Zines

A zine in tribute to a maligned beauty of pop culture's past: the compact cassette tape. Twenty writers, musicians, DJs, label owners, publishers, and comic artists tell stories of how cassette tapes have affected their lives, for better or worse. 

Within: the art of the mixtape, the importance of the boombox, the intimacy of the Walkman. Plus tales of recording with cassettes, performing with cassettes, releasing cassettes, falling in love with cassettes. Nostalgia, subversion, frustration, possibility.

Contributions from: Andrew Barton, Ariel Birks, Karleigh Frisbie Brogan, Aaron Burch, Laura Daegling, Tim Devin, Fukumup, Aaron Gilbreath, Cynthia Carmina Gómez, Jack Lewis, Chask'e Lindgren, Pat Maley, Jason Martin, Sara Renberg, Kevin Sampsell, Gina Sarti, Christopher Sutton, Tucker Theodore, and Alexis Wolf.

Cover art by Rachel Lee-Carman. Risograph-printed throughout by Whatnow Press. 60 pages, half-letter size. 

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. 

 

The latest issue of newest best zine about zines around. Within: the evolution of DIY comics culture, zine-fest history, imagined zines, One Punk's Guide to collaborative zines, a history of that one Crimethinc poster, The Most Unwanted Zine, confessions of a sex-zine zinester, an interview with the Dear Diary Zine Fest, and more.

Pieces from some of our favorite folks: our very own Gina Sarti (DRIVEL), John Porcellino (King Cat), Todd Taylor (Razorcake), Liz Mason (Caboose), Ed Kemp (I Fucking Love This Album), Frederick Moe (Tin Can Telephone), and many many more.

44 pages, half-letter size.

Four issues of Behind the Zines: A Zine About Zines, or 164 pages and two-plus years of zine culture thoughts, essays, histories, ideas, advice, comics, and discussions. Save a couple bucks on cover cost and shipping cost and get them all. 

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.

Last two copies! In an attempt to figure out the last record he would ever sell, Danny Noonan writes the story of a skittish teenager’s discovery of punk that leads him to house shows and eventually a move across the country. It’s a celebration of record stores that spans 25 years and explores the anxiety of youth, the community of punk, and how much it sucks not to be able to find a job when you need it the most. 

Clock Tower Nine contributors from Seattle, Tukwila, Minneapolis, and Cleveland weigh in on a range of topics including: 8-track tapes, lonely videogames, losing battles on the bus, The Zombies, the Ultimate Warrior, struggling with religion after a horrible accident, and more.

36 pages, blue and teal risograph-printed cover.