From the author: A more DIY-non-corporate-earth-friendly-punk-rock-Martha-Stewarty type rag full of all sorts of cheap and easy home making tips and ideas.This issue is all about sewing! These pages will teach you how to do a whole bunch of easy and helpful hand stitches, how to sew on a button, how to sew in a zipper, the differences between scissors, how to measure yourself correctly and so much more!! Learn how to hem that skirt or take in a shirt or patch a hole or just get the basics down to start you on your way to sewing a whole wardrobe!
i’m considering putting these up for sale on my etsy for like $2 w/ free shipping, but i don’t know how many ppl would actually be interested in getting a copy so if you’d b interesting in buying one maybe shoot me a quick message or say you want one in the tags :^) if enough ppl want one I might end up making this like a bundle of 3 mini zines abt plants and sell them for the same price.
//pls don’t delete the caption folks, i make my living off my art
In honor of July as International Zine Month I’m making all the zines on my Etsy 20% off! This includes Brainscan zine and my book, Stolen Sharpie Revolution! This also includes the Copy Scam’s 10″ record on sale for $5! Copy Scams is the international Zine themed band that I sing in and we have a 10″ that comes with a zine and a digital download of our super goofy songs all about zines! Check out our band camp here to get an idea of of lo-fi 90s style pop punk!
So, if you were interested in checking out any of my stuff, here the change to do it at a lower price. use the coupon code: ZINEMONTH at checkout.
Talking DIY with the Self-Published Super Force - Cherry Styles
For our DIY themed series of features to coincide with FACT’s ‘Build your Own…’ exhibition, Queen of the Track caught up with the DIY powerhouse Cherry Styles. Founder of The Chapess zine as well as Synchronise Witches, Cherry co-organised the first North West Zine Fest that took place this May in Manchester, and makes up one quarter of the Salford Zine Library team. Cherry’s work is inclusive and ambitious, and in 2016 she’ll be publishing her first book. As if that wasn’t enough, Cherry has recently relaunched her website www.cherrystyles.co.uk. A leading light of the UK’s zine scene, and enthusiastic champion of female artists and writers, we talked to Cherry about her forthcoming projects, future ambitions and the future of The Chapess.
You’re going to be publishing a book - tell us more about it!
Yes! The Chapess zine will be coming up to 10 issues this year and i’m going to be releasing an anthology type thing – all of my favourite bits so far plus some brand new stuff. I’m aiming for spring 2016 – WATCH THIS SPACE! The Chapess has been my main project for the last couple of years and now I really want to focus on publishing new collections through Synchronise Witches and maybe re-think the way I produce the Chapess. From incredibly humble beginnings in 2011, and with the help of the internet of course, the zine has evolved into an online and offline network and a real community has built up around it which feels just as important as the printed zine; it kind of belongs to all of us now.
QOTT recently saw you at northwest zinefest which you organised- what was that experience like?
Oh man so good. Me and Ingrid (of Mythologising Me zine) have recently joined the Salford Zine Library team so along with Steve and Liz (of Young Explorer zine) we decided to organise the first Northwest Zinefest. Steve and Liz have been running the zine library for a few years now and Ingrid is just a total superwoman, it was an absolute dream team and I feel super lucky I get to work with them on stuff like this. We really wanted to put on an event that was as inclusive and friendly as possible, and that really reflected the DIY nature of zine culture as we see it. It was also a great excuse to get a load of our zinester buds together in Manchester for the weekend! We had some great feedback from punters and stallholders alike and we’re excited to make it an annual event, in the meantime we’re also looking to start putting on zine readings and socials. It’s an exciting time for Salford Zine Library!
You run synchronise witches zine distribution- how did that start?
A lot of the zines I love and have loved over the years are American; ever increasing postage costs mean it’s just too expensive to indulge in $2 zines so I got to thinking if I was buying a single zine I could really buy a few copies for the same amount of postage and share the cost with some mates. I had been selling other folks zines along with my own at fairs for a while and wanted to start something a bit different/rather than just duplicating the stock of some of the great UK zine distro’s that were already running.
Since October 2014 Synchronise Witches has carried a regularly updated collection of zines and self published works, most of them US titles with an emphasis on writing by women and perzines (personal zines). This has been, and will continue to be totally reflective of the stuff i’m into at any given time and i’m always on the look out for new stock. I’m also hoping to start releasing original collections as well too.
Your work seems to thrive in places of female community- can you tell us how important it is for you to work with other women? and whether your ideas about this have changed over time?
