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.”
Read in a safe place, take care, and write me a letter. ♥
Bloomer is a personal and political zine full of prose, stories, and images.
This issue features:
– A review of “Blankets”, a graphic novel by Craig Thompson
– A review of six great pop-punk bands
– Anecdotes of heartbreak and personal growth
– Anecdotes of political injustice and social change
– A feature article on “hip style” and humility
– A feature article on the radical scene of West Bend, WI
– A quote by Barbara Kingsolver
(12 pages, 1/4 sized)
A short full-colour zine all about my dog Toby and ways in which we’re very similar (e.g. “we love snuggling up in comfy places”). Includes text and photographs, all handmade with love.
a zine of conversations. some through talking, some through typing… some are funny. some aren’t. some may possibly only be funny to me.
black and white.
i will trade if you will trade. talk to me.
8 1/2 by 11 full colour glossy print featuring collage and creative writing.
8 1/2 by 11 full colour glossy print featuring collage and creative writing.
a mini perzine by Jeana Harris about the weekend of her Grandmother’s death and coming off of anti-depressants.
Short accounts of shows played as full-band “free cake for every creature” in December ‘13 and January ‘14
A split zine I made with my mom about body peace & healing through our experience of baking together
This mini-zine is FULL color and double-sided. It is jammed packed with tips on tabling at zine fests so that you have the most amazing wicked good time.
This full color 1/4 size zine is all about talking to young folks about menstruation. Like, why it is awesome, how our cycles are connected to the Moon and the Goddess. I also talk about certain myths surrounding menstruation and end with some helpful information about alternative feminine products and why pads and tampons might not be the best fit.
This zine is in full color with vintage ads and clippings from 1940/1950’s women’s magazines. Text is typewritten. 24 pages.
This full-color, 22 page, digest-size zine chronicles my father’s story of being diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease. The second half of the zine focuses on what HD is, what the symptoms are, what treatments look like and additional resources.
100% of all proceeds will go to Kindred Laurel Lake, a nursing and rehabilitation center in Lee, Massachusetts that helps those with Huntington’s Disease.
For more information: http://www.laurellakerehab.com/
Please consider purchasing this zine to helps those who are in need of special care.
Thank you so much.
This full cover digest-sized zine is 26 pages of awesome information about tattoos! Sections include how to look for a reputable tattoo studio and artist, what kinds of infections you could get, patron bills of rights, tattoo aftercare and a helpful FAQ section.
This zine was created in partnership with my husband who is not only a tattoo artist but an owner of a highly reputable and successful tattoo studio.
The purpose of this zine is to give you all the information you need to make the best decisions when it comes to getting a tattoo.
This quarter-size zine is 50 b&w pages that chronicle my travels from Boston to the NYC Feminist Zine Fest. This zine discusses tabling for the first time, reading for the first time in front of any audience, meeting and greeting zinesters and zine-enthusiasts. Also included are thoughts and ramblings I had throughout the journey and my feelings about discussing my eating disorder with folks outside my support group.
a zine i wrote. you can get a free copy by contacting me.
A prosepoem about personal mythology and girls I’ve loved.
She had a heart-shaped scar for every single lover. The night we met, she showed them to me: self-inflicted scars on her arms and legs. “Yes,” she said, “everyone I’ve fucked has been immortalized on my body.”
A story about living in Pilsen, becoming a woman, and having an abortion.
I didn’t want to leave the neighborhood, but I couldn’t stand living in a punk house, not then. I was tired of the all-night parties, the junkies wandering in and out, the stench. Not that I was better than any of those punks, I was self-destructing, too. But I wanted to live somewhere clean and full of light. I wanted my own room. When we found an apartment above a record label, across the street from a twenty-four hour taqueria, I signed the lease immediately.
Stories from my life circa the ‘90s. Stories about how I got into zines, my dysfunctional family, shitty dudes, heartbreak, depression and self-destruction, trying to be cool (and failing miserably), being a terrible riot grrrl, gender confusion (being a punk rock girl and a glam rock boy), sexual misadventures, bike rides, adventure, some of the albums and books that changed my life, and more.
Pioneers Press says: “Recommended for fans of: Aaron Cometbus, Lydia Lunch, X, Al Burian, Lester Bangs, Ammi Emergency.”
