“I know what I can do,” I thought. “How about a zine awards thingy?”
This may or may not have been fuelled by Australia’s Logies and the zine world’s Golden Stapler Awards.
As it turns out, the fun part was dumping out all of my zines onto my bed and sifting through them, remembering all the goodness. The hard part was organising them and trying to sort out which one is best in any given category. You know how much I adore zines, and I hadn’t thought of that before I started. Still, I thought it would be nice to highlight zines and their makers because recognition and acknowledgement are beautiful things.
Things to remember:
1. My apologies for the less than stellar photos. Some are old, some are new. I am looking at trying to get some sort of set up so I can take consistently good photos.
2. All this is completely out of my own head and on the fly. It’s meant to be a bit of fun.
3. Obviously various zines fit into more than one category. How they were sorted is all on me.
4. Keep in mind these are limited to the 100 zines I’ve reviewed. You can find the whole list: Zine Review Index
5. Picking out the ‘best’ stinks. I love them all!
Here we go!
Best Binding: Beer and Longing
I went back and forth on including this as a category, but it’s all a part of the art. Zines aren’t just about one thing, so it’s fair to point out things like amazing binding.
Best Zine With No Words: Plague
This is one of my earliest reviews, hence the less than awesome picture. A screenwriting class years later would help me to appreciate this zine and telling a story without words even more.
Best Mini-Zine: Shakespeare’s Lovers (All of them. I refuse to choose just one.)
Best Comic: You Don’t Know Me, Bus Driver Blues
I know what you’re thinking, but I couldn’t pick just one. You Don’t Know Me has such power behind the words, and Bus Driver Blues has a message I think we all need reminding of.
Plus, of course, they both have fantastic art!
Best Series: Pieces
No big surprise here, I imagine. There is a lot to be said for writing with an open heart and letting yourself show vulnerability.
Best Mental Health Zine: SAD
This was SUCH a hard category. Wow. In the end, I chose SAD/Sensitive Adult Daily because it accomplished so much in so little space in a way that was fun and memorable.
Best Mail Zine: Photocopy Press #2
I had more mail zines than I realised! Happy discovery. In the end, Photocopy Press won out because of the energy, ideas, and variety behind it. I really wish the series would have continued.
Best Fiction Zine: Mini-Moss Log/Dognapped
This is another category that was a tough one with a lot of great examples. I must say, though, that the way these stories tied together when I wasn’t expecting it whatsoever. Love it.
Best Perzine: The Third Biannual Mildly Informative Booklet Depicting Graphical Representations of General Occurrences and Observations
What can I say? An expression of life using graphs and charts? All the love.
Do I need to explain this one? Other than, ‘it gets even better on the inside’?
Best Anonymous/Secret/Confessions Zine: Zine Crush 3
There was so much to this zine, a variety I didn’t expect in the content, and it reminded me of why I love ‘confessionals’ and the like.
Best List Zine: Summer Goals List
From the paper to the printing to the fact that it’s a zine of lists…
Best Tongue-in-Cheek Zine: How to Talk to Your Cat About Abstinence
Another one I’m not sure I need to explain beyond the review itself. This zine lived up to all the hype.
Best Overall: Every Morning
I was so-so about picking a ‘best overall’ and giving the wrong impression, but there is a zine I keep coming back to when it comes to making me all kinds of happy on multiple levels. You can check out the review if you’d like to know exactly why. For this, I will say that time has not diminished my love for this zine.
Congratulations to all the fun zine people, for whatever these celebratory awards are worth. ^_^
Thank you to everyone who has sent me zines, responded to my reviews of zines, and who has otherwise supported me. This site makes me happy, but having people actually read it is fantastic. I hope that I’ve introduced you all to new/different zines and that I will be able to continue to do so.
Best wishes always,
How to Talk to Your Cat About Abstinence
The American Association of Patriots
I received this in an awesome package from my US friend, Black Wolf, but I can’t for the life of me find the post… Anyway.
I think this is one of the few zines that I have heard so much about that it risked not living up to how much it had been built up in my mind. Turns out I had nothing to worry about.
It’s hard to know where to start with this one because I want to write about everything at once. There’s just so much going on here.
How to Talk to Your Cat About Abstinence is a guide for parents of cats to help them talk to their cats about the importance of abstinence. On the surface, anyway. In reality, it is a very cheeky poke at the view that ‘no sex’ is the only way to keep the youth of today safe. It addresses questions like:
*Do I really need to talk to my cat about abstinence?
*What difficulties do kittens born from premarital sex face?
*What are other things I can do to safeguard the purity of my cat?
I like how this zine is printed on glossy paper – just like the information pamphlets you’d find in the doctor’s office (or other professional offices). Is it possible to have an ironic use of paper? I think so. It’s even full colour, sparing no expense over getting the word out about your cat.
Okay, so the obvious thing that I haven’t touched yet in this review is the actual content behind the content. Taking the topic of ‘abstinence only’ teaching with religious leanings is bound to get some people up in arms, and it’s not going to be nearly as funny to some as it is to me.
I’m not going to get into the issue itself, but I do think that putting the issue in this form this way is an excellent idea. It’s accessible, non-threatening…
And, if you want, you don’t have to think too hard, and you can get a good laugh.
I so very much want to read ‘How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety’ and ‘How To Talk To Your Cat About Evolution’.
I have been a very lucky little vegemite with the arrival of a care package from my soul-sister-from-another-mister, Dark Wolf, as well as some zine mail from a new zine friend! Check out the mail art action happening on the envelope from the new zine friend:
And a pic of the back of the envelope. Love it!
Because I took a few more pictures than usual of the zine goodness a la care package, I’m going to stick it behind a more tag…