Zines

In this issue of Brainscan, Alex Wrekk (Stolen Sharpie Revolution) discusses the individualized witchcraft practice she's pieced together over the past decade. While documenting her journey, she looks at a variety of other witchcraft traditions, why they didn't fully work for her, and why secular witchcraft is just as valid as any other form. She also gives plenty of history and context to help understand terms that often get lumped together (Wicca, Pagan, etc), and critiques the cultural appropriation and consumerism that often arise in modern witchcraft manifestations.

The zine can also serve as a how-to guide to building your own practice. She encourages readers who are interested to figure out their own path, and to simply view her story as inspiration to seek something that works for them.

64 pages, quarter legal-sized. Vellum overlays, cardstock cover, and hand-stitched binding with acorn pendants. Illustrations by Steve Larder.

In the wake of the controversy surrounding a recent viral article about spending a week "becoming a witch," Alex considers what her guide to a witchcraft practice would look like. The results are a day-by-day guide to trying out her particular variety of secular witchcraft (that she lovingly refers to as "DIY witchery").

Within: cleaning-as-cleansing, everyday altars, grounding and centering, perception and animism, correspondences, sigils, spells, divination, and more. An open and accessible zine that thinks about witchcraft in a way not often presented in print. 

52 pages, quarter-size.

In Caboose #10, zine limunary Liz Mason explores the world of transcendental meditation. The zine is an adventure through her discovery process, taking her into nondescript offices and tiny rooms full of fruit and hankies. Also within: TM memoirs, informational videos, Cutco knives, Dale Carnegie, Skinny Puppy, Jerry Seinfeld, the Maharishi, and David Lynch.

24 pages, half-letter size.

Part personal zine and part workbook zine, Digna looks at how healing can occur through both sound and the dream realm and how the two can overlap. Personal experiences mix with questions and ideas for those looking to reclaim their voice and their dreams.

12 pages, half-letter size.

A Handy Guide to Home Protection is a short guide to cleansing unwanted energy from your home. Suggested herbs, trees, and minerals, along with their histories, mythologies, and methods of use.

A gorgeous, accessible zine from Moe Bowstern of Xtra Tuf.

12 pages, half-legal size.

In the first issue of Keep Loving, Keep Fighting in ten years (!!!), Hope gives us an art object. Combining short, poetic lines about loss, grief, and spirituality with full-color spreads of transcendent mixed-media art, this is a zine to hold close.

32 pages, half-letter size. Full-color, rubberband binding, letter-pressed covers.

Cut pages, a touch of Choose Your Own Adventure, Pablo Neruda, drawings, the spirit world, and more. Like no other zine.

32 pages, mini quarter-size.

A fun guide to houseplant parenthood. Within: plant intelligence, plant propagation, botanical communication, the various benefits of plants, a Venn diagram of hardy houseplants (which are pet safe, air purifying, etc), DIY hanging planter instruction, and more. A good mix of the practical and the metaphysical.

Illustrated throughout. 20 pages, half-letter size.

Everything you've ever wanted to know about Prince. Critical and reverent, The Prince Zine looks at fame culture, gender, and sexuality while still having fun along the way. 

The Symbol, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Michael Jackson, parental advisory, Wendy & Lisa, protégés, movies, power, the early years, The Revolution, The New Power Generation, fun facts galore, and an epic discography. Illustrations throughout by Rachel Lee-Carman (Shoe & TailOfferings of Mischief and Grace).

60 pages, half-letter size, thick cardstock covers with purple ink. 

The first edition made Bitch Magazine's Bitch List, was named one of Three Imaginary Girls' Best Zines of 2012, and has been a bestseller at independent bookstores around the country.

The revised fourth edition updates the zine through October, 2016.

Portraits and short biographies of nuns who "altered history for the betterment of people." Visionaries, activists, political prisoners, education reformers, pop singers, computer scientists, DJs, queer writers, and graffiti artists.

Within: Hildegard of Bingen, The Nuns of Selma, Ani Pachen, Mary Ward, Soeur Sourire, Mary Kenneth Keller, Mary Ignatius Davies, Corita Kent, Rosemary Curb, Nancy Manahan, and Megan Rice.

24 pages, half-legal size.