Fair is fair. Do any of us - the writers, the zinesters, the get up in the middle of the night and write sentences on scraps of paper people - owe anything less? Writing zines is like giving blood for practice. No real reason. Like sleeping on the floor when you have a bed, or riding your bike in a blizzard for money. No good reason at all to risk so much pain and stupidity. Except to see what it feels like. And because writing’s like blood in that once it’s out you can’t put it back in. A puddle of bad spirits and liquid iron on the paper, and you give it away at shows.
Zine ends. Year ends. You wake up in a different city and you say the same things, but for real this time. — Ammi Emergency, from Emergency zine #5 (via rustbeltjessie)
"I want to publish zines— and rage against machines" Tote Bag
Available at Draw Down Books
New Issue of Guacamole available at EXTERMINATOR CITY this weekend in Seattle.
Seattle Weekly says:
"For the first time since the ’90s, Seattle is in the midst of an underground-comics renaissance. This explosion of new work comes in part thanks to the unifying power of the Short Run Festival and the monthly Dune Comics night at Café Racer. These two events aren’t necessarily breeding new comic artists; rather, they’re bringing disparate, secluded artists together in one place. All sorts of wonderful scribblers have been coming out of the woodwork and dazzling folks with their heretofore unknown talents, and we couldn’t be more excited. The newest alt-comix gathering is the inaugural Exterminator City, where 16 artists will show and sell their work all in one place. Members of The Intruder, the Ballard Sketch Team, Seattle Indie Comic and Game Artists, and participants in the Dune Comics night are among those who’ll be hawking their doodly wares. Half of the tables are reserved for women, so ladies need not worry that this will turn into a Comicon-style sausage fest. Push/Pull Studio Gallery (Greenwood Collective), 8537 Greenwood Ave. N., facebook.com/ExterminatorCity. Free. Noon–6 p.m."
Guess what!!! DEAFULA #7 is almost here! Come to the Philadelphia Soapbox Friday, April 25 at 7:00pm for the RELEASE READING!
Here is a writeup of the event:
"Kerri Radley, a deaf Philly zinester, was awarded the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant, and as a part of her project, she created the newest issue of her zine, with handprinted covers created at the Soapbox. Deafula explores deaf identity, discrimination, and ableism, as well as queries the very label of disability itself. Kerri will read from her newest issue, which aims to raise awareness of inaccessibility at community events and explores how we can make these events more inclusive.
Kerri will be joined by JC, a DC-based zinester who writes the perzine Tributaries and edits the comp zine Collide, which focuses on the intersection between physical disability and mental illness. JC writes about her experiences growing up with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
Please come out for readings and discussion on a truly important subject: how can we better our approach to accessibility in Philadelphia’s arts, zine, and radical spaces / communities.”
my excitement is bursting, ya’ll.
fb event HERE.
Passing through several cities this year and doing many more events with new mini-comic titles (TBA!) and my 2013 book I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU.
See you in Portland this weekend for LINEWORK NW on Saturday and a performance at GRIDLORDS on Sunday. I’ll be debuting a new collection of super-short Rumpus comic stories at LINEWORK NW—more details coming soon!
April 12 - LINEWORK NW / Portland
April 13 - GRIDLORDS / Portland
April 15 - Tuesday Night Cafe / Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
April 19 - Claremont Zine Fest / Claremont
May 4 - The Living Room Talks @ Great Park Gallery 1- 2PM / Irvine
May 11 - 12 - TCAF (Toronto Comics Arts Festival) / Toronto
May 31 - June 1 - CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo) / Chicago
June 17 - I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU reading & signing @ Book Soup, 7PM / Los Angeles
October 2 - 4 - Austin Comic Con / Austin
from Cheer the Eff Up #6, by Jonas
We’re having a fundraiser! RSVP to the facebook event: here.
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I’ll be selling my zines here on Sunday the 27th. Come on out. Last year’s event was a hoot!