In the beginning especially it was a very conscious decision that the Chapess would be by women for other women. I felt like I knew all these amazing folks doing great work and maybe I wanted an excuse to rave about them and share that with others. It was also a way in, to be friends with other women, which at the time I felt like I needed. I had grown up in a pretty average small town punk scene which looking back was totally dude dominated but wasn’t something I ever considered till I grew up and got out. The Chapess has always run on an open submission policy, underlining the need for opportunities for women artists to show their work, particularly those who’ve not taken a route of education or training which had otherwise encouraged them to do so. Creative expression is not gendered but confidence can be, and having your work included in a zine can be a gentle first step for a some people.
It could be argued that in creating a female-only platform we are in fact increasing the divide between men and women’s work, something which some feminists are not interested in being a part of, but I think it’s important to have a platform for us to experiment. Zines can be a great vehicle to kind of work out what you’re into, where your works fits and what works for you; there are no stakes. Which is maybe where i’m at now, I want the Chapess to continue to act as that springboard for as many women as possible but i’ve maybe reached a point where i’m ready to branch out. Eileen Myles said; ‘I don’t want to be published by a female press. I don’t want to be published by a gay press. I want my gay work to get into your space’, and I think about that a lot. More and more I think it should be a given that we are all feminists and maybe the stuff that isn’t is the stuff that should be labelled.
So where do you see The Chapess heading? do you think you’d ever reach a point where you accepted submissions from men- or will The Chapess remain a haven for women’s creative endeavour?
No. At the moment the zine accepts submissions from people that identify as anything other than male; it’s more about making a space for the rest of us and helping each other to understand what it means to be living in a world which by default often actively works against us. By its nature a compilation zine will always bring together people with different views and experiences; our lived experience brings us together but we’re not all necessarily coming from the same places which i think is what makes the project interesting. My hope is that the zine itself is a safe space where those who contribute will do so in confidence that their work will be shown in an appropriate and sensitive manner - and without the male intervention that permeates so much of everyday life. Plenty of guys read and enjoy the zine which is great, but that’s about as involved as i think they need to get.
Its interesting you mention Eileen Myles- what else are you reading at the moment? is there anything you’d recommend to QOTT readers?
Eileen is someone I always come back to, as well as Chris Kraus (‘I Love Dick’ is a classic) and Kathy Acker ('I’m Very Into You’ came out recently on Sexiotexte and is made up entirely of emails sent between Kathy and Makenzie Wark in the mid 90s – literally everything i’m after in a book)
Also Lisa Carver of Rollerderby Zine/Suckdog is another of my all time favs, her latest book 'How To Not Write’ is fucking excellent. Each chapter is kind of an assignment, like Lisa is your personal mentor getting you out of your writing rut. The chapters are called things like 'get welts’ and 'fumble in the dark with fat fingers; find a surprise.’
This week i’m waiting on an order for the distro from Pioneers Press in Kansas of Rachel Bell’s new chapbook ’Welcome To Your New Life With You Being Happy’ which I’m really excited about. When it came out earlier this month she asked her high school bully to write a review of it (the cover is a cropped photo of her as a teenager) - he was like 'there are some things in there that maybe you shouldn’t tell people. It was really gross reading the sex bits’
Through making zines i’m lucky enough that a lot of writers who I love actually end up becoming my mates which still blows my mind a little bit. Alyssa Rorke and Sara Sutterlin have both been instumental in the development of the Chapess and my own writing; we’re actually all working on something together at the moment which will be in the next issue of Alyssa’s comp zine Letters From Bummer Camp.
You seem to be pretty much working on your dream projects- but is there anything else you’d like to achieve with zines in the near future?
I think just to keep on making them. Self publishing by its nature is a political act and I think anything that pushes against the mainstream and offers people an alternative will always be worthwhile.
Space & Time Collective (Fairbarns and Paas-Lang) is proud to present an evening of Star Wars fun with an insightful and engaging panel discussion about the women of Star Wars and representation in geek culture!
Friday, August 5th 6pm to 9pm The Station, 401 Richmond St West suite LL01, Toronto (right beside Dark Horse Espresso Bar and Spacing) FREE
Introducing Gaybro, a distro for nontraditional queer boys
I’ve never run a distro before. I’ve never even thought of selling my own zines. But seeing as there are distros for every niche interest you could possibly think of, I’ve decided to open mine just as a pop-up shop in the winter of next year.
