Sunday, November 6, 2011

new zines

Stunned Lungs
If you have ever read the poet Shannon Olds, you know how poetry can tell a story stronger than a story itself. That's what this zine is like. If you like poetry at all, you should get this. It is amazing. The poems tell a story of their mothers home a feeling of vertigo and suffocation; a story of body and sex, and such deep everything you really must read it.

You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania #4
Really open discussion of relationship stuff that a lot of us go through - trying to break the cycle of managing the pain of breaking up by finding a new relationship. The identity crisis that can happen when you identify as queer but your relationship is seen by the world as hetero. Coming out as trans and the lack of support within some feminist circles, support from zine readers and their partner, and asking friends to use nutral pronouns.

You've got a Friend in Pennsylvania #5
Working in an organic produce packing coop and dealing with racism and sexism, being trans but not out at work, learning to pick your battles.

Telegram Ma'am
I wish Miranda lived here so we could be friends and have writing group together. Their Ine is the kind of zine that made me want to start writing zines in the first place. They write about their personal experiences with enough distance and care that they become not purging, but rather small maps that can help us to look at our own lives and the beauty of how we survive and become more fully the people we want to become.

Telegram Ma'am: Stealing Lilacs
Miranda talks about really serious things with such honest and enough humor to make it joyful to read even when it is about being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, spending time in a treatment center for anxiety and depression, getting sober, coming out as gender queer. There's a great article called "Be Your Own Therapist," which discusses creativity, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, the ER, and letting go.

Moon Root: an exploration of Asian Womyn's Bodies
issue #1. Seven writers explore, in verse, story and essay issues of body, history, assimilation, racism, politics and family and secrets and queerness and gender and identity and more. Super beautiful and powerful work!

Ship of Fools
I love this comic zine! I like how each issue gets more complex, both drawings and content, just like life.

Hoax #5: Feminism and Community
Exploring the topic of community. Articles about Queer land movements, dealing with being jealous of other girls, "Saved By Rock and Roll", The International Girl Gang Undergound, supporting emerging feminists, and much more

Figure 8
I am so happy to finally be carrying this zine in my distro! It has been one of my favorite zines for awhile now - a zine "devoted to the radical idea of fat liberation and fighting sizism"


Summertime #1: A Graphic Novel If I had been a comic artist instead of a writer, there's a time in my life when I probably would have drawn a zine a lot like this one. It's about black-out drinking and fucking strangers. Love and friendship and body hate and abuse, self-destruction, addiction and punk. I love this zine! So sad but also somehow redemptive and so powerful!

Shotgun Seamstress number 2: Everybody Say Love
“a zine by and for Black Punks, Queers, Misfits, Feminists, Artists and Musicians, Weirdos and the people who suuport us. This zine is meant to support Black People who exist within predominantly white subcultures, and to encourage the creation of our own." Reflections on hardcore in the '80's in DC when punk and reggae and/or gogo bands played on the same bill + how cool go-go was!!! Check it out!!!
Articles: Punk and Black are the same thing. Interview: with all-women psychedelic rock and roll band. Book Review: Letting it All Hang Out, by RuPaul. Culture Clash: dread meets punk rockers. + more!

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