• Happy Mail,  Videos

    Happy Mail Monday – Livor Mortis Edition

    Hello, wonderful friends, and welcome to Happy Mail Monday. This week we have some mystery mail from the UK…

    As always, thank you for watching!

    Eat a chocolate every time I get tongue tied. 😉

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    Thank you to the wonderful people who sent me mail:

    *Livor Mortis Creator – https://www.instagram.com/stphnrttly/

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    My PO Box:

    Jaime Nyx
    PO Box 378
    Murray Bridge, SA 5253
    Australia

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    You Can Find Me At:

    seagreenzines@gmail.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeaGreenZines/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seagreenzines/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/zineninja
    Etsy: https://www.seagreenzines.etsy.com
    Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/seagreenzines
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/seagreenzines

    Want to listen to The Zine Collector Podcast? Find me at: https://shows.pippa.io/thezinecollector

    Also on:
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    Cast Box: https://castbox.fm
    And other podcast apps

  • Calls for Submissions

    Call for Submissions: Plump the Post

    Plump the Post! is a mail art project centering and celebrating fat queer and trans folks–and submissions are now wide
    open! Please send plush postcards, packages, enveloped things, curiosities, and all other miscellany that can be mailed.

    Plump the Post! welcomes drawings, photographs, scrawls, sketches, typographic art, scribbles, fiber art, self-portraits, collages, mixed media, sculpture, comics, abstract art, and any other mailed creation that reflects queer and trans fat liberation, however obliquely. Identifying as an artist is not required, being a “good” artist is not necessary, not one bit.

    Submissions will be photographed and shared (with permission, attribution, and obscured addresses) via a social media gallery. In Fall 2018 participating mail artists will receive a zine anthology (physical copy) featuring all contributions.

    Deadline: September 19, 2018

    Email plumpthepost@gmail.com to get the address for mailing your work or to ask any questions. Please submit, please spread the word, and please plump the post!

    This project was funded in part by a grant from
    NOLOSE (www.nolose.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

    [Image: Background is a colorful array of stamps, papers, pens on a tablecloth with astrological symbols. Illustration of a lilac envelope exploding with pink hearts in the lower right-hand corner. White foreground reads, “Fat Queer & Trans Mail Art/Plump the Post!/plumpthepost@gmail.com.” A constellation of decorative dots on the foreground and background.]

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: The Stay at Home Girlfriend #24

    The Stay at Home Girlfriend #24
    Kendy P.
    https://www.instagram.com/missmuffcake/

    The Stay at Home Girlfriend #24 is a half-fold black and white perzine about zines, mental illness, recipes, cat fun, and more.

    Kendy opens this issue of The Stay at Home Girlfriend with a piece about mental illness difficulties – the physical repercussions, how comorbid conditions can make each other worse, and the value of group therapy. Dealing with OCD, anxiety, and depression, there is a lot to identify with in Kendy’s experiences. There is a ray of sunshine in everything, though, with Kendy continuing to keep working on things and viewing it all as a journey.

    Following that comes the variety of things I have come to love in this zine series. ‘Things I Like’ gives a fun peek into Kendy’s world with plenty of things to check out if you’re in Berkeley. Kendy then goes on to reflect on fears about the Trump presidency, tabling at EBABZ (East Bay Area Book and Zine Fest), and the loss of the amazing zinester Ara Jo.

    I loved reading about Kendy’s zine goals as well as goals for the year to come (2017 for this issue). Lists are a forever favourite. While I’m not vegan, I’m always curious about the recipes Kendy shares (of which there are plenty). Even her cats get involved in this issue with some humours pieces: ‘Dr Mady Explains the Ancient Art of Blood Letting’ and ‘Mortis’ Natural Home Remedies for Hair Balls’.

    The Stay at Home Girlfriend series always feels like a letter from the friend who always sent at least five pages of all sorts of things going on in their lives. It’s a zine that doesn’t push or pull – rather saying “Here I am – readers alwaus welcome”.

