Zinefest Berlin – some photos of my trip

On November 7-8th I went to the Zinefest in Berlin. It was my first time there, so of course I was very excited. I was tableing on both days, but still had plenty of time to chat with other zinesters, look around and buy/trade zines, listen to some of the zine readings, go to the “visibility and diversity in illustration” workshop and take photos.

Here you can see the entrance of the zine fest:

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Unruly Bodies – the zine reading room

IMG_5391webOn October 29-30th, Sophia an organisation which promotes gender studies in Belgium, organised their yearly colloquium in Brussels. This time the theme was “unruly bodies”.

The first day took place in KVS and was targeted at a larger audience with debates, (short) documentaries, performances and talks about racism, class, illness, age, disability and fat. It was such an inspiring day, I’m proud of my friends who were organising it!

On the second day, in Amazone, the focus was more academic, but there was still space for activists and artists. For example, there was a workshop of Alexander Technique by Joanna Britton, an exhibition of Megan Beard’s embroidered artwork, an ongoing workshop to de/reconstruct your clothes, panel debates about topics ranging from mental illness to queer identities… And there was my zine reading room, zine shop and ongoing zine workshop.

IMG_5393webHere you can see some photos of the zine reading room and workshop at the Unruly Bodies colloquium in Brussels on October 30th 2015:


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(In Same Heartbeats #10 coming out somewhere next year, I’ll write more extensively about the colloquium)

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Same Heartbeats #9 – making of a split zine

IMG_5184webSo Same Heartbeats #9 is almost finished and as you may or may not know, it’s going to be a split zine! I’m making this zine together with Ana Hine, who runs the fantastic feminist arts zine Artificial Womb. Check out her previous issues, you’ll love it!

Because Ana and I hadn’t decided yet who would make the final pdf in InDesign, I started drawing and writing mostly on paper. So then it would be easier to scan and send digital images of each page. I admit that I also just enjoy doing a lot of zine artwork by hand. Here you can see some drawings in progress and also the editing in photoshop.

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Making zines in Lille and Brussels

IMG_5201webLast week the second edition of the DIY feminist festival “Et Biiim” was organised in Lille, France. The program looked so interesting! A Take Back The Night (“marche de nuit”), discussions on various feminist themes, workshops, concerts and parties… On Friday and on Saturday there were 6-hour zine workshops. Chouette! As I was tired/ill, I only went 1 day (and sadly missed the “marche de nuit”), but I was happy I did go on Saturday!

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Why I like zines – mini zine

whyilikezinesminizinecoverwebDuring the zine workshop that Jo and I did at CoVen Festival in Cologne, Germany, I started making a one-page folded mini-zine on why I like zines. It was hard to limit myself to such a small format but also a lot of fun (especially because I used a lot of collage and little golden star stickers). It took me a while to finish it, but this week, I finally got around to it…

You can download it here in pdf. After you’ve printed it, you have to fold and cut it yourself. Look here for instructions on how to fold it.

IMG_5136webA mini-zine is a very small 8-page zine in A7 format that consists of a folded A4 sheet op paper. They offer many possibilities and are easy and cheap to make even if you don’t have much time (nice to hand out to friends or strangers too!). I have several mini-zines in my zine collection: one about menstruation, several with comics, mini-zines full of humor, some that are both personal and political… You can easily make one yourself. Give it a go! I have plans to make more mini-zines in the future, for example one about feminist activism.

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I made another mini-zine about how to make zines before (written in Dutch, but might be translated to English and French soon).

Go ahead and make your own now!

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Comix and zines at F-word Festival in Amsterdam

IMG_5048webLast weekend I went to Amsterdam for the F-word Festival (second edition). It was awesome again: tasty food, a big zine table, good bands to discover, interesting workshops and talks, nice people to meet, autumn sun, the perfect location… and the amazing feminist comix exhibition “Drawing out of the box”! I was so honoured to be asked to include my own comics in this exhibition. All the comics that I saw there, were so impressive and inspiring, in diverse creative styles, covering a range of topics related to feminism… don’t miss it! The exhibition can be seen till October 12th in MKZ in Amsterdam. Check the website of F-word for more info.

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Reviews of books about zines

Read the full article here on De Tweede Sekse Blog.

cc945014a56352d0300af2586f93075aTegenwoordig is er weer veel interesse voor zines wat ik natuurlijk aanmoedig, want zines zijn ideaal voor feministische informatieverspreiding en communicatie: goedkoop, iedereen kan makkelijk zelf een zine maken, veel creatieve mogelijkheden met vormgeving, handig om overal mee te nemen, lage drempel, alternatieve meningen, netwerk om zines te ruilen… Omdat het belangrijk is dat er goede informatie beschikbaar is over zines (met niet enkel focus op drempelverhogende hipster/arty zines waardoor het lijkt alsof zij zines hebben uitgevonden) wou ik een overzicht samenstellen van boeken over zines. Hieronder een lijst met boeken uit mijn boekenkast over zines of met veel info over zines. Velen zijn bestelbaar in kleine boekenwinkels (boycot amazon!) en anderen enkel tweedehands.

9200000026688823Reviews of these books:

  • A Girl’s Guide to taking over the World: Writings from the Girl Zine Revolution:
  • Fanzines
  • Feminist Media: Participatory spaces, networks and cultural citizenship
  • Girl Zines: Making media, doing feminism
  • Girls ZINE:
  • How to publish a fanzine:
  • Make a zine!: When words and graphics collide
  • 210187Mouvements de Presse: des années 1970 à nos jours, des luttes féministes et lesbiennes
  • Notes from Underground: Zines and the politics of alternative culture
  • Queer-Feminist Punk: an anti-social theory
  • Riot Grrrl: Revolution girl-style now:
  • Stolen Sharpie Revolution: a DIY resource for zines and zine culture
  • The Riot Grrrl Collection:
  • Zines! Vol. I:


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