• Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: Catzine 2

    Catzine 2
    Fafa Jaepelt & Others
    https://www.instagram.com/fafapelts/
    https://www.instagram.com/catarinacomixfestival/

    Catzine 2 is an A5 black and white comic zine featuring cats!

    Also, it’s in Portuguese.

    Despite me not knowing a word of Portuguese, Henry and Fafa were kind enough to send me Catzine 1, and I absolutely loved it. Lo and behold, here is Catzine 2, and I am loving it even more! (Though if there is a Catzine 3, I think I should start learning Portuguese, yes?)

    I’ve enjoyed making a little game of ‘what does it actually mean’ in which I look at a comic, guess what it’s about, and then translate the words to see if I’m right. I did pause once, though, and laughed at the whole delay involved in getting to the punchline when you have to type each bit into Google translate.

    The comic wasn’t all laughs, however. There is one comic about being in the moment with those you love while they are around that really broke my heart. The art was so good that I didn’t need translate all that much to understand the story.

    Like with Catzine 1, the art is fantastic. I love the variety, but I also noticed more of Fafa’s art involved, which is absolutely good by me. I also liked the little touches like printing on cream paper instead of white and vellum acting as an inner cover.

    When you love something, you love something, and I love cats. I hope Catzine 3 exists or is on its way. If you love cats, check out this zine.

  • Announcements,  Zine Reviews

    200th Zine Review Celebration Awards: I Read a Zine, And I Liked It

    Wonderful, beloved zine friends. I’m so happy to be creating this post.

    It’s that time again – a time that probably isn’t familiar to a lot of you. When I reached my 100th review in May 2016, I felt inspired by the Golden Stapler Awards and celebrated by awarding zines with titles like ‘best binding’ and ‘funniest zine’.

    (100th Zine Review Celebration Awards: All You Need is Zine Love)

    I hit my 200th zine reviewed a few months ago, but with everything that was going on, I wasn’t able to get to things until now. I still wasn’t sure whether I would do this, but I do love sharing my zine enthusiasm and celebrating fun and cool zines.

    Things to remember:

    1. My apologies for any less than stellar photos.
    2. This is only meant to be a bit of fun.
    3. Zines often fit into more than one category. How they were sorted is all on me.
    4. Keep in mind these are limited to the second lot of 100 zines I’ve reviewed – roughly from May 2016 to July 2017. You can find the whole list: Zine Review Index
    5. Picking out the ‘best’ stinks. I love them all!

    Let’s do this.

    (I’m putting everything after a more tag because there are a lot of images.)

  • Happy Mail

    Happy Mail: Pins and Keychains Edition

    Happy Mail!

    Yesterday was one heck of a day, so today we have happy mail on Tuesday. And oh the happy mail!

    Isn’t this envelope amazing?! Emma from Puddleside Musings impressed everyone who saw it with this gorgeous envelope.

    The lady at the post office handed it over to me very slowly (as she stared at it), and we both admired it right there at the counter for a while. 😀 So gorgeous. I think I am going to be relaxing with some colouring tonight.

    Inside the gorgeous envelope came some lovely bits and bobs – and a postcard I can colour! – out of Flow magazine. Squee! The 30-Day Notebook is a question-a-day booklet that asks about goals and dreams. Definitely welcome timing given all I want to accomplish next month!

    Take a look at this! It’s a pop up page like the books you used to read in school. The quote is so working for me in so many ways, but the writer’s theme is lovely too as I try (repeatedly) to scratch out the beginning chapters of my next novel!

    Thank you so, so much Emma! Your timing and the smiles you’ve given me are more well timed than I can say right now.

    The Life and Times of Billy Roberts! I’m pretty sure I say this every time I get a new issue of this, but I think more people should do this! It’s the family Christmas letter without the Christmas and, well, the boring bits. I adore that Billy does this and am so sad to hear that this series is soon coming to an end. Get in contact with Billy and get your hands on them while you can!

    Oooo, I have been eagerly awaiting this package for a while now! Happy mail from Fishspit! There are so many cute goodies – including Fishspits very first collab zine with Dystatic!

    Fishspit once again proves that he simply cannot resist sending things in plain envelopes. Simply not done! I save all of Fishspit’s envelopes and take them out to look at sometimes.

    A close up in case you were wondering what it said.

    How cute is this cat keychain?! I nearly forgot to take a picture of it because I stuck it on my house keys straight away. The little bell jingles louder than you would thing. As for the little plate that says Memory… Well, I think I’ll leave that as an inside joke. 😉 So cute!

    Four pins! I am slowly but surely creating a collection of pins, and look at these new additions! I love that he’s taken the art from one of his zines and made it his zine icon – and then turned that into a button! (I really need to get a button machine.)

    Last but definitely not least, the next issue of Wiseblood. It still boggles my mind that Fishspit has been making zines longer than I’ve been alive. May I be the mind-boggler to some young zinemaker someday!

    ***

    Thank you with absolutely all of my heart to those who send me mail. You brighten my little world bubble more than I could ever properly express with words.

    That’s all for me today. I hope everyone has had a great start to the week, and if you haven’t, that it gets better in a hurry!

  • Happy Mail

    Happy Mail Monday – Overwhelmed by Generosity Edition

    This week has been a happy week for happy mail indeed! Cute envelopes, shiny envelopes, letters, zines, and even an interesting heart sketch have made my post box and my life a better place!

    Kendy P aka MissMuffcake sent me copies of The Stay at Home Girlfriend and her latest mini-zine! I feel so bad because the postage is so atrocious, but I am so, so thankful for zines in a zine series I love!

    I had to take a picture of the envelope alone because it’s so cute! There’s even a kitty sketched on the front!

