• Zine Reviews

    Zine Review: Self-Care for Zinesters

    Self-Care for Zinesters
    Maranda Elizabeth
    https://marandaelizabeth.com

    Self-Care for Zinesters is a black and white A6 size zines about self-care for zinesters at zine events, on the road, and at home.

    I feel a little weird reviewing this zine because I remember reading the related blog post (https://marandaelizabeth.com/2013/01/03/self-care-for-zinesters/) before I went to my very first zine fest, and it feels like reviewing something that’s famous. Alas, here we go.

    Self-Care for Zinesters opens with an intro by Maranda in which they talk about their labels (mental health, etc). I had just started thinking, “This is especially important in a zine like this so you know where they are coming from” and Maranda actually writes:

    “I’m prefacing all this with a bunch of labels I’ve applied to myself so you have an idea of where I’m coming from, and what my experiences might be like.”

    If that’s not a good start, I don’t know what is. Haha.

    Maranda goes on to discuss ‘zinester life’ and how many zinemakers feel overwhelmed and overstimulated at zine events (me, too!). From there, they go into self-care tips for zinesters on the road, at zine events, and zinesters at home. With tips like finding out what the coffee situation is and writing things down, I kept finding myself nodding along and thinking, “Yes! That’s so important!”

    I feel like the blog post came into my life at just the right time, and now this zine has done the same. The zine had more than I thought it would be, and many of the things – especially self-care at home – struck a chord with me.

    Writing for friendship was an especially sweet section in which Maranda writes about intimidation – a feeling many of us have felt even in the zine world with people who seem more ___ than you/your zines. Maranda recommended making friends with those who intimidate you. I actually ended up taking that advice and have been delighted with the friendships that have emerged.

    All up, this is a great zine, and I highly recommend it.

    PS. I hope no one is intimidated by me! You can always say hello.

  • Calls for Submissions

    Call for Submissions: All In Your Head Issue 8: To The Bone

    [Image Description: drawing of a skeleton arching their back and tilting head backward. Text reads: call for submissions. Issue #8: To The Bone”]

    Call for Submissions!

    All in Your Head is a queer/feminist traditional cut-and-paste style zine with a focus on LGBTQIA neurodivergent and disabled activists, zinesters, artists, and authors, sponsored by GlitterWurst Zine Distro. Our zine operates on the following *principles:

    1.) social inequality and injustice exists [racism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, cissexism to name a few];
    2.) disability, neurodiversity can be understood as a viable form of human difference that intersects with/is shaped by systems of dominance;
    3.) claims that there is a “normal” bodymind can have damaging and harmful effects (physically/emotionally/spiritually) and are partly shaped by current social/cultural values and white western colonial histories;
    4.) neuroqueer and disabled people must navigate cultural taboos, move among complex institutions and systems of care and negotiate conflicting ideas of “wellness/illness,“ “silence/disclosure,” “visibility/invisibility;” “dis/ability” and more
    5.) most importantly, our stories matter. (*this list is by no means exhaustive)

    We are seeking submissions for issue #8 of All in Your Head: TO THE BONE: OUR QUEER CRIP BODIES, OURSELVES. We accept many kinds of submissions including but not limited to: essays, short stories, poems, personal narratives, manifestos, rants, drawings, doodles, illustrations, photography, collage, book or movie reviews (related to the theme), song lyrics, playlists, short plays/monologues and more! We resist the notion that there is such as thing as a “good writer/good artist” and seek to dismantle, critique, and challenge that “good writing/good art” means from a queer, disabled, neurodivergent perspective.

    Some possible topics for TO THE BONE may include:
    -Reclaiming and living in our bodies which exist at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, disability, size, and a multitude of other differences.
    -Visceral knowing, alternative modes of thinking, perceiving, feeling via a queer crip, neuroqueer bodymind.
    -Queer disabled engagements with artistic or spiritual bodily movement and practice such as: dance, yoga, theater, slam poetry, film, singing (and others!).
    -Critiques of and engagements with the notion of “transcending disability.”
    -Explorations of the mindbody split trough the lens of disability.
    -Analyses of disability, passing, and embodiment.
    -The rhetoric of “loss” and disabled embodiment (i.e.: “sight loss,” “loss of limbs”).
    -Queer disability, pleasure, body erotics.

    *Deadline: February 28th, 2018
    *Send submission and bio to: allinyourheadzine@gmail.com
    *Please limit your submissions to approximately 1500 words and/or send high quality images of your artwork/photography. *We enthusiastically welcome and prioritize submissions by queer, trans, and disabled IPOC.

    All contributors will receive a free copy in the mail!

  • Calls for Submissions

    Call for Submissions: All In Your Head Issue 8: To The Bone

    [Image Description: drawing of a skeleton arching their back and tilting head backward. Text reads: call for submissions. Issue #8: To The Bone”]

    Call for Submissions!

