Zines

The best zine about zines around. Within: Sarah Mirk's joy-inducing stories about her Year of Zines project. Corinne Halbert's "Zany Zinetiquette" comics. Gianni Simone's stories of how his early 2000s zines led to becoming a freelance writer in Japan. Ed Kemp and Mark Cunning's home copier treatises. Todd Taylor's personal history of Razorcake frugality. Liz Mason's hilarious Quimby's "Zine Data Mining." Brian Polk's brilliant imagined zines.

Not to mention words and pictures from zine superstars like: Anna Jo Beck, Nyx, Jenna Freedman, Mike Faloon, Johnnie B. Baker, and Ed Tillman.

Cover art by Sarah Mirk. 40 pages, half-letter size.

Each issue of Behind the Zines is such a joy to read and warms my heart so much. Zine lifers, independent publishers, and artists of all stripes gather together to tell stories that never otherwise get told. (Like, in this issue, Todd Taylor of Razorcake's journey into a warehouse postal audit with rejected snake meat and live chickens.)

This issue's highlight: an essay from our own Gina Sarti about the ten-year anniversary of her ridiculously popular zine Shit's Fucked: A Positivity Guide. It's the rare story of making tons of lovely connections by way of a small zine that randomly went viral on Reddit a decade ago and never stopped.

Close-second highlight: Jonathan Valelly's deep-dive into the Broken Pencil Zine Awards—a massive, wonderful operation (that old-school zinesters love to hate on).

There's also: zine tattoos, first-time zinesters, postal bliss, experimental hip-hop collective zines, the pandemic zine fest scene, the most unwanted zine, anarchist zine printing, retro zine reviews, and an interview with Jolie Ruin (of The Escapist Artist).

32 pages, half-letter size. 

 

Comics about working for a shellfish company. Loosely existing in the realm of counterculture comics from generations past, Bivalve Blues captures a very Pacific Northwest, very Olympia brand of soggy grumpiness.

16 pages, half-letter size.

The second part of Olympia comic artist and screenprinter K.J. Rollins' Bivalve Blues series. Shellfish headaches, brokedown boats, and a lot of getting rained on.

16 pages, half-letter size.

The new issue of Black Tea is a mixtape of Jason Martin's comics from recent years. Within: good-deed tollbooths, dumb bottle caps, a friend's pet peeve, a favorite coworker at the library, a dead baby deer, the computer simulation that life might be, a tribute to San Francisco's Aquarius Records, and a really sweet one about a childhood business card collection. 

32 pages, half-letter size.

From Seattle comic artist Sydney Chavan, Bod is a short dive into body image, media messages about women's weight, and personal comfort and health. Smart, honest, playful and serious at once, briefly cosmic.

Color cover, B&W inside. 16 pages, cut half-legal size. 

Essays and comics about cats from the likes of Katie Haegele, Keet Geniza, Mardou, Joe Biel, Trista Vercher, and Nicholas Beckett. Highlight: a wild, long-form fairytale cat comic from Dame Darcy of MeatCake fame!

36 pages, half-letter size.

The latest in the Cat Party zine series, a companion to Katie Haegele's book Cats I've Known. For this issue, Katie asked writers and artists to create work about lost and found cats—cats who came in unexpectedly or disappeared without warning—and received the gorgeous assortment of comics, drawings, songs, and essays collected here.

Work from: visual artist and performer Julia S. Owens, musician Marina Murayama Nir, comics artist Ashley Punt, writer Alexis Campbell, and writer/baker/activist Ailbhe Pascal. 

28 pages, half-letter size.

Under the banner of "lost and found," this issue of the Cat Party zine has comics, essays, and illustrations from Rebecca Bayuk, Kelsey Stewart, Dino Caruso, Marylyn Martin-Weatherly, Adam Wollett, Joseph Carlough, and Eden Shale.

32 pages, half-letter size.

The quarantine issue of everyone's favorite cat zine, Cat Party! Comics, illustrations, and essays about cat friends and being at home.

Art and words from Jay McQuirns, Christa Dippel, Missy Kulik, Vanessa Berry, Jackie Soro, Joseph Carlough, Keiko Ishibashi, and Helen Kaucher.

32 pages, half-letter size.