• 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.]

  • Calls for Submissions

    Call for Calls for Submissions: Spread the Word About Your Zine/Distro/Library!

    Zine Calls for Submissions

    Share your call for submissions, let people know about your distro or zine library, announce your newest zine, let people know you are crowdfunding a zine project…

    If you have an announcement to make that has to do with zines, do it here! Sea Green Zines wants to be your megaphone. Even better? It’s an automatic shout out on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr when your call is posted here.

    Big fuzzy love hearts to those who have a .jpg call for subs, but all are welcome. Get in touch by emailing theauthor[at]inkyblots.com or comment below.

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: Strange Romance #1

    Strange Romance #1: A Shit’s Fucked Anthology
    Edited by Iggy Nicklbottum
    Graphic Design by Josh Corea
    http://shitsuxpress.com
    https://www.instagram.com/shitsux/

    Strange Romance #1 is a full colour zine that is a bit smaller than A5 size full of stories, poetry, and art all along the theme of strange romance.

    Strange Romance opens with a poem called ‘Love and Demons’ about a strange love under the full moon, setting a tone that plays into the title completely. What follows are stories, poems, and art – some equally as strange as ‘Love and Demons’ and some moreso. From odd creatures to love beyond the grave, Strange Romance hits the spot for creations out of the norm.

    Tourist is my favourite of the collection – a short story about loving each other despite mistakes made. I predicted some of the elements but was pleasantly surprised to find it ended a bit differently than I expected.

    I love the look of this zine so much. The cover art is fantastic (and horrifying), and it’s made to look like a well-worn trade paperback. I keep touching the ‘cracks’ and ‘rips’ in the art. This is carried inside with yellowed and stained (looking) paper. This is broken up in the middle with a couple of art pieces printed on glossy white paper, but I just smiled at that because I’ve read more than a few old books with crisp glossy paper pages in the middle to feature photos.

    My cover photo pic doesn’t do it justice.

    My editor side picked up a couple things here in there, but the combined package of the looks and the content kept me reading right along.

    I’m happy to see that this is #1, implying that there will be more in the Strange Romance series. I think if you like the odd, the strange, and/or the slightly weird in writing as well as art then you will enjoy this zine.

  • Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: That Girl 16

    That Girl 16
    Kelli
    Cover by Roland Martin
    https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/thepillowproblem
    $5 US PPD / $8 Intl PPD

    That Girl 16 is a black and white half-fold memoir zine (zine-oir?) about boys, breakups, and growing up as a slightly drunk, punk teenager in and around Hollywood.

    That Girl gets into the writing straight away and opens with a gorgeous first sentence that immediately made me smile:

    I believed I found my soulmate in kindergarten…

    How lovely is that? I easily settled into the first section – a short tale of young crushes and teachers who spoil everything. Kelli’s amusing descriptions of their kindergarten acquaintances quickly made it clear that they have a fun writing voice when they decide to be cheeky. Later descriptions of people, albums, and places are (in my thoughts) the real strength of the writing.

    Kelli goes on to write about significant relationships with both people and music. The main relationship that takes her through a significant part of high school is with Tom – someone she met largely due to a love/hate relationship with Pisces men. From hanging out with their group of friends to the challenges of dating a homeless person while trying to manage life as a highschooler.

    Aesthetically, That Girl is primarily text with various stamps and small pictures to go along with the worry. Each section starts off with the first sentence in a different font, which I thought was a nice touch. A different take on the drop cap and a nice way to visually separate the different sections.

    Kelli mentions various names of celebrities, band names, and places I’m not familiar with, but it didn’t take away from the reading much. I did feel a bit lost at times simply because Hollywood is so far away, and I’m not likely to go there. But a memoir is more about the feelings than the places, and she did really well setting up feelings in the first section.

    It was also a little jarring when the relationship with Tom ends in one section, but he’s referred to in later sections. This happens a couple more times as well. That said, I haven’t read a memoir in a while and am very used to linear timelines.

    The last section switches to third person (‘she’ instead of ‘I’). It reads well, but I must admit that I don’t understand the choice.

    Kelli’s high school experiences are nearly as far away from mine as they could be, so I didn’t find a lot in this zine to identify with in experiences, but I could certainly identify with the feelings of connecting to people and music. Besides, part of what makes people fascinating is their differences, and that’s a large part of why I like reading memoirs.

    That Girl started very sweetly and ended up being an interesting look into a world I know next to nothing about. A few people have commented that I don’t review a lot of punk zines on SGZ, and I’m glad to have had the opportunity to do so with this zine. Memoirs can be a little tricky in the recommending, but I think there’s a lot to appeal to a lot of different people – from punks to those who have fallen hard in love when they were young.

  • International Zine Month

    International Zine Month 2018 – Day 31 – HallowZine

    Ah, zine friends, here we come to my last post of the day, the last post of the month, and the last post for International Zine Month 2018.

    Today’s prompt is:

    Remember zines and zinesters that are no longer with us

    I count myself as very fortunate every year that this prompt passes and zine friends new and old are still around making zines. While I know that there will be sad times to deal with, I try not to think about it.

    When it comes to zines that are no longer with us, a few come to mind.

    Cats Not Kids – a series recent to my eyes – ended on the third issue. These things happen, of course, but I had already found so much in common with the zinemaker that I was sad to see it end.

