Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!
Did you hear the news?
King Cat #74 pre-orders are up!
One Direction approves of my plan to restock my Chicago Comics inventory today. Swoon.
Imaginary Windows, Issue #5
by Erin Fae
32 pg. at quarter-letter size
$3 on etsy from the author
As I mentioned, I got a stack of hand-me-down zines from my friend Maxx recently. This was particularly exciting, because in addition to stuff I’d been meaning to check out, there was lots of things that were totally new to me. One such zine is Imaginary Windows, hailing from the other side of the world: Auckland, New Zealand.
I don’t know very much about New Zealand, and I learned from this zine, that regrettably, unlike Australia, they don’t have any exciting marsupials there, but they do have ice cream flavours such as “Hokey Pokey” and “Fuijoa”. This information alone would have been worth the price of admission, but wait, there’s more!
This zine boasts an endearingly mixed bag of content. Erin Fae writes about meeting the woman who would become her girlfriend, and how they fell in love, but also shares her favourite recipes for tempeh and a list of books she wants to read, and talks about Marina Abramović. It’s a sweet tale, elegantly and engagingly told.
Issue #6 of Imaginary Windows is now out, and it’s a 50-page tale of “embodiment and place, circus, femme identity, longing… a recipe for making your own laundry liquid, some stories about magic and a bit of fermentation love”. Sounds pretty great!
- Lily Pepper
For my Gender and Media class I read an article called “I’ll Resist With Every Inch And Every Breath: Girls and Zine Making as a Form of Resistance” by Kristen Schilt.(x) The article is about “girl-zines,” or self-made publications created by young girls and women. This article is from 2003, so while zines are not as common today (though they certainly still exist) I think a lot of the points raised are valid when applied to modern fan culture and the way young girls use their interests to express themselves.
Zines used to be one of the only ways for young girls to express their feeling and thoughts. By publishing written work and art in this “underground” system, they were able to make their thoughts and feelings public, while still remaining relatively anonymous should they so desire. Research shows a confidence gap exists between males and females in their adolescent years. This is time for people to develop their independence and grow into mature adults, yet this is also when girls start to realize that many female styles of communication and expression, as well as stereotypically female interests (i.e. pop music,) are not accepted and highly valued in society. Girls are forced to become silent and passive and this leads to many self-destructive behaviors that live under the surface, such as eating disorders and self-harm.
However, girls found ways to push their feelings underground in a healthier way, by publishing and sharing their thoughts with other girls that want to listen. Today I think this kind of freedom translates into social media, where many young girls have turned to express their innermost thoughts and concerns. And while it’s not always the case, I think fandom culture plays a huge role in this.
Interesting piece about how the relationships and communities formed through zines are similar to fandoms formed through social media.
Just as a side note — though it may not be 2003 anymore, us zinesters are alive and well! Am I right or am I right? :)
Zines: e.g., David Greenberger’s Duplex Planet, Jim Hogshire’s Pills-a-Go-Go, Candi Strecker’sSidney Suppey’s Quarterly & Confused Pet Monthly, Jim Hogshire’s ANSWER ME!, Lynn Peril’sMystery Date, Pagan Kennedy’s Pagan’s Head.
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The Radvocate #10
Okay, let me start out by saying this is one damn cute zine. Puppy on rollerblades with a birthday cake on nifty confetti paper, how was I supposed to not trade for this? But really, this is a well-crafted anthology zine. It doesn’t have a named theme but all the pieces work really well together and there’s really consistent quality. Generally I feel like very everyone’s-everything-is-fair-game works usually have those one or two straggler pieces that just aren’t quite where everyone else is (and yes, there are times I have been that straggler piece, so I think is fair to say). So I’m not going to say, this particular story or image was the standout of the zine, because it implies something else wasn’t worth mentioning, and there’s nothing not worth mentioning in here.
My collection of comics from high school is back in my webstore. A lot of these comics are mildly embarrassing, but I’ll swallow my pride, because that just makes them all the more entertaining!!