    All in Your Head is a queer/feminist traditional cut-and-paste style zine with a focus on LGBTQIA neurodivergent and disabled activists, zinesters, artists, and authors, sponsored by GlitterWurst Zine Distro. Our zine operates on the following *principles:

    1.) social inequality and injustice exists [racism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, cissexism to name a few];
    2.) disability, neurodiversity can be understood as a viable form of human difference that intersects with/is shaped by systems of dominance;
    3.) claims that there is a “normal” bodymind can have damaging and harmful effects (physically/emotionally/spiritually) and are partly shaped by current social/cultural values and white western colonial histories;
    4.) neuroqueer and disabled people must navigate cultural taboos, move among complex institutions and systems of care and negotiate conflicting ideas of “wellness/illness,“ “silence/disclosure,” “visibility/invisibility;” “dis/ability” and more
    5.) most importantly, our stories matter. (*this list is by no means exhaustive)

    We are seeking submissions for issue #8 of All in Your Head: TO THE BONE: OUR QUEER CRIP BODIES, OURSELVES. We accept many kinds of submissions including but not limited to: essays, short stories, poems, personal narratives, manifestos, rants, drawings, doodles, illustrations, photography, collage, book or movie reviews (related to the theme), song lyrics, playlists, short plays/monologues and more! We resist the notion that there is such as thing as a “good writer/good artist” and seek to dismantle, critique, and challenge that “good writing/good art” means from a queer, disabled, neurodivergent perspective.

    Some possible topics for TO THE BONE may include:
    -Reclaiming and living in our bodies which exist at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, disability, size, and a multitude of other differences.
    -Visceral knowing, alternative modes of thinking, perceiving, feeling via a queer crip, neuroqueer bodymind.
    -Queer disabled engagements with artistic or spiritual bodily movement and practice such as: dance, yoga, theater, slam poetry, film, singing (and others!).
    -Critiques of and engagements with the notion of “transcending disability.”
    -Explorations of the mindbody split trough the lens of disability.
    -Analyses of disability, passing, and embodiment.
    -The rhetoric of “loss” and disabled embodiment (i.e.: “sight loss,” “loss of limbs”).
    -Queer disability, pleasure, body erotics.

    *Deadline: February 28th, 2018
    *Send submission and bio to: allinyourheadzine@gmail.com
    *Please limit your submissions to approximately 1500 words and/or send high quality images of your artwork/photography. *We enthusiastically welcome and prioritize submissions by queer, trans, and disabled IPOC.

    All contributors will receive a free copy in the mail!

  • Calls for Submissions

    Call for Submissions: All In Your Head Issue 8: To The Bone

    [Image Description: drawing of a skeleton arching their back and tilting head backward. Text reads: call for submissions. Issue #8: To The Bone”]

    Call for Submissions!

    All in Your Head is a queer/feminist traditional cut-and-paste style zine with a focus on LGBTQIA neurodivergent and disabled activists, zinesters, artists, and authors, sponsored by GlitterWurst Zine Distro. Our zine operates on the following *principles:

    1.) social inequality and injustice exists [racism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, cissexism to name a few];
    2.) disability, neurodiversity can be understood as a viable form of human difference that intersects with/is shaped by systems of dominance;
    3.) claims that there is a “normal” bodymind can have damaging and harmful effects (physically/emotionally/spiritually) and are partly shaped by current social/cultural values and white western colonial histories;
    4.) neuroqueer and disabled people must navigate cultural taboos, move among complex institutions and systems of care and negotiate conflicting ideas of “wellness/illness,“ “silence/disclosure,” “visibility/invisibility;” “dis/ability” and more
    5.) most importantly, our stories matter. (*this list is by no means exhaustive)

    We are seeking submissions for issue #8 of All in Your Head: TO THE BONE: OUR QUEER CRIP BODIES, OURSELVES. We accept many kinds of submissions including but not limited to: essays, short stories, poems, personal narratives, manifestos, rants, drawings, doodles, illustrations, photography, collage, book or movie reviews (related to the theme), song lyrics, playlists, short plays/monologues and more! We resist the notion that there is such as thing as a “good writer/good artist” and seek to dismantle, critique, and challenge that “good writing/good art” means from a queer, disabled, neurodivergent perspective.

    Some possible topics for TO THE BONE may include:
    -Reclaiming and living in our bodies which exist at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, disability, size, and a multitude of other differences.
    -Visceral knowing, alternative modes of thinking, perceiving, feeling via a queer crip, neuroqueer bodymind.
    -Queer disabled engagements with artistic or spiritual bodily movement and practice such as: dance, yoga, theater, slam poetry, film, singing (and others!).
    -Critiques of and engagements with the notion of “transcending disability.”
    -Explorations of the mindbody split trough the lens of disability.
    -Analyses of disability, passing, and embodiment.
    -The rhetoric of “loss” and disabled embodiment (i.e.: “sight loss,” “loss of limbs”).
    -Queer disability, pleasure, body erotics.