Want a taste? Here are a few excerpts: excerpt from “dookie.” “coffeehouse failure.” excerpt from “you are the queen of my world.” excerpt from “24 hour revenge therapy.” excerpt from “when i carved a cross into my arm, this is what i really meant to say.”
And here we are, 21 years later. This cut & paste collage of a life, this punk rock anthem screamed at the wind, this spilling my thoughts onto Xeroxed pages, is all I’ve ever known.
I’ve been dreaming up a Punk Rock Tarot for years now, and in September 2015 I embarked upon the DIY Tarot Challenge – which challenged me to create my own version of every card in the Major Arcana during the month of September. It gave me the opportunity to finally make the Punk Rock Tarot I’d been dreaming about, or, at least the Major Arcana. I made the cards cut’n’paste/Xerox art style, because it’s punk, and when I finished, I thought: why not make them into a zine?
This zine features all 22 cards in the Major Arcana, as well as descriptions about the cards and why I chose to represent them the way I did. Some of the cards feature punk rock icons (including John Doe and Exene Cervenka, Joe Strummer, Alice Bag, Laura Jane Grace, Jack Terricloth, Poly Styrene, and many more), others feature iconography relevant to punks (diners, tour vans, punk houses, riot grrrls, straight edgers…).
Split zine with Jesse Grease. Sixteen stories (8 by Jesse Grease, 8 by Rust Belt Jessie) inspired by different areas of a house or apartment – bedrooms, bathrooms, basements; hallways, kitchens, front porches. Stories about leaving and staying, about good parties and bad relationships, about hardship and haircuts. Garbage and sadness and weird sex and great music. Our whole fucking life is a wreck.
I stare at the setting sun staining the clouds cotton candy colors, I sit here so long that the dirty tar roof stains the back of my pants. Just, just sit here with me for a minute. Look at those clouds. Sometimes I pretend they’re mountains. I pretend they’re the punk rock candy mountains – mountains I can easily climb, and on the other side, there are no parents who get upset about your queerness, there are no suicidal feelings, your favorite bands never break up and your favorite places never close down. There’s only punk rock records and cute zinesters and free beer forever.
Zines about being femme, queer and disabled, anarcho-feminism, mental health, relationships and lots more.
cute drawings chronically the things sarah does to help with anxiety, from holding her pet hedgehog to staying up late, to focusing on a friend, finding some structure, and more. Inspiring. Makes me want to make one too.
Info on masturbation, your first time, sex feeling good and how it doesn’t always feel good, learning to communicate, self image, saying no, being queer, and more. Tons of stuff piled into this tiny little zine.- Cindy Crabb
Drawings and facts about some of the misters that live in all of our minds, and some tips on banishing them. A very playful take on dealing with our insecurities and bad habits.
16 pages halfsize. B&W
I love this zine. Each page is a funny picture of a monster, what it does, what it’s weakness is, and a quote. Like Blue Phunk, N. Sentient, Toady Brownnoser, Vex Tantrum. Super funny and good way to identify problematic self tendencies and how to combat them with humor.- Cindy Crabb
6 writers rewrite traditional fairy tales or write their own. They are well written and cool and sometimes scary. I love fairy tales, and love this zine. The small font is a little hard to read, but worth it.
From watching john water’s movies, to how making you own movies can change your world, coming off painkillers and healing from trauma. Zines as self care and activist burnout. What I love most about this zine is the variety of ideas and experiences shared within.
36 pages Half size. B&W
Everybody Else’s Girl (published by Sweet Candy Press, 2013)
Set in Tazewell, Virginia, a town whose wholesome storefronts and country charm hide an undercurrent of poverty and lawlessness, Everybody Else’s Girl tells the story of growing up poor amid unspeakable violence. Broken-down trailer parks and gritty classrooms provide the background for this story of a girl searching for her voice.
Trigger Warning –
This book deals with heavy subject matter, such as addiction, sexual abuse, and violence. Please read with care.
Audio Recording of an untitled book. (Live From The Writer’s House, 12/14)
“I have always been fascinated by the diversity of sexual expression and experimentation that humans engage in. One day I came across an internet forum where women explained their favorite ways to masturbate, I was really surprised at the diversity and inventiveness so started collecting stories and illustrating the most visually striking.”
Bizarre Magazine says: “For succinctness and simplicity the 28-page book certainly hits the spot. Tales confessed here transform everyday objects, such as TV remotes and door frames, into weapons of mass orgasm, and the drawings are likably quirky.”