    Comics and Beer also comes to mind as a series start that I really enjoyed… Alas, it remains (as far as I know) a one-off rather than a series.

    The biggest zine series that is always on my mind, however, and makes me feel sad that I didn’t find zines during its run is Factsheet Five. I’ve only ever seen pictures of it online, and the few listings that pop up on ebay every now and then are out of my financial reach. So I sigh and pout, and then remember to feel grateful for all the wonderful zinemakers, zines, and zine series that are still going.

    With that, zine friends, I bid you adieu for the month of July.

    ***

    List of activities: http://www.stolensharpierevolution.org/international-zine-month/
    Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/internationalzinemonth/

    Others Joining In :

    *Echo Publishing – https://echopublishing.wordpress.com
    *Feral Publications – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-dA2HTUon0
    *You?

  • International Zine Month

    International Zine Month 2018 – Day 30 – IZM2018

    Yesterday’s prompt:

    Write a letter or post about your IZM2018

    Oh, what a month it has been. I’m a bit stunned that we’re already to the end of it, to be honest.

    This has been such a lovely IZM. We got a new prompts list from Alex Wrekk, and I felt a lot more prepared for it in general despite the fact that I had a lot more on than in previous years.

    I didn’t quite do all the prompts, and I didn’t post all the days ON the days, but I’m still happy with how things went. I like how IZM incorporates so many facets of ‘zinedom’ from giving away and trading zines to zine libraries and distros. A hat tip to reviewers as well is quite nice. Haha.

    The big highlight of the month for me definitely had to be the 24 hour zine. It was very last minute on my part but ended up being so much fun. I’m usually very, very competitive with myself, but I don’t even mind that I didn’t quite manage to do it in 24 hours simply because I enjoyed the process so much.

    I enjoyed livestreaming, and I enjoyed taking page suggestions from whoever joined the livestream (who all get copies when they’re ready) because it turned it into a group project of sorts.

    Part of me is a bit sad that it took me so long to finally make a 24 hour zine, but mostly I am glad that I was able to experience it during IZM but also share it with others.

    I hope others have had a wonderful International Zine Month. I know it can mean a lot of emails coming into your inbox of blog posts, and it can feel like a lot to catch up on if you get behind. It’s all for the love of zines, however, and that is a wonderful thing.

    ***

    List of activities: http://www.stolensharpierevolution.org/international-zine-month/
    Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/internationalzinemonth/

    Others Joining In :

    *Echo Publishing – https://echopublishing.wordpress.com
    *Feral Publications – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-dA2HTUon0
    *You?

  • International Zine Month

    International Zine Month 2018 – Day 29 – Zine-fie

    Hello, wonderful zine friends, and welcome to the end of International Zine Month. I will be wrapping up the last few prompts today and giving IZM 2018 a big hug. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself! On to the prompts!

    Day 29’s prompt is:

    Take a photo of you with your zines

    The first thing I have to mention is that I forgot the ‘you’ part of this prompt. I’ve been going full steam ahead for days now with lots on, so when I realised my mistake, I figured I would just go ahead anyway.

    The other thing to note is… well… You may recall that on day 26, I organised my zine collection. What I’m not sure I clarified is that I was organising my collection of zines that I have read already.

    I have a few more zines that I haven’t read yet…

    That is my full collection. Hehe. Or rather, that and the picture below which is my Xerography Debt collection that sits in the shelves behind me in my YouTube videos.

    The zines in the black cube are the zines I’ve read. Going clockwise from that – the zines in the white basket with the red plaid material are the zines that are next up for reading and reviewing. The zines in the green box are zines that are next up for review but weren’t sent to me/bought with an expectation of review or specific review date. Finally, the zines in the black wire ‘basket’ are zines I have written review notes for that need to be typed up and put into reviews.

    Oof! I haven’t counted how many zines I have in total. I’m a little scared to. Haha.

    Xerography Debt collection along with a few others and a few zine books.

    There we have it! More to come. ^_^

    ***

    List of activities: http://www.stolensharpierevolution.org/international-zine-month/
    Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/internationalzinemonth/

    Others Joining In :

    *Echo Publishing – https://echopublishing.wordpress.com
    *Feral Publications – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-dA2HTUon0
    *You?

  • Happy Mail

    Happy Mail Monday – The Casual Edition

    Happy Mail Monday! This week, some gorgeous goodies have arrived in the post box. Zines galore!

    The sound is slightly weird this episode, but I’m hoping there’s not too much difference.

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    Thank you to the wonderful people who sent me mail:

    *Iestyn – https://www.instagram.com/iesorno
    *Ken Bausert – https://www.instagram.com/passcribe/
    *Natalie Michelle Watson – https://www.nataliemichellewatson.com

    Other Mentions:

    *Latibule – https://www.instagram.com/latibule_art/
    *The Zine Collector Episode 10 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8UOpyg6Pm8&t=25s
    *Paper Currency – https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/563721603/paper-currency-1-a-zine-about-zines
    *True Zine Marin

    ***

    My PO Box:

    Jaime Nyx
    PO Box 378
    Murray Bridge, SA 5253
    Australia

    ***

    You Can Find Me At:

    seagreenzines@gmail.com

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

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