July was “international zine month” so I celebrated by trading, buying, and reading lots of zines! All of this trading and reading continued in August and September (because why stop while you’re having fun?). In July I went to Weirdo Zine Fest in London, so apart from zine swaps, a lot of the zines mentioned here were bought there. I know this looks like quite an impressive reading list but remember that I did not make much progress in any books those months and well, zines are small and quick to read and I got a lot of opportunities to acquire them.
Because I read (again) so many zines the past three months, I didn’t have the time to write proper reviews. I tried to add some short descriptions though, so you’ve got some idea of what the publications I read are about. I also tried to mention the website/online shop for the zines. If nothing is mentioned, ask me and I can maybe help you get in touch with the zinester.
Enjoy checking out these zines, while I go on reading the next ones in my to-read pile!
[All zines in Eglish unless otherwise mentioned]
A few weeks ago the truely fantastic feminist festival F-word took place in Amsterdam (5th edition already!). Here are some photos…
Zine stand, next to Atalanta, Anarchist Group Amsterdam (AGA), and Paper Jam:
Plenty of great bands among which Anti-Corpos and Screaming Toenail:
And karaoke and cats:
Things I didn’t take photos of: feminist graphic design workshop, queer edge workshop, yummy vegan food, other zine/book stands… [You’ll be able to read more about it in one of the next Same Heartbeats zines.]
The same weekend there was a mini edition of Zine Happening by Les VoiZines at Bijloke in Ghent where Sister Ray Zines & FEL were tableing and I passed by for a bit too. Looked like fun too!
Cool, recently two other zinesters reviewed some of my zines! Thanks SeaGreenZines and Morning Star, you both rock!
- The UK socialist daily newspaper Morning Star publishes regular zine reviews on their website as well as in print, which is super awesome. Recently they reviewed Same Heartbeats among other zines. Radical zine revolution now! 🙂
- SeaGreenZines wrote a lovely review about Scissors & Chainsaws. I was so happy to swap zines with her (all the way to Australia!) as well as read the review and find out she liked my comics starring Chainsaw Bunny. I enjoyed SeaGreenZines’ Don’t Call Me Cupcake zines a lot and I’ll publish (short) zine reviews of them here on my blog very soon. Check her zines out in the meantime!
UPDATE: she wrote a review of In Movement too!
- Looking for local zine scene reports!
- Looking for recommendations of DIY/activist/alternative places for a DIY Brussels tourist mini-zine I’d like to make. Write any recommendations in the comments or mail to: flapper_grrrl(at)yahoo.co.uk.
- Still working on Same Heartbeats #12 but making good progress! Might be finished in 1-2 months or even sooner.
Interesting zine-related events in or nearby Belgium soon:
- Atelier zines: 21-22 sept: at Chez Zelle in Louvain-la-Neuve
(the zine scene is growing!)
- Les VoiZines x Drawing Days: 29-30 sept: at KASK in Ghent
(Sister Ray Zines will table there and will have some FEL and ECHO zines too)
- UPDATE: F-word festival: 29 sept – 1 oct: at OCCII/Binnenpret in Amsterdam
(there will be FEL + ECHO zines on Saturday and Sunday afternoon)
- Speaking Volumes: starting 29 sept: at ISELP in Brussels
(a series of presentations about feminist magazines, artist publications, and zines)
- Zine Camp: 11-12 nov: at Worm in Rotterdam
(sounds pretty awesome)
- Alternatieve Boekenbeurs: 14 april 2018 at De Koer in Ghent
(yay, date just announced!)
- More upcoming events here
Another collection of useful websites, this time with a focus on DIY research and various zine-related resources. Some of these websites helped me a lot when I was writing an article on feminist perzines and others keep being of use for me as a zine writer/reader. I’m sure you’ll find them interesting too! 🙂 Check out the previous “interesting stuff on the web” posts too.
Useful resources for research:
- Libgen: books! magazines! articles! comics! All at your disposal…
- Gutenberg Project: lots of free ebooks for which the copyright has expired
- Online newspapers can be found at Krantenarchief
- Academia.edu: share and download articles and research papers
- Bibliography of research papers on zines.
- This is pretty amazing: a comic book called “Hot Pursuit” about demystifying archival research for artists that you can download and print yourself.
- I wanted to mention Sci Hub too but the website seems to have a problem at the moment… hopefully soon restored because a world opened when I discovered that website, literally a world of research papers! All accessible for free thanks to a female hacker!
Useful resources for zinesters:
And after you’re done checking these websites, get off the internet and make/read zines!
- I’m working on the zine Same Heartbeats #12 but it will still take a few months before it’s finished. For this issue I’m writing about gender identity, queer / femininity norms, Ladyfest Maastricht, and much more.
- I have some new zines for sale at Housmans radical bookshop in London. Right now they have Same Heartbeats #8, 9, and 11, and From Spice Girls to Riot Grrrls. Go check out their awesome book and zine collection!
- I’m contributing an article for the next issue of the anarchist magazine De As on feminism, but more on that soon.
- Also, more music and craft news will be revealed soooon!
It seems like we have an exciting autumn ahead full of feminist events in Belgium (and nearby)! Let’s start with September:
A bit further ahead, on Saturday November 25th: On The Rag IV feminist festival in Liege:
Hope to see you at one of these events!
Mailbox at the Salford Zine Library in Manchester
I’m really curious about local zine scenes anywhere in the world, what they are like, which kind of zines are written, who is writing them, how are those zines distributed, what is the response, are there zine fests / workshops / shops / libraries / distros or other projects, are they linked to subcultures / political movements / art scenes / certain spaces, a little bit of local zine herstory/history…
Please send me your local* zine scene reports and I will publish them on this blog! I’m especially interested in a focus on feminist / poc / queer / trans / grrrl / per – zines but anything is welcome!
Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
*You can decide on how you define “local”. It can be a city/town, country, or other geographical region.