Zines

In What Are You Raising Them For?, Tim Devin looks at the counterculture shifts of the '60s and '70s and sees how it changed the way people parented their kids. Using '70s hippie literature and the experiences of adults raised in nontraditional settings as source material, Tim Devin examines where counterculture parenting ideas were coming from, how well they were working, and what we can take away from it all today.

Even-handed and curious, What Are You Raising Them For? is a great read cover to cover. One of my favorite zines of the year.

64 pages, half-letter size.

A dreamy comic from UK artist Simon Moreton. Set in a '90s boyhood of meadows, sci-fi VHS tapes, MTV, crushes, first kisses.

Published by Kilgore Books. 40 pages, half-letter size. Color covers, B&W insides.

When Death Knocks is a personal zine written by Death himself. Or, more specifically, written by a lowly "Transition Officer" working for the agency of Death. A morbid and tender piece of writing from the postmortem zine scene. I can say with some certainty that there's nothing else quite like this.

24 pages, quarter-size, cut-and-paste.

The new chapbook from Andria Alefhi (of the long-running literary zine We'll Never Have Paris) is a look at grief over time. Told through journal entries, letters, and short essay-like chapters, it documents 16 years of memories, regrets, and personal growth.

Both a grief memoir and a tool for those preparing for parent loss and others who have lost a parent to write their own story, When Your Mom is First to Go is a unique journey through living with loss and finding paths to acceptance. 

Cover art by Gabriel Liston. 64 pages, quarter-size.

A completely stunning zine celebrating the women of '50s, '60s, and '70s folk music. A nice mix of well-known, recently rediscovered, and lesser-known artists. Biographies and gorgeous pen-and-ink drawings for each artist.

Included within: Vashti Bunyan, Connie Converse, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Carolyn Hester, Judee Sill, Judy Collins, Melanie Safka, Margo Guryan, Mary Travers, Karen Dalton, Mimi Farina, Nico, Sibylle Baier, Odetta, and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

40 pages, A5-size.

Last one! Five short stories about leaving and five short stories about returning from Hope Amico (Keep Loving, Keep Fighting). New Orleans after the hurricane, New Hampshire, Boston, Milan.

A reversible eight-page mini zine made from one sheet of thick cardstock paper.

Before her memoir Mean, before her work with Dignidad Literaria, and before she led the backlash against American Dirt, there was Wish You Were Me, Myriam Gurba's excellent chapbook of intriguing bits and pieces. 

"Wish You Were Me is Myriam Gurba’s bizarre and uproarious follow-up to her award-winning first novella and story collection, Dahlia Season. There are some weird and unexplored thought patterns happening here. Gurba is a fierce pioneer in the gooey guts of our emotional and sexual zeitgeist."

48 pages, cut half-letter size. ISBN #9781892061409.

Last few copies! In this fabulous issue of Women in Sound zine (the "Mothership: Birth and Labor" issue), Danielle Maggio delves into the genius and legacy of funk legend Betty Davis. There are in-depth interviews with the one-and-only Osa Atoe (of Shotgun Seamstress/No More Fiction), Jade Payne (Aye Nako, The Silent Barn), Lauren Goshinski (DJ Boolean/VIA), Missy Thangs (Fidelitorium), Fielded, Jessica Thompson (Coast Mastering), Alexis Icon, and Marielle V Jakobsons (Electronic Arts/Thrill Jockey Records).

Plus: Exercises in field recording from Shannon Kerrigan. The organizers of Vancouver, BC's Tidal ~ Signal experimental music festival reflect on their experiences. And playlists for women in sound by women in sound.

64 pages, half-letter size.

Last copy! Every issue of Women in Sound zine is a treat, but this one is perhaps the best yet. Interviews with three of our favorites: Mirah Zeitlyn (as in, indie-pop goddess Mirah), Laetitia Tamko (of Vagabon), and legendary Prince recording engineer Susan Rogers (!?!). It's nuts.

If that's not enough, there's also interviews with Dana Wachs (of Vorhees), Rachel Alina, Felix Walworth (of Told Slant), TRNSGNDR/VHS, and Leslie Gaston-Bird.

Plus a how-to piece on being a monitor engineer, and a editor Madeleine Campbell writes about taking a chance and hitting the road on tour.

54 pages, half-letter size.

Last two copies! One of our favorite zines around, Women in Sound is always packed with interesting discussions from across the musical map. This time around, there's conversations with: synthesizer pioneer Suzanne Ciani, legendary punk label founder Lisa Fancher (Frontier Records), Amy Dragon (Telegraph Mastering), Marta Salogni (recording & mixing engineer for Bjork and Frank Ocean), Pamela Dwyer (live sound engineer, CKUT), Natalie Hernandez (Death By Audio Effects Pedals), Amanda Davis (live sound engineer for Janelle Monae and Tegan + Sara).

Plus a mixer primer, playlists, and more. 52 pages, half-letter size.