at Division, I read the same fading graffiti on a building for sale. It says, ‘Forgive yourself.’ I read this line every morning, shoulders bumping into business suits, balancing coffee mug, bag of papers to be graded and a computer on my back. With the sun noticeably absent or barely present, I made sure to look for that piece of graffiti every morning.”
Truckface #16 / $3.00 / 55g
I’ve been reading this zine for years and years and always look forward to the latest issue – I was anticipating this one even more than usual though because I knew that, as an educator, LB would write about the Chicago teachers’ strike. Marching in the streets and trying to remain hopeful in the face of government fuckery and verbal abuse from passersby while out on the picket line. But ooohhhh there is this really sweet moment when a student makes a “fear this queer” button and it just totally warmed my heart. This is a super thick zine that makes for a great read.
What To Keep, What To Give Away #1 / $1.00 / 20g
This is the zine that Khristina worked on during her stay here at the Tulip Farm for the Fight Boredom Zine Residency. It’s an intensely personal document of recent relationships in her life, and how they’ve been affected by patriarchy, white supremacy, and other dynamics of power and privilege. Basically, she decided to remain celibate for a period of time and examine these relationships. The writing here comes from personal accounts of her sexual history, as well as knowledge drawn from essays by Audre Lorde and bell hooks. This is the sorta zine I would classify under the heading “radical vulnerability”.
Your Secretary #10 / Dig Deep #3 / $2.00 / 30g
A split zine by two of my favourite zinesters! Heather and Jami each write about being librarians, but have very unique voices. Jami can offer deadpan sarcasm and bittersweet tales where Heather writes lighthearted amusing anecdotes and heartfelt tales and lists. Both sides have moments that can be laugh-out-loud funny, charming… or anger-inducing (the things dudes do in libraries!). Heather writes about libraries as a safe space, creating a zine collection, and working with teens. Jami writes about leaving Detroit, working in a zoo library, and teaching people how to use the internet. She also shares tidbits about all the libraries she’s known. This is a really sweet and fun read.
Zine Crush #1 / $1.00 / 40g
Description to come.
Zine Crush #2 / $1.00 / 40g
Confessions of like. This zine is compiled anonymously in Portland, Oregon and contains fourteen stories of zine crushes – from a lonely cat waiting to dive into a box of zines, to best friendship, to the inevitable missed connections at zinefests – and my very first comic! I contributed a piece about two zine crushes and a postal scam. This is a pretty endearing read, and the creation of this zine has helped me to acknowledge my crushes and be less afraid of making myself vulnerable. Win win!
Zine Crush #3 / $1.00 / 40g
Description to come.