Intense zine about having being stalked, 15 years after having being sexually assaulted and stalked by the person. Ways he manipulated her when she was 19; being a survivor, and the way the manipulation makes it hard to know No -- how saying No is no longer empowering when it has been said so many times -- how difficult it becomes to know what is normal or appropriate behavior. Working and taking steps to feel safe in spite of his return to stalking, including telling her boss and making a plan for if he showed up there. "The more people I tell, the safer I am.
Cometbus #56: A Bestiary of Booksellers
A giant new issue of Cometbus, with each chapter obstensibly about another NY bookseller, but about way more than that, of course. Somehow it brings all Aaron's obsessions together: community, urban anthropology, books, girls, tradition, creating our own lives outside social views of "success," code names, being remembered, being forgotten, the artist and the underground, and a ton of weird, funny slights and jokes that I always wonder if other people understand. I love this issue.
First Tour Problems
Ever wondering what it's like to be a girl and tour-manager and sound person for a metal-core band? Here you go. Pretty interesting, way more interesting than a regular tour diary because it's about way more.
Make All Good Things Fall Apart #1
Written by Geoff (Nobody cares) and Clemintine (Sea Witch) this zine is an "invitation for further exploration, honesty, communication and dialoge" around drug and alcohol addiction. Both writers are sober addicts, reflecting on their own past use and the implications it had on their lives. Includes thoughtful questions about your relationship to substances, including questions about the criminilization of certain types of addicts. Trauma and triggers. Being starved of "the right to envision and experience sexuality as sane and safe, as wild and mine..." Healing.
Make All Good Things Fall Apart #2
"...part of the ongoing conversation around addiction, intoxication culture and accessiblity." includes articles "drinking the glue that holds us together," about politically and critically analyzing intoxication culture, and how it's about more than creating sober spaces; intoxication and (lack of) consent; and more.
Hoax #10: feminisms and embodiments
"How are class, gender, race and other identity markers represented within and by our physical bodies? How can we controt our bodies to navigate our enviornments in ways that feel affirmative and safe? What does it look like to fully embody the values of anti-capitalist, anti-racist, queer, feminsit praxis? How are the body and the mind interconnected and what strategies can we employ to heal both simultaneously?..." Another thick, full issue of this great feminist compilation zine
Seawitch #1 - 6
A beautiful zines of stories made with "love hope and courage".. "This zine contains discussion of addiction/alcoholism, ptsd, depression, self-injury, trauma, violence and child abuse." Includes stories about trying to make friends, being afraid to make friends. Polyamoury and trust. Queerness and playing with identity. Femme as a feeling and loving the different ways of femme. Learning new habits. Finding safty in the wilderness escaping from the house of incest. Witchiness and paganism, and what does it mean to be witches on colonized land.
Nobody Cares: Pieces to Pathways
Being a sober queer addict, and wanting people to know that sober queers do exist, it is a possiblity. Mixing: being vegetarian with eating Fillipino food, having PTSD and Amphetamine induced persistent psychosis with working to focus enough to read -- being a visual learner -- discovering their writing voice, mixing selfies and theory of the body.
Beast Grrl #1 - 4
Created by a group of teenage girls in Balitmore, this zine is strong and powerful, including a manifesto of feminism which prioratizes connecting with other girls with support, articles, stories and art about women in history, youth activism, body image and more
How to Sleep
A guide to sleeping. If you want to sleep better, remember your dreams, wake without an alarm, grow in self-awareness... this zine has ideas. About sleeping, awareness, creating space inside and outside ourselves. It's more than a practical guide, but I'm not really sure how to describe it.