Click here to support Maranda Elizabeth & Writing Trans Genres by Maranda Elizabeth -
Maranda Elizabeth is a writer, zinester, non-binary trans* genderqueerdo femme, twin, and recovering alcoholic. In 2012, they released their first book, Telegram: A Collection of 27 Issues, with Mend My Dress Press, and in 2013, they self-published their first novel, Ragdoll House.Telegram: A Col…
"Maranda Elizabeth is a writer, zinester, non-binary trans* genderqueerdo femme, twin, and recovering alcoholic. In 2012, they released their first book, Telegram: A Collection of 27 Issues, with Mend My Dress Press, and in 2013, they self-published their first novel,Ragdoll House. Telegram: A Collection of 27 Issues contains a decade of their zine of the same name, featuring extremely personal stories with a focus on mental health & illnesses, friendship, self-care, support, writing and creativity, recovery and sobriety, finding and making a home, and embracing weirdnesses. Ragdoll House is a queer young adult novel about two girls in a small town deciding if they should stay or if they should leave, while struggling with alcohol, jealousy, trauma, and love…
The Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism Conference is happening in Winnipeg, Manitoba from May 22nd - 24th, and I wanna go! Due to my chronic pain condition, I’m no longer able to go on long-disatnce road trips, so flying has become my only option. I need help getting my little tattooed hands on a plane ticket and hotel room!
Attending the Writing Trans Genres conference would be pretty much unspeakably incredible & magical & necessary for myself and my writing process - and thus, for YOU, my readers, too! Although I’ve been writing for more than a decade, I’ve very rarely had the chance to do so in a space (whether physical or psychic) that was trans*-created & trans*-dominated. My writing has been influenced by a cis gaze and by own internalized gender-stuff, in a way that I must escape, if only briefly…
For those of you who’ve been asking me, or asking other trans* folks what actions you can take to be a better ally and to push back against cis privilege, this is just one (of many!!!) ideas & options: Help one trans* person make their way to a trans* gathering! I think it’s crucial for us to be able to create spaces together where we can learn, share, cry, laugh, whatever; unfortunately, it’s not always possible to make this magic happen, it’s not always possible to be present.”
If you can, consider donating to Maranda’s fundraiser to get to the Writing Trans Genres conference! There are some REALLY rad prizes!
New print available in my shop - ‘Read more zines’. Comes delivered with in a cellobag with mountboard backing. Bang!
P.S. - This illo is referenced from a photo by Amber of Fight boredom/Triumph of these tired eyes/Culture Slut.
issue 79 is now available! grab it here.
Featuring Tony Molina, The Dopamines, We Were There: Voices from L.A. Punk’s First Wave, Cheryl Klein Contemplates Her Cyborg Boobs, Class Bigotry in Higher Education.
Tony Molina: Daryl talks to the elusive Tony Molina (The Ovens, Caged Animal) about shredding, House of Pain’s DJ, and smoking PCP. Tony was the principle songwriter of the Bay Area’s I-want-to-kill-myself-and-shred-righteously-over-ignorant-riffs-and-Beatles-pop-perfection-songs band The Ovens. You’ll learn what Tony is down with and what he thinks is whack.
The Dopamines: Kevin Dunn day drinks with The Dopamines and discusses the alpha juggalo, shit and piss, and dick jokes. It’s irreverent, silly, and uncomfortably endearing. Kevin gets the band to unravel some hilarious and horrendous tour stories; throwing pee out of a moving car, pool hall mac and cheese bites, and shitting on windshields. Junior high has yet to end for The Dopamines.
We Were There: Voices from L.A. Punk’s First Wave: Alice Bag provides an erudite and personal account of the first wave of L.A. punk. It’s easy to look back on an era of music and mistake records as indelible accounts of a community. It’s easy to miss that what we’re often discussing is a couple of months/weeks that define an “era.” Alice does a fantastic job of being a punk cartographer. She puts you on the map and unveils that the walls that history has erected between scenes are often put there by laziness and misrepresentation. This is a must read.
Cheryl Klein Contemplates Her Cyborg Boobs: Cheryl interviews Sara Hendren about design, prosthetics, and the special needs community. The interview is framed by Cheryl through her own experience with cancer and prosthetics. The conversation moves from the connection between science, the tech industry, and the role of artistic design in providing assistive technologies, to a discussion about bodily norms and the disability community. Fascinating, informative, and a pleasure to read.
Class Bigotry in Higher Education: Chris Pepus examines the class inequality pervasive throughout America’s colleges. Chris takes to task enrollment biases, hereditary wealth, and social profiling. Class discrimination is an overlooked problem in the college admittance practices. Written with both insider academic knowledge and a punk’s eye for bullshit, Chris demystifies the class bigotry found at every level in the conversation regarding higher education. Here’s the full article.
get the full multimedia experience right here, yo.