Books

In the new issue of Selfish: tension. Under the banner of "Hot & Bothered," a couple dozen artists from around the country chime in. From poems to film stills, conversations to collages, this issue is full of the unexpected.

Work from: Delilah Jones, Hannah M. Owens, Bonnilee Kaufman, A. Nicole Kelly, Kelsey Nolan, Chloe Isabella Parks, Regina Schilling (of the great Hey Lady zine!), and many more.

80 pages, full-color

Last copy! A gorgeous issue of Selfish that explores the concept of "good girl" through hybrid prose pieces, photo series, paintings, personal essays, and multimedia work.

Yumi Sakugawa, Darcie Wilder, Gabi Pérez, Ginger Buswell, Marisa Malone, and 27 other contributors weigh in on so-called goodness.

"In honor of every woman who has ever been asked just how she manages to 'do it all,' or has been criticized for not doing enough."

80 pages, full-color.

 

From Portland writer and Bitch Magazine online editor Sarah Mirk comes the best guide to relationships ever. Sex From Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules is a relationship self-help book that actually presents staying single, never getting married, breaking up, and never having kids as viable options. It's bold, open to possibilities, and an absolute joy to read.

Featuring great interviews with Betty Dodson, Wendy-O Matik, Michelle Tea, Tomas Moniz, Tracy Clark-Flory, Andi Zeisler, Stu Rasmussen, Aya de Leon, Tristan Taormino, and Erika Moen. Illustrations by Natalie Nourigat and Molly Schaeffer.

Trade paperback, 192 pages. ISBN #9781621060420.

Slip of the Tongue is writer Katie Haegele's personal dive into everyday linguistics. Essays that go unexpected places and extend from the poetry of sewing to a feminist journey through hair metal.

It's in many ways about the perpetual challenge of figuring out how to put our thoughts, feelings, and experiences into words. "For brief moments I'm able to capture the wonder and pain of my puny experience," Haegele writes, "using only words—the same words I use to scold my cat or tell my sister what time the movie starts—and then, just as quickly, it gets away from me again."

160 pages, trade paperback.

An absolute classic of zine literature and a necessary part of any DIY library, now in a revised and updated edition. Accessible, fun, and useful for all interest and experience levels.

"Stolen Sharpie Revolution consists of thoughtful lists and step-by-step how-to guides on everything from definitions of a 'zine,' where to find zines, why they are important, how to make them and how to participate in zine culture. This book has everything you need to get started creating your own zine, or to figure out what to do with the zine you just made. Stolen Sharpie Revolution serves as both an introduction into the wide world of zine culture and as a guide to taking the next step to become a part of it."

Published by Silver Sprocket. 152 pages, 5.5" x 4.25". ISBN # 9781945509452.

"Three days after the terror attack on Bastille Day, Mohamed Asem is detained overnight by British immigration officials without cause. In an elegantly digressive, self-interrogative style, Asem describes the boredom and uncertainty of confinement, and how this specific kind of helplessness leads, inevitably, to a self-reckoning. Stranger in the Pen examines the burden of being disconnected from one's homeland, unpacks the emotional toll of racial profiling, and illuminates the quietly surprising ways in which grief can change one's life."

131 pages, trade paperback. ISBN # 9780983632771.

Temporary Sale! (+ Only two copies left!) In This is the Inferno, book artist Christopher Kardambikis turns the streets and cityscapes of Los Angeles into the surface of the sun.

Full color, 8" x 12", stapled wraps, a limited edition 30 copy run.

A collection of pieces from the We’ll Never Have Paris literary zine. Creative nonfiction that often ends up somewhere between heartbreaking and hilarious.

“Each short story featured in the collection focuses on the theme of things which were ill-fated, star-crossed, or just plain bad ideas…Tales of regret, poor decisions, and disappointment find their way to the pages of this collection of true stories that reflect the human condition.”

Small trade paperback, 4.25 × 7, 80 Pages. ISBN# 9781621064602.

What About the Rest of Your Life pulses with life. Sung Yim's debut is a book about gender identity and body image, sexuality and addiction, and so much more. It's a memoir that plays with form, takes risks, and never lets up.

"In their soaring and urgent debut memoir, Sung Yim captures a sleepy sad slice of Americana recognizable to anyone who’s driven past a strip mall at midnight. Equal parts grim and buoyant, here is an intimate portrait of trauma, family, addiction, and body. What About the Rest of Your Life exposes the harrowing terrain where there is no boundary between love and abuse. Unapologetically raw, Yim reinvents the recovery narrative through an immigrant's lens." - Perfect Day Publishing

208 pages, trade paperback. ISBN #9780983632764. Named a 2018 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Transgender Nonfiction. 

In short: this book is such a pleasure. Sarah Mirk—journalist, author, comic artist, zinester, editor, and activist—is one of our favorite creators and a general force for good in the world. Her new book, Year of Zines, collects 100 one-page comic zines from her year-long project of making a zine a day. Some of these are personal, some are focused on positive reminders we all need to hear, some serve as brief introductions to political movements, some are silly and playful.

There's a dating guide, a history of the U.S. working against democracy in Chile, a working theory of cats as anarchists, one about the prevalence of guys with guns on Tinder in Mirk's rural hometown, and so many more. Perfect to put on any coffee table (and so affordable!). 

Year of Zines is a documentation of a year of zine-making, but also a resource for anyone who wants to see what happens when they put pen to paper more often. The material in this book is made to be photocopied—educators are welcome to photocopy pages to use for classes and workshops.

212 pages, oversized trade paperback. ISBN #9780578638812