    I’m not sure if that makes sense to anyone, so I’ll say that I quite like what I’ve read of the series and always want to know what happened next in Kendy’s life.

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: How to Sleep

    How to Sleep
    Neik Glasshouse
    http://nuonis.com/anatomic-air-press/

    How to Sleep is slightly smaller than A6 and is a black and white zine full of tips to help you to get to sleep and stay asleep.

    “With this guide, I go deeper into the beauty of sleep and how you can use it to grow.”

    When I first saw this zine, I thought it might be about something else with a clever title. Lo and behold, a title that gets right to the point. Haha.

    How to Sleep opens with a table of contents and an introduction to the zine. Neik writes about the reasons for writing this zine and their respect for the state of sleeping. The reader is meant to take this zine and the contents within as they will as it’s more personal than scientific.

    The zine is split into two sections: ‘What You Need’ and ‘Steps on How to Sleep’. Part one is shourt at three pages, but it brings up important reminders for the place you spend about a third of your day. Not all of the suggestions are doable (mostly from a money-related view), but that’s what you get with many guides.

    I found part two interesting with more than a few things I’m going to try in an effort to improve my sleep. It’s a more ‘internal’ vibes and energy answer to the more ‘external’ environmental approach in part one. I like that Neik explores before, during, and after sleep rather than only how to get to sleep. Neik even talks about cultivating an internal alarm, which is something I always thought was a funny trick some people could do.

    There was one small bit that rankled me enough to make me pause. In a section about reflecting on reasons to feel gratitude, Neik includes a footnote:

    “If you prefer to be an asshole and do not want to strive to be a human being that exerts good vibrations, then being grateful might be a very hard thing for you to do.”

    I found this to be aggressive for a zine that opened with a more relaxed and open tone. It also ignores that actually feeling gratitude can be something that does have to be worked on and that mental illness that can make it difficult to feel gratitude. These things to not make someone into an asshole.

    Aesthetically, this zine is quite lovely. Vellum provides an ‘outer’ cover and is used in the middle of the zine for an introduction to sleep stages. The layout is great with a small font size but still a nicely readable sans serif font. (Save for a section at the very end that is especially tiny. Done on purpose, according to the author, but to what end, I’m not entirely clear.)

    While I do have my niggles with this zine, I think it has interesting suggestions for getting more out of your sleep. If you’re looking for a more meditative approach to your sleep, then give this zine a read.

  • Happy Mail

    Happy Mail Monday – Spring Sunshine Edition

    Hello, wonderful friends, and welcome to Happy Mail Monday. This week, zine friends have sent me lovely mail to enjoy – one one-page zine and one comic.

    As always, thank you for watching!

    Eat a chocolate every time I say ‘I’m so excited’. 😉

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    Thank you to the wonderful people who sent me mail:

    *Latibule – https://www.instagram.com/latibule_art/
    *Lee – https://www.instagram.com/thescreeverzine/ and https://www.instagram.com/thescreeverlee/

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    My PO Box:

    Jaime Nyx
    PO Box 378
    Murray Bridge, SA 5253
    Australia

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    You Can Find Me At:

    seagreenzines@gmail.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeaGreenZines/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seagreenzines/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/zineninja
    Etsy: https://www.seagreenzines.etsy.com
    Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/seagreenzines
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/seagreenzines

    Want to listen to The Zine Collector Podcast? Find me at: https://shows.pippa.io/thezinecollector

    Also on:
    Spotify: https://www.spotify.com/
    Pocket Casts: https://play.pocketcasts.com
    Cast Box: https://castbox.fm
    And other podcast apps

  • Calls for Submissions

    Call for Submissions: The Rock N’ Roll Horror Zine

    The Rock N’ Roll Horror Zine
    Submissions Now Open

    Looking for rock, metal and punk themed horror, sci-fi, pulp and bizarro fiction submissions up to 2,500 words. Also interested in visual art submissions that are on theme, especially cover art.

    Accepted submissions receive $5 and a contributor copy.

    Email submissions to doomgoat666@gmail.com

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