I just finished this project, and am gonna have these buddies with me at CZF this weekend!
It’s an audio cassette/zine bundle: I asked friends to tell me stories, and I asked if I could record them telling them. What resulted is 13 true-life stories told by 13 different people, all compiled onto a tape for you to listen to.
The accompanying zine includes 120mm portraits of all the storytellers (taken on the day of the story’s recording), and information on them to follow along with as you listen.
There are stories about ballet teachers, jail time, rabies shots, bad parenting, paranormal experiences, tour escapades, dance contests, and more.
Storytellers are: Samantha Cohen, Jared Larson, Michelle Ravit, Sarah Ayton, Alan Resnick, Dee Addario, April Rose, Dylan Taylor, Matt Ross, Simon Thrasher, Kate Larson, Jordaan Mason, and Dustin Lamberta.
I think it’s a really great collection! It’s sort of like an audio book: perfect for car rides, a day inside, a stroll with your walk(wo)man, etc.
Each tape is hand-stamped with gold ink, and runs 98 minutes long, in a numbered edition of 50.
A zine of very short stories composed entirely of example sentences from the New Oxford American Dictionary for some reason. For some reason a lot of people seem to die in these stories, but this is mostly accidental.
Composed and designed by American graphic designer and illustrator Jez Burrows
Finally, what we believe to be the first dark web literary magazine is now online and ready for reading! In this issue you can look forward to:
The Breakfast Room, by Peter Conlin
Chapter Nine of The United States of Air, by J.M. Porup
Shadowbook, by Miriam Rasch
Two Poems, by Alissa Quart
Snowfall, by Vance Osterhout
Disruptive anti-fraud artivism – Digital art exposing Internet scammers, by KairUs (Linda Kronman and Andreas Zingerle)
Misusing the Master’s Tools: Exploring the Capacity to Break from Prescriptive Use, by Nathanael Bassett
DEADLINE EXTENDED! Submit to Mixed Up, the Mixed Race Queer & Feminist Zine Vol. II
There’s still time to share yr stories of kitchen magic and remedy for MRQF Vol. II. Submissions are due by March 1, 2016.
Check out the full call for submissions below!
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What Brings You to the Kitchen Table?
Mixed Up, the Mixed Race Queer & Feminist Zine Volume II Call for Submissions!
Are you… …mixed race? …not able to fit into normative color/gender boxes and angry about it? …tired of people shaping your story for you? …a foodie??
Do you… …come from a mixed cultural background/household that includes non-white experience? …love and identify with the food from your bloodlines/roots/cultures? wish you knew how to cook like both sides of the fam?
…………..And what happens when you add gender, feminism, and queerness into the mix?!?
Mixed Up Volume II is simmering away, but is still missing one crucial ingredient: YOU! The first volume of the Mixed Race Queer & Feminist (MRQF) Zine was a heart-filled, overflowing grab-bag covering a broad spectrum of queer and feminist mixed-race experiences and narratives (link below!). For this second volume of the zine, we are excited to announce a special focus on food: how we’ve learned to nourish ourselves, how we come to the table while healing wounds to get there, how cooking shapes and manifests our intersecting identities, and how we connect to heritage and ancestors through eating (together). Food-centered rituals are passed down, recreated, recovered and remixed over time. The dishes we dream of, what we eat after long stressful days, and the snacks we offer to our loved ones all tell a story. These acts and rituals are rooted in survival. And as mixed folks, we often approach these experiences with a distinct lens. We challenge you to gather stories, recipes, medicinal remedies, your ancestral and indigenous modes of healing; to meet with your elders and community members; and to learn and record what you’ve been meaning to. This is your opportunity!
Here are some prompts to get your creative juices flowing: What memories and imagery are conjured up by the kitchen? What sights, scents and sensations bring comfort and connection? What is sacred and what is charged about spaces (counters, floors, dining tables, stoops) where food is shared with family (kin or chosen)? What role does food/kitchen magic/remedy play in your healing/self-care? How does food play a medicinal role in the life of your community? What are some indigenous remedies that have been passed on in your family? What do we do when familial/familiar ingredients are not available or not affordable? How has poverty or displacement impacted your relationship to food? What knowledge has been retained through the generations and what has been lost, and why? What does passing on/reshaping tradition mean to you?
While we are open to traditional zine mediums (poetry, fiction, visual art), we encourage you to think beyond! We would love to receive recipes, either by themselves or accompanied by a piece; and interviews with family. We are committed to amplifying voices of folks who are indigenous, disabled, POC on “both sides,” Black, transfeminine specifically and trans broadly, queer, survivor, and mixed-race.
The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2016.
Please send submissions email@example.com. Send all text submissions in both .doc(x) AND .pdf format (yes, both for each submission, please!), images in .jpg format, and other media in the format you deem appropriate. Please include a brief (2-3 sentence) bio along with your submission.
Looking forward to your art and recipes, healing and stories!
Your Bay Area MRQF V2 editors – Amir, Caro, Emiliano, Lindsey, Lior & Tatiana
This blog post is a little slow, a little late. Sorry about that.
In 2015, I released something like 400 pages worth of comics and drawings and writing*.
Plans We Made, my first graphic novel, was published by Uncivilized Books after a successful Kickstarter in the Spring. I was staggered that so many people would be interested in taking a chance on my work. I’m really proud of the book, and it’s been getting some nice reviews.
I released threemoreissues of SMOO after an 18 month gap. I also started a zine subscription service, making all my zines at home, printing, folding, stapling and trimming them myself. I released three more zines of stories and drawings, and a split zine of comics by Jason Martin and by me.
I sold my work at Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Crouch End Comic Arts Festival, Safari, the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival and Thought Bubble. I also co-organised the Bristol Comic and Zine Fair.
Then, in December I drew my ongoing series, SMOO, to a close with the release of issue ten and set about thinking of new ways to make and share my comics.
Oh, and we got a cat.
It was a productive and fun year, artistically. But it has also felt like a funny year.
After talking about it for three years, I will finally be sending in the first issue of my zine (Welcome Back, Space Girl) for finalizing/formatting in the next 24 hours. It will be available on the internet by this time next week.