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Brainscan #33 DIY Witchery

An Exploration of Secular Witchcraft

In 20 years of publishing Brainscan zine there is one incredibly important thing in my life that I have not written about, and that is witchcraft. I am a witch and I have been studying and practicing witchcraft for over a decade and it has been a very useful tool in my life and personal growth.

This zine is a not a how-to-witch zine. This zine is an issue of Brainscan that just happens to be about witchcraft told through my personal narrative.

In this zine I explore what witchcraft is, how I became interested in it, how I built my own practice as an agnostic secular witch and how that differs from a lot of contemporary witchcraft. I share a glimpse of what my personal practice as a non-pagan and non-Wiccan witch looks like.

I also examine my personal issues with modern pagan and witchcraft culture addressing things like  racism, cultural appropriation, colonialism, capitalism, the excessive gendering of all things. My politics are intersectional and so is my witchcraft.

I also discuss some tips and a few resource for those that might be interested in exploring witchcraft for themselves.

$5
¼ legal sized (7"x 4.25") 64 pages with vellum overlays, cardstock cover, hand stitched binding, illustrations by Steve Larder ( Stevelarder.co.uk )
$7
100 limited print run also contains hand stamped covers, an acorn charm, a labeled string closure envelope, and some other witchy surprises thrown in.

Available in my Etsy shop here

The cover is a Steve Larder Illustration of an altar I made to help with the process of the latest issue of Stolen Sharpie Revolution: A DIY Resource for Zines and Zine Culture by Alex Wrekk        

maggie-stone  asked:

Hello! I super admire your writing and love your zines. I was wondering if you had any recommendations for beginning zinesters who are trying to find some direction?

Well, the first thing I’d recommend to anyone who wanted to get into writing - of any kind - is to read a lot and write a lot. Since you want to get into writing and making zines, specifically, I’d say read all of the zines. Read fanzines and perzines and lit zines and comp zines and how-to zines and political zines and zines that blend some or all of the above. Figure out what you love and what you hate and what you’re indifferent to - in the writing itself but also in the layout and execution. Take the things you love and try to use similar tactics in your own zines. The things you hate or are indifferent to, throw those out.

Here are some other things you might want to check out:

the zine scene, then and now (a response to an ask I wrote a couple years ago)
Fuck Fear // New Dreams // “If I’m a dork, it doesn’t matter.” (something I wrote at the beginning of last year; it’s more about overcoming fear in general, but can definitely be applied to zines.)
go forth and make zines (a video chat about zines I recorded in October 2015)
writing/zining prompts (a couple pages from the handout I made for my perzine workshop)

Also:

A Call to Arms (Aaron Cometbus’ zine/self-publishing manifesto)
Stolen Sharpie Revolution by Alex Wrekk (the best, most comprehensive zine resource out there)

One last thing:

As much as I agree with Cometbus (see: A Call to Arms) that zines and other self-published writing and art should be just as good as - if not better than - anything the big guys produce, and that we shouldn’t just let ourselves produce shoddy work with the mindset that ‘no one cares’ or ‘so what, it’s punk,’ I also don’t think you should hold yourself to an impossible standard, especially with your early zines. I started making zines in 1994. Notice how I haven’t posted anything from any of my zines pre-1997? Yeah, that’s cos my first three years of zine-making were truly cringeworthy. But that’s okay! It took me three years of zining to produce anything that wasn’t a waste of paper, and another two years to produce anything that was even halfway good, and I’d been making zines for nearly a decade before I produced anything I was truly proud of. Don’t let me scare you off; I’m not saying it will take you a decade to make a great zine. What I am saying is: just go for it! Don’t worry if your zine isn’t better than every other zine ever written. It’s still worth it, and you’ll still find people who wanna trade for it and buy it. And here’s something to keep in mind every time you make a zine: once again, don’t worry about making it better than every other zine ever written. Just try and make it better than your last zine.

That was a tangent, but an important one, I think.

You were asking for direction. I’ll repeat what I said at the beginning. Read lots of zines, of all kinds. Figure out what kind of zine you want to make, or what elements of different kinds of zines you want to combine, then go do it.

And hey - if any of my zine pals want to weigh in on this, that’d be great, too. (@crapandemic, @matresist, @upthewitchypunx, @gnade, @dreemmachine? uhhh…I’m suddenly forgetting the URLs of all the other zinesters I know…)

anonymous asked:

Sorry but could you explain what a zine is please?