    *Deadline: February 28th, 2018
    *Send submission and bio to: allinyourheadzine@gmail.com
    *Please limit your submissions to approximately 1500 words and/or send high quality images of your artwork/photography. *We enthusiastically welcome and prioritize submissions by queer, trans, and disabled IPOC.

    All contributors will receive a free copy in the mail!

  • Calls for Submissions

    Call for Submissions: All In Your Head Issue 8: To The Bone

    [Image Description: drawing of a skeleton arching their back and tilting head backward. Text reads: call for submissions. Issue #8: To The Bone”]

    Call for Submissions!

    All in Your Head is a queer/feminist traditional cut-and-paste style zine with a focus on LGBTQIA neurodivergent and disabled activists, zinesters, artists, and authors, sponsored by GlitterWurst Zine Distro. Our zine operates on the following *principles:

    1.) social inequality and injustice exists [racism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, cissexism to name a few];
    2.) disability, neurodiversity can be understood as a viable form of human difference that intersects with/is shaped by systems of dominance;
    3.) claims that there is a “normal” bodymind can have damaging and harmful effects (physically/emotionally/spiritually) and are partly shaped by current social/cultural values and white western colonial histories;
    4.) neuroqueer and disabled people must navigate cultural taboos, move among complex institutions and systems of care and negotiate conflicting ideas of “wellness/illness,“ “silence/disclosure,” “visibility/invisibility;” “dis/ability” and more
    5.) most importantly, our stories matter. (*this list is by no means exhaustive)

    We are seeking submissions for issue #8 of All in Your Head: TO THE BONE: OUR QUEER CRIP BODIES, OURSELVES. We accept many kinds of submissions including but not limited to: essays, short stories, poems, personal narratives, manifestos, rants, drawings, doodles, illustrations, photography, collage, book or movie reviews (related to the theme), song lyrics, playlists, short plays/monologues and more! We resist the notion that there is such as thing as a “good writer/good artist” and seek to dismantle, critique, and challenge that “good writing/good art” means from a queer, disabled, neurodivergent perspective.

    Some possible topics for TO THE BONE may include:
    -Reclaiming and living in our bodies which exist at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, disability, size, and a multitude of other differences.
    -Visceral knowing, alternative modes of thinking, perceiving, feeling via a queer crip, neuroqueer bodymind.
    -Queer disabled engagements with artistic or spiritual bodily movement and practice such as: dance, yoga, theater, slam poetry, film, singing (and others!).
    -Critiques of and engagements with the notion of “transcending disability.”
    -Explorations of the mindbody split trough the lens of disability.
    -Analyses of disability, passing, and embodiment.
    -The rhetoric of “loss” and disabled embodiment (i.e.: “sight loss,” “loss of limbs”).
    -Queer disability, pleasure, body erotics.

    *Deadline: February 28th, 2018
    *Send submission and bio to: allinyourheadzine@gmail.com
    *Please limit your submissions to approximately 1500 words and/or send high quality images of your artwork/photography. *We enthusiastically welcome and prioritize submissions by queer, trans, and disabled IPOC.

    All contributors will receive a free copy in the mail!

  • Happy Mail

    Happy Zine Mail Monday!

    It’s that time again, and you know how much I love mail…

    http://giphy.com/gifs/rainbow-lol-gif-vomit-LwIw5RCH3hwGc

    I am so lucky to have received such great mail. Talk about making my days happy through postal generosity.

    The first is Wanderluster Zine #1 (I do love it when I can start with the very first zine in a series).

    Wanderluster Zine 1

    I saw these at the Festival of the Photocopier just as I realised that I’d run out of money. Boo. But I managed to snag myself a copy on the Wanderluster Etsy shop.

    As you can imagine, I love zines about mail.

    Next, Fishspit surprised me by sending the latest issue of his zine Wiseblood. (To check out my reviews of a couple of his zines, take a look at my Zine Review Index.)

    WiseBlood Zine Mail

    I have to say, his mail/envelope art is probably the most unique that I’ve ever had the pleasure of receiving.

    Wise Blood Mail Art 1

    WiseBlood Mail Art 2

    Last but definitely not least, we have a long-awaited pack of EPIC zine mail goodness from Billy da Bunny!

    Billy da Bunny Zine Mail

    There is so much going on in this post goodness that I can hardly contain myself. The zine “A Good Place to Start” is one I contributed to along with zinesters around the world. This issue is about local music. I’m proud to say that I got Billy hooked on some local Australian fare.

    There’s also a note from Billy, a copy of his zine “Proof I Exist”, some stickers and such, AND *drumroll*…

    Zinester Trading Cards

    Zinester trading cards! Billy’s brain baby of zinester trading cards had me from the get go, and I was lucky enough to get a trading card of me in as part of the series!

    And now I have them all! Mwhahahahaha.

    Ahem.

    Billy did have sets in his Etsy store, but you might have to get in contact if you want some as they aren’t listed at the moment.

    Amazing mail week indeed! Love, love, love it. No chocolate, but the world can’t be perfect. 😉

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