ATTENTION ALL QUEER BOYS (CIS and NON-CIS)
I want your zines!
If you’re looking to find a greater audience for your work, I can take your zines on consignment and sell them here in beautiful Portland, Oregon and on the Internet.
I really want zines that address the following
growing up gay
being in a nontraditional body (fat, skinny, muscular, femme, &c)
growing up gay as a person of color
being trans or generally non-cisgendered
zines about place, time, memory
zines about being bicultural or bilingual
being a poor gay person (aren’t we all?)
pillow books (like my own zine, Galván in Portland)
anything else you can think of!
At some point I want to start selling the pretty things you make, too. Stickers, patches, buttons, and the like. And of course I’ll be selling my own zine, Galván in Portland!
You should totally anon me or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking for advice from well-heeled disto owners on how to maintain a distro. I really want to give voice to non-white, non-trad queer guys like myself who feel a need to advance their own agenda want to be part of a conversation about race, class, gender and sexuality in a welcoming way.
Or, conversely, drop me a line (or send your zine!) to:
Hey all! picassopixie and theseareclosequarters have come up with the idea for a zine where all the work gets submitted via text to a Burn Phone. This method seems quick and easy it can also be anonymous.
Please send us your poems, writings, pictures, and other art to (720) 507-4088. We’re working on putting the first issue together and will have a FREE digital download and physical copies available somehow.
Hey zine friends! I’m opening up submissions for a new zine. It will be a collection of doodles and notes from our school years. The only rules for submission are that it has to be something you wrote or drew while in school, and it has to be free of personally identifying information (aside from your own) and shit like racism, homophobia, sexism, etc. If you want, feel free to include a paragraph or two of background about images you send in. Make sure to include how you want to be credited.
As long as it fits the rules, I will include everything I receive in the zine, which I’ll post for free on Issuu.com when I’m done compiling it. I may sell some print copies of the zine on my Etsy, but I’m not sure yet.
Preliminary Deadline: February 29th, 2016
Email me your stuff at: metaparadox11 AT gmail DOT com
I’m sure we’re all aware that there’s a general dearth of ace fiction in the world right now and what better way to remedy that than by making some ourselves?
Ace Toronto wants to do a fiction zine!
We’re looking for:
short stories with ace and/or aro characters
stories don’t need to be about asexuality or coming out but they can be if that’s what you’d like to write about
poetry about ace and/or aro-ness (imagine an ace limerick 😮)
art!! ace- and aro-themed illustrations of any kind – with your own ace characters, characters in popular media you headcanon (i.e. think of) as asexual or aromantic, anything even vaguely related to aceness – if you think it would look cool in an ace zine, send it our way!
comics too! of any kind – narrative, single panel gags, 4-koma?, whatever you wish
If you want to contribute but need help with ideas or editing feel free to send us a message and we’ll be happy to lend a hand. Want to do something but need a prompt? Not sure if your idea would be accepted? Other questions? Ask us! (via email or our tumblr)
While we’ll be giving priority to submissions from Ace Toronto members and folks from the area we will absolutely accept material from everyone interested as long as there’s room for it.
There’s no clear limit on the length for written submissions, just remember they are supposed to be short fiction – as short as you like, and hopefully not longer than 10,000 words? (that would be a lot, wow)
Art and comics need to be able to fit on a 5.5" x 8.5" page
Images of at least 150 DPI are preferred
The zine will be printed in black and white but will also be available to view online – so art can be in colour if you wish, just make sure it also works in grayscale
When submitting, remember to include how you’d like to be credited – whether by real name, pen name/alias, online handle/username, or if you’d like to remain anonymous
Any profit made from the zines themselves will go towards funding things like room bookings and ASL interpretation for future Ace Toronto workshops.
Deadline: October 10th (we’d really like to get the zine ready in time for the Toronto Queer Zine Fair on the 17th)
Out in the sunshine the other day with my copy of Quitter by Trace Ramsey aka @quittercarryingcapacity published by @wearepioneerspress. It was only 33° but I ended up reading it on a pallet next to the beehives I just moved while the Kiddo splashed in a mud puddle. We’re too wild to be bothered by cold. Or maybe our perception of cold is skewed by life on a farm… Waking up early to build a fire or doing outside chores in the winter.
Trace writes really good zines with a timeless feel. It’s satisfying and relatable stuff that sucker punches you in the best possible way. His writing puts me back in touch with my humanity.