Sure, I’m just cutting and pasting something I responded to on here months ago:

Simply put, zines are self published magazines. They are usually photocopied and stapled like a little booklet or pamphlet and have a small print run.They are generally made as a hobby as there isn’t much money in making or selling zines. In fact, a lot of zines are traded.

What you put in a zine is entirely up to you. You could write fiction, draw comics, write recipes, print photos you have taken, write your political beliefs, or write about your own experiences. You could stick to one genre or you could mash it all up together. I generally write what is called a “personal zine” that means I write stuff about personal experiences and tell stories and occasionally other topics show up in my zines as well. The contents of a zine are only limited to your imagination. Zines can be any size or shape but I’m a firm believer that they must be physical. I don’t consider ezines to be zines.

Some people that make zines consider themselves to be the progeny of the likes of Thomas Pain writing Common Sense, early 20th Century Sci-fi fanzine writers, beat poets and chapbooks, 70s punk music fanzines, and the 90s zine explosion including riot grrrl zines.

All of that just tells you what zines are physically.

I’ve been reading zines since the early 90s and making my own zines since the mid-90s. I was living in Salt Lake City, Utah on the cusp of the internet. I would trade zines with penpals through the mail and write letter and really get to to know the people behind the paper. This is where I get to the cultural aspect of zines. These connections could take you on a greyhound ride across the country to meet someone where you know their handwriting better than their face. There are conventions for zines called zine fests where people get together to trade, sell and display their creations and attend workshops and skill shares. Most of my friends are people that I have met through zines and the only thing I can really think that we have in common is that we all appreciate the written word. We celebrate the tangible and sometimes the ephemeral.

Some people talk about zines dying out after the internet and blogs became popular, but I don’t think that is true. There is still a very active and vibrant community of people creating zines and reading zines. the internet has just added a new dimension to zines and zine culture. it makes it easier to find other people that are interested in zines and easier to spread the word about new zines, zine fests, and distros (a hobby sort of business that sells a bunch of different zines)

In the context of this being my witchy blog I’d say that zines are a big part of my life and that blends into my witchy life because it is just another facet of me. I’ve also been kicking around the idea of writing a zine about witchcraft but I can’t seem to find the time to write my own zines these days let along sit down to do editing and reprint the book I wrote about zines, Stolen Sharpie Revolution. (I just reprinted it!)

Also, my day job, Portland Button Works, is running a business that makes custom buttons and sells our own buttons designs. It is also a zine distro and we sell lots of zines in my brick and mortar shop. When I travel, like when I was in Chicago and LA a few months ago, it is probably for a zine fest. I have friends all over the US and Canada and even some in other countries and it is all because of zines.

itcamefromthejunkyard  asked:

I want to make a zine, any advice? Also, are the zine's you've made around still? I'd love to read one.

Advice: Buy and read the Stolen Sharpie Revolution. It is compiled and edited by my friend Alex Wrekk. Alex is an old school zinester. She has written over 30 issues of her perzine Brainscan, her and I wrote a split zine called Timezones & Statelines, and PS she has handmade every single 1” button DFTBA has sold to date.

Alex and I became good friends when I started my zine distro back in 2005. And that’s probably the most rewarding aspect of writing and reading zines… the friends you make. Unlike following someone’s tumblr, or watching them on YouTube, there can be an actual back and forth dialog through letters or zine reviews, etc.

Anyway, the Stolen Sharpie Revolution book is a beginner’s guide to all things zine, from layout, to content, to photocopying, to finding zine libraries and distros, to any other resource you’ll need to get going and get your zine out there. It is the best place to start.

As for my zines, no, none are still around, they are all out of print. I had a perzine called Pressed Between the Pages, I co-wrote Timezones & Statelines with Alex Wrekk, and I co-edited the Fall of Autumn Quarterly zine with my friends Aaron Cynic and Kate Sandler.

You may be able to find old copies in a zine library or two. Or you could read more about them on ZineWiki, which is a wikipedia-like site I co-founded with Kate Sandler to help organize the massive amount of underground publishing that happens in the zine world. ZineWiki was really well received when I launched it in 2006, and is still active to this day, with almost 5,000 different zines cataloged so far, and over 16,000,000 page views!

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This is the second installation of the how-to guide to making zines. The brilliant mind behind the Brainscan zines, Alex Wrekk put together this book perfect for everyone from beginners to experienced zinesters. Stolen Sharpie Revolution teaches you how to make zines, bind books, host zine related events, and even run your own distro! 143 Pages, 5.5 x 4 inches, get yourself a copy for $8 w/ free shipping.