Zines

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.

 

An exploration of the body, one part at a time, by Tomas Moniz. Written as poems, but reading more like vignettes or small essays about how complicated it is just to exist in your own frame. These pieces are sweet, emotionally heavy, sexy, and sometimes really funny. They are so honest that it leaves you wishing for that same openness in yourself, to be so unashamed of what we carry around and what we desire.

Illustrated by Portland's own Amanda Englund. Reprinted through 1984 Printing. 40 pages, quarter-size.

The third pocket-size chapbook zine of pocket poems from Murder City Devils' frontman Spencer Moody. Casual surrealism, hard-edged comedy, instruction manuals.

Comes with a free download of songs to accompany the poems. Illustrations by Mocha Ishibashi. 32 pages, cut quarter-size.

A second short collection of short poems (in handsome mini-zine form) from Murder City Devils' frontman Spencer Moody. Playful, silly, occasionally gruesome. For fans of Richard Brautigan, Kate Greenstreet, and Zachary Schomburg.

24 pages, cut quarter-size. Released on Displaced Snail Publications.

A Halloween Poem for Children and Fifteen Other Short Poems is a short collection of short poems (in handsome mini-zine form) from Murder City Devils' frontman Spencer Moody. Metaphysical oddities that casually nod to centuries of counterculture writers.

24 pages, cut quarter-size. Released on Displaced Snail. Comes with a free song to be listened to while reading.

Last two copies! Casually surreal and observational poems about normative beauty standards, punk shows, security blankets. 

16 pages, half-letter size, letterpressed cover.

Last two copies! 18 poems for sitting on an imagined lanai. A lanai that poet (and Murder City Devils frontman) Spencer Moody does not have. 

Illustrations by Mocha Ishibashi. 32 pages, cut quarter-size.

A buffet of wildly different work from cartoonists, essayists, poets, and illustrators. With contributions from some of our faves: Jeff Miller (Ghost Pine) on the childhood confusion caused by a Sex Pistols tape, comic artist John Porcellino (King Cat Comics) on hidden creeks, Cherry Styles (Synchronise Witches Press) on natural skin care, and comic artist Jason Martin (Black Tea) on underrated albums.

Plus so much more from: Rob Jackson, Brigid Elva, Grace Denton, Nathan Penlington, Ben Gwalchmai, Joff Winterhart, Timothy Senior, Meriel Harrison, Maxim Peter Griffin, Iona Fox, Jayde Perkin, Jeff Miller, Delaine Derry Green, Andrew White, Dan Cooper, Jacob Knill, Sabba Khan, Peony Gent. Edited by Simon Moreton and Ali Bamford.

52 pages, magazine size.

 

A zine of art and writing to benefit the Mütter Museum, the well-loved weirdo medical museum in Philadelphia. Essays, lyrics, poetry, and photography, plus comics about Einstein's brain and tourniquet tips.

Named after the classic Murder City Devils song and with contributions from: Spencer Moody (of MCD), Katie Haegele, Ben Chisholm, Defectivepudding, Ally Shwed, Joe Carlough, Jay McQuirns, lauren.napier, Nancy Hill, Craig Wenner, Gravey Train, and Joe Jack Talcum. 

28 pages, full-color, half-sized, includes album download code.

No Touching is a collection of poems that reflects on our pandemic year (a year without widely available reassuring hugs and shoulders to cry on). Edited by our own Gina Sarti, No Touching has contributions from Julia Edelman, Hannah Horovitz (Esoteric Bumper Stickers), Tatille Jackson, and V.Vale (RE/Search).

20 pages, half-legal size, cover colors vary. All proceeds donated to the Berkeley Free Clinic. Cover art by Wally Catton.