Zines

5 new zines from our catalog and beyond, of various shapes and sizes. A fun grab bag of surprises. All for $10. 

A long-time favorite on our Etsy page and an affordable way to get your zine collection started!

From Tim Devin's Magical Spaces series, 55 Norfolk St. looks at the magical past of one shopfront in Cambridge, Massachusetts. What was a small grocery store for the first half of the 20th century became a home for arts collectives, tenants' rights organizations, performances spaces, independent galleries, and a politically-radical player-piano-busker known as Piano Dave. It's been called the Mobius Artists Group, Eviction Free Zone, Meme, 55 Norfolk, among other names, and this zine records all of those histories.

Assembled through archival material and interviews with Al Nidle, Alice Vogler, E. Stephen, Jane Wang, Jason Pramas, Mary Regan, Meg Rotzel, Rob Chalfen, and Sandrine Schaefer.

44 pages, half-letter size.

Nearly thirty years into its existence, 8-Track Mind still manages a weirdness few other zines have. Loosely dedicated to an obsession with 8-track tapes, in issue 104, the "Cartridge Family" ostensibly work under the theme of "the commodification of nostalgia" and let whatever happens happen. 

Within: a series of oddball fables, 8-track Terminator, a Muskegon Eight-Track story, So Wrong They're Right, the scam of 8-track eBay, and so much more. With contributions from: Ralph Coon, Brendan DeVallance, Liam Hayes, Malcolm Riviera, Dan Sutherland, and Lucien Williams.

As editor Russ Forster writes, "I have always endeavored to make 8-Track Mind Magazine a bastion of individual expression, be it nostalgic or otherwise. Perhaps this has always been the true quest for the magazine: to encourage a contrarian, individualistic experience of the spoils of consumer society as a way to resist being a tool for the amoral beneficiaries of consumerism."

Comes with a full-color 8-track centerfold. 40 pages, half-letter size. 

 

Jennifer Williams' workbook zine, The Actual Feeling: Discussion Questions to Name Emotions and Ask for the Support You Need, helps lead readers to the core of their emotional needs. Created out of workshops she led in the wake of the Ghost Ship tragedy and the 2016 election, The Actual Feeling asks its readers to define words in tangible ways in order to better communicate needs and better support others.

As she says in the introduction, "I wanted to invite my peers to slow down, listen and trust their bodies."

36 pages, half-letter size.

In All Together, Emma Percy asks us to think about our relationship with community, place, plants, climate, food, and land. They ask us to consider how we relate (consciously or unconsciously) with the watershed and ecosystem we live in, and helps us figure out how we can know the place we live more intimately. 

"It may be too late to undo climate change, but we can still build a future worth living in," Emma writes. "Everything is at stake, but we have everything to gain by trying."

40 pages, half-letter size. 

JB Antonia $5.00

A rare, almost-sublime zine about place, memory, and lost history. About the ways things change and stay the same. About how the place you're from shapes who you become. About growing up in a small Midwestern town without a zip code, a place not on most maps. 

As JB writes in the introduction: "I never read about or saw anything that looked like where I grew up. I was always on the lookout, but depictions of rural areas I encountered didn't feel familiar, seemed to picture a world that was too remote, too friendly, too simple, too impoverished, too sinister, or too romantic...This is an attempt to capture was I know, what I've learned, and what I remember about Antonia." HIGHLY recommended!

48 pages, half-letter size, cover colors vary.

From one of the modern masters of the sentence comes this handsome pocket-sized chapbook of four gloriously oddball short stories.

"Beautifully printed by our friends at Scout Books, Lutz’s new fictions dig deeper into the psyche of men and women grappling with making sense of their aging bodies and frantic but tired hearts, often living in towns where 'all roads led to the one road that wasn’t going where you wanted to go.' Full of propulsive sentences and a humor made darker by his characters’ sharp bitterness, Assisted Living is another dose of scathing sadness and comedy."

Part of the Scout Book series through Future Tense Books. 32 pages, quarter-size. ISBN #9781892061782.

Awesome Things is just that: a collection of things that are awesome. Long-time zine superstar Liz Mason's lists are playful and idiosyncratic.

32 pages, quarter-size.

From "tattoos of office supplies" to "using dollhouses as bookshelves" and everything odd and nuanced from the daily life of Liz Mason.

28 pages, quarter-size.

In this issue of Balcony there's a public apology, an essay about Lewis Hyde's The Gift, an interview with left-field hip-hop musician Sterling Toles, in-depth record reviews, and a couple poems by Charles Gonsalves. But as in every issue of Balcony, it's also much more than that. A surprising, quietly exceptional zine.

32 pages, half-letter size.