This is a book about female masturbation, it takes 12 real life confessions found online of the inventive ways that woman masturbate and sensitively illustrates them.
There are 12 line drawings of women of all varieties enjoying themselves in intriguing and fascinating ways.
Pinterest Interest! is 24 black-and-white pages in a quarter-size format. The zine explores Pinterest from top to bottom: the editor looks at what’s on Pinterest and thinks about why it’s there, reveals Pinterest’s top topics, and talks about some Pinterest characteristics that annoy her. Plus, she offers some potential innovative uses of Pinterest, and answers your burning question: Is there porn on Pinterest?
“How do you measure despair?”
A photographic zine exploring depression, the measuring of depression & its effect on everyday life.
16 pages in length, with high quality card cover, Risograph printed by Hato Press, London
Zine Crush is back! Maybe someone wrote about you?
A collection of Zinesters seeking Zinesters including: Teresa Ferreiro, Dre Grigoropol, Kelli Callis, Jonas, Amber Dearest, Alex Wrekk, And serveral anonymos confessions of zine-ness. There is also the adorable results of the “Zine Crush” Box that was at the Richmond Zine Fest where people wrote down their crushes and they are shared with you here!
You know you want this zine! 32 pages of Zine crush stories and comics!
Brainscan # 29 / No More Coffee # 4 split zine-
a fiction zine that pretends to be a perzine
Released at the 2012 Chicago Zine Fest
Brainscan #29 – Ben Spies (no more coffee zine) threw out the challenge of fiction to my land of perzines and this is the grim result. These three short stories are my stab at fiction wrapped in the usual high contrast cut and paste layout you would expect in and issue of Brainscan. One story is about leaving a hometown for greener pastures only to make a stop half way there to visit an old friend and includes thoughts and reflections about the past. The second story is about a weird housemate and his strange perception of the world through Woody Allen tinted glasses and odd notions about art. The third story is about weighing the value of our short lives against the rock wall embankment of a cemetery. I admit that the voice is similar to mine and the subject matter doesn’t stray too far from what you would expect to find in an issue of Brainscan, but it was a really fun experiment and I’m glad that Ben talked me into doing this split.
No More Coffee is a zine of fiction for people who stay up too late. Stories like these are how I get the black bile out of my system, so to speak. Alex and I agreed to do a fiction split not knowing how morose it would end up, but we’re on similar wavelengths, I guess. I’m still writing fiction because I love it and because I’m too scared to write about my own life, but even if these stories never happened, the people in them did. “Photographs of the Dead” is about what the residents of a suburban apartment complex doesn’t know about their neighbors. “Exit 121” is about an impetuous woman living at a truck stop. The untitled story is about Sunday breakfast at a diner.
44 pages, half sized, 2 color risograph printed card stock covers
The start of a new peoject in a new medium, a secret collab with Rebecca Peloquin. Strictly hush hush!
The follow up to Cheer the Eff Up is going to be Fixer Eraser. This first issue is a split zine with Jolie Ruin!
The zine that will change yr life. Tears, laughter, action..it’s the feel-bad movie I mean zine of the year! This one has it all!
Dig Deep 3 is a library-themed split zine with Your Secretary #10.
Zinesters and libraries go together like peanut butter and jelly, which is why this split zine by Heather and Jami is so sublime. Heather is a public librarian, while Jami is an archival librarian, but one thing they have in common is their passion for their work. Their stories about life in the stacks are alternately sad and funny and charming. Heather writes about the sometimes touching, sometimes scary interactions she has with her patrons, and the idea of the library as a safe space. Jami shares her experiences as an archival and special collections librarian in her uniquely hilarious style, and also makes me wonder desperately what her real job title is. Read this zine, and you’ll never think of librarians in quite the same way again. (Thanks to Caitlin of All I Want is Everything zine for the description!)
Quarter sized (4.25″ x 5.5″), 48 pages. Written in June of 2011.
NEW! Dig Deep #7 is a split zine with Tongueswell #3.
Review of Dig Deep #7 by lb of Truckface zine — “Notice: I do not run; I do not exercise. How would I find enjoyment in a zine centered on running? Because Heather is the shit and this zine is about so much more than running. This is about the knowledge of the body in public and contending with physical setbacks. This is about encouragement and a long-lasting friendship during a preparation for a half-marathon. This is about constantly pushing oneself to take up space in the city to boldly declare: “I AM TRYING TO DO THIS AND I AM FUCKING AWESOME.” This is life-affirming and amazing. Seriously, get this now!”
