Zines

A pandemic short story about a lonely science teacher adopting stray animals, having distanced hook-ups, drinking beers in the park, watching planets align. As always with Tomas Moniz, it's a pleasure to read and finds a sweet, unexpected depth. 

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.

"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.

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.

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.

At this point, this is a classic of the modern zine canon. Building is a cleanly laid out, accessible guide to making DIY events happen. Perfect for those just getting into organizing DIY events and with reminders and ideas that even the seasoned organizer can benefit from. A strong focus on house shows and radical communities, but a lot of ideas that can function in a lot of DIY event situations.

Put together by Neil Campau (of Electrician and World History) and edited by a ton of really great folks—Fred Thomas, Zoe Boekbinder, CJ Boyd, Danah Olivetree, Dustin Krcatovich, and Jamie Menzel, just to name a few.

Published by DoDiy.org. 44 pages, half-letter 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.

A braided essay about losing a parent and losing a pet. The odd lessons that loss teaches. The practical ways we make room for grief. A sad and sweet issue of the long-running Caboose zine. 

20 pages, half-letter size.

The latest issue of Caboose is a personal story of serving as a juror on a medical malpractice suit. As usual, Liz Mason's playful, endlessly curious take on the world makes this a ride worth taking. A peek into the court system through the eyes of this long-running zine-star. 

24 pages, half-letter size.