Zines

Our favorite zine about zines. And there's just so much good. Kate Foray and Dan Nelson discuss the upswing in wrestling zines. Frederick Moe dives into amateur press associations. Jess Hogan tells the nontraditional story of Neither/Nor Distro and how it can work in other places. Plus words, interviews, and features from some of our faves: Anna Jo Beck, Julia Eff, Kari Tervo, Saeko Reed, and so many more.

Highlight: Razorcake co-founder Todd Taylor gives a brief history of the magazine. Which includes a peek into the legendary Flipside and the interlinked cultures of punk, zines, and vinyl. (And there's also a great zine crossword to boot.)

40 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. 

"Zach Ellis’s debut, Being, is a remarkable, lyrical memoir that works to put into words what it is to be transgender. It’s a book about relationships, about growing up, about the body and mind, about desire, about parenting, about how we adjust to huge changes, and about whom we know ourselves to be. It’s a funny book, an honest book, and a book that cuts deep into you."

Originally released through Future Tense Books' Instant Future series. 36 pages, half-letter size. 

In Better Feminism Workbook: Discussion Questions on Gender Dynamics, Internalized Sexism, and Emotional Labor, Jennifer Williams lays out a series of questions to help people of all genders dig deeper into their intentions, assumptions, and relationship patterns. A simple, one-of-a-kind workbook zine that can be used for both solo writing exercises and as prompts for discussion groups.

Part of the zine's profits benefit St. James Infirmary in San Francisco, a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers and their families. 

44 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. 

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.

"This lifelike fiction is an exploration of the modern relationship. It’s funny and sly—one of those quiet and subtle pieces of work that seems to have a flat, pristine surface, but when it is examined closely, it reveals the bumps and abrasions, the nicks and the scar tissue that is left behind on each of us as we attempt to navigate the journey our hearts take as we grow and learn."

Originally released through Future Tense Books' Instant Future series. 36 pages, half-letter size. 

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.