Review of Tongueswell #3 by lb of Truckface zine — “Jen packs a punch of pure emotion in this issue of Tongueswell. Beginning with annoyances of rude customers taking up space at her coffee shop job, she then reminisces on the life and loss of her cat. The stories of work and vet visits are intertwined to illustrate the emotional taxation of everyday life and her ability to move forward through so much pain. While reading this issue, I was in tears reflecting on the loss of loved ones, both human and animal, through her own descriptions of watching a loved one struggle through pain. This was a good read and a good cry.”
Quarter sized (4.25″ x 5.5″), 40 pages. Written in April of 2015.
* 32 pages
* quarter size
* all drawings
* risograph printed
* brown Riso ink on recycled blue paper
* un-numbered edition of 60 copies
Geoff, Sarah Hoedlmoser and Siva-Jeevini Sivarajah
Knots is the University of Toronto’s first issue of an undergraduate student journal in disability studies. The journal was edited and compiled by three University of Toronto undergraduate students: geoff, Sarah Hoedlmoser and Siva-Jeevini Sivarajah. The editors received editorial advisory support from Dr. Anne McGuire and Dr. June Larkin of the Equity Studies department at New College, University of Toronto. As per the journal’s “Letter From the Editors” section, we write “our aim is to highlight original and unpublished high-calibre work by current and former undergraduate students that moves beyond normative biomedical conceptions of disability and contributes to the development and growth of Disability Studies as a field”.
Knots includes the following contributions:
I Narratives of Resistance
A Chronological of My Special Interests, With Explanations by David Preyde
Harold by Anthony Foster
Invisibility with queer and crip communities: subverting the gaze by Amber Reid
Click by Alison Albright
Cripping Narrative by Kim Collins
II Bound Between Borders
Reading Between the Hash Tags by Helena Macro
Human rights violation against people with disabilities by Yoonmee Han
Disability Represented in/as Culturally Disruptive Bodies within the “Quebec Charter of Values” by Jess Goldman
III Unwrapping and Reframing
Retelling Stories of Cutting: Gender, Sexuality and Race by Siva-Jeevini Sivarajah
Destabilizing Disability: Including addiction for cross-movement solidarity by geoff
Shame Within/Without Disabled People: Re-imagining by laura helene
Under Siege In love by Izzy Mackenzie
Flavourless Food and Savory Sounds by Izzy Mackenzie
IV Utopian and Dystopian Futures
The Hand of Gold by Jordan Alderson
“A Dystopic Autistic Future”: Protecting Neoliberalism and the Human Race in “I Am Autism” and Children of Men by Vittoria Lion
The Spectrum of Ideologies by Alexandra Ntoukas
ARTWORK BY GEOFF AND CLEMENTINE
make all good things fall apart #3
this is the third issue of make all good things fall apart, a collaborative zine by geoff and clementine on the themes of addiction, sobriety and intoxication culture. this zines was made in halifax, unceded mi’kmaq territory, as part of the anchor archive zine residency program. topics covered in this zine include: different cultural understanding of sobriety, sobriety as an energy, connecting 12 step principles with anti-oppressive values, sobriety and sex, the mysticism of 12 step fellowships, abstinence and harm reduction are not opposites, experiences of active addiction, addiction as a disability justice issue and 12 step witches. The zine also includes original illustrations by both geoff and clementine.
make all good things fall apart #2
This is the second issue of the collaborative zine created by Clementine Morrigan and geoff. 40 pages in length, it continues to explore the function of intoxication culture in a western context. The zine analyzes intoxication culture in relation to consent, party culture, sober spaces, accessibility, addiction, hierarchies among acceptable substance use, sobriety, normative substance use as privilege and more. The texts are complimented with art pieces and pieces of culture jammed ads. The colour cover depicts the Three of Cups tarot card that symbolizes community, unity, coming together and being together. This second edition of make all good things fall apart continues to act as an invitation for the ongoing conversation around addiction, intoxication culture and accessibility.
make all good things fall apart #1
This half-size, 32 page zine, featuring a colour cover, is a collaborative project between Clementine Morrigan and geoff. It explores addiction, alcoholism, recovery, trauma, madness, radical sobriety, sobriety as resistance, intersectionality and the various ways in which addicts and alcoholics are constructed. A zine which steps out of the medical model, explicitly politicizing addiction, normative intoxication, sobriety and recovery, it is also extremely personal and intimate, daring to speak from the heart. In a world where addicts and alcoholics are frequently talked about, but rarely listened to, this zine is an unusual opportunity to hear two self-identified addicts speaking their own truths. It also functions as an invitation, asking us all to think critically about the role(s) intoxication plays in our lives and inviting us all to share our own stories and come to our own analysis.
