A compilation of stories about friendship. "Stories and comics about friendships lost, about the difficulties of making new friends as an adult, about creating solid friendships, about friends as intentional community and so much more."
Quiet Riot: aka: The Shy Sober Kid Zine
A compilation of stories from people about shyness, anxiety, being sober, and finding ways to cultivate joy and confidence, self-awareness, and more.
Dig Deep #6
A new issue of this great zine by Heather who is one of the organizers of the Chicago Zine fest, and runs the Stranger Danger distro. It's about figuring out what matters in life and how to honr those things... including stories about growing older and growing into self; friends and zine fests, why you make things, street harassment (yelling "EWW GROSS..." right in a harassers face).
These Tiny Infinite Things: An Inquiry into Names and Re-naming
a book of 18 interviews / a collection of conversations with people about names and renaming: why people change their names, how name connects to identity and the cultures the people are connected to, and so much more. It's super interesting.
Everyday Magic #2: between
magic, oppression, white supremacy, ritual healing, capitalism, queers, apocalypse, bodies, betwixt.
Deafula #6 tour stories
Kerri goes on zine tour with 3 other awsome zinestresses. Stories about places they went, people they met, readings, collectives, being on the panel at the Chicago Zine Fest, and reflections on the challenges of hearing people being in constant accomodation-mode. and sweet things that people did: someone giving her their zine and telling her which part they were going to read so she could read along; friends shining their phone on their lips when they're talking in the dark so she can read their lips.
Deafula #7: welcome to deafula
Disability and accesibility in our communities.
Transplants: Sowing the Seed of Gender in the Garden
"A working curriculum, aimed at young people, seeking to incorporate conversations about gender oppression into a gardent/farm education context. What stories do the plants we work with tell us? What clues to human nature and human history can we fine in them? How can plants teach us to honor the inherent magic within each individual living being on earth?" Includes: Guidelines: Learning the History: Making the Connections: Generating Common Language around Gender: Using Plants to tell Stories: Activities: Resources.
Imaginary Windows #4
Bike stories, figuring out how to be their queer high-femme self and perform gender while also riding thier bike, getting stronger, mapping the city, femme invisibility; and a bunch of other interesting stuff: mail being delivered by pneumatic tubes, sound art, receipes, the artist Tanyth Berkeley. I love this kind of eclectic zine. My favorite kind.
Imaginary Windows #6
My favorite kind of zine, good writing and lots of topics: living in New Zealand and Halifax, handstands and circuses, femme identity and being genderqueer. Angela Carter, Lynda Barry (my favorite artist!), fermentation, tarot.
The Seams and the Story Goodbye to All That
One of my current favorites: Tompkins Square Park, Ragtime, growing up in NYC.
Mental Health Cookbook: Creating Connection with Food and Herbs
Thick and beautiful zine that is much more than a cookbook. Chapters are: Back to Basics. Live Foods. Cultured Foods. Wild Foods. Medicinal Herbs. Good policital anaysis and thoughts about how healing acts can strengthen our ability to do the work of social change. The live foods section has sprouting directions, which I used to delicious results. The cultivated foods has a good section on city gardening and composting. Written by the author of "Everyday Magic."
Laid Stuff I wish I'd known about SEX before I started having it
mini zine about exactly what it says it's about, written by Sarah who wrote "Dangerous Damsels" (and a bunch of zines below). Info on masturbation, your first time, sex feeling good and how it doesn't always feel good, learning to communicate, self image, saying no, being queer, and more. Tons of stuff piled into this tiny little zine.
Better Days: Stuff that helps with all this anxiety
cute drawings chronically the things sarah does to help with anxiety, from holding her pet hedgehog to staying up late, to focusing on a friend, finding some structure, and more. Inspiring. Makes me want to make one too.
Tazewell's Favorite Eccentric #16: Saying Goodbye
Stories about growing up in Tazewell (rural) Virginia, and recounting her 23 year long friendship with her best friend - starting at age 10, some really funny stories, some really sad. I love thinking about knowing someone for that long, and tracing back your life in connection with a friend like that.
No Gods No Mattress #22: what grew in the place of my losses
Super thick, like 114 pages, new issue! Being a goth, witchy abuse survivor traveling and hitchhiking around through LA, Joshua Tree, Flagstaff, Tucson, Miami Beach, Lake Worth and more! learning about desert plants, heartbreak, dancing, the similarity between being posi and being in denial, healing, warmpth, abandon mansions, adventures, old friends and new.
Safe Home #1: Thoughts and Stories about home and friendship
A new zine by Sarah of Tazewell's... This issues is about finding a way to make a Safe Home in Philladelphia, after growing up in one that wasn't. about how scary it was to move to a city, trying to find ways to fit in or find people to relate to, working as a professional balloon artist and dating girls. "May be the safest homes are communities based on mutual support and respect..." finding a life that she never knew she could want because she didn't know it existed.
A Practical Guide to Fighting Monsters: winning against the enemies of your heart and your head.
I love this zine. Each page is a funny picture of a monster, what it does, what it's weakness is, and a quote. Like Blue Phunk, N. Sentient, Toady Brownnoser, Vex Tantrum. Super funny and good way to identify problematic self tendencies and how to combat them with humor.
Summertime "Summertime: A Graphic Novella in 4 parts, is a beautiful, heartbreaking and redemptive tale of sex, violence, punk, love, self-destruction and survival. Not to mentions Ginas drawings, all skillfully done in ball-point pen are just plain awe inspiring." review from Mend My Dress website, I agree!
It's Alright: A Truckface Anthology v. 2
Everyone thinking of becoming a highschool teacher should read this anthology! "Through strikes, standardized testing, violence, bouffant wigs, school closings, and drawings of wieners, Truckface documents the life of one Chicago public school teacher. Simultaneously hopeful and hopeless, this volume contains Issues 12-16" (from MMD website).
It's Alright: A Truckface Anthology v. 1
I don't think I had ever read the earlier issues of one of my favorite zines. I only knew LB after they became a teacher. This book chronicals her messy, messed up, disgusing, beautiful life. "From scooping chicken salads to selling clothes to shelving books to teacher training, Truckface details years of embarrassment and missteps.This volume contains stories of rowdy backyard brawls, awful customer service, awkward social interactions, underpants dance parties, staying angry and learning how to try.