Thank you to everyone who supported my distro since 2009 – by ordering zines, visiting my table at countless zinefests, sharing links, submitting your own zines, etc etc. I’ve been making zines for fifteen years and I’ll (slowly) keep makin’ ’em, but as often happens, my zine distro turned from an exciting project and a way to make friends and share great writing, into something else – an obligation, a money pit, a set of frustrations, a series of re-runs. Somewhere along the line, it stopped being fun, so I’ve decided to focus on other things instead.
What remained in stock is now available at the Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore, alongside a million excellent books and zines and stationery and trinkets. All zines are three dollars or under. My website will remain as a bit of an archive and a place to order my own creations. Maybe one day I’ll turn it into something else, but I don’t even have a functional laptop right now so…
I’ve got a couple of projects in the works, including an updated map of Montreal photobooths and zine about my life as a professional lab rat, plus I’m singing in a weirdo-uncategorizable band called Total Betty, alongside some of my best friends.
In the meantime, I highly recommend checking out some of my favourite zine distros, like Stranger Danger, Brown Recluse, and Take Care, as well as the work of my identical twin and favourite writer, Maranda Elizabeth. They’re currently fundraising to publish their second novel, We Are The Weirdos, featuring artwork by illustrator extraordinaire & Total Betty violinist, Cee Lavery. This is a great way to support them and pre-order the book (I helped to proofread it, so I know it’s a good one hehe). Click this link to read about We Are The Weirdos, and their practices in general.
“In this work of experimental fiction and magic realism, Maranda Elizabeth writes a vulnerable tale of perpetually misunderstood and powerless teenagers in a small town. We Are the Weirdos is an exploration of trauma, gender, poverty, invalidation, and memory, as well as themes of trust, abandonment, confinement, and revenge. The characters encounter one another, as well as authority figures and ghosts, at home and through institutions: school, court cells, a detention centre, and a group home, dreaming of magic and escape.”