Ever feel not quite the sex you’ve been assigned at birth? You’re not alone. This Zine is a result of my thoughts about gender, and my attempt to come to a happier place with who I am.
Contains poems, prose and some gender twisting erotic fiction!
16 pages, A5 size
Yes, there are vegan recipes in this Zine. There are also two vegan erotic stories, a couple of poems and my thoughts about food and the vegan scene. For over 18’s only, due to the smutty stories.
Everyone needs to get away sometimes. Running away doesn’t have to be forever. For adults who need to get themselves gone, use this guide to help you do so more safely. Learn about how to care for your physical and mental health, before, during and after running away. And check to see if running is the best option for you.
Jonas and Carrie Colpitts
A great split zine featuring writing by Carrie Colpitts (My Aim is True, Gender Matters, etc) and Jonas (Cheer the Eff Up, Fixer Eraser, etc). Jonas writes about alcholism and Carrie writes about love, sex, and brokenhearts. It’s a beautiful, devastating, very well-written piece of work. Much recommended.
Back in October, my twin and I made a split zine together! Telegram #38 by Maranda Elizabeth is about their Return of Saturn and turning thirty, learning how to interpret their birth chart, astrology as a method of self-exploration & healing, reconnecting with their past selves and memories of being a teenage witch, practicing Tarot in daily life, lost time, friendship & jealousy, fragmentation, learning how to love themself, and recovery with trauma and chronic pain. My half, Critical Breakfast #1 is about my Saturn return, synchronicity, a bad landlord, working as a lab rat, sobriety, learning to build self-confidence, and an auspicious Tarot reading.
Hadass Ben-Ari and I banged out another kickass split zine, this time about diaries and journal entries!
PMS issue 12 and Everything.Is.Fine special issue are jam-packed with words of pride, pain and power from our respective diaries. It’s as intimate, revealing and personal as a perzine gets. With all the pain and heartache these entries reflect, both parts end on a positive note to leave the reader with a warm, fuzzy feeling and a smile on their face. And the best part, it’s a full-pounding, heavy-duty, juicy and yummy 80 pages!
My part includes entries focusing on my relationship with my husband and how it evolved, fell apart, and how we are trying to rebuild it. Hadass writes, “The eloquence and beautiful flow of her entries build a certain parallel between some tragic events in her life and her love life – such as the death of her father, her eating disorder, etc. Her part also ends on a positive note with hope for a better future for her relationship and her life.”
Hadass’s part includes entries organized thematically rather than chronologically – evocative and heartbreating entries about love, depression and seclusion, inspiring and empowering entries about feminism, her love of DIY and more. She also included some of her old drawings and art to visually depict her mindframe of the time, plus a collage of the various covers of her diaries and some quotes from the older ones, in French, Hebrew and English.
You zinesters and zine-lovers really ought to get your hands on this incredible… what should I call it, book?! Hehe! Pack your cart up with some DIY delight!
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This is a special split zine called “Boo’ya Moon” that focuses on Stephen King! I partnered up with my good pal Hadass from “Purple Myrtle Squeegy – A PMS Perzine” because we both love the King of the Horror.
My part includes pieces on how I identify with some of Stephen King’s characters, what Stephen King has taught me, my experiences with religion and how that compares with Carrie’s experiences with her ultra religious mother, many collages and more.
Hadass’s part of the zine includes stories about why she loves Stephen King, the kind of feelings she gets when she reads his books, why she loves having nightmares caused by Stephen King, a poem about horror, collages, tattoo plans based on the Dark Tower series, and more.
Both of us explore Stephen King’s feminist side with stories like Carrie, Rose Madder, Lisey’s Story, etc.
72 pages, 1/2 size zine, all cut and paste, typewritten and handwritten. The cover is in full color, the inside pages are in black and white.
See Hadass’s zines on her Etsy shop here: