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!