    Happy mail from Germany in a shiny green envelope! I know, I know. Plenty of jokes to be made about Nyx loving shiny things. ^_^ Now a more spread out pic of the zines:

    Queer Marshmallow of Queer Trash Distro saw my bullet journal zine on Instagram, and we set up a trade! We’ve both been rather short of spoons lately, so it took a little while, but it happened. Haha.

    I am so thrilled. QM did not tell me that I would be receiving so many zines. What a wonderful surprise!

    This was a great surprise in my post box today. A completely unexpected envie of happy mail all the way from the UK! Chloe Henderson sent art, zines, postcards, and a flier as well. I like seeing all the different ways people get the word out about their zines, art, and work.

    And yes, that heart is exactly what you think it is. Hehehehe. I get to colour it in, too!

    Chris has become one if the most prolific penpals I have ever had! There’s something lovely about settling into a cosy chair and reading a nice long letter.

    ***

    That’s all the mail for this week. Heaps! Seeing all the fun mail art, the colours, and all of that stuff makes me want to start making happy mail videos so I can better show everything off. If you think that would be fun, please let me know!

    As always, I hope you are all having a wonderful week.

    ***

    Mail Note:

    It’s a bit early, but I figure I should start getting the word out sooner rather than later… I’m moving later this year (late August or September). I will be setting up a new post box as soon as I can in the new location, but as we get closer (starting beginning of August-ish?), you may want to hold off on sending mail. I will get a redirect and everything set up, but I’m a smidge anxious about the whole thing.

  • Off Topic

    Now for Something Completely Different – Kitten Academy Livestream!

    It’s 4.20pm, and the day has completely gotten away from me thanks to a dodgy internet connection and tasks that I have to do whether I like it or not.

    Grump grump.

    So here’s something different. Because life can’t always be about what you want it to be, but you can livestream kittens while you’re living it.

  • Calls for Submissions

    Call for Submissions: Cat & Dog Zine

    pawprints

    Looking for:
    *stories (up to 500 words)
    *poems (page in length)
    *artwork
    *love letters

    Topics may include:
    -how they came to be in your life
    -their therapeutic presence
    – how they help ease your anxiety, depression and provide comfort
    -the special bond you share
    -their unconditional love
    -the playful/weird/cute things they do
    -if they are a service dog/cat
    -if they have a physical disability, mental illness and/or health issues
    -do you refer to them as your: pet, baby/child/family, companion, friend/best friend, room mate, healer, etc.
    -if you have more than one cat or dog
    -anything else you wish to share about them

    Contributors will receive a free issue of the zine upon completion.
    If interested, email Xyendrarocks44@hotmail.com

  • Calls for Submissions

    Call for Submissions: Cat & Dog Zine

    pawprints

    Looking for:
    *stories (up to 500 words)
    *poems (page in length)
    *artwork
    *love letters

    Topics may include:
    -how they came to be in your life
    -their therapeutic presence
    – how they help ease your anxiety, depression and provide comfort
    -the special bond you share
    -their unconditional love
    -the playful/weird/cute things they do
    -if they are a service dog/cat
    -if they have a physical disability, mental illness and/or health issues
    -do you refer to them as your: pet, baby/child/family, companion, friend/best friend, room mate, healer, etc.
    -if you have more than one cat or dog
    -anything else you wish to share about them

    Contributors will receive a free issue of the zine upon completion.
    If interested, email Xyendrarocks44@hotmail.com

  • Calls for Submissions

    Call for Submissions: Cat & Dog Zine

    pawprints

    Looking for:
    *stories (up to 500 words)
    *poems (page in length)
    *artwork
    *love letters

    Topics may include:
    -how they came to be in your life
    -their therapeutic presence
    – how they help ease your anxiety, depression and provide comfort
    -the special bond you share
    -their unconditional love
    -the playful/weird/cute things they do
    -if they are a service dog/cat
    -if they have a physical disability, mental illness and/or health issues
    -do you refer to them as your: pet, baby/child/family, companion, friend/best friend, room mate, healer, etc.
    -if you have more than one cat or dog
    -anything else you wish to share about them

    Contributors will receive a free issue of the zine upon completion.
    If interested, email Xyendrarocks44@hotmail.com

  • Calls for Submissions

    Call for Submissions: Cat & Dog Zine

    pawprints

    Looking for:
    *stories (up to 500 words)
    *poems (page in length)
    *artwork
    *love letters

    Topics may include:
    -how they came to be in your life
    -their therapeutic presence
    – how they help ease your anxiety, depression and provide comfort
    -the special bond you share
    -their unconditional love
    -the playful/weird/cute things they do
    -if they are a service dog/cat
    -if they have a physical disability, mental illness and/or health issues
    -do you refer to them as your: pet, baby/child/family, companion, friend/best friend, room mate, healer, etc.
    -if you have more than one cat or dog
    -anything else you wish to share about them

    Contributors will receive a free issue of the zine upon completion.
    If interested, email Xyendrarocks44@hotmail.com

  • Calls for Submissions

    Call for Submissions: Cat & Dog Zine

    pawprints

    Looking for:
    *stories (up to 500 words)
    *poems (page in length)
    *artwork
    *love letters

    Topics may include:
    -how they came to be in your life
    -their therapeutic presence
    – how they help ease your anxiety, depression and provide comfort
    -the special bond you share
    -their unconditional love
    -the playful/weird/cute things they do
    -if they are a service dog/cat
    -if they have a physical disability, mental illness and/or health issues
    -do you refer to them as your: pet, baby/child/family, companion, friend/best friend, room mate, healer, etc.
    -if you have more than one cat or dog
    -anything else you wish to share about them

    Contributors will receive a free issue of the zine upon completion.
    If interested, email Xyendrarocks44